Communities are coming together to support each other during this crisis
By Douglas Chica - Program and Policy Manager
Red COMAL staff in Honduras distributing aid kits
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an undeniable toll on people around the world. Several months into this emergency, we continue to see a rise in cases in El Salvador and Honduras as we attempt to return to normal. As quarantine measures continue, hunger plays a larger and larger role in the everyday life of the communities we serve. Despite these challenges, we are working together to survive this disaster. Local community groups like the Mangrove Association, Red COMAL and The Women’s Association of Barra de Santiago (AMBAS) have spend years working hand-in-hand with the communities we serve. We have helped thousands survive by listening to their needs and responding quickly.
Thanks to your suport, these are a few things we've accomplished:
The Mangrove Association helped 98 families establish their own home farms.
AMBAS set up sanitation stations for community members who barely had enough water to drink or cook with, let alone practice regular hand washing.
Red COMAL worked with local farmers to improve food security in 7 indigenous communities in Honduras by providing basic grains to over 200 families.
With your support over the years of our partnership, we have built the experience and capacity needed to care for each other in the face of this disaster. Thank you for the dedication, care, and solidarity you have given us during this difficult time.
Oct 27, 2020
Strength in Solidarity
By Mallory McDaniel - Communications and Outreach Manager
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an undeniable toll on people around the world. Several months into this emergency, Latin America continues to see a rise in cases as many countries attempt to return to normal. As quarantine measures continue, hunger plays a larger and larger role in the everyday life of communities across El Salvador and Honduras.
Despite these challenges, resilient communities are working together to survive this disaster. Local community groups have become a saving grace for those unable to leave their homes for food or medicine. Environmental leaders have become relief project coordinators.
Our partners have been learning from, working with, and serving their communities for decades. When the Mangrove Association helped 98 families in surrounding villages establish their own home farms, they weren’t strangers handing out needless items to nameless faces - they were helping their neighbors and friends in the best way possible.
The Women’s Association of Barra de Santiago (AMBAS) set up sanitation stations because they knew how many community members barely had enough water to drink or cook with, let alone practice regular hand washing. Red COMAL was able to improve food security in 7 Honduran communities by working with local producers to provide basic grains to over 200 families.
Years of working hand-in-hand with communities has built trust between these small organizations and those they serve. Our partners have helped thousands survive by listening to the needs of their communities and giving everything they had to get them through this ongoing tragedy. With your support over the years of our partnership, they have built the experience and capacity needed to care for their communities in the face of this disaster.
Thank you for the dedication, care, and solidarity you have given to our partners and their communities when they have needed it most.
Jul 31, 2020
Our Partners Continue the Fight Against COVID-19
By Mallory McDaniel - Communications and Outreach Manager
Since the start of the pandemic, our partners AMBAS, Red COMAL, and The Mangrove Association have accomplished so much to protect the health, safety, and food security of thousands of people through their dedicated, community-led responses to this disaster. With your contributions, they have set up sanitation stations, provided PPE and cleaning supplies, conducted food security studies, distributed emergency food kits and vegetable seedlings, built home gardens and chicken coops, and kept their communities connected and informed. Your support has gone straight towards helping families survive.But their work isn’t over yet.
Even as some countries begin to reopen, COVID-19 continues to severely impact Central America. The negative effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic will be seen long after curfews are over. Food security, economic stability, and community health are anticipated to have enduring problems. El Salvador began Phase 1 of its months-long reopening plan on June 17th, allowing some businesses to resume operations and loosening the stranglehold the government has kept on individual movement through "sanitary fences." But, in areas like Barra de Santiago, a reduced curfew doesn't mean a return to regular income, as many residents depend on tourism to survive. Markets throughout Latin America, which are vital for income and food security, face unique challenges as cases rise. The few farmers who are able to grow crops have nowhere to sell their goods and no neighbors who can afford to buy them. People working in the informal sector who live day-to-day are still struggling to feed their families at all. It is abundantly clear that continued investment in community agriculture and emergency provisions is necessary to combat the ongoing hunger crisis. Our partners are prepared to continue support for their communities as they recover and heal, but this is not a fight that can be won alone.
Please continue supporting these communities as they navigate an ever-changing landscape by making a gift today. To help sustain these organizations in the months to come, consider setting your gift to recur monthly. Your ongoing contribution to our COVID-19 campaign will help grassroots organizations continue to provide necessary relief to vulnerable families.