El Censo

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

Overview

El Censo is a community in the municipality of Morocelí in the department of El Paraíso in eastern Honduras. There are 180 people residing in 30 houses. The community provides schooling up to 6th grade. However, upon completion of sixth grade, students have to commute to secondary school. Few, if any, go on to attend a university. Instead, most start a family and begin working in agriculture. Women typically stay at home to take care of domestic responsibilities and raise children. The large majority of men become employees of the sugarcane plantation that surrounds the community, while a handful works at a watermelon plantation. Additionally, as the need for labor is seasonal, this source of income only lasts for six months.

Municipality: Morocelí

Department: El Paraíso

Homes : 30
Population : 180
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 55%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 10 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

El Censo does not have its own health center, but travels to the nearby community, El Campo, in order to get health care. There, the health center is a CESAR, a smaller scale health center where there are no doctors, but nurses on staff. The health center is 7 km away, and most community members travel on foot. The most common illnesses in adults are diabetes, arterial hypertension, and allergies. In children, they are fever, diarrhea, and respiratory infections.

37

Brigade Volunteers

358

Patient Consultations

12

Pap Smears Performed

15

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

El Censo has access to a total of 3 Community Health Workers (CHWs). These CHWs were trained in the community of El Censo.  3 of them live in El Censo.

Community Health Workers, or Guardianes de Salud, work on a volunteer basis as advocates for health care within their communities. While this is an existing program in Honduras and Guardianes de Salud are identified by other organizations and some health centers, Global Brigades is able to bridge gaps in access to training and provide more comprehensive technical skills. Our CHWs are some of the very few Guardianes de Salud to receive certification from the Honduran government. Our CHWs are tasked with treating and preventing common illnesses, and some of their responsibilities include first aid, supporting and caring for pregnancies and newborns, and responding to emergency situations. They are also responsible for following up with chronic patients to ensure proper administration of medications and treatments to avoid further complications. Additionally, CHWs provide support for brigades that are hosted in their area. At the completion of their training, CHWs are equipped with basic medical supplies and equipment provided by Global Brigades and its partners. The presence of these volunteers and their advocacy for health within their community contributes to the sustainability of health care supported by Global Brigades’ Medical Program and is one of the most impactful disease prevention strategies in rural communities across the globe.

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical and Dental Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school and the kindergarten have 2 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Doctors spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient and we are able to provide 4-5 educational charlas a day. Each brigade sees an average of 358 patients per brigade.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 358
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: NUEVO PARAÍSO, NUEVA ESPERANZA, EL CAMPO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL CENSO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Michigan State University March 2017 37 Queen Mary University of London & Townson University & University of Ontario Institute of Technology August 2017 24
Virginia Tech January 2018 24 University of Southern California Dental August 2018 11

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS:

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.

43

Patient Consultations

108

Flouride Treatments

28

Fillings Performed

4

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical and Dental Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school and the kindergarten have 2 rooms, where the various medical stations are conducted. Doctors spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient and we are able to provide 4-5 educational charlas a day. Each brigade sees an average of 358 patients per brigade.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 358
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: NUEVO PARAÍSO, NUEVA ESPERANZA, EL CAMPO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL CENSO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Michigan State University March 2017 37 Queen Mary University of London & Townson University & University of Ontario Institute of Technology August 2017 24
Virginia Tech January 2018 24 University of Southern California Dental August 2018 11

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL CENSO’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE:

The community of El Censo is very near the volunteer lodging facility of the same name. When Global Brigades arrived in the community it had two water systems. One that came from a well that located in the center of the community however it’s groundwater is useful only for laundry and bathing. The second water supply was from a spring located some distance from the community. It was piped into a tank and then distributed to all but a few homes without any chlorination or other treatment. It was drinkable, but its flow rate of 0.42 gallons per minute was not nearly sufficient to meet the community’s water need. With increasingly dry summers, this source had been decreasing in flow rate consistently. Community members were forced instead to make up for this deficit by buying jugs of bottled water, a costly substitute (up to 4% of the household´s income in one case).

12

Brigade Volunteers

162

Beneficiaries

2.3

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

6

Average Community Volunteers

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EL CENSO’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION:

In order to ensure that all community members have access to an adequate supply of clean water, Global Brigades built new water system in El Censo with support from World Vision and Three Valleys Sugar Company. With a growing community of 157 residents requiring a minimum 25 gallons per person per day for basic health and hygiene, a well was drilled that produces more than a sufficient flow rate to meet the total community demand. Water is pumped 280 meters from the well to a new 5,000 gallon tank at an altitude that is over 30 meters above the highest home in the community allowing water to be distributed with sufficient pressure using gravity. In the interest of sustainability, the seven members of the Water Council have been trained on water treatment and system maintenance, administration, and operation. The community plumber was trained on the same topics, so they can continue adequately managing the water system. Upon completion, the community established a monthly water fee in order to pay the Water Council for water treatment, maintenance costs, and system sustainability.

ENGINEERING BRIGADES IN EL CENSO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Vanderbilt Univeristy March 2016 12

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL CENSO’S WