Mar 12, 2019

Mesa Comunitaria in Majada Verde a Great Success!

Majada Verde is a small village located in the mountains surrounding Talanga, Honduras. It is about a half day’s hike from Talanga’s center, a well-trodden path among residents of Majada Verde who travel to Talanga to work, shop, and meet friends. While unmatched in its beauty, Majada Verde lacks basic infrastructure like electricity, clean water, and plumbing. Nevertheless, its residents have a lot of pride and are dedicated to constantly improving the livability of their hometown. 

The Solidarity Project planned and held a Mesa Comunitaria event in Majada Verde in December 2018. During the planning process, our Project Director supported community leaders as they conceptualized ideas to improve their communities and created proposals to pitch to their friends and neighbors. These ideas were pitched at a community event on December 15th, and two winners were chosen by residents. The first installed electricity and a new light fixture in Majada Verde’s community center, enabling meetings after dark and enhancing the building’s safety. The second repaired a community well, thereby increasing access to water and improving water safety and quality. Both of these projects were finished in January and February 2019.  

While working in a remote mountain village presented some challenges, we are thrilled to report that The Solidarity Project is expanding its footprint in the Talanga region and is being welcomed by new communities. Six more Mesa Comunitaria events are already scheduled for 2019, and we can’t wait to support emerging community leaders and create sustainable and lasting changes in Honduras. 

Nov 26, 2018

Stories of Success, Surpassing Goals in 2018, and Gratitude for Your Support.

Visit our sites for info on Solidarity Month 2018
Visit our sites for info on Solidarity Month 2018

Hello Donors, Friends and valued members of the Solidarity Project Community, 

In our last report of 2018, we are excited to share that due to your support of Community Leaders in Honduras this year, we successfully tested our new initiative, Mesa Comunitaria, and we are excited to announce that it will now be the main part of our regular partnership work in Honduras for years to come. Thank you for your willingness to support an innovative new project, TSP, and Honduran Leaders.  

To refresh your memory, Mesa Comunitaria is modeled after the successful Detroit Soup method of participatory development in which local leaders present ideas for community impact at a micro-granting lunch and attendees vote to select the projects they value most. Micro-grants are small cash awards given to winning community leaders to implement their ideas that have been selected by the community.

This year, we partnered with the communities of the Nueva San Diego (NSD), Quebrada Grande (QG), and most recently the Majada Verde (MV) in the Department of Francisco Morazán, Honduras. Since our last report in August, TSP has been very busy as we work to surpass our initial goal by supporting two more Community Leaders and projects in 2018. Currently, we are partnered with the Majada Verde to host their first Mesa Comunitaria event. Majada Verde is a very isolated and vulnerable community that is nestled in the mountain ranges outside of Talanga. Due to the very limited infrastructure and transportation options, our work in Majada Verde presented certain challenges which delayed our initial timeframe to host the event. We are happy to announce that the event will be held on December 15th. 

In the last few months of the year, we are also re-partnered with Quebrada Grande to host a second micro-granting event in 2018. The QB community is extremely excited about how they can organize and leverage the Mesa Comunitaria project to improve their community. Shortly after their first event, Community Members organized themselves and requested to hold another event before the end of the year. We are happy to support them with another Mesa Comunitaria on December 22nd and we look forward to supporting two more leaders and community projects.  Please invite you to visit our website and follow us on The Solidarity Project Facebook Page and Instagram to remain updated on Mesa Comunitaria’s success and outcomes in 2018 and expansion in the coming year. 

 TSP also report that we are just a few weeks away from surpassing our goals for the Mesa Comunitaria Project this year. By the end of 2018, we will: 

  1. Hold four micro-granting events (Mesa Comunitaria), surpassing our initial goal of three
  2. Support eight community leaders through micro-grants and capacity building, surpassing our initial goal of six
  3. Directly impact close to 400 community members who'll attend the micro-grant events in 2018; and 
  4. Indirectly impacted close to 3,500 community members who'll benefit from the improvements made by the eight winning projects.

The Solidarity Project remains committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing stories of solidarity and resilience from Honduras. We are thrilled to provide a venue to directly empower community members with projects that they design and select. We also invite you to participate in our 1st annual Solidarity Month. You can learn more on our website social media accounts (The Solidarity Project Facebook Page and Instagram

Your contributions, interest, and belief in our mission have made this work happen -our success is your success. Thank you again for your support and we hope that you will continue to stay engaged and support The Solidarity Project's work this year and throughout 2019. 

