Cuscateca

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Engineering
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Cuscateca is located in the municipality of Danlí, El Paraíso, Honduras. Most community members work in agriculture, farming corn, beans, tomatoes, and peppers. Regardless of occupation, most families earn 100 lempiras a work day, or $4.44. It is common to work 6 days a week in order to earn enough money for the household. About 70% of the houses don’t have a working latrine in their household, and about half of the houses have dirt floors. The community does not have their own school, but the children are quite dedicated in their schooling. Many of them travel by bus to local primary schools, and even the older children travel to the nearest municipality to continue their education in high school.

Municipality: Danlí
Department: El Paraíso

Homes : 48
Population : 226
Water System : Complete
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : None, 2 kilometers away
Community Health Workers : None
% of Homes with Latrines : 31%
Education : Outside of community
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hr and 30 min

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Cuscateca has no health professionals or health center within the community. There is a health center in Linaca, about 2 km away. Cuscateca members attend medical and dental brigades in a nearby community, El Chaguite de Linaca.

*These statistics represent brigades in the community of El Chaguite de Linaca, where community members from Cuscateca attend Medical Brigades

60

Brigade Volunteers*

1179

Patient Consultations*

75

Pap Smears Performed*

58

Health Education Workshops*

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

The Community Health Worker Program was necessary in a community such as Cuscateca because it is located far from the nearest main road, making the community very remote from health resources. The closest hospital is 2 to 3 hours away driving, depending on how heavy the rains are. Since most people do not have vehicles, they must travel by a bus that comes to the community about once a week. Being so far away from health care access, Cuscateca is a community that can especially benefit from the Community Health Worker’s skills. During their trainings, CHWs learned how to treat these illnesses, as well as about other health topics such as first aid, caring for pregnancies, and first response in emergency situations.

The CHWs help relieve some of the patient load for the nurse in the health center.  Additionally, medical supplies that Global Brigades is able to give to the Community Health Workers help fill the need for medical supplies that the government is not able to supply.

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Cuscateca members attend medical and dental brigades in a nearby community, El Chaguite de Linaca. Medical and Dental Brigades are held in the local school. The school has grades 1-9 as well as a separate Kindergarten, so there are a total of 9 classrooms, where the various medical stations are held.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 590
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CUSCATECA, CACAO, SAM JUAN, CALPULES, QUISGUALAGUA, EL RINCON, MAPACHINA, LA MAJADA
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

In working closely with the medical program, the dental program provides fillings, extractions, and fluoride treatments as a standard part of medical brigades. Most community members do not have regular access to dental care due to the lack of dentist within a reasonable distance.

*These statistics represent brigades in the community of El Chaguite de Linaca, where community members from Cuscateca attend Dental Brigades

271

Patients Consultations*

196

Fluoride Treatments*

268

Fillings Performed*

25

Dental Education Workshops*

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Cuscateca members attend medical and dental brigades in a nearby community, El Chaguite de Linaca. Medical and Dental Brigades are held in the local school. The school has grades 1-9 as well as a separate Kindergarten, so there are a total of 9 classrooms, where the various medical stations are held.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 590
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: CUSCATECA, CACAO, SAM JUAN, CALPULES, QUISGUALAGUA, EL RINCON, MAPACHINA, LA MAJADA
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

 

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

CUSCATECA’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE:

A small portion of the homes in Cuscateca were part of a neighboring community’s water system. However, even these homes only got water every 12 to 15 days. The rest of the community relied on water from a creek that runs through the river. The women washed clothes in the river and carried water to and from the creek on a daily basis for cooking, cleaning, and drinking in the house.  However, because it was untreated water, it increased the risk of gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea, and parasites. There are also many other poor hygienic and sanitary conditions in Cuscateca such as a lack of latrines, water storage units, and showers.

9

Brigade Volunteers

226

Project Beneficiaries

1.5

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

12

Average Community Volunteers

CUSCATECA’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION:

In 2016, Global Brigades partnered with the Water Council of Cuscateca and World Vision to complete a water project for the 226 residents of Cuscateca. World Vision installed a well with access to a consistent source of water as well as an electric pump to be able to pump enough water for the entire community. In April of 2016, University of Calgary and Toronto University designed a complete system to support the water needs of Cuscateca. The system is a well and pump system which includes a 10,000-gallon storage tank and 1500 meters of piping. Global Brigades constructed the water storage tank, pumping line, and distribution network to bring a consistent water supply to all 48 homes and the local church.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN CUSCATECA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Calgary and Toronto University  April 2016 9

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

CUSCATECA’S WATER CHALLENGE:

A small portion of the homes in Cuscateca were part of a neighboring community’s water system. However, even these homes only got water every 12 to 15 days. The rest of the community relied on water from a creek that runs through the river. The women washed clothes in the river and carried water to and from the creek on a daily basis for cooking, cleaning, and drinking in the house.  However, because it was untreated water, it increased the risk of gastrointestinal infections, diarrhea, and parasites. There are also many other poor hygienic and sanitary conditions in Cuscateca such as a lack of latrines, water storage units, and showers.

12

Brigade Volunteers

187

Project Beneficiaries

1.5

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

10,000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

CUSCATECA’S WATER SOLUTION:

In 2016, Global Brigades partnered with the Water Council of Cuscateca and World Vision to complete a water project for the 226 residents of Cuscateca. World Vision installed a well with access to a consistent source of water as well as an electric pump to be able to pump enough water for the entire community. In April of 2016, University of Calgary and Toronto University designed a complete system to support the water needs of Cuscateca on an Engineering Brigade. The system is a well and pump system which includes a 10,000-gallon storage tank and 1500 meters of piping. Community members, Global Brigades staff, and Memorial University’s Water Brigade constructed the water storage tank, pumping line, and distribution network to bring a consistent water supply to all 48 homes and the local church.

WATER BRIGADES IN CUSCATECA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Memorial University of Newfoundland  July 2016 12

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Cuscateca but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of the existing community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : Agriculture
Existing Microenterprises : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Cuscateca but has not yet begun with the Public Health Brigades program.  Now in the planning phase, the delivery and installation of household health products will start as soon as feasible.

% of Homes with Latrines : 31%
% of Homes with Eco-Stoves : 8%
% of Homes with Water Storage Units : 21%
% of Homes with Cement Floors : 42%

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