Support Up to Six Community Leaders in Honduras

by The Solidarity Project
Support Up to Six Community Leaders in Honduras
Support Up to Six Community Leaders in Honduras
Support Up to Six Community Leaders in Honduras
Support Up to Six Community Leaders in Honduras
Community Leaders from Soroguara
Community Leaders from Soroguara

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 

Leaders with Community Pharmacy Kits Dec 2020
Leaders with Community Pharmacy Kits Dec 2020
Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration
Community Members in Talanga receiving food ration
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Excited for our new partnership with Coa Abajo!
Excited for our new partnership with Coa Abajo!

The Solidarity Project is proud to share our continued success with community-driven change in Honduras!  Thanks to you and your support, Honduran community leaders received micro-grants to enact positive changes in their communities.  

Since our last report, your support has allowed us to fund four more community designed projects and expand our Mesa Comunitaria (Community Table) community-driven development program to two new rural villages in Honduras!  

In August, the rural village of Majada Verde held its second Mesa Comunitaria micro-granting event and in October, the rural village of El Aguacatal held its first microgrant event!  During the planning process, our Honduran Project Director, Gloria Artiaga, worked with the community and their local leadership team to help identify the most pressing problems and cultivate local leaders to develop solutions to meet their community’s needs.  On the day of the microgrant event, community members came out to support their village and vote for projects designed by community leaders. In Majada Verde, the two winning projects selected were: improvements to the village’s water tank and improvements to a community church.  In El Aguacatal, the two winning projects selected were: building a community stage and improvements to the local school. We are excited to see how these projects improve the lives of the citizens in these two rural Honduran villages!  

With your support, The Solidarity Project is thrilled that we are able to expand our community development work to two more Honduran villages: El Tule and Coa Abajo.  We look forward to working with these communities to help them design solutions and develop leaders to address their most pressing problems. Thanks to your help, we are excited to continue our work supporting Honduran community leaders in their visions for creating positive social change!

El Aguacatal community leaders
El Aguacatal community leaders
Majada Verde leader presents project during event
Majada Verde leader presents project during event
Coa Abajo Community
Coa Abajo Community
Past Project: improvements to local school
Past Project: improvements to local school

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Happy Kindergartners!
Happy Kindergartners!

In May 2019, the community of Majada Verde, in Talanga, Honduras, held their second community micro-granting event - "Mesa Comunitaria" - in partnership with The Solidarity Project.  Majada Verde is a small village located in the mountains surrounding Talanga. It is about a half day’s hike from Talanga’s city 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 such as health care posts and consistent public transportation which can make life challenging for community members. Nevertheless, its residents have a lot of pride and are dedicated to constantly improving the livability of their community.  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. 

On the day of the micro-granting event, over 150 community members came out to support their village and vote for projects designed by community leaders. Two community leaders' projects were selected: improvements to the kindergarten classroom and sprucing up the community church. Since the event, kindergarten teacher Dania Alonzo completed a project that improved the infrastructure of her classroom and Luciana Cardona completed her project to improve the community church. 

The Solidarity Project also reports that we have expanded our work to another rural village named El Aguacatal in Cedros and successfully partnered with the community and formed a committee to host their first micro-granting event in September. The community of El Aguacatal, is an active and collaborative community that works primarily in mandarin orange and coffee production. 

The Solidarity Project looks forward to sharing news and advancements in 2019 with the Global Giving Community and we hope to see many more smiling faces as our partnership in the rural villages of Majada Verde and El Aguacatal as we expand our footprint in the region.  

Dania & Teaching Assistant
Dania & Teaching Assistant
Majada Verde Community Members Working Together
Majada Verde Community Members Working Together
TSP Meeting with the Community of El Aguacatal
TSP Meeting with the Community of El Aguacatal
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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. 

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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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