Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!

by The Solidarity Project
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Support Community Leaders in Rural Honduras!
Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration
Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration

Dear Friend,

We hope that this update finds you well as we begin 2021 and we wish you the best as this year starts off. Since our last update, The Solidarity Project has worked closely with our partner communities and their leaders in response to emergent needs identified during the long economic shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Community Leaders identified the need to ensure short-term food security and looked for our partnership to support families during this time. The needs that our network of 65 community leaders identified were exasperated by impact of two major Hurricanes, Eta & Iota, that hit Honduras back-to-back in November.

The Solidarity Project continued our work to contribute to local food security and distributed 100 more emergency food rations and another 260 sustainable agriculture packages to the families most affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in our seven rural partner communities. In November and December 2020, TSP also worked with local partners to train a network of 25 local community health volunteers and launched a Community Pharmacy project to support rural communities in times of increased isolation as the pandemic continues.

Due to your support, TSP also was able to successfully partner with two new community groups in 2020 to complete two projects. The first was a project led by leaders in our partner community of Soroguara, completing a touristic and artistic project to create a large community sign in their village square. In our second new partnership in the village of El Ocotal, we supported a community group to start a children's music education program and teach at least 35 children in the community to sing, use instruments such as guitars, the keyboard and drums. As the global crisis continues, The Solidarity project will remain committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing the stories of solidarity and resiliency that are seen throughout the rural communities in Honduras.

We look forward to finding new ways to support our partners during this time and sharing that news with you. Thank you for your continued support. It is so deeply appreciated and needed in such challenging times. Stay Safe & Take Care, The Solidarity Project Team

Community Health Volunteers receive training.
Community Health Volunteers receive training.
Community Leaders distribute food rations.
Community Leaders distribute food rations.
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Leader in Tule, Honduras distributes food rations.
Leader in Tule, Honduras distributes food rations.

Dear Friend,

We hope that this update finds you and your loved ones well as 2020 continues to bring new challenges to our daily lives across the globe.

Since our last update, The Solidarity Project has worked closely with our partner communities and their leaders in response to emergent needs identified during the long economic shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic reaching Honduras in mid-March of this year. As in many places in the world, Honduras ground to a halt and implemented a strict economic lockdown– despite being effective to contain the virus this measure has been devastating to the economy and many people have lost jobs, income, and an overall sense of security. Community Leaders in our partner communities identified the need to ensure short-term food security and looked for our partnership to support families during this time. 

In response to this, The Solidarity Project coordinated a project working with sixty-four Community Leaders across seven rural communities to organize, buy and distribute 260 emergency food rations to the families most affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. We distributed over 300 packets including seeds and a guide on sustainable family gardening practices to support families in the production of basic vegetables from their homes. The Solidarity project also bought over 90% of the food rations from small farmers and business owners in our partner communities to support increase our local impact during these trying times. 

As the pandemic has challenged our initial model of work, we been busy adapting our Community Micro-Grant Events to be Covid-19 conducive and effective for next year. As the global crisis continues, The Solidarity project will remain committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing the stories of solidarity and resiliency that are seen throughout the rural communities in Honduras. We look forward to finding new ways to support our partners during this time and sharing that news with you.

Thank you for your continued support. It is so deeply appreciated and needed in such challenging times. 

 

Stay Safe & Take Care,

 

The Solidarity Project Team 

Emergency Food Distribution in El Ocotal, Honduras
Emergency Food Distribution in El Ocotal, Honduras
Leaders in Talanga supporting their community.
Leaders in Talanga supporting their community.
In Coa Abajo, partners distribute rations on foot.
In Coa Abajo, partners distribute rations on foot.
Sustainable Home Garden Guide and Seeds
Sustainable Home Garden Guide and Seeds
Food products being bought at local businesses
Food products being bought at local businesses
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Partners are more isolated during the Pandemic
Partners are more isolated during the Pandemic

Dear Friend,

We hope that this update finds you and your loved ones well during this complex time. As the globe has been rocked by the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, we at The Solidarity Project have been working hard to be responsive to our seven partner communities, their leaders, and the new needs that are being identified in response to this crisis. In Honduras, a strict military lockdown has been in order since March 16th. This crisis has quickly grounded and isolated a country of nine million people and made life even more challenging for many marginalized communities in both rural and urban areas. These conditions have greatly affected our partner communities in rural Honduras as the lockdown conditions have limited circulation and suspended all public transportation. As in many places in the world, the grinding halt of lockdowns has been devastating to the economy and many people have lost jobs, income, and a sense of security, the same is true for Honduras.

Currently, our work is centered on finding a way to adapt our community micro granting model and identify projects that can support the new needs that this crisis has pushed to the forefront of everyday life. The areas of health education, food security, community resiliency, and sustainable living have been identified by our current partners. Thanks to your support we can continue to develop appropriate responses to this crisis and monitor new information, both globally and locally. We are moving forward to and make the necessary adaptations to stand in solidarity with our partners during this challenging time.

Throughout this global crisis, The Solidarity project will remain committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing the stories of solidarity and resiliency that are seen throughout the rural communities in Honduras. We look forward to finding new ways to support our partners during this time and sharing that news with you. Thank you for your continued support. It is so deeply appreciated. 

Stay Safe & Take Care,

The Solidarity Project Team

Home confinement is adopted to prevent the spread.
Home confinement is adopted to prevent the spread.
Empty streets in Talanga, Honduras are now a norm.
Empty streets in Talanga, Honduras are now a norm.
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TSP met with leaders in the community of Soroguara
TSP met with leaders in the community of Soroguara

Dear Friend,

Thanks to your ongoing support, The Solidarity Project has started off 2020 in action! Over the last month, TSP traveled to two new communities and met with Community Leaders that solicited partnerships for impact and community development through the expansion of  our community micro-granting project, “Mesa Comunitaria.” Currently, TSP works in five rural communities in Honduras and due to your generous support during our annual GlobalGiving campaign, we are working hard to reach new leaders. Our micro-granting project cultivates and supports Honduran leaders that address pressing community problems. Together with the community, grassroots leaders design, select and execute development projects that typically focus on access to clean water,  health, education, infrastructure improvements, environmental preservation, art, culture, and creativity. 
This month, TSP met with several leaders from the rural villages where we have active partnerships, such as El Aguacatal, Tule, Majada Verde and Coa Abajo. In each community, TSP will hold a community-wide meeting and also offer workshops on topics that the community has expressed interest in. In the community of Coa Abajo, TSP and the local leaders are working together to plan for their second micro-grant event, coming up in March 2020. TSP partnered with this rural community in the Central District outside the Capital city, Tegucigalpa, at the end of 2019. The leaders of Coa Abajo have already successfully completed the installation of their community-selected lighting project in their central square. This year we will work together to hold two micro-grant events that will be led by their youth leaders. We look forward to sharing the results of our next event with this new partner community!  
In 2020, TSP also remains committed to supporting talented local leaders' inspiring ideas, fostering engagement, and sharing the stories of solidarity and resiliency that are seen throughout the rural communities in Honduras. By the end of the year, we will reach our goal to support up to 17 micro-granted projects that are designed, chosen, and implemented by community groups themselves. Thanks to your support, we are thrilled to provide a venue through Mesa Comunitaria that will directly empower community members with the projects that they design and select! If you feel inspired by our work, please share it! 
All our Best, 
TSP 



Coa Abajo completes their project & celebrates!
Coa Abajo completes their project & celebrates!
Several Coa Abajo Youth Leaders
Several Coa Abajo Youth Leaders
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