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
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. …
For families devastated by pandemic and disaster, sheep and pigs are little bundles of hope
Families like Magda Rosa Vargas Gutiérrez’s in rural Nicaragua have had a tough 2020. First it was the Covid-19 pandemic, and then hurricanes Eta and Iota struck in the fall. “We were first affected by Covid-19, when we had practically no communication–only virtually–and no commerce with the outside world,” she says. “After the pandemic, the rains [hurricanes] have come to …
A very special delivery in Honduras
Over the last few months, so many of our activities have become virtual. We’ve seen virtual proms, virtual weddings, virtual game nights and more. But here’s one you may not have thought of: in Honduras, my longtime colleague Cesar is helping families virtually as their cows give birth. The coronavirus pandemic took longer to reach Latin America than many other …