Origin: Nicaragua, San Juan del Rio
Timeline: November 2020 –Jan 2021
Partner orgs: Taylors of Harrogate, UCA San Juan
People: 600 families (400 families of smallholder farmers and workers provided with sanitation provisions and 200 vulnerable families provided with essential food support packages)
This project is a collaborative effort between Falcon, Taylors of Harrogate, and UCA San Juan del Rio, to provide aid relief for the communities affected by the hurricanes that occurred in Nicaragua in 2020. In 2020, Nicaragua was affected by the intense weather of hurricanes Eta and Iota, which caused damage to many of the main roads connecting rural farming communities in and around key coffee producing regions. At the time the hurricanes hit,the coffee harvest had already begun. This was also happening during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aid relief was urgently needed to be provided with two major concerns: sanitation and food provisions for vulnerable families, and repairing the roads, since they provide vital access for aid reaching vulnerable parties,as well as for the flow of coffee to continue without major delays potentially damaging local economy.
Taylors of Harrogate granted funding to the coop for the implementation and distribution of resources to the affected communities, with Falcon acting as an intermediary and overseeing the project management. An MOU was quickly created outlining the necessary activity, which included providing sanitary kits for 400 families, including a sector of workers of the UCA processing plant deemed to be in the vulnerable category since they are required to work in areas where social distancing may not be possible. UCA selected 200 workers from the dry mill and 200producers who had limited or no access to essential resources.
Additionally, UCA organised a work force with community leaders to manually repair roads needed to access the communities at risk,who will be provided with a small food package.
Emergency food packages were provided for 200 families and infrastructural repair work continued throughout 2021. It was stipulated that documentation of the project including imagery, along with a summary and evidence of financial accounting to be produced within one month of the project end.