Fundación HRI focuses on developing the resilience of families and communities, strengthening the family unit and establishing self-sufficiency in the home with the aim of improving the lives of children and adolescents.
Hunger Relief International (HRI) is a Judeo-Christian organization working to improve and protect the lives of desperately poor children and families by building resilience, fighting hunger, promoting family unity, and increasing self-reliance. HRI does this through direct programming and public awareness.
Fundación HRI serves children and families affected by extreme poverty or natural disasters who lack food, water, education and / or sanitation by responding to crises, developing resilience and creating opportunities that treat and prevent the short and long-term effects of hunger. and malnutrition. Together we are igniting the power of positive change and working to improve and protect the lives of poor and marginalized families by building resilience by engaging youth in the development of their communities.
We offer trainings.
We offer the following programs:
- Youth Program
- Nutrition Program
- WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)
- Mental health for older adults
We focus on community strengthening. Partner institutions conducted research, the results of which they shared with us, based on which, considering our resources, we decided to take this action.
- Youth Program: To date, Fundación HRI has served more than 750 youth through 230 intensive and personalized self-reliance training events. Through institutional alliances, we manage community networks in zone 18, San Miguel Petapa and municipalities of Santa Rosa.
- Nutrition Program: HRI Foundation distributes fortified food supplements to more than 500 children through school feeding programs, food baskets and more. We have also coordinated seed distributions for farmers and other income-generating projects with women to improve the capacity and self-sufficiency of families. These programs are focused on villages known for their high levels of malnutrition.
- WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene): The HRI Foundation created the “Trifecta Program” to ensure that vulnerable children and families have access to three critical resources that address these health and safety risks. We benefit almost 100 families.
- Elderly: Mental Health and food for 30 elderly in suburban areas.
We measure our impact through regular evaluations and weekly reports.
Size and/or structure
We have changed from a 3-person team that operated only in Cuilapa, to a 5-person coordinating team that operates in various municipalities in Guatemala and Santa Rosa.
We went from school meals to family bags and from prioritizing food programs to prioritizing work in community networks, achieving a greater role for the communities in their own process.
With the pandemic, we moved to 'home office', coordinating actions from the capital. The current trend of international cooperation is not to finance the rental of offices for organizations, so doing a home office made us more efficient and better manages our costs.
How you collaborate or work with others
We went from being an isolated actor to proposing all our interventions as network actions, since we see that communities suffer when each state, private or charitable organization comes to carry out projects on their own without creating synergies with the population itself or with other actors. such as churches, schools and the health sector.
Create at least two new youth, elderly or women's groups in each of our intervention areas (zone 18, Santa Rosa, San Miguel Petapa).
Continuous training and self-care spaces for our staff.
At least one new ally in each community and at least one small project financed by international cooperation (since having funds will allow us to consider actions with greater impact).
Presence in new departments.
That the communities take ownership of the process and make it sustainable.
Multiplying effect, rather than creating programs, creating a true social movement that involves as many actors as possible.