We’ve come to the end of our project, a project that has taught us so much about how to respond to emergencies and crises. This project has allowed us to prepare our new program (Resilient Communities), which came just in time to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and the several hurricanes that hit the southeastern part of Mexico. With the findings of the evaluation of Women Rebuilding their Communities, we were able to provide a rapid response to the several disasters that hit Mexico in 2020:
We awarded 23 grants with our Rapid Response Fund, a huge increase from previous years. These funds provided food, medical and cleaning supplies, emotional support, relocation arrangements, communication materials, legal support and other critical measures during the first two months of each emergency. One of our partners in Chiapas expressed that “this support was especially important to communicate to the community what was really happening with COVID. They were receiving mixed messages and nobody really knew what to do anymore. We believe this initial action helped prevent an incontrollable outbreak”.
We awarded 16 long-term grants to organizations responding to COVID and the hurricanes.
We have continued strengthening our grantee partners’ risk management capacities.
As was expected, our 15 grantee partners from Women Rebuilding their Communities had to adapt their projects to the new context.
Una Mano para Oaxaca, one of our grantee partners working towards fixing the social network in Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca, was able to continue activities in a blended model with virtual workshops and reduced groups for in-person trainings. Their biggest difficulty was working with older adults that lack access and knowledge with new technologies. They were able to re-adapt their new model for this target group by carrying out in-person visits and phone calls.
Centro para los Derechos de la Mujer Nääxwiin A.C., a grantee partner in Matías Romero, Oaxaca, had to refocus their project to respond to the growing violence against women and girls in the region, providing legal and emotional support to victims.
Mujeres de la tierra y el sol, a grantee partner in Tepapayeca, Puebla, decided to add to their project community gardens to achieve food autonomy. They also participated in a risk management course to be better prepared to face the increase in insecurity caused by the pandemic and the economic recession.
In order to increase food autonomy and a community economy, Unión de Pueblos de Morelos, a grantee partner in La Era, Morelos, organized bartering every month between people in the communities and in the cities, which continues to this day.
This has been an incredible experience, which we wish to share with all donors and organizations responding to emergencies. We still have a lot to learn and we know that communities in Mexico will still require our support during 2021 with the pandemic and economic recession that continues to grow. We want to thank you profoundly for all your support. We wouldn’t have been able to carry out a three-year project without your support.
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