Central American Food Security
In many rural parts of Central America, leaving home is one of the only ways to get out of poverty. People often move to larger towns, far off cities or even other countries to make a living.
Migrating shouldn't be the only way to prosper. That's why we're teaming up with communities in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to help families thrive where they are.
Often, the key is diversity. The more ways a family has to feed themselves and make a living, the more likely they are to weather a bad harvest or a tough season.
With that goal in mind, we’re helping families improve their harvests, sell their crops and find other ways to earn a living. And as the threat of climate change looms, we help protect and conserve resources. Our programs focus on bringing people together to share their expertise and navigate new challenges.
And after all, isn’t that what it means to be a good neighbor?
Overcoming Hunger and the Odds
A path to a better future for Maria and her family
Maria de Paz Bernal was born 50 years ago in the municipality of Nebaj, Guatemala. She was 12 when the war came to Nebaj. Her father was assassinated. A few years later, as armed conflict still raged, Maria was shot in her right foot. She had a hard time recovering from the gunshot, and it often led to moments of …
New information means a new outlook in Nicaragua
Note: This story was written in the fall of 2020, before Hurricanes Eta and Iota slammed into Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. Communities participating in this program were severely impacted, as you can see here. With CWS support, Accion Medica Cristiana responded immediately. We are now working together to plan longer-term recovery support, but we do know that the information and practices …
Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Nicaragua
In early November 2020, Hurricane Eta slammed into Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast. Two weeks later, Hurricane Iota struck the same communities. These back-to-back blows destroyed homes, crops, animals and livelihoods. CWS and our partners have worked with communities in the area for years. We support the food security and community development work of trusted local organization Accion Medica Cristiana, or AMC. …