Interview by Nisma Le Boul| London, August 8th
What does your organisation do?
The Cruz Verde Hondureña is an NGO based in Tegucilgapa in Honduras, working in humanitarian aid, contributing in reducing poverty. The organisation mobilises national and international solidarity to improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable. Recognised by the government of Honduras, we intervene in situation of crisis, our expertise lies in emergency relief in urban and mountain settings as well as responses to: fire, disasters and other catastrophes.
How would you describe its role as part of civil-society?
As first responders in emergencies at national level, we provide pre-hospital care as well as timely humanitarian assistance to people who need it without distinction of race, ideas or religion during emergencies. Through our activities, we create synergies with various actors, that allows integrated community work. The Cruz Verde Hondureña works hand in hand with local communities on specific DRR and development objectives, organising workshops with particular stakeholders such as disaster preparedness and response, training of personnel in institutional areas and humanitarian assistance.
What is your role, what does it entail?
I hold two positions within the Cruz Verde Hondureña, working on a voluntary basis, I am the president of the National Board of Directors, National Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response, Humanitarian Aid and Assistance. It implies that I coordinate actions at the national level in the area of Risk Management, Preparedness and Response and Humanitarian Assistance, ensuring the protection of the rights of people affected by disasters.
When did your organisation join GNDR?
We joined GNDR in 2010.
Why did you join GNDR?
We strongly believe that it is fundamental that our organisation is part of the common DRR strategies put in place at national and regional (LAC) levels, in order to best support the actions and processes that promote inclusive social development at the frontline, working with and for communities.
Consider 3 benefits for your organisation of being a GNDR member.
- In recent years, civil society organizations (CSOs) have gained spaces for expression, collaboration and participation with public agencies, other CSOs and the community at large. GNDR, through its programs, helps our organization to work directly with a large variety of actors.
- Through our collaborative work with GNDR at regional level, we have achieved great impact in encouraging sustainable development and overall resilience of the communities of the local communities that we work with.
- Over the years, we have built collective knowledge that has allowed us to strengthen our capacities in emergency first responses and our direct interventions within the communities.
Name one area of improvement for GNDR.
GNDR’s network has grown considerably through the years in accordance with the Stronger Together 2016-2020 strategy. GNDR’s work of bringing forward community voices at international level is reflected in the development of its projects. Thus it is crucial for GNDR to keep considering the suggestions of members that address the causes and consequences of different issues identified at local level. Facilitating the communication of these reflections is key.
What do you think are your biggest achievements as an organisation?
I am not going to talk about logistics and response capabilities because over the years the Cruz Verde Hondureña has improved tremendously in these two areas. It is better to say that in our countries volunteers are in danger of extinction. It is imperative that we promote volunteering work which constitute the essence of our organisation. We try to particularly encourage the Honduran youth to service those who need it most. I consider volunteering as our greatest achievement. As we are not able to pay our staff we reattribute them in trainings to enhance their skills in emergency response.
Has your organisation received any awards?
Yes, we have been awarded and recognised several times:
- May 2005: COPECO (Comisión permanente de Contingencias) award for the work carried out within the COE-N during Hurricane Adrian’s emergency response.
- April 2008: Certification received from the United States Southern Command for disaster management as part of the Management of crisis III training, given by the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA ( US Federal agency for emergencies and disaster management).
- April 2011: CONAPRA (Comisiòn Nacional para la Prevenciòn de Accidentes) 20th anniversary Award for participating and providing support to 11 national operations.
- International day for natural disaster reduction October 2013: I was awarded for my volunteering work over the past twelve years in DRR and emergency responses.
What should GNDR do to sustain or increase members' engagement or participation?
Solidify and communicate GNDR’s membership engagement strategy. Plan a set of activities to increase the participation of new members. Better communicate on the benefits of joining our network for prospective and current members. For instance, I would suggest the creation of a regional toolkit that would support the recruitment of new members at regional level.
Downloads & Links
- Visit La Cruz Verde Hondureña website, Facebook page and Twitter
- Interview of Tania Triminio with VTV Honduras [Spanish]
- Read the profile of la Cruz Verde Hondureña (to be published soon)
- Comisión permanente de contingencias COPECO Honduras website [Spanish]