People clean up storm damage

Hurricane Eta and Iota Recovery

Hurricanes Eta and Iota Impact Thousands of Farmers in Central America

People clean up storm damage

Category 4 Hurricane Eta made landfall in Central America on November 3, 2020, followed by Category 4 Iota on November 16. The two catastrophic storms have had a devastating effect on our farmers in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Food, shelter and medical relief are the immediate priorities. In the longer term, food security will threaten progress in the region, as thousands of hectares of crops were damaged, including staple foods like beans, corn, rice and plantains as well as commodity crops like cardamon, cacao and others.  

Your donation to our disaster rehabilitation fund will help families rebuild.

Read more about how Hurricane Eta has impacted people in Central America on our blog.

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Disaster position statement  

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Heifer International works with vulnerable communities in disaster-prone areas. We help at-risk communities prepare for and mitigate the potential impact of disasters.

While not a disaster relief agency, in the event of a major disaster that exceeds a project community’s capacity to respond, Heifer partners with relief and recovery agencies and first-responders on the ground to support the efforts in communities where we work, with a focus on livestock and agricultural systems rehabilitation.

Our role is to provide short-term provisional support—food, water and transportation—with an emphasis on helping Heifer project participants.

And, because so many project communities are located in areas sensitive to climatic events, we raise money for our disaster rehabilitation fund all year round.

Large-scale fundraising will only be considered when there is a significant geographic impact or when a large number of Heifer communities or families are impacted.

We build strong communities

Though we cannot predict where the next disaster will strike, our Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training helps families prepare for the worst.

Participants are taught

  • to secure livestock and feed
  • to harvest crops for food
  • to secure water and firewood
  • to identify evacuation centers
  • to safeguard important papers, education materials and cash

While we are not a relief organization, we have a responsibility to our families to get them back on their feet and ready to rebuild for the long term. Mother Nature can lash out anywhere at any time. That's why we also have our Disaster Rehabilitation Fund.