Help 100 communities adapt to climate change

by EcoViva NFP
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Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
Help 100 communities adapt to climate change
A Salvadoran farmer in his corn field
A Salvadoran farmer in his corn field

Hello friends,

Last year, you showed extraordinary compassion and solidarity for our partners in El Salvador and Honduras. Your support strengthened community resilience to better face the compounding crises of a global pandemic and climate change fueled hurricanes.

Thanks to you,

  • Red COMAL delivered emergency supplies to over 1,500 rural farmers after back-to-back hurricanes destroyed homes and devastated crops in Honduras.
  • Red COMAL purchased over 13,000 pounds of seeds to help farmers re-establish their fields. 
  • The Mangrove Association built 15 community-led poultry farms, established 48 corn plots and 20 fruit orchards, and distributed 5,000 vegetable seedlings throughout the Bajo Lempa.
  • AMBAS built a community garden to support sustainable food security for the residents of Barra de Santiago.

Please read our most recent newsletter to learn more about your impact.


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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.

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Hi Friends,

I want to let you know how grateful we are for you. Because of people like you - donors, stakeholders, and incredible advocates - we are able to support resilient communities in Central America as they create safer, stronger, and more sustainable futures. Thank you for believing in our partners and helping them face challenges like poverty, food insecurity, climate change, and, now, COVID-19. 

Collective, community-based efforts have helped communities in El Salvador and Honduras adapt to a changing climate and contribute to the food security and economic well-being of thousands of people. The success of these projects comes from working directly with local communities and engaging different leaders, including women and young people, to advance sustainability, conservation, and protection of natural ecosystems. The resilient and collaborative leadership of our partners has increased community-led natural resources management in the Bay of Jiquilisco.

Because local leaders are working together at a grassroots level, goals and regulations can be tailored to specific species in specific communities, allowing resource users to maintain their livelihoods while at the same time conserving the resources they depend on for survival. Groups who are dependent on fishing and the extraction of natural resources have become more conscious of the regulations in place and best practices available to protect their vital resources. Community members are invested in conservation and have a higher level of environmental awareness and education as a result of the workshops, events, and promotional activities our partners are leading. 

As El Salvador prepares to celebrate its very first National Mangrove Ecosystem Conservation Day on July 26th, we want to thank you for supporting collaborative, community-based leadership. By listening to and believing in the communities we seek to help, we can continue to make a difference.

With gratitude, 

Mallory McDaniel

Communications and Outreach Manager

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Dear Friend,

Thank you for supporting this vital work to fight the effects of climate change in Central America. With your support, the grassroots organizations we partner with continue to bring together their communities and build leaders who are capable and ready to address problems like food and water insecurity, environmental degradation, and natural disasters. 

With your support last year, we brought together hundreds of community leaders and conservation practitioners from El Salvador, Honduras, and Panama to learn new technology for improved ecosystem monitoring and data collection. Community-run hatcheries incubated and released thousands of endangered sea turtle hatchlings, and we improved the food security of over 100 families in Honduras through sustainable agriculture programs. All of this becomes possible when grassroots leaders are able to drive the programs their communities need most.

Leaders like Rigoberto, who works with our partner The Mangrove Association, dedicate their time to organize, educate, and protect their communities in the face of increased natural disasters due to climate change. Rigo, like many of the leaders we work with, is part of a volunteer Civil Protection Committee that works as a response team to train, alert, and evacuate community members during severe floods and storms. While the Salvadoran government allows these groups to form, they do not provide any financial support to keep the programs running. That’s where you come in - your contributions help essential initiatives like these save lives and create new community leaders. 

Thank you so much for supporting programs that honor the resilience and strength of Central America.

We look forward to sharing more about leaders like Rigo with you very soon!

Sincerely,

The EcoViva Team

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Traditional Farming Knowledge is Key for a Sustainable Future

For hundreds of years, indigenous communities have used agricultural practices that sustain their communities while protecting their environment. By respecting the needs and boundaries of the earth, indigenous communities engineered a process now known as agroecology - a science that combines social, economic, and environmental sciences with traditional farming knowledge. Farmers who employ agroecological methods improve their resilience through integration, crop diversification, and protection of resources like soil and water.
The current movement for agroecology arises during a time of uncertainty for many Central American farmers; the effects of climate change continue to increase, causing severe droughts and natural disasters. Our partners help communities adapt to erratic weather patterns and conserve resources by following specific principles.

How our partners practice agroecology:

  • Nurture and protect the soil by increasing organic matter naturally, maintaining ideal soil moisture, and discouraging erosion. 
  • Eliminate artificial inputs of synthetic fertilizers and insecticides by recycling plant matter as soil cover and nutrient source, and using complementary planting for natural pest management.
  • Increase biodiversity through temporal and spatial variation, using crop rotation or intercropping techniques to improve pollination, soil health, water resource management, and crop resilience.
  • Utilize intergenerational knowledge shared by indigenous groups to produce adequate food for communities without damaging the soil or ecosystem.
  • Ensure food sovereignty for community members, creating viable systems where families retain control of their right to healthy and desirable food without dependence on corporations or external systems.
  • Build resilience for families to face unpredictable weather and natural disasters caused by climate change.

Fishing Cooperatives Protect Their Livelihoods Through Conservation

Blast fishing, a dangerous practice of using explosives to quickly stun or kill schools of fish, became popular in El Salvador after the Civil War due to the high availability of bombs. Blast fishing might seem like an efficient way to increase a fisher’s daily catch, but it is an unsafe practice that destroys marine environments and can gravely injure fishers.
This practice, used in more than 40 countries, has resulted in extreme biodiversity loss and environmental degradation, reducing coral reefs, water quality, sea turtle populations, and fish populations. In El Salvador, communities like Cincahuite, a member of the Mangrove Association, depend on fishing for food and income and have suffered greatly from the use of explosives in delicate marine environments. Because these community members’ livelihoods depend on healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems, La Coordinadora and the Mangrove Association have developed fishing cooperatives to provide alternatives to blast fishing. These cooperatives re-educate communities in safe fishing methods that reduce the threat of coral destruction and over-exploitation of fish species, such as hook and line fishing. Their efforts have reduced blast fishing by 90% in the past fifteen years. In addition, the cooperatives work with scientists to track fish populations and build artificial reefs to restore fish habitats. By practicing conservation and protecting vital resources, rural fishers of El Salvador are creating more sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their communities.

Central Americans Struggle for Water Rights Amidst a Changing Climate

On September 20th, our partners joined the world in a Global Climate Strike to acknowledge the global crisis and the root causes of climate change. The countries we work with in Central America are already experiencing the effects of climate change, and they are grossly aware that the capitalist system that prioritizes profit over the needs of the population is not sustainable, as it continues to reduce the quality of life for millions of Central Americans while destroying the environment they depend on. Communities continue to see degradation and depletion of their water sources due to waste and overuse by private interests while an unstable climate makes the conservation of this precious resource even more difficult.
Members of the Alliance against the Privatization of Water in El Salvador are mobilizing to demand that the human right to water be enshrined in law and protected from pollution and overexploitation. The alliance joins the worldwide struggle with the slogan “Without Water, There is No Future.” Communities in the Bay of Jiquilisco have participated in marches, environmental forums, and training workshops to protect their right to water in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike and will continue to mobilize to defend water sovereignty.

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Mallory McDaniel
Oakland, CA United States
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