We work in solidarity with our community partners to tackle their most pressing needs and create positive change in five program areas. All our projects are designed and implemented by communities themselves to address their most urgent needs. We're excited to share our 2018 community development projects with you below.
These are our core project 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
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECTS:
1. Promoting Youth & Women's Health and Education at CISCUM & Sones Segovianos
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Christine King Cooperative
LOCATION: Estelí, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREAS: Health & Sanitation, Gender Equity, Education and Culture
This project will focus on improving the health of and educational opportunities for local women and youth. It will guarantee that 100% of the mature students at the Integral Center for Women’s Cultural
Improvement (CISCUM) have the basic didactic materials necessary for their math classes and will expand arts courses and musical education classes for 30 children at Sones Segovianos. Finally, this project will ensure that all project participants have access to reproductive and sexual healthcare by providing the Cooperative with adequate equipment to perform gynaecological exams and detect STI's.
2. building Community Latrines for jiñocuao - PHASe 2
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: The community of Jiñocuao, Solomillo
LOCATION: Somotillo, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREA: Health and Sanitation
Jiñocuao is a community near the town of Somotillo, which is 10 minutes away from the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. This project is the second phase of our 2017 latrine project with Jiñocuao. In phase one, we built 44 latrines for the most vulnerable community members as determined by a community self-assessment. In phase two, we will build another 44 latrines. These 44 latrines will benefit 230 community members by providing them with basic sanitation services, diminishing their risk of contracting infectious diseases. Through this project, the community will be able to strengthen their community organizing skills, as families will be directly involved in the latrine construction process and will attend educational talks about health and hygiene.
3. ProtectING SANTA JULIA's Potable Water Supply
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Gloria Quintanilla Women's Cooperative
LOCATION: Managua, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREAS: Water Security, Gender Equity, Environmental Justice
The project will guarantee the protection of a community water source that will permit the secure supply of water to 97 families in the community of Santa Julia by constructing a shelter around the local aqueduct. Additionally, it will guarantee the equitable access to water for women and men by encouraging strategies of active participation for women in the decision-making processes surrounding management of water and other community resources.
4. EDUCATION THROUGH ART & Promoting Gender Equality
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Podcasts for Peace
LOCATION: Managua, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREAS: Education and Culture, Gender Equity
This project will benefit 200 people in Acahualinca, Managua, with a focus on a focus on three vulnerable groups: women, youths in situations of risk, and senior citizens.
It will continue a young mother’s group from 2016 and 2017 that provides material support for young mothers, peer support, and workshops by local feminists on gender equity. Simultaneously, the project will ensure the continuation of a young men’s group that provides them with peer support and encourages young men to unlearn toxic masculinities. The project also continues the vocational courses for senior citizens offered in our 2016 and 2017 projects. Finally, this project will establish four courses in music, theatre, dance, and painting in the cultural centre, including a children’s choir for children from Acahualinca.
5. Strengthening Educational Programming at HOgares
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Hogar Luceros del Amanecer
LOCATION: Camoapa, Boaco, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREAS: Education and Culture
The Hogar offers integral attention and services to 65 local children that live in extreme poverty through
programming such as formal education, tutoring, providing school supplies, English classes,
computer classes, music classes, and a radio and television program that encourages children to
learn more about their town and country. This project will improve the infrastructure in the centre, particularly the classrooms, allow students from low-income families to travel to Managua and experience one of Nicaragua’s historical sites and capacitate the centre's radio and television programming.
6. Reflective Processes and Organizing Workshops for women in Situations of risk
IMPLEMENTING PARTNER: Asociación de Mujeres Organizadas Emprendedoras de Estelí
LOCATION: Estelí, Nicaragua
PROJECT AREAS: Health and Sanitation, Gender Equity, Education and Culture
This project is a multi-pronged project that works to protect and promote respect for the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women at risk: sex workers, women deprived of liberty in regional prisons, and women who live in the municipal garbage dumps surrounding Estelí. There will be 90 women project participants including sex workers, incarcerated women, and women living in the Estelí municipal dump site. All the women will participate in eight workshops over 6 months related to identity, collective organizing, and self-esteem. The workshops aim to educate women about their sexual and reproductive rights and to provide them with the tools and support they need to self-advocate if their rights are violated.
The 90 women participants will also receive guaranteed specialized medical attention for essential reproductive and sexual health services, including gynaecological services like pap tests and pelvic ultrasounds. The Association of Organized Entrepreneurial Women will work with medical clinics in the area to make sure that the project beneficiaries are treated with respect while they receive these services. Finally, 20 of these women will participate in a series of capacity-building workshops to create handicrafts and market them, building their entrepreneurial abilities and allowing these women to pursue new sources of income.
7. el triunfo education project
LOCATION: Solola, Guatemala
PROJECT AREA: Education and Culture
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.