Sep 7, 2021

Rural Women Take the Lead!

Rural Women's Leadership Intern Cohort!
Rural Women's Leadership Intern Cohort!

Dear Friend,

As the year marches on, The Solidarity Project supports Honduran community leaders to select, design, and begin their projects to improve their communities despite the global pandemic, economic downturn, and the impact of natural disasters. Our partners are launching back into action to help build a Honduras where they can thrive and see their communities prosper and grow.

Over this year, The Solidarity Project has also worked with a very special cohort of interns selected through our Rural Women’s Leadership Initiative, developed in partnership with a US foundation, to promote women's participation and action in community projects in four of our partner communities. At present, we have interns from this initiative in the communities of La Majada Verde, Coa Abajo, Soroguara and El Aguacatal, Honduras. 

This first cohort of Rural Women Leadership Interns play an important role in providing support to our partners, and they help us see the completion and advancement of complex community projects that have many partners, donors and contributors. All the Rural Women Interns have also taken all of our Community Health Volunteer training in basic and advanced first aid, and they manage the use of the sustainable community pharmacy kits in their communities. By investing in women and having them take on more prominent roles in community development, we hope to positively impact perceptions and counter cultural machismo beliefs that can limit many women and girls in Honduras. 

This year, with your support, our project director and community interns have helped advance or complete the following projects: 

  1. Total Rebuild of Community Center in El Tule*
  2. Restoration of "Community House'' Donated by a village founder in Coa Abajo*
  3. Construction of Community park in Soroguara*
  4. Construction of Bathroom, Water Cistern, and Purchase of new tables and chairs at the Kindergarten in Nueva San Diego, Talanga.*
  5. Repair of Water System to improve community access to water in Majada Verde.
  6. Restoration of Community Water Tank in El Ocotal. 
  7. Support to Rebuild of Community Bridge in El Aguacatal. 

                                          *Completed 

We want to thank you for your support and solidarity with Honduran community leaders and our work in partnership with them. Your contributions help Honduran leaders and communities materialize dreams for they have had for their communities and families for many years. When we work in partnership so many amazing things can happen, and as we have seen recently, it even inspires others to collaborate and contribute to get larger projects completed! We look forward to keeping you updated on our work throughout 2021 and beyond. 

 

Stay safe & take care,

 

The Solidarity Project Team 

Construction of Park in Soroguara
Construction of Park in Soroguara
Reconstruction of 'Community House' in Coa Abajo
Reconstruction of 'Community House' in Coa Abajo
Apr 12, 2021

Renewed Community Partnerships in 2021!

Construction of Community Center in Tule, Honduras
Construction of Community Center in Tule, Honduras

Dear Friend,

It's time for our first project update of the year and we are excited to share that we have had three months of work supporting Honduran community leaders to select, design and begin their projects to improve their communities in 2021. After a devastating 2020, plagued by the global pandemic, economic downturn and natural disasters, our community leaders are launching back into action to help build a Honduras where they can thrive and see their communities prosper and grow. The Solidarity Project is working hard to support our leaders, community interns and partners as they forge this path amongst continued uncertainty. 

In the first three months we have worked closely with community partners in the villages of Coa Abajo, El Tule, El Aguacatal and El Ocotal, maintaining strong communication with the leaders as we have modified our Mesa Comunitaria Micro-grant program format to be covid-19 safe, condensing the amount of projects into one larger project per community rather than several events and winners per event. Most activities will remain remote, engaging community members in new and exciting ways. 

Through this modification of our microgrant program, we have supported the community to conduct surveys and select a single microgrant project ($1,600) to complete in 2021. In the second half of the year, we will engage our other partner communities in Majada Verde, Nueva San Diego, and Soroguara. In giving a larger microgrant, we have been pleasantly surprised to see a trend among our partners, many having matched or exceeded our initial investment in their community by contributing saved up community funds, leveraging funding from other nonprofit collaborators or local politicians, and through planned fundraising.  

Here is an overview of the work that two of our partners have began in 2021: 

Community Partner, El Tule: Total Rebuild of Community Center.

