Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
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Sep 16, 2020
With the delivery of agricultural inputs including vegetable seeds, fungicides and fertilizers, the Dry Corridor Alliance (ACS-USAID) in Honduras, through the Biosecurity – Reactivation of Agri-Food Production Component, initiated the delivery of agricultural inputs to producers in the community of Los Encinos, Intibucá, from which about 37 producing families will benefit. The project is currently being implemented by Global Communities through the Government of Honduras INVEST-H department. This was the first supply of inputs by ACS-USAID and it was marked by the participation of the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, who thanked the producers for the work they have done, mainly during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for keeping a large sector of the Honduran... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
Under the Dry Corridor Alliance Program (ACS-USAID), the Government of Honduras and USAID aim to reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition in rural areas of Honduras. Since 2017, Global Communities has been implementing the “Watershed Management and Conservation” component of ACS-USAID in the departments of La Paz, Intibucá and Lempira, working with national government agencies, local and regional governments, communities and water organizations to address weak management of watersheds, which often results in severely deforested lands. The Project provides grants to communities to reduce rates of degradation and reforest the watersheds, providing sustainable access to water for consumption and irrigation. Global Communities also provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of... Read more
Apr 24, 2020
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 happens afterward, since “this crisis is not going to be a short war.” As a result, I repeatedly asked myself how emerging nations such as my home country of Honduras will cope with economic and social recovery after COVID-19. The country has long faced the challenges of climate change, lack of transparency and extreme... Read more
Apr 04, 2020
In Honduras, Global Communities is shifting its work on malaria and TB prevention to support the procurement of medical supplies and equipment to support the COVID-19 response.  In Honduras, Global Communities is a Principal Recipient of the Global Fund combined HIV/TB program Moving the HIV and TB Responses toward 90-90-90 and Sustainability with a Focus on Key and Vulnerable Populations, a subaward for TB to the Ministry of Health, to focus on prevention and improved access to testing and services, and Integrated Strategy for Malaria Elimination aiming to achieve zero registered indigenous malaria cases by December 2020. The program focuses on women and children under fi ve; indigenous peoples, Afro-Hondurans (Garífuna); and migrants and other mobile populations. The Global Fund malaria... Read more
Nov 20, 2019
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 gradually into the dry lowlands of the country’s drought-prone region. The new road, known as the Dry Channel, connects the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the country for the first time. For now, the road runs mostly through remote... Read more
Aug 29, 2019
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 medical volunteer himself. But, with the rapid spread of the Zika virus in Honduras, Rodriguez jumped into action. With help from the U.S. Agency for International... Read more
Jun 10, 2019
Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects was rampant in Honduras three years ago, with about 36,000 cases, and a fear that the number could only rise. This year as Global Communities’ USAID-funded Nuestra Salud (Our Health) program ends there are only about 600 cases. The success is greatly due to the training of 1,200 community volunteers and 1,100 teachers to change behaviors in their neighborhoods through understanding of mosquito sites and breeding conditions and education on the sexual transmission of Zika. One of these volunteers is Don Héctor, 59, a long-time leader in his community of Colonia Flor del Campo near Tegucigalpa. Part of his work is to educate his neighbors that they must rid the area of unnecessary standing water to eliminate... Read more
May 23, 2019
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 will in turn help them contribute to the development of the country at the completion of their studies. Among the newly-awarded fellows is José Antonio Eguigure, Strategic Partnership Manager for Global Communities in Honduras. Eguigure is the first grantee accepted at Harvard University to pursue a Master in Public Administration as a Mason... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
For Honduras, a reliable water supply in the impoverished, dry south is the key to prosperity that keeps families together, stabilizes impoverished communities and gives its most capable people reason to stay in the region rather than move to cities or head north to the United States. “We have the land, but without water, we have nothing,” a Honduran farmer involved in the USAID-funded COSECHA project said. Farming in Honduras’ dry south can be a daunting task, but with development of an efficient irrigation system with assistance from the U.S. government and Global Communities, small farmers are able to harvest more cycles of crops and raise their standard of living. The entire region’s economy benefits from turning around the annual drought. No longer are the elderly and children left... Read more
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