Oscar, a community leader from El Jicaro
"The most important part of being organized is that help actually reaches families that need it."
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