Due to years of disrepair due to lack of funding, El Tule's community center was literally falling down. Originally constructed of adobe, the community has redesigned this center to breath new life into their village. Leaders from Tule conducted a survey to finalize the project scope and validate the community vote for this work and they contributed over double our initial investment for this project from funding they had saved up to complete this project. This community has also been working closely with local politicians to receive further funding and materials to support the completion of construction. Community members in El Tule broke ground on the project in late February and we hope it will be completed by June of 2021. 

Community Partner: Coa Abajo: Restoration of "Community House'' Donated by a Village Founder.

 In the village square of this community, sits a home of historic significance to the people of Coa Abajo. It was donated by one of the founding fathers of this village upon his death. He was an artist and poet inspiring many of Coa's sons and daughters to love their community and find ways to celebrate their history and support each other. With that said, Leaders in Coa Abajo designed a project to restore the "Community House'' to use it as a small museum and guest house in the community. They completed a survey to validate the community's desire to do this work in partnership with TSP. Leaders in Coa Abajo then began to host virtual fundraising events to collect an extra $1,000 US dollars to complete the restoration. The community has organized to connect with family and community members who no longer live in the community and reside mostly in Spain, the U.S. and Tegucigalpa. 

The Solidarity Project is also excited to report that we have moved forward to organize with community leaders in El Aguacatal, Cedros to support the rebuild of their community bridge, which collapsed due to Hurricanes Eta and Iota in November of last year. We are excited to share that due to your support, we are contributing approximately $3,300 dollars to help them begin this work. In early February, The Solidarity Project met with community leaders to discuss this project and our partnership and we are committed to play a larger role in partnership with the community to help catalyze new partnerships and find new funding sources to complete the bridge. We are happy to announce that we have since then made a partnership with another local nonprofit that will provide pro bono engineering consultation to help us begin this work and they will provide support and oversight when the construction of the bridge begins.

We want to thank you for your support and solidarity with Honduran community leaders and our work in partnership with them. Your contributions help Honduran leaders and communities materialize dreams for they have had for their communities and families for many years. When we work in partnership so many amazing things can happen, and as we have seen recently, it even inspires others to collaborate and contribute to get larger projects completed! We look forward to keeping you updated on our work throughout 2021!

 

Stay safe & take care, 

 

The Solidarity Project Team 

Collapsed Bridge in El Aguacatal, Honduras (Feb)
Collapsed Bridge in El Aguacatal, Honduras (Feb)
Feb 3, 2021

Looking back at 2020

Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration
Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration

Dear Friend,

We hope that this update finds you well as we begin 2021 and we wish you the best as this year starts off. Since our last update, The Solidarity Project has worked closely with our partner communities and their leaders in response to emergent needs identified during the long economic shutdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Community Leaders identified the need to ensure short-term food security and looked for our partnership to support families during this time. The needs that our network of 65 community leaders identified were exasperated by impact of two major Hurricanes, Eta & Iota, that hit Honduras back-to-back in November.

The Solidarity Project continued our work to contribute to local food security and distributed 100 more emergency food rations and another 260 sustainable agriculture packages to the families most affected by the Covid-19 lockdown in our seven rural partner communities. In November and December 2020, TSP also worked with local partners to train a network of 25 local community health volunteers and launched a Community Pharmacy project to support rural communities in times of increased isolation as the pandemic continues.

Due to your support, TSP also was able to successfully partner with two new community groups in 2020 to complete two projects. The first was a project led by leaders in our partner community of Soroguara, completing a touristic and artistic project to create a large community sign in their village square. In our second new partnership in the village of El Ocotal, we supported a community group to start a children's music education program and teach at least 35 children in the community to sing, use instruments such as guitars, the keyboard and drums. As the global crisis continues, The Solidarity project will remain committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing the stories of solidarity and resiliency that are seen throughout the rural communities in Honduras.

We look forward to finding new ways to support our partners during this time and sharing that news with you. Thank you for your continued support. It is so deeply appreciated and needed in such challenging times. Stay Safe & Take Care, The Solidarity Project Team

Community Health Volunteers receive training.
Community Health Volunteers receive training.
Community Leaders distribute food rations.
Community Leaders distribute food rations.
 
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