Word reached us last week that Nueva Colombia had been hit by mudslides. Two children were killed, and others had to be evacuated by helicopter, since the only road in and out was impassible. Now, we have received news that the entire community has been evacuated.
Nueva Colombia is perched in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas Mountains, several hours over terrible roads from the nearest town. The project in the community is part of a partnership between Heifer International and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which provides participants with a good price for their coffee harvests as well as livestock and fruit trees to ensure year-round access to food and income.
Other communities lost crops and livestock to flooding, and mudslides were widespread. We will keep you updated about conditions in Heifer communities.
Read an article from World Ark's visit last year to the coffee-growing communities of southern Mexico, including Nueva Colombia.