Latina Republic is a California-based, non-profit organization committed to bridging the divide between the US and its neighbors to the south. We use the power of storytelling and our platform to raise voices from out of the shadows. Our international program focuses on advancing charitable goals in Central and South America. We promote development, democracy and humanitarian assistance in the region.
We envision a healthier region marked by good neighbor, mutually-beneficial relations. We seek a deeper understanding of one another; an economically empowered region, and intercontinental peace. With shared histories, economies and family ties, we know that if we work together we can be more effective.
In Latin America, we maintain a grantmaking relationship with awarded NGOs to support the work carried out by staff and volunteers who work for the NGOs as agents of the NGOs (not of Latina Republic).
The beneficiaries are severely affected communities in Central and South America hurdled by food insecurity, lack of employment, environmental conditions affecting livelihood, human rights violations, gender, education and health inequality. We partner to create sustainable solutions that strengthen the region.
In recent years, the United States has received asylum requests from unprecedented numbers of migrants traveling from a region known as the Northern Triangle-comprised of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras; a region affected by lack of economic opportunity, poverty, unequal access to health care and education, and where few protections for women exist. The U.S. government has responded to the rise in migration patterns, by alternating policies from enforcement, detainment, sanctions, to considerations of foreign aid.
While thousands of migrants have fled the region for the United States, many regional leaders have stayed, launching NGOs dedicated to rehabilitating Latin-American communities and focused on strengthening human rights and opportunity.
Latina Republic believes that it is through these brave, local NGOs that the answer to development in the region lies.
Since 2015, Latina Republic has conducted extensive research and built on-the-ground relations with Central and South American NGOs, community leaders, and rising entrepreneurs.
Through oral histories with local leaders, Latina Republic has identified visionary NGO’s and creative entrepreneurs that are succeeding against all odds. It is the work of these valiant organizations that Latina Republic seeks to bring to light and to help support.