Self-Help International

Self-Help International (SHI) devotes its efforts to alleviating world hunger and poverty by providing opportunities to rural citizens that ultimately lead to self-reliance. Since its inception, Self-Help has served as a vessel; training, education, and opportunities are provided to rural citizens and whole communities in developing countries so that they can have better lives. MISSION STATEMENT: To alleviate hunger by helping people help themselves. SELF-HELP'S INITIATIVE Educate: We educate the people of the United States to understand the problems of life in developing countries particularly the awareness of the perpetual struggle by millions to produce and distribute food to battle p...
Feb 24, 2015

Training Center offers women's health classes

Staff from the health center lead the session
Staff from the health center lead the session

Self-Help International’s (SHI) Fred Strohbehn Training Center in Nicaragua recently offered women’s health sessions to 84 beneficiaries from the women’s micro-credit program. The session was offered over a two-day period and women were invited to attend one of the two sessions held on either Nov. 26 or 27.

The women’s health days were made possible in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MINSA). One gynecologist and one nurse from the nearby Quinta Lidia Health Center led the training sessions with the purpose of helping the women understand the importance of maintaining their health, and learning how to do periodic self-exams to detect potential health issues and cancer.

Session One: Nov. 26

Fourteen beneficiaries from the communities of Las Azucenas, Quinta Lidia, Melchorita and Santa Isabel attended the first day training session. The gynecologist started by explaining the importance of the women’s role in their families and homes, with particular emphasis on the importance of maintaining their own health in order to be in a position to take good care of their loved ones.

After the education portion of the training, the doctor explained the importance of having a routine physical exam including a pap smear and mammogram to screen for cancer or pre-cancerous cells. The doctor also showed the women how to do a routine self-exam in the privacy of their own homes to screen themselves for breast cancer. To ensure that attendees fully understood the information being shared, the doctor asked each woman to stand in front of the group and explain in her own words what she had learned from the doctor and to demonstrate how she would conduct the self-exam in the privacy of her own home.

During this process, Self-Help staff found that some of the women were still unsure, so the doctor explained it one more time to make sure all of them fully understood the training and could implement it at home.

At the end of the session, several beneficiaries requested to have the examination right away and take advantage of the opportunity while the doctor was present. The gynecologist examined each of the 14 women individually. After examination, some of the women were immediately referred to the San Carlos Hospital to have ultrasounds to further evaluate masses found or any other type of diseases, demonstrating the need for this training session.

Session Two: Nov. 27

On the second training day, 13 women attended from the communities of Cruz Verde and El Empalme de Cruz Verde. The gynecologist and the nurse assistant conducted the same training as the first day. After making sure that all the women fully understood the importance of maintaining their health and how to conduct home exams, the doctor offered breast exams to each one of the women present. Similar to the day before, some of the women were also referred to the San Carlos Hospital for further evaluation.

Women from both sessions said they were really thankful and happy to have this type of training organized by Self-Help International and the Ministry of Health. One of the women even said that out of all the training she has received from Self-Help International, this training was the one she liked most because now she understands that the organization really cares about them as human beings. She explained that economic concerns regarding poverty are very important, but the health education means even more to beneficiaries. Attendees said they are thankful for Self-Help International staff for providing this program, training, and skills.

Since the health class was held at the Fred Strohbehn Training Center, the women were able to come to the classes with confidence and comfort because they are familiar with the organization and feel a part of Self-Help. This level of trust is important because the women are hesitant and uncomfortable getting exams with people they aren’t familiar with, so they said they would not have gone to screenings otherwise.

Unfortunately beneficiaries from Laurel Galan were unable to attend because most of the women are teachers and were working during the first two sessions. SHI staff plans to continue this training session in 2015 to account for those who were unable to attend.

A donation of $75 will provide a training session for one beneficiary.

Thank you for your support of the Nicaragua Training Center. Your donation is making it possible for women in rural Nicaragua to grow professionally and personally.

