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11 Dec 2014 description

December 10, 2014 by Jim Stipe

Many Central American families are at risk of going hungry next year due to a record drought, the ongoing effects of a plague devastating coffee production and a rise in staple food costs.

By some estimates more than 2 million people may be in need of food assistance, creating a need for humanitarian aid not seen since Hurricane Mitch struck the region in 1998.

17 Nov 2014 description

November 14, 2014 by Jim Stipe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Alsy Acevedo
Catholic Relief Services
410-951-7341
alsy.acevedo@crs.org

Calls for Increased Protection to Vulnerable Children

31 Oct 2014 description

Sección 1. Resumen Ejecutivo

GOAL, CRS y Ayuda en Acción desarrollaron el estudio Análisis y Mapeo de Mercados en Emergencia (EMMA por sus siglas en inglés) en 15 municipios afectados por la sequía del Corredor Seco en Honduras. El propósito del estudio es incrementar el entendimiento de los sistemas de mercado más críticos de las agencias de respuesta y proporcionar información para las acciones de respuesta que tienen vinculación con los mercados.

08 Oct 2014 description

CONTACT:
Alsy Acevedo
Catholic Relief Services
410-951-7341
alsy.acevedo@crs.org

CRS Urges Increase of Refugee Visas for Central American Children
Offers Five Fixes for Youth in Central America

18 Sep 2014 description

por Christian Meléndez-López

Edgar Mendoza y Elmer Pineda quedaron en mi memoria. Cuando yo los conocí, estos pequeños de 12 años estaban a punto de graduarse de la escuela primaria Justo P. Henríquez, donde compartían el gusto por las matemáticas. Los chicos estaban ansiosos por decirme acerca de su escuela, un humilde plantel en la cima de una montaña en el norte de Honduras. Les pregunté si eran mejores amigos, y simplemente se rieron y asintieron con la cabeza.

18 Sep 2014 description

By Christian Meléndez López

Edgar Mendoza and Elmer Pineda stand out in my memory. At 12 years of age, they were about to graduate from the elementary school where they shared their love for mathematics. The soon-to-be graduates told me about their school, Justo P. Henríquez Primary School, a humble campus at the top of a mountain in northern Honduras. I asked them if they were best buddies, and they just giggled, nodding yes!

30 Nov 2012 description

Catholic Relief Services is pleased to announce the launch of the Food for Education (FFE) program in Honduras with $17.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

FFE will benefit over 53,000 school children in the 17 municipalities of Intibucá, Honduras. The goal is to contribute to improving literacy, attendance, retention and attentiveness during class through the incentive of school meals and improving the quality of education for all children.

09 Oct 2012 description
Resumen del estudio

Cambio climático amenaza a un millón de agricultores de maíz y frijol en América Central

Se requiere acción decisiva de los formuladores de políticas para evitar lo peor

(San Salvador, El Salvador –de octubre de 2012) – Temperaturas superiores y cambios en los patrones de precipitación podrían transformar el paisaje agrícola de América Central, amenazando de esta manera los medios de vida de un millón de agricultores de maíz y frijol, de acuerdo con un informe publicado hoy y en el que, por primera vez, se fija en el impacto del cambio climático a escala local.

09 Oct 2012 description
Summary report
Full technical report

Report: Climate Change Threatens One Million Maize and Bean Farmers in Central America

Policy makers to be urged to deal with growing drought corridor

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, October 9, 2012 – Higher temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns could transform the agricultural landscape of Central America, threatening the livelihoods of one million maize and bean farmers, according to a pioneering report released today that for the first time takes a specific look at the impact of climate change on a local level.

18 Oct 2011 description

Over a week of heavy rains in Central America due to the combined impact of Hurricane Jova, Tropical Storm Irwin, and a tropical depression has caused severe floods and impacted thousands of people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The governments of El Salvador and Guatemala have declared a state of national emergency.

