Measures taken to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in an increase in food insecurity in Honduras, particularly in marginal urban areas of Tegucigalpa, where many people are currently unable to earn an income. The crisis is exacerbating many of the drivers of migration in these high-sending communities. At the IAF, we support community-led approaches to expand economic opportunities. Our grantee partner, Grupo Juvenil Dion (GJD), is organizing a volunteer effort to establish emergency community kitchens and workshops to create 15,000 masks in five marginal areas of Tegucigalpa, recruiting gastronomy graduates of their training program and community volunteers for a short-term response to food-insecure families. GJD will also provide technical assistance and access to affordable credit to assist young entrepreneurs and their small businesses in recovering from the current economic crisis.
This grant is part of the IAF’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration in Central America and is part of the IAF’s broader COVID-19 response strategy.