Rebuilding a Sense of Home and Hope in Honduras

By Alberto Vásquez Padilla Martha’s broad and welcoming smile begins to fade as she starts to tell her story. Originally from a small village in Lempira, in the western region of Honduras, she left her town for the city when she was 18 years old. Now 43, Martha says she was looking for better opportunities…

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Supporting Community Recovery in El Copantillo

HEWS distribution point in El Copantillo

The drive to the remote community of El Copantillo looks much different than it did almost a year ago. Roads once cleared by the municipality were swept away, along with the rest of the mountain face, when tropical storms Eta and Iota pummeled Honduras in November 2020, causing considerable damage to homes, livelihoods, crops and…

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Community La Reformada, La Lima, Heads Home from Storm Shelters

Community clean-up efforts after tropical storms Eta and Iota, implemented by Global Communities under the USAID’s BHA-funded Honduras Emergency WASH and Shelter (HEWS) program, have enabled a majority of displaced families in La Reformada, La Lima to return to their homes. With the support of the community, program volunteers, and staff provided by Aguas de…

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USAID HEWS Program to Provide Post-Hurricane Shelter and WASH Support in Honduras

To respond to the substantial emergency needs brought on by recent hurricanes in Honduras, Global Communities has launched Honduras Emergency WASH and Shelter (HEWS), a six-month program in the country’s Cortés, Copán, Ocotepeque and Santa Bárbara departments. The program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), aims to address…

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Communities and COVID-19 Recovery Policy Implementation: Learning From The Example of Rainwater Harvesting Systems In Honduras

By José Eguigure The article was originally published at https://revista.drclas.harvard.edu/book/jos%C3%A9-eguigure As a current student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), I attended a virtual session called “The Fog of War: Real Time Lessons for Developing Countries in the Fight Against Covid-19” taught by Professor Ricardo Hausmann. Hausmann strongly recommended that we focus our attention on what…

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In Honduras, Communities Fight Drought With Watershed Work

Managing access to water in the so-called Dry Corridor is key to economic and food security in the Central American country. Reporting/photo: Teresa Welsh, Article production: Naomi Mihara This article was originally published on the Devex website. San Antonio del Norte, HONDURAS — The pavement winds south through the Honduran countryside as pine forests shift…

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Honduran Community Leaders Limit Spread of Zika

By Harry Sanderson This article was originally published on the US Global Leadership Coalition website Over his 23-year career, Angel David Rodriguez has gradually incorporated health topics into his classroom curriculum at the suggestion of the Honduran Ministry of Health. As a math and science teacher, Rodriguez never imagined he’d be working hands-on as a…

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Global Communities’ José Equigure Receives Honduras 20/20 Scholarship

Last month, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernández participated in the delivery of Honduras 20/20 scholarships to 139 young people, which will assist them in pursuing masters, doctorate and medical degrees at diverse and recognized universities abroad. The aim of this Presidential Scholarship Program is to support Honduran scholars in learning leadership competencies and skills, which…

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AIYD Calls on Congress and the Administration to Continue Support for US Government-funded Programs in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Washington, D.C. – The Alliance for International Youth Development, a group of leading US-based international development organizations, calls on Congress and the Administration to continue support for US government-funded programs in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. No one wants to flee their homes, but many young people are desperate to find alternatives to lives of…

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Foreign Assistance Helps Give Hondurans Hope

By David Weiss, President & CEO, Global Communities Global Communities has been working in Honduras for more than 30 years. We help Hondurans develop sustainable solutions for unemployed youth who often have little choice but to join a gang. We help Hondurans to combat Zika, Malaria, and HIV health crises. And we help their farmers…

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Video: USAID Cosecha Water Harvesting Program in Honduras

Video: USAID Cosecha Water Harvesting Program in Honduras The effects of climate change have brought disastrous consequences to the agricultural sector in the southern zone of Honduras. In an effort to combat this, with financing from the United States Agency for International Development / Development Innovation Ventures (USAID/DIV), Global Communities has implemented the “Cosecha” (Harvest)…

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Video: USAID Water Harvesting in Honduras

The effects of climate change have brought disastrous consequences to the agricultural sector in the southern zone of Honduras. In an effort to combat this, with financing from the United States Agency for International Development / Development Innovation Ventures (USAID/DIV), Global Communities has implemented the “Cosecha” (Harvest) program. Utilizing a controlled trial, Cosecha has constructed…

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Five Reasons Why Water Security Matters to Global Security

Five Reasons Why Water Security Matters to Global Security By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This blog originally appeared on Medium. Across the globe, populations face the challenge of growing water scarcity. More than one-fifth of the world’s population — 1.6 billion people — live in areas that are suffering from water scarcity of some type.…

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Youth Local Council Leader Participates in International Conference on Violence Prevention

Youth Local Council Leader Participates in International Conference on Violence Prevention Leyla Chavez, the President of the Youth Local Council (YLC) in Tela, Honduras, recently participated in the International Conference for Prevention and Safe Public Spaces. Organized by the Honduran Ministry of Security, the two-day event included experts and community leaders from around the world…

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Honduran Farmers Prize Rainwater as Most Precious Harvest

Honduran Farmers Prize Rainwater as Most Precious Harvest Improving prospects for farmers who struggle to produce food through years of drought may also help stem the flow of Honduran migrants By Sophie Hares |  This artilce originally appeared on Thomas Reuters Foundation News. Farm workers cultivate watermelons and bananas, irrigated by a water harvesting project…

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