Eduardo Flores has been elected by his community in Nicaragua’s Rio Coco region to visit a training center. Promoters like Eduardo gain expertise at the center and then share what they learn with others in their home communities. Photo: Amber Blake / CWS

In Central America, CWS stands with indigenous and impoverished rural farmers who are struggling in the face of changing climates, fragile environments, a lack of supportive policies and an epidemic of violence stemming from weak governance. CWS and partners continue to support these farmers’ efforts to live more food secure lives with dignity and in harmony with the environment. We work to ensure that forced migration to urban areas or across borders is not the only way out of poverty.

In Guatemala, CWS-supported greenhouses, which are staffed by a women’s group, produce a variety of vegetables year round for household consumption and as additional income. Women of different generations work together in meaningful employment, which builds their confidence.

Reinforcing community water structures to better align with national water laws and public policy is a major emphasis of our programs in Nicaragua and Honduras. In Honduras, 15 community water management committees provide better services to their members and interact more effectively with local authorities as a result of CWS-supported training.

CWS helps expand training, technical assistance and skill building, especially for rural women and youth. Additionally, our support builds communities’ capacities to effectively interact with and hold accountable local authorities in areas such as water access and management, food security, prevention of gender-based violence and environmental stewardship.

With an additional six
greenhouses built this
year, there are now