All the best, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

The Solidarity Project Team

MC Winner in QB and his Completed Project Sept. 18
MC Winner in QB and his Completed Project Sept. 18
2nd Winner in QB and his completed project Sept.18
2nd Winner in QB and his completed project Sept.18
Committe Members in Majada Verde, Honduras
Committe Members in Majada Verde, Honduras
Visit our sites for info on Solidarity Month 2018
Visit our sites for info on Solidarity Month 2018

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Aug 27, 2018

News From The Solidarity Project: Results, New Events, New Leaders and More Mesa Comunitaria!

Mesa Comunitaria Event in Quebrada Grande Aug 2018
Mesa Comunitaria Event in Quebrada Grande Aug 2018

Since our last update in late May, we are excited to report that Mesa Comunitaria, continues to roll out and have a tangible impact throughout communities in Francisco Morazán, Honduras! Since our first event in on May 6th,  in Nueva San Diego (NSD), Talanga, we have expanded our impact to the Community of Quebrada Grande (QG) in Cedros.

To refresh your memory, Mesa Comunitaria is a new project that The Solidarity Project is piloting in 2018. It is modeled after the successful Detroit Soup method of participatory development in which local leaders present ideas for community change at a micro-granting lunch and attendees vote and select the projects they value most. Micro-grants are small cash awards given to community leaders to implement their ideas.

Since May, the NSD Community Leaders who won micro-grant funding have completed their projects and presented their results to The Solidarity Project. The Community also looks forward to planning a new event. We invite you to see more results about Community Leader, Norma Caseres' completed project at The Solidarity Project Facebook Page.

This past month, on August 5th, The Solidarity Project hosted our second Mesa Comunitaria event of the year in partnership with the Quebrada Grande Community. The event boasted over 100 community members in attendance who enjoyed a day of traditional Honduran music and dance performances from the local school children, a hearty lunch prepared by committee members, and of course, voting! Four community leaders presented their ideas and two winners were selected through the voting process. The winning projects and Community Leaders are:

  1. Installation of a drainage system on the main road to improve health and sanitation in Quebrada Grande, presented by Community Leader, Oscar García.
  2. Improvements to the infrastructure of the school to make the experience for both teachers and students more comfortable, presented by Community Leader, Javier Arteaga.

We also want to recognize the amazing work of the QG Mesa Comunitaria event committee. This group of emerging Community Leaders worked diligently for the two-month planning process of the event and they formed a strong, creative and responsible team that launched an exciting community event. A community member stated, “I’ve been to so many community meetings, but this was different. It was actually fun! I am excited to see the projects happen.” Winners from QG have wasted no time, and have already reached out to The Solidarity Project to share that they are very close to finishing their projects. We look forward to sharing the final results over our social media sites and in our next report!

Lastly, our Project Director, Gloria, started our third and final Mesa Comunitaria launch of the year on August 22nd, in the rural Community of Majada Verde. Gloria held a community meeting with close to 40 individuals in attendance. Majada Verde is a very isolated and vulnerable community that is nestled in the mountain ranges outside of Talanga. Lack of economic opportunities and a very limited infrastructure are factors that make our work in Majada Verde challenging. However, this community is filled with many resilient and positive individuals that have enthusiastically welcomed the Mesa Comunitaria project. We look forward to holding the micro-granting event in November of 2018 and reporting back to you! 

Currently, TSP is more than half-way there to our achieving our goals for the Mesa Comunitaria Project in 2018. To date we have:

  1. Held two of three micro-granting events (Mesa Comunitaria);
  2. Supported four of six community leaders through micro-grants and capacity building;
  3. Directly impacted close to 200 community members who attended the micro-grant events in 2018; and 
  4. Indirectly impacted close to 2,000 community members who will benefit from the improvements made by the four winning projects.

The Solidarity Project remains committed to supporting talented local leaders, fostering engagement, and sharing stories of solidarity and resilience from Honduras. We are thrilled to provide a venue to directly empower community members with projects that they design and select. We will keep you updated on Mesa Comunitaria’s progress, successes, and expansion in Majada Verde, Quebrada Grande, and Nueva San Diego. Your support, interest, and belief in our mission have made this work happen - our success is your success. Thank you again for your support and if you are interested in learning more about our work, please visit our website and follow us on The Solidarity Project Facebook Page to see more results!

MC Winners in QG! Javier Arteaga and Oscar Garcia
MC Winners in QG! Javier Arteaga and Oscar Garcia
Community members voting for projects in QG
Community members voting for projects in QG
Team of Committee Members in Quebrada Grande
Team of Committee Members in Quebrada Grande
Gloria presenting Mesa Comunitaria in Majada Verde
Gloria presenting Mesa Comunitaria in Majada Verde
Mesa Comunitaria Launch in Majada Verde
Mesa Comunitaria Launch in Majada Verde

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