Latin America / Caribbean
Photo: Nancy Vásquez
Honduras • Haiti
In the years since the devastating January 2010 Haiti earthquake, CWS pushed ahead with programs, projects and initiatives. More than $2 million in material aid was delivered to Haiti. It’s impossible to count the number of lives touched in some small way by CWS programs and aid, but it is probably well over 500,000.
So much of the best work being done in Haiti is by Haitians, who are working everyday to support each other and rebuild their country. CWS is proud to work with so many amazing Haitian organizations, which have the skills, knowledge and commitment to get the job done while strengthening Haitian society now and in the future. We recognize that rebuilding Haiti was never going to be easy. Haiti is still struggling with chronic issues that were present before the earthquake. Which is why we are still working in long-term development, as CWS has done in Haiti since the 1950s.
Central America is undergoing the worst Coffee Rust plague since 1976, affecting the leaves and destroying crops and plants of this essential crop in the region. Small-scale farmers in Honduras are especially hard-hit and are at high risk for hunger as a result of poor yields. Pressures are growing for families to leave the land and find employment and a better future elsewhere.
Working with local partner CASM, we are helping these farmers diversify their crops and learn coping strategies during the height of this crisis. CWS is providing vegetable seeds, plantain trees, aquaculture, chicken coops, help with improving agro-livestock production, agricultural inputs, nutritional education, access to alternative livelihoods and on-site technical assistance in creating integral farm practices and vegetable gardens.