Mesoamerican Reef Fund
Dear Project of the Month Club,
We hope your summer is off to a great start! I’m excited to share that for our 100th Project of the Month, your donations are headed to Guatemala this June.
In May, 433 of you gave a total of $15,419 to support Charitable Foundation Zaporuka’s Free Accommodation for Kids with Cancer in Ukraine project. Along with funding medical care for children living with cancer, their team works to provide free housing for families whose kids are undergoing treatment.
Starting now, you’re supporting Mesoamerican Reef Fund’s Empowering Fishing Communities in the Mesoamerican Reef project. MAR Fund works with Guatemalan fishing families to encourage community-owned management of the fish stock in the reef. By working together, communities co-manage the natural resources, foster sustainable fishing practices, and conserve the reef.
Ximena, the project leader for MAR Fund, was thrilled to hear they’d been selected as Project of the Month.
“Thank you! At MAR Fund we feel honored that our project “Empowering Fishing Communities in the MAR Reef” has been selected by the Project of the Month Club, and grateful that through your trust and support local fishers can advance in recovering their fisheries. Your contributions will make a difference for the future of these communities.”
Ximena also explained the impact your donations will have in Guatemala.
“We believe in working hand in hand with fishing communities. This wonderful opportunity granted by the Project of the Month Club will help local fishermen in the Punta de Manabique Wildlife Refuge in Guatemala consolidate their fish replenishment zones. They will be able to revalidate the cooperation agreement for the protection and sustainable use of hydro-biological resources, agreement that established and protected the three fish replenishment zones in 2012. The agreement involves three communities—Santa Isabel, La Graciosa, and Punta Gruesa—that experienced the loss of fish stocks and wanted to do something about it. With the help of the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), the fish replenishment zones were established and have been monitored since 2016. Now, the communities must revalidate the initial agreement with CONAP. Upon completing this requirement, the replenishment zones will continue to operate as no-take zones for an additional two-year period and continues monitoring will be developed.”
“It is key to these communities' food security that the fish replenishment zones continue to be managed as such. Monitoring results indicate that fish have begun to come back, comparing the quantity registered in the monitoring done in 2016, which showed a presence of 467 fishes, with the monitoring done in 2017 that registered a total of 542, proved a surge in fish stock within the zones.”
“The support provided by the Project of the Month Club will also strengthen the collaboration between community members and government entities and other NGOs that participate in this initiative. We look forward to helping the Punta de Manabique communities continue with their effort to recover their fisheries.”
Wow. We’re so grateful to have your support through the Project of the Month Club and can’t wait to see the Punta de Manabique communities flourish while working with MAR Fund.
Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder + President
Charitable Foundation Zaporuka