Women learn about health exams
Women learn about health exams

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Feb 20, 2015

Clean water makes impact on Nueva Guinea

Chlorinator installation in Los Pintos
Chlorinator installation in Los Pintos

Impact of the Clean Water Program in the Nueva Guinea municipal, Autonomous Region of the South Atlantic – RAAS – Nicaragua

In December 2014, Self-Help International held a public exposition of the Clean Water Program, as well as a technical presentation of the CTI8 chlorinator for community leaders of the CAPS (Committee of Clean and Portable Water) in the Nueva Guinea municipal. There were 40 communities represented by CAPS leaders, more than seven technicians from the Water and Sanitation Mayor Office of Nueva Guinea (UMAS) and three consultants from the Social and Emergency Investment Fund of the Nicaraguan government (FISE), which dedicates itself to the construction of water systems and out houses in rural communities.

The activity was a success, as it explained to CAPS leaders the strategies, steps and goals of the Clean Water Program of Self-Help International, proposed to be completed in the year 2015. This includes the four major principal themes: “Justified aspects of the N°722 Law, organization, constitution, legalization and functioning of CAPS”, “Administration, operation and maintenance of rural aqueducts”, “Methodology and calculation of the water and rural aqueducts tariff,” and “the determination of residual bleach and bacterial analysis in the rural population’s water systems. "

In January 2015, after the December meeting, approximately 840 km in community visits focused on the water systems, multiple contacts with CAPS members and community assemblies; the rural population and the CAPS leaders of the Nueva Guinea communities confirmed and approved the installation of the CTI8 manual chlorinators.

Orlando Montiel Salas, Self-Help International’s Clean Water Program official, visited the Los Laureles, San Pablo, Jacinto Baca, Talolinga and the Pintos of Nueva Guinea communities to meet with CAPS leaders, as well as with the general population, to explain the importance of supporting the treatment of crude water that the people drink, to familiarize the people with rural aqueducts and to study how the chlorinators would be installed.

Orlando successfully installed three chlorinators (CTI8s) in the Los Pintos and Talolinga communities, providing a clean water supply to 420 houses, disinfecting 71.16 cubic meters of water each day and benefitting 3,120 people. In these communities the water arrives directly from stone wells and water pumps. There is no form of treatment, leaving the population to consume crude water.

Impact of the Clean Water Program (CTI8) in El Castillo, Empresa PALCASA

In January 2015, Self-Help’s Clean Water Program also enabled the installation of the CTI8 in the offices of the company PALCASA in El Castillo, Rio San Juan. This CTI8 chlorinator was installed around a plastic tank holding 1.85 cubic meters of water, which allowed for the adequate treatment of water provided from the nearby river. This benefits 6 housing communities and offices, where 150 people work each day. Self-Help representatives visited the company three times since December 2013 taking the owners of the company over a year to approve the installation of the CTI8 to provide clean water to workers.

Your support has provided these communities with the knowledge and training to improve the quality of water therefore improving the quality of life. Thank you for your generous donation.

Technical presentation to leaders of Nueva Guinea
Technical presentation to leaders of Nueva Guinea
CAPS leaders of Los Pintos
CAPS leaders of Los Pintos
Community assemply in Talolinga
Community assemply in Talolinga

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Jan 29, 2015

Motivation drives Maria's success

Maria & one of her children at a training session
Maria & one of her children at a training session

Maria is a 38 year old woman from the Cruz Verde community. She has three sons, one of which is ten-years-old and must help her read and write because she is unable to do so. Maria is very active in classes offered at the Self-Help training center and is always willing to share knowledge with other women in the micro-credit program.

Maria and Ana, another woman in the program, are two of the most motivated women in the group. For example, in December Maria and Ana worked together to make 12 piñatas in a very short time. Later that day, when the rest of the class returned from lunch, Maria and Ana were already busy making pasta de chiles (hot pepper sauce).

Because of their efficiency, the two women were able to sell much of what they made in the Municipal Market in San Carlos. With their income, they bought school supplies for their children to take to class.

This week, Maria and Ana will head to the market with 50 more containers of pasta de chile (hot pepper sauce) to sell, allowing them to earn 3,000 Cordobas (about $112) between the two women. At the market, they will also be selling jams from nancites, a common type of fruit found in Nicaragua, to strengthen their profit.

Your support has enabled Maria and Ana, and other motivated women like them, to earn money to support their families. Thank you for your generosity.

Two of Maria
Two of Maria's sons
Maria and the micro-credit group
Maria and the micro-credit group

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