Tourism accounts for over 65% of local employment in Cabarete, Dominican Republic and is a vital pillar of the economy there.
The COVID-19 crisis has created a food crisis in addition to the health and social situation, giving way to an estimated 85% unemployment rate. Today 80% of Cararete's population are identified as 'food insecure', meaning they have no more than 3 days of food at any given time. While the local government operates a food support program, not all people living in the area are citizens of the Dominican Republic and the program currently benefits only 1,600 residents.
Local NGOs, farms, food providers, community leaders, volunteers and elected officials have joined forces as a united group to solve the immediate crisis and develop a sustainable long-term solution. This starts first by distributing nutritious food, to the families most in need, then to ensure that Cabarete equips itself to tackle crises in the mid to long-term, working with local landowners to build sustainable food production facilities through community gardens, permaculture farms and food education programs.
For more information or to donate today: www.cabaretesostenible.org