CommunityFirst COVID-19 Solutions in Honduras

Working with the Honduran environmental justice collective Eco-Re and the Women’s Network of Reitoca on their preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Reitoca, Honduras

Reitoca, a municipality located in the department of Francisco Morazán, Honduras, has 11,000 inhabitants, of which roughly 75% identify as Indigenous Lenca. The community faces compounding health, social, environmental and economic crises

The municipality of Reitoca has the highest poverty in the Francisco Morazán department

Partnering with Eco-Re, a small Honduran environmental justice collective

Eco-Re had been working with the community of Reitoca, Honduras, supporting a group of women in the Council of Indigenous Lenca of Honduras in their movement to resist a Hydroelectric company attempting to build on their sacred Petacón River. Knowing the struggles of the women to respond to COVID and the lack of support from the government, Eco-Re's coordinator recognized the relevance of the COVID-19 Roadmap to the community and connected leaders from the community with SeeChange.

Years of drought, erratic weather, and natural disasters have harmed farmers and food/water security

Supporting Reitoca’s Women’s Network

The Red de Mujeres del Consejo Indígena Lenca (Women's Network of the Council of Indigenous Lenca of Reitoca) is an group of women from the Council of Indigenous Lenca of Reitoca. The group was informally formed in 2019 to advocate for the protection of the river and has since been dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of the community. This group formed a committee to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Key Impacts of Our Work

Better preparedness and capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Decreased stigma around mental health

Group feels better-positioned to tackle health issues

Opportunities created for women’s leadership and empowerment

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