The community of Buenos Aires, who has worked closely with Opwall since the project began 15 years ago, has been severely impacted by two hurricanes this month. On November 5th, heavy rains caused by Hurricane Eta caused extensive mudslides and flooding, devastating crops and destroying local infrastructure. Then, on November 17th, the even stronger Hurricane Iota damaged and destroyed many houses in the village and further devastated farmland.
The people of Buenos Aires and other communities in the buffer zone of Cusuco National Park are in desperate need of assistance. We are launching this GoFundMe page as a means of sourcing emergency funds to help the people of Buenos Aires and other communities in Cusuco National Park. These funds will be managed by our local partners, ESAC, to provide food, temporary shelters, and rapid road and rubble clearance to help the people in the Cusuco buffer zone survive the current crisis. We are aiming to get these funds to Honduras within the next week, as there is a critical need for immediate relief in our partner villages.
In the longer term, we are aware that these storms have damaged both village infrastructure and peoples' livelihoods, meaning communities will also need help to rebuild. We plan to provide aid in the near future to help with building reconstruction, purchasing new agricultural seeds and tools, and other income support.
Over the last 15 years, members of these communities have made the Operation Wallacea project here possible with their amazing support and hard work, and have extended their warm hospitality to thousands of students and staff members. We hope through this GoFundMe page we will be able to help our friends in Cusuco as much as we can in this very trying time.
We realize funds are very short for many people during the Covid epidemic, but it would be enormously appreciated if you were able to donate to this extremely important emergency aid appeal to help the people of Cusuco National Park in their time of need.
See the situation in neighboring villages on the Honduran news:
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