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Comité de Emergencia Garífuna (CEGAH, Garífuna Emergency Committee)
Honduras
 

This women-led initiative arose in 1998 in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on sixteen agrarian Garifuna communities. These peoples of Afro-indigenous descent have traditionally been socioeconomically marginalized in Honduras, and their agricultural livelihoods were hard hit by the loss of 70% of the country's crops due to heavy flooding.

Beyond initial disaster relief efforts, the initiative has sought to improve local resilience to future environmental disasters. By conserving forests, incorporating sustainable agricultural practices for hillside farming, adopting appropriate technologies, rehabilitating beaches, and supporting the land reform efforts of disenfranchised Garifuna communities, Comité de Emergencia Garífuna (CEGAH, Garífuna Emergency Committee) is helping to ensure that future generations of Garifuna are able to live prosperously and in balance with healthy ecosystems.

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CONTACT

Martín Martinez
Comite de Emergencia Garifuna de Honduras
A.P. No. 67
Trujillo, Colon
Honduras
Tel: 504-9713-31-00
Fax: 504-434-2518
Email: marcali2004@yahoo.es