In March we took a trip to visit the San Jose Bakery in Guatemala. It was an amazing and inspiring trip but, as is often the case in this line of work, we saw how much more remains to be done. The need and potential for projects was countless and diverse, but one in particular had us scrambling to figure out what we could do right then and there.
We learned that in Copan, Honduras the level of poverty is so staggering for some families that they can only afford to feed their children 2-3 times a week. Seeing the severity of the situation, members of the community had come together to start a tamale business so that they could run a meal program for these food-insecure families. When we visited, all the cooking for both programs was being done in a makeshift outdoor kitchen that was barely able to keep up. We were impressed with the community’s business savvy solution to addressing an immediate need; however, it was clear that they needed a real kitchen, and they needed it quickly.
With a budget of $1,700 we committed to help make their kitchen happen. It’s projects like this that make us tremendously grateful to our supporters who donate to our General Fund – a special account that helps support Echoing Good’s administrative costs as well as any unforeseen projects that we come across. We committed to helping this community build a kitchen and we are thrilled to announce that it is now complete!
The tamale business is up and running and the 200 people who were in need of nutritional aid now have a place they can turn to. While we recognize that the next step is getting these families the help they need so that they can fully support themselves, we are hopeful this is a step in the right direction.