Kenoli Foundation is a private Canadian foundation that works to alleviate poverty and hunger by supporting organizations that build community self-sufficiency and advance human rights in four countries in Central America – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. We focus on best practices that have been shown to make a difference in people’s lives and transform communities.
Prior to the world-wide pandemic of COVID-19, there have been slow, incremental improvements in the lives of the 40 million people living in these four countries. The gains have been lost and even reversed with the pandemic. According to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America there is a 10% loss in Gross National Product (GDP) which will lead to a 3% – 6.5% increase in the number of people living poverty. This means between 1.2 – 2.6 million more people will be living in poverty.
To make matters worse, in November 2020, Hurricanes Eta and Iota battered Nicaragua, Honduras and parts of Guatemala and El Salvador. The continued flooding affected the harvests and strained subsistence farmers, leading to food shortages in 2021. The relentless rain downed dozens of bridges and damaged more than 1,400 roads in the region. Tens of thousands lost their homes and access to clean water, all in the middle of the pandemic. These natural disasters, likely as a consequence of climate change, only increase people’s vulnerabilities, further leading to increasing poverty.
Kenoli responded with humanitarian aid to assist the communities with which we work to meet their basic survival needs. Kenoli partners have shown resilience and adaptability in working against these seemingly insurmountable odds to address increasing poverty and find ways to improve people’s lives.