Honduras: Rebuilding a Dream Home After the Storm
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Published on 22 May 2012

Mariano Muñoz, his wife and their youngest child in front of their soon-to-be home. (Copyright: WFP/Hetze Tosta)

More than six months after Tropical Storm 12E struck Central America, Honduras' population is still recovering from the aftermath of this weather phenomena. Residents of La Catarina, in the border with Nicaragua, are rebuilding their homes and their lives through WFP's food-for-work activities and with the support of Brazilian and Australian Aid.

La Catarina is a small community bordering Nicaragua; located in the town of El Triunfo, Choluteca in the south region of Honduras, this community was affected by the Tropical Storm 12E.

“The whole community was isolated for 12 days and many houses fell due to the large amount of water and several houses slided down hill; but now, we are pleased and grateful to WFP for the assistance that they are giving us", said Feliciano Carranza, resident of the community and president of CODEL in the area.

Currently a food-for-work project is being implemented in the area, supported by the governments of Australia and Brazil that donated rice and corn that are part of the food rations that the families receive for the rehabilitation phase of the different areas affected. Mariano Munoz is one of the beneficiaries of this project. He lives with his wife and 7 children in a makeshift home made of salvaged materials, mainly tree branches and plastic while building their new home.

“This is a dream come true, before we had a small house, now we are building a bigger one," says Mariano. "This make me feel very proud because I just need to put the roof and it is thanks to the help we have received.”

La Catarina is one of the 27 communities in the department of Choluteca being supported by WFP recovery operation and more than 150 metric tons of food has been distributed in this community for the post/emergency recovery in the south region of Honduras.

 

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Hetze Tosta

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