Programs Director's Take-Over
News from El Salvador
For many years in the 2010s, El Salvador suffered from overly dry rainy seasons, which affected the bean and corn crops, staples which are especially important to small farmers who depend on their crops to feed their families. This is the case at COAR, as well, where the beans and corn raised on the property are enough to provide for the needs of the kids and staff for the whole year.
This year it was not a drought that has affected crops around El Salvador but rather Hurricane Julia, which made landfall in October and wiped out an estimated 20% of the bean harvest in the entire country. In a country already suffering from record inflation, where an average rural family earning minimum wage already spends up to 2/3 of their income on food, this can have disastrous consequences.
It will affect COAR, too, where we lost about 60% of our beans, and are already thinking about what having to purchase them will mean for our budget. Your gifts give COAR cushion. Thanks.