COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
We are in the process of confirming our 2018 projects! Check back in early April for project announcements. Keep scrolling down to learn more about our recently concluded 2017 projects.
We work in solidarity with our community partners to tackle their most pressing needs and create positive change in five program areas.
We strive to provide access to nutritious food and safe drinking water by building community gardens, offering agro-ecology workshops, and developing programs for community-based environmental protection
We work to correct systemic gendered inequality and discrimination by providing educational opportunities to women through a variety of workshops, courses, artistic projects and other activities
We aim to improve access to education by funding arts-based workshops for youth and children, funding schools and various programs for young and mature students and promoting local ancestral knowledge
We aim to improve health conditions and reduce risk of disease by providing access to basic sanitation and hygiene services.
We support a number of projects that meaningfully engage community members in the fight for environmental protection and justice
Our 2017 Community Development Projects:
1. installing Community Water services in La Calera, Granada
This project installed community water services in the community of La Calera, a community partner of the UCA Tierra y Agua Union of Co-operatives. The water services will provide access to clean water for the community, which currently does not have running water. The project directly benefits 55 children, youth, adults, and seniors who are residents of the community of La Calera. Read more here!
2. BUILDING LATRINES AND SANITATION SERVICES in Jiñocuao
Our 2017 project with Jiñocuao resulted in the construction of 44 latrines for 44 local families. This project is directly benefitting 216 people: 61 children, 31 youth, and 124 adults. The families who received latrines are the most vulnerable members of Jiñocuao, as determined by a community self-assessment. Additionally, as part of the project, nurses and nursing students from the local community health centre were invited to the community to facilitate workshops on hygienic practices, disease prevention, and community health. Read more here.
3. Fighting for food security in Santa Julia
This project built 8 community plantations for the production of plantains and bananas, in order to provide basic food security to Santa Julia community members who have experienced food shortages and poor agricultural production in the last few years due to droughts linked to climate change. Plantations were established in the homes of eight women, all members of the Gloria Quintanilla Cooperative, this project's implementing partner. Each member received 157 plantain plants and 158 bananas plants. Plantains produce 3-4 harvests a year, and bananas produce 2 harvests. Plantains and all their varieties are a good alternative crop in dry areas as they require less water compared to other plants.
Produce from the plantations will be divided amongst the families of the community, and the local children’s eatery "Cherished Children". The community eatery will receive 40% of the total produce to contribute to providing a weekly free lunch for the children of the community. A further 20% will be for the families’ self-consumption and 35% will be sold in local vegetable markets to generate income for participating families. T
4. Promoting and recuperating artistic and cultural identity in San Ramon, Matagalpa
This project provided visual arts, music, and dance classes to youth and children in San Ramon, Matagalpa, as a way of promoting ancestral knowledge and cultural expression, strengthening the self-esteem and cultural identity of the residents of San Ramon. The project directly benefitted 120 children, youth, and adults.
The project provided artistic materials for the arts classes, and facilitated courses and training for participants in visual arts techniques. As part of the project, students in the art classes were involved in the elaboration of an artistic mural called "Indigenous Archers of Yucul", in homage to the indigenous archers of Yucul from the area of Matagalpa who participated in the Battle of San Jacinto on September 14, 1856. Art pieces such as t-shirts, cards, and portraits are sold in a little shop at the art school, allowing the center to continue providing resources and material for the students and the arts classes. Additionally, the project funded a series of folkloric dance and traditional music classes with children, youth, and adults in order to recuperate indigenous knowledge and customs of the municipality.
5. Expanding Youth Engagement Programming
and Improvements to Cultural Center
Through a variety of workshops, courses, excursions, and other healthy activities, our 2017 project with Podcasts for Peace promoted education, gender equity and economic development. The community organization also improved the infrastructure of their cultural center where all programming is hosted. The project focused on three local groups in vulnerable situations: seniors of Acahualinca, women, and at-risk youth.
- Promote gender equity by engaging young men and women in gender-related workshops and groups.
- Develop economic self-sufficiency by engaging the elderly in occupational training.
- Improve the infrastructural capacities of the center, including improvements to the electrical system, re-making the floor, re-installing a kitchen and washroom, and acquiring work tables.
6. Environmental Protection and Support of "Los Cachorros" farm
This project improved the infrastructure of the agricultural area in the "Los Cachorros" farm, a shelter that houses at-risk boys and young men who are involved in the Los Quinchos program. The farm houses a total of 17 hens, 5 roosters, 1 rabbit, 13 pigs, 102 baby chickens, 3 cows, 1 bull, 4 pelibuey sheep, and 26 ducks. The improvement to the infrastructure includes reparations to the shelters that house pigs, cows, chickens, and the rabbit.
As another part of the project, the children and youth of Los Quinchos participated in workshops and training in the importance of environmental protection during environmental crisis. Children and youth attending Los Quinchos were trained in soil management, creating organic compost and fertilizer, proper planting techniques, and proper farm animal management. Through these activities, participants received vocational skills and training that will assist them in their future professional and vocational endeavours.
7. Supporting the EL TRIUNFO EDUCATION PROJECT, GUATEMALA
For ten years, the El Triunfo Education Project has provided an affordable middle school education to indigenous Mayan children in the community of El Triunfo in the mountains of Solola, Guatemala. Classes from grades seven to nine are offered. The most recent school year began in January 2017 with sixty students enrolled in the school. From 2011 to 2016 classes at the high school level were also offered. Scholarships are also available to students enrolled in high school and university programs.