Aramecina, Valle, July 2008.- Representatives of the US Congress, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras visited the municipal authorities of Aramecina, in the Valle Department. During the visit, beneficiary farmers shared their experiences and opinions on the Water Harvest Project, which is being financed by MCA-Honduras and implemented by CHF International.
Visitors included Mark López, representing US Congress Senator Meléndez; James Mazarella, MCC Head of Public Relations; Jonathan Brooks of MCC Honduras; José Sánchez, Grants Officer of MCA-Honduras; and, Milton Funes, CHF International Director in Honduras. All delegates showed their satisfaction for the large number of project participants that attended the event as a demonstration of their interest to be part of a common dialogue also involving the financial institution and the implementing agency.
After the opening speech by Ms. Arminda Contreras, Mayor of Aramecina, the beneficiary farmers had the opportunity to express their satisfaction for having been selected to participate in the pilot project.
“Once the project starts, the area will flourish and there will be more income generating opportunities for the families; then it will not be necessary to travel North in search of better days for our families”, expressed Luciano Alvarado, President of the local Water Council, alluding to the high migration rate from this area towards the United States of America.
Among the items approached during the meeting, participants presented their concerns regarding the current drought that could affect the next harvests; in that sense they consider this project is critical to avoid losses and to secure a final solution against any future environmental risks.
Milton Funs, CHF International Director in Honduras, expressed their gratitude for the trust granted to the institution and congratulated MCC for the support provided to this type of projects, which are aimed at alleviating the world alimentary crisis and at increasing productivity in the agricultural sector.