Immense ethnic and biological diversity characterize these magnificent lands, and all across these territories community leaders are taking their rightful place as stakeholders and leaders in resource management, agriculture and access to public services.
Claiming their rights of equal access to resources, education and health services, women, indigenous peoples and small farmers are adding their voices to the local, regional and national dialogues that govern water, access to land, energy, public services and help local populations to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Half the population of Central America lives in poverty. The chronically poor and marginalized — women, indigenous peoples and small farmers — lack access to government services, economic opportunity, and the knowledge and manifestation of their basic rights that could enable a safer, healthier and more stable existence.
Since the mid-1970s, Change for Children has supported local, community based organizations, empowering their leaders and helping their members develop skills and resource and achieve their visions for a fairer, more prosperous future for all.