The United Nations World Food Program (WFP), the largest humanitarian organization today, has signed a framework cooperation agreement with Fundación ETEA – Development Institute of University Loyola to implement its assistance plan in six municipalities in the departments of Copán (Cucuyagua and La Unión) and Ocotepeque (La Labor, Lucerna, Encarnación and Belén Gualcho). The joint operation is expected to reach a total of 2,600 beneficiary families.
This WFP emergency strategy aims to support the rehabilitation of livelihoods and food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable families in communities affected by the drought crisis and Covid-19, a situation that has recently been aggravated by the passage of hurricanes Eta and Iota, causing thousands of people in Honduras to find themselves in a situation of severe food insecurity and even homelessness.
The beneficiary families -considering 5 members per family- receive food rations for 30 days during 3 months, in order to meet their basic food needs, including specialized nutritious food.
Fundación ETEA coordinates with the Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO), local authorities and community leaders for the implementation of the activities in the aforementioned municipalities.
The role of Fundación ETEA
In this intervention, the role of the institution of the Society of Jesus is to manage food assistance directed to the target group, which are the communities and families in a situation of food and nutritional vulnerability.
Among some of its main responsibilities are the reactivation and training of the Municipal (CODEMs) and Local (CODELs) Committees, providing technical assistance and support in their formation for the proper selection and validation of communities and beneficiaries in each municipality; facilitating that the CODEMs and CODELs carry out the process of selection of communities and beneficiaries using participatory methodologies, complying with the established vulnerability criteria; provide technical training to beneficiaries on different topics such as water and sanitation, hygiene, health, nutrition and biosecurity protocols decreed by the Government; and support CODEMs in the delivery of assistance with WFP providers.