The Village Council is the local governing body elected by community members and recognized by the municipal government as the entity responsible for community development efforts and administration. We invited our good friend Elder Murillo, a seasoned Honduran expert in community leadership, to lead this session on the legal rights and responsibilities of Patronatos.
Junta de Agua
The Water Board administers the community’s water system and is legally responsible for local environmental health that affects the natural environment as well as public health. Many of the session’s attendees were surprised to learn of their responsibilities beyond basic water acquisition and administration. A leading engineer with more than 20-years of practical and professional experience, Denis Gutierrez, from the Honduran national water oversight entity (SANAA) led this session. Many of the local leaders have kept in touch with Denis and are already making adjustments locally based on the information that they learned in the session.
Sociedad de Padres de Familias
The “Parents Society” is somewhat of a local equivalent for a US PTO. This group represents the parents of local schoolchildren and is responsible to cooperate with local educators and superintendents to improve the community’s educational opportunities. We invited the new district education supervisor of the municipal government of Santa Cruz de Yojoa, Marlon Caballero, to lead this session and illuminate to local parents exactly how they could practically support their local schools and their children’s education.
This group varies from town to town, but all three of our pilot communities include one Catholic Church and one or more Evangelical churches. The leaders of these congregations are often recognized locally as part of the community leadership structure. Pastor Yovani Alas from a large and socially-engaged church in nearby Taulabe was invited to come share with local leaders how they approached their community in order to share the love of Christ and spur on local holistic development.