In August '19 Las Lomitas inaugurated their Genesis Project of a school fence. This came out of their desire to protect their school children(K-6) and teachers while at school due to the fact that the school is located on the main road through town.
Las Lomitas did a fundraiser selling T-Shirts with their community name/logo on it which brought in a significant amount of funds for the fencing materials. At least 40% of the local community participated by donating their manual labor to build the fence.
Local leaders readily shared how important the development process has been with us. They have focused on managing their funds well. From fundraising, to expenditures, to implementation of their project, they prioritized transparency with their community and are reaping the benefits of improved trust in addition to the physical infrastructure that they have created.
Lomas del Aguila
As usual, Lomas del Aguila took this challenge very seriously. Their Genesis Project "Cleaning Our Community" took place over several months and in several ways. Due to the widespread issue of trash and contamination in the community, they organized three clean-up campaigns - in May, July, and August, and plan to continue these campaigns indefinitely in order to maintain the community clean and healthy.
In addition, working with the local municipal government, community members installed 10 metal trash cans in public places and invested 72 days of labor in the development of a new concrete ditchline designed to divert contaminated greywater away from public areas. In addition to local municipal government involvement, Lomas del Aguila did a T-Shirt fundraiser for this project as well.
Heart to Honduras office staff, leaders from Las Lomitas and Caliche, as well as the local mayor joined the people of Lomas del Aguila for a celebration. CoHI staff were encouraged to learn how collaborative this celebration truly was, considering that family health issues had taken Dimas away from his normal, highly-proactive position. As he observed the efforts of his colleagues, he was visibly touched. School children led much of the celebration. The municipal mayor also atended the inauguration and is always happy to support local initiatives.
In October Caliche inaugurated their Genesis Project of Road Repairs to improve transportation in and out of their town. Access is everything for some of these communities. If the roads are well maintained, the buses will come to transport people in and out for their daily activities...a full time job, continuing education, trade, doctors appointment, visiting friends and family, and supermarket purchases. More than 40 days of intense physical labor work from community members was dedicated to digging ditches to direct rain water and other runoff that will protect their road system during times of high flow.
In November, all three communities gathered in Santa Elena for a final workshop focused on "Holistic Project Management." This workshop distinguished between traditional methods of raising funds and managing project resources and a holistic approach that considers all manner of resources and where they might come from.
As we finalized the session, community teams took turns sharing project ideas that fit into each of the four "holistic areas" of life in their towns and shared in what areas they had grown the most and what areas that there was still room for growth. These moments of public reflection are always encouraging. In them, we witness community leaders that previously could not even define holistic growth, stand before a large group of people and communicate some very profound insights into how their community is or is not growing and why that might be.