Global Communities has been working in Latin America for more than 30 years. Inititally working with low-income communities to establish affordable housing in the 1960s, Global Communities' work in Latin American today covers a wide range of interventions from assisting vulnerable communities affected by conflict and natural disaster to supporting people affected by HIV/AIDS to building the capacity of local governments to meet their citizens' needs.
Global Communities began working in Colombia in 2001 to address the immediate needs of displaced families. Our programs quickly expanded to create long-term economic opportunities and community rehabilitation for internally displaced Colombians and vulnerable communities.
Global Communities began working in Haiti in 2006 to promote stability by creating jobs and rehabilitating much-needed infrastructure. In response to the devastating earthquake, which struck Haiti in January 2010, Global Communities implemented projects focusing on rubble removal, restoring livelihoods through cash-for-work, construction of transitional shelters and rebuilding of a neighborhood for those displaced by the disaster. Global Communities continues to help earthquake-affected residents through housing reconstruction and neighborhood-based urban planning.
Global Communities has been working continuously in Honduras since 1985, implementing a variety of development projects focused on housing, sanitation, disaster mitigation, municipal development, environmental management, agriculture, sustainable tourism and economic development. Our current programs run the gamut from supporting small, rural farmers; engaging unemployed, urban youth; protecting victims of trafficking; and a nation-wide program that aims to reduce the risk of HIV infection in Honduras through large-scale prevention interventions, which target the general as well as at-risk populations.
With funding from USAID, Global Communities is implementing the Municipal Governance Program (MGP). The program aims to strengthen municipal governance by helping local governments be more responsive to residents' needs. MGP also works to increase citizen participation and engagement to promote greater transparency and accountability.
With the support of the Alcoa Community Foundation, Global Communities implemented the Youth Engagement for Advancing Hope (YEAH) program in Ciudad Acuña. Through YEAH, Global Communities engaged vulnerable youth by providing the promise of long-term job opportunity as an alternative to violence.
In 2007, Global Communities responded to a 7.9 magnitude earthquake which devastated the rural province of Ica. In the aftermath of the disaster, Global Communities assisted families that had lost their homes and livelihoods and helped them to regain a sense of normalcy by working collaboratively to build transitional shelters, sanitation facilities and classrooms.