27 Oct 2008 description

By Hilda M. Perez

In the dark of night, October 30, 1998, nearing the hour of 10 p.m., Benicio Lopez, 34, heard three large abrupt sounds, like the sound of wood snapping, and ran out of his house barefoot. Minutes later, his home in Colonia Humuya, Honduras, was destroyed and washed away as the River Choluteca quickly rose.

"I never expected it, Mitch, to be that bad. There was little wind and it was just raining but not hard. I had no idea what was to come.

05 Sep 2007 description

September 05, 2007, Baltimore, MD - Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in coordination with its local Caritas partners in Central America, has launched response to Hurricane Felix aimed at helping the thousands of homeless and displaced in Honduras and Nicaragua. As the hurricane's path shifts, CRS staff in El Salvador are prepared with emergency relief supplies to aid those in the most devastated areas.

Felix made landfall Tuesday morning as a category 5 hurricane around 8 a.m.

05 Sep 2007 description

As the remnants of Hurricane Felix continue to affect areas of Nicaragua and Honduras, Catholic Relief Services is ready to provide relief, including pre-stocked supplies for displaced families.

Hurricane Felix, now downgraded to a tropical storm, churned in the Atlantic Ocean for several days, reaching Category 5 status before making landfall Tuesday in Nicaragua's northern district.

18 Oct 2005 description

EMERGENCY AID WORKERS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN GUATEMALA & EL SALVADOR

17 Oct 2005 description

October 17, 2005, Baltimore, MD - Las fuertes lluvias, inundaciones y deslaves ocasionados por el Huracán Stan en las últimas dos semanas han destruido la producción de alimentos en Centro América. La magnitud de los daños ha generado preocupación en el personal de Catholic Relief Services (CRS) que brinda ayuda humanitaria por una amenaza de inseguridad alimentaria que está alarmando a los habitantes de Guatemala, El Salvador y en menor grado a Nicaragua, Honduras y el Sur de México. Sólo en Guatemala, se estima preliminarmente 400 millones de dólares de pérdidas en el sector agrícola.

11 Oct 2005 description

Devastation to life and property caused by Hurricane Stan in Guatemala, El Salvador and Southern Mexico has surpassed that caused by Hurricane Mitch. Over 500,000 people have been affected and approximately 2,000 are feared dead. Landslides and flooding have rendered thousands of villages inaccessible and impeded delivery of emergency supplies to those affected.

06 Oct 2005 description

Thousands of children under the age of two are at risk of malnutrition as well as vector and water borne diseases in the wake of Tropical Storm Stan across southwestern Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, southern Mexico and Honduras. Severe flooding, landslides and overflowing rivers triggered by heavy rains have swept away homes killing more than 230 people in the five countries and forcing an estimated 66,340 out of their homes.

14 Oct 2002 description

A tsunami (a massive tidal wave caused by seismic activity under the ocean) hit the coast of Choluteca, Honduras on September 9, affecting more than 1,700 people. Ten-foot waves battered the coast completely destroying or damaging 248 homes and businesses. Honduran meteorologists are predicting that more waves could hit the country this month and authorities have issued warnings to local populations in hopes of avoiding more damage or fatalities.

16 Sep 2002 description

A tsunami (a massive tidal wave caused by seismic activity under the ocean) hit the coast of Choluteca, Honduras on September 9, affecting more than 1,700 people. Ten-foot waves battered the coast completely destroying or damaging 248 homes and businesses. Honduran meteorologists are predicting that more waves could hit the country this month and authorities have issued warnings to local populations in hopes of avoiding more damage or fatalities.

12 Aug 2002 description

Baltimore, August 9, 2002 - Heavy rains and sanitation problems across Honduras have led to the proliferation of the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which transmits dengue fever. This year has seen more than 16,000 reported cases of the disease - with the potentially lethal hemorrhagic strain occurring in almost 1400 people. In July, the government of Honduras declared a state of emergency. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with local officials on interventions to assist in combating the outbreak.