You Made a Difference for Don Justino and His Family:
Don Justino was forced to grow up quickly during the war of the 80s when he lost his right leg. Despite the handicap, Don Justino and his wife Doña Andrea have been an example of hard work, faith, and unity. Life has not been easy for Justino and Andrea. Before moving to Tierra Nueva, Andrea worked as a maid and Justino grew corn and beans on rented land to feed his family of seven. They had no land of their own and nowhere to call home. Now, in Tierra Nueva, the couple has planted basic grains, coffee, cacao, and vegetables. They hope to generate enough profit on their crops to make regular land payments and eventually become landowners.
Justino has been active in community projects, always showing up punctually for community work events. When the physical demands of the work at hand are too much for him, such as with the road construction and water project, he counts on his eldest children to lend a hand. He is proud of his family, of their land, and of the bright future in store for his children.
Thank you for your incredible support of Agros International's communities and the important work being done to help families fight to escape the effects of chronic poverty. Without your generosity, people like Don Justino and his family would not have the hope that they now have.
TIERRA NUEVA COMMUNITY ACHIEVMENTS
During this quarter new community board of directors were elected in the community, one in San Benito and one in Las 40.
A potable water committee was established to manage this important resource.
They’ve also organized commissions for the construction of the model houses and the family houses in Las 40, and commissions to guard the area where the building materials are being stored.
All the materials needed to build the first and second block of homes have been procured and are being stored in a safe location.
The families have finished preparing the land in Las 40 for home construction (leveling).
Model home construction has begun in both sectors; they will be used to teach the families how the rest of the homes are to be built.
Eighty-eight community members repaired 1.2 kilometers of access roads leading to the community
The study and financial bidding process for the road project has been completed, as well as the negotiation of the final price.
Coffee: There are 52.2 hectares of established coffee plantations, which receive fertilization and integrated pest management. In preparation to expand coffee lands by another .7 hectares, farmers are growing coffee saplings from seed.
Cacao: Currently there are 14 hectares of cacao trees being cultivated in Tierra Nueva, and 12.5 hectares are projected to be started soon by families who have already been given quality seed and bags to start growing their saplings.
Basic Grains: Beans were planted during this trimester, and Agros supported this activity by offering seeds for 21.5 hectares of beans (.7 hectares per family) and inputs for 75 families, assisting a total of 106 families. The rest of the families carried out the planting with their own money.
Vegetables: More than 131,132 tomato and jalapeño plants of different varieties have been established and commercialized providing the families with income.
Access to Markets: Eleven families participated in a workshop on access to markets and six families were trained to sell crops to Hortifruti.
Health and Wellbeing
Growth Groups: 70% of members have been participating in the growth groups, discussing subjects like communication, self esteem, goal-setting, and values.
Education: The school year recently ended and 112 students finished the school year successfully. The adult education classes have continued.
Health: 5 community health promoters engaged in a consultation with the community partner, PATH, to perform a diagnosis on community health, conduct a session to weigh children in the community under the age of 5, and administer vitamins and other anti-parasitic medications.
Agros International and the families who live in the communities we support are grateful for the critical support we receive from our donors. Agros is preparing to expand our outreach into rural communities through a regional growth project, and we could not do it without your support. Stay tuned for more information on how you can be involved! And THANK YOU for standing with these incredible families whose livelihoods depend upon the land they live on.