Cochoapa has a population of 18,458 people; 82% of them leave in extreme poverty, 87% doesn't have access to healthcare, 93% of their homes don't have a bathroom or proper waste management, 79% of the population lacks quality of living conditions, 99% lack access to basic services in their homes and 64% lack food security. Also, 66% of the population of 15 years and older can't read or write. People have suffered the loss of their homes or are at risk of losing them due to mudslides.
The Yo quiero Yo puedo team is currently carrying out a comprehensive community development approach that focuses on life skills geared towards better health practices, hygiene, nutrition and environmental protection. They are also developing Eco technologies that will help them improve their quality of life, such as, dry toilets, vegetable gardens and health, safety and environmentally friendly stove.
Through the training program key community members will improve their behavior and actions towards better health practices, hygiene and nutrition. These community members will also lead the continuing training process with over 1000 people in order to reduce their vulnerability, expand their skills with Eco technologies and improve the overall quality of life in the community.
Project on official website