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  • Photo: Geoff Oliver Bugbee for Mercy Corps

Our strategy

Promote sustained long-term development with a variety of education, health and environmental programs through our local partner Proyecto Aldea Global (PAG).

The context

The land of Mayan kings and vast biological resources is also home to a fragile economy, massive unemployment and a yawning gap between rich and poor. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch caused massive and widespread loss — an estimated 70 percent of crops and 70-80 percent of the country's transportation infrastructure was destroyed, and more than 5,000 people died. Today the economy is still largely reliant on bananas, palm oil, pineapples, timber and coffee and remains dependent on trade with the U.S., but the country has recently increased light-manufacturing exports and has pinned its economic hopes to new regional free-trade agreements.

Our work

  • Agriculture & Food: Adding value to farmers' harvests with new crops like avocado and plantains
  • Children & Youth: Building classrooms and providing scholarships for rural youth
  • Women & Gender: Strengthening local groups to reduce incidents of domestic violence against women
  • Health: Treating medical needs with clinics, health fairs, pharmacies and education about healthy habits
  • Environment: Protecting watersheds with a successful environmental park

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