Global Communities has been working continuously in Honduras for 30 years, implementing a variety of development projects focused on housing, sanitation, disaster mitigation, municipal development, environmental management, agriculture, sustainable tourism and economic development.
Building on Global Communities’ successful water harvesting project, the Cosecha project is building ten new reservoirs to measure the cost effectiveness and impacts of water harvesting and improved agricultural practices compared to improved agricultural practices alone and a control group who will apply traditional farming practices. These trials will help assess the impact of water harvesting on crop yields, farm profits, poverty, gender inequality, and environmental outcomes.
Consolidating our previous work as the principal recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Global Communities is implementing new activities directed at orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to achieve greater impact in the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. The aims of the program include reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS infection; improving and maintaining the rate of survival among people who are undergoing ART; decreasing mother-to-child transmission; and improving the quality of life among OVC living in the 25 targeted municipalities.
Global Communities is continuing its work supporting anti-trafficking activities in Honduras. This program, funded by the U.S Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, aims to build the capacity of Honduran actors to implement the new anti-trafficking laws.
To learn more about our programs in Honduras, visit the Honduras website.
Global Communities worked with civil society organizations and national institutions to reduce the risk of HIV infection through the Strengthening the National Response for Health Promotion and Protection of Health in HIV/AIDS. The program contributed to the national efforts through large-scale prevention interventions which targeted the general population, pregnant women, youth, men who have sex with men, prisoners, and other vulnerable populations.
Additionally, working together with the Honduran Department of Health’s National Malaria Program, Global Communities helped to implement strategies for promotion, prevention and control of risk factors and provide effective and prompt treatment to everyone diagnosed with malaria in the 48 municipalities.
Engaging Women and Youth
Global Communities supported vulnerable women through the Walmart Foundation-funded Latin American Women’s Initiative. This program helped women find sustainable, market-based opportunities for employment, enabling them to support their families and empowering them in the workplace. With funding from United Nations Population Fund, Global Communities also worked with local organizations in the Western and Northern Coast regions of Honduras on health interventions focused on sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence targeting women and youth in marginalized communities.
Global Communities, in cooperation with the Honduras Office of Migration and Foreigners of the Ministry of Governance and Justice and local non-governmental organizations, provided assistance to trafficking victims and raised awareness of the problem with the general public. Funded by the US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in persons, Global Communities helped to coordinate and streamline victim services provided by public institutions and created employment opportunities for victims to help them reintegrate into society.
With support from the Alcoa Foundation, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement for Advancing Hope (YEAH) program to assist at-risk youth. Through YEAH, Global Communities worked with the private sector to identify employment gaps that could be filled by newly-trained youth. By linking training with actual employment needs in the local market, participating youth had increased chances of success in obtaining long-term employment. YEAH also engaged vulnerable youth in Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.
With funding from the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Honduras, Global Communities worked with local farmers to improve the agricultural productivity in El Valle by promoting crops that are more adaptable to the local climate and by building communal irrigation systems. Outcomes of this award-winning program included the construction of water reservoir systems and piping grids, establishment of water management boards and agricultural training for farmers.