Community Development: Locally Defined, Locally Driven
Casa - Pueblito is committed to working in solidarity with our community partners to tackle their most pressing needs and create positive change. Our 5 programmatic areas are:
This is our 27th year supporting grassroots projects in Nicaragua. We have collectively supported locally driven community development projects with our partners across the region, demonstrating long-term solidarity across borders and commitment to our communities.
1. Construction of Five Community Collection Sinks to Preserve Water, Improving the Quality of Life and Health Conditions in Santa Julia and Surrounding Communities
Directly benefiting 560 individuals, this project will contribute to the access and exercise of the human right to water, and create sustainable equitable access to water in the community of Santa Julia, located in El Crucero, Managua. We will build give community water catchment tanks in the community to preserve water for irrigation of the various organic and bio-intensive crops that women in the community are cultivating. In partnership with the Gloria Quintanilla Women's Cooperative, this project will promote efficient communal management of water resources, and promotes strategies that guarantee women's active participation in decision-making processes related to water management in the community.
2. Construction of Latrines and Deepening of Artisanal Wells in the Community of Jiñocuao
This project is the final phase of latrine construction in the community of Jiñocuao, located outside of Somotillo in Chinandega. With the 15 additional latrines constructed in 2019, Casa - Pueblito will have helped build 115 latrines in the community over three years, providing hygiene and sanitation services to the most vulnerable members of the community who have previously not been reached by other development projects implemented by other NGOs and the municipal government. This project will also deepen 15 artisanal wells, providing increased access to water in the community during the dry season. Located in Nicaragua’s dry corridor, access to water is an urgent issue in Jiñocuao. These interventions will directly benefit 146 individuals in the community.
3.Organic Community Gardens for 60 Vulnerable Children & Adolescents in Estelí
Working with 60 children and adolescents from the community in Estelí's municipal garbage dump and in partnership with Mujeres Organizadas Emprendedoras de Esteli (MOES), this project will teach agro-ecological agriculture and environmental sustainability, encourage habits for healthy living, provide nutritious foods for community members, and promote food sovereignty by working with youth to plant organic community gardens.
4. Construction of a Front Fence for Christine King Cooperative
Benefiting 400 individuals who use the cooperative's services, including mature students, children enrolled in art and music classes, and those at the women’s shelter, this project will construct a perimeter fence around the cooperative located in Estelí, Nicaragua, to prevent animals and individuals from entering the center. This is crucial to provide a safe and secure environment to facilitate the optimal development of programming at Christine King and guarantee the safety of students.
5. Through Art We Educate, Learn, and Express Gender Equality, Care for the Environment, and Innovation through Creativity for Community Development
Working with 200 youth and adults, this project is a continuation of programming at Podcasts for Peace that began in 2016 and has continued throughout the years. This project will promote gender equity, economic self-sufficiency, and self-confidence in three vulnerable groups in Acahualinca, Managua: youth in high-risk situations, women, and the elderly through art, dance, music, and sewing classes, as well as support groups for young mothers and young men. Podcasts for Peace has become an irreplaceable space for youth in Acahualinca.
6. EL TRIUNFO EDUCATION PROJECT, GUATEMALA
Since 2006, the El Triunfo Education Project has supported the educational aspirations of Mayan youth of students in the community of El Triunfo in the mountains of Sololá, Guatemala. In recent years the project has focused on providing a low cost middle school education to students in grades seven, eight and nine to students who may not otherwise be attending classes. This year the school year started on January 11th with 50 students enrolled.