Community Project Management
CoHI communities have lots of experience working and managing community projects, but they have often expressed difficulty in organizing the community and gathering all of the needed resources. This training focused on a very simple process of working to organize community resources on the front end of the process, execute the project in order, and do a final evaluation. Dimas in Lomas del Aguila expressed relief over having some sort of solid process to follow – as community planning sessions occasionally end in division over what to do next. The process is not a prescription of exact procedures, but a recommendation of how to achieve steady progress throughout the life of a project.
October Community Building Activity
This activity literally put legs on “State of Our Communities” workshop. HTH staff worked with community leaders to execute a community-wide comprehensive survey with two parts:
- Demographic Information –Who lives in our community? What services do they have access to? What are the most common issues that they experience? What is the general economic information of our area?
- Resource Inventory – We think we are poor – but what kind of spiritual, natural, material, financial, social, and intellectual capital do we have access to
This exercise was done in true CoHI fashion – not to the people, but by the people. Local teams worked together to gather this information and were amazed to see the results. We have just recently received the information ourselves, but pulled out a few interesting points that point to just how amazingly resource-rich and diverse these “poor” communities truly are. Each community not only has resources, but they have unique resources that distinguish them from each other.
- The 44 households of Caliche collectively own 70 horses, 128 hogs, and more than 400 chickens.
- Most houses are constructed of adobe (mud brick).
- An average worker earns $5/day.
- Most home work in sustenance agriculture, particularly rice and beans, farming an average of three acres per household.
- Seven of the 69 households own a vehicle.
- The most common type of home construction is concrete block.
- Five residents have formal work outside of the community.
- The price of land/acre is seven times as expensive as land in Caliche.
- More than half of the town's households purify their drinking water in some way.
Lomas del Aguila
- The vast majority of the 97 households work in coffee production. Each family farms an average of 2.8 acres.
- Most homes are constructed of wood.
- 10 people in town make their living as a mason.
- Most people do not purify their drinking water.
- 59 residents deal with hypertension.