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Global Communities Celebrates 30 Years of Continuous Programming in Honduras
Published 03/31/2015 by Global Communities
This month marks 30 years of continuous programming by Global Communities in Honduras. Global Communities began working in Honduras in 1985 under the USAID-funded Cooperative Neighborhood Improvement and Job Program for Central America. A regional program with a total $10 million in funding, Global Communities established six country offices in Honduras, Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama. In the 30 years since Global Communities has operated in Honduras, we have offered a wide range of programs including microlending, disaster response and preparedness, shelter and housing construction, tourism development, vocational training for at-risk youth and agribusiness support.
Our current programs include an award-winning initiative initially funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation and continuing under USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures. Awarded both the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize from the Americas Climate Change Dialogue, and the National Environmental Award from the Honduran Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Cosecha project is using innovative technology to develop irrigation systems for small farmers. Global Communities is also working to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS among orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Based on our previous work as the principal recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Honduras, these new activities focus on reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection; improving and maintaining the rate of survival among people who are undergoing antiretroviral therapy; decreasing mother-to-child transmission and improving the quality of life among OVC living in the 25 targeted municipalities. Global Communities has also been working for the past several years on protecting and supporting victims of trafficking. Current activities focus on supporting institutional counter-trafficking efforts by working with Honduran actors to implement the new anti-trafficking laws with funding from the US State Department.