Ms. Ana Lucy Bengochea has been a community organizer in Garifuna communities for over 15 years, working to empower women through income-generating projects and other community development activities. As a grassroots leader, she has fought to make the voices of women and indigenous peoples heard on the global stage and leads the WAGUCHA foundation, a grassroots women's organization which is part of the Community Practitioners Platform (CPP) in Honduras. She has played leadership roles in both GROOTS International and the Huairou Commission working with organizations worldwide in disaster preparedness and response, participating in peer exchanges with other grassroots groups, and speaking at numerous UN conferences.
2004 she was the UNDP Equator Initiative Prize Finalist in 2004 and has co-authored Metodologia Cantarranasand is a primary advocate of the Inter-Alliance for Community Resilience in Honduras. She is an expert in organizing the exchange of international experiences, community vulnerability mapping, community plans for disaster risk reduction and resilience, all with a clear gender perspective.
Ms. Bengochea trained in social educator and holds a Master’s degree in international sustainable development. She trained at Fordham University (New York, USA) in socializing the Millennium Development Goals among indigenous communities in Latin America.