Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities

by EcoViva NFP
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Fund COVID-19 Response in Vulnerable Communities
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

The Mangrove AssociationRed COMAL, and the Women’s Association of Barra de Santiago (AMBAS) have each launched their own crowdfunding campaigns on GlobalGiving’s platform! Thanks to your incredible outpouring of support, they have all earned a permanent spot as official partners of GlobalGiving. By helping The Mangrove Association, the Women’s Association of Barra de Santiago (AMBAS), and Red COMAL meet their goals, you have contributed to a truly sustainable future in which our partners can fundraise on their own terms through a global platform, helping them gain support from all over the world. This step will help them build their capacity as fundraisers and puts them in control of their future. 

Their ongoing work to ensure food security after the devastating Covid-19 pandemic still needs your support. From now on, you can use the links below to donate directly to their projects and contribute to the long-term sustainability of these extraordinary organizations

Thank you so much for your generous and ongoing support! 

Watch their video here: ¡Gracias! Thank You!

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Oscar quickly closes the gate behind him as he enters. The chickens crowd around him, eager to get their breakfast. They have all gotten so big. Not long ago, he was waiting for his young, new hens to hatch three little eggs.

Oscar isn’t the only one in his community with a new daily routine. There are two more new chicken coop owners and seven first-time vegetable farmers. Surviving the past year and a half has been tough, but working together has kept their community resilient.

When the curfews began in El Salvador last year, Oscar and his neighbors weren’t sure how they were going to survive. Like most rural communities, government assistance never reached them. They were not allowed to visit the market or work. Traveling to fish or tend the cornfields could get them arrested. The families with established farms lost their harvests to massive flooding.

Then the Mangrove Association arrived. They came bearing emergency food supplies, hygiene kits, and agricultural packages, and relief washed over dozens of families. This community on the brink of despair suddenly had hope.

Rather than fade, that hope grew stronger. People had an increased capacity to share and work together. Seasoned farmers were helping new home gardeners. Extra eggs and corn were given to elders and families that needed them most. Working closely with the Mangrove Association, they were able to better support each other. Sharing, communicating, and growing together - Oscar’s community has survived.

Your support has created an impact on dozens of communities like Oscar’s. Thank you for your dedication to supporting sustainable grassroots work in Central America.

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Oscar, a community leader from El Jicaro
Oscar, a community leader from El Jicaro

"The most important part of being organized is that help actually reaches families that need it."
-Oscar

Oscar is a local leader in the small town of El Jicaro who has dedicated years of service to community organizing. With the Mangrove Association's help, El Jicaro’s community leadership group is working to solve problems caused by the global pandemic. Oscar shares with us how the situation has had a severe impact on the local economy and the livelihoods of himself and those around him.

"I am very grateful that we are organized. It helps that groups like ours have been working with the communities for a long time, so we know them and can provide better support. The Mangrove Association helped us work together to support small farmers and provide emergency food kits to families in need. This has helped keep our community from going hungry. The most important part of being organized is that the help actually reaches families that need it."

Strict curfews and the danger of contracting the virus made it difficult for families to leave their homes to earn money or access basic necessities. The ability to provide for themselves through vegetable gardens, local livestock, and poultry farms has improved community resilience and maintained food security.

The Mangrove Association's organized emergency response helped Oscar set up his own poultry farm to make it through this extremely difficult time.

“Because of the pandemic, I no longer have the necessary resources to survive. This type of support helps us produce our own food and generate a modest income. I am very grateful for this community effort to help each other thrive. It motivates us to keep going forward during the pandemic.”

Thank you for your dedicated support of these communities. Your contributions have directly supported the wellbeing of thousands of people in El Salvador and Honduras during this emergency.

Chickens resting in their new home
Chickens resting in their new home
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Red COMAL staff in Honduras distributing aid kits
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. 

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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.

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Location: Columbus, GA - USA
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Ana Luisa M. Ahern
Columbus, GA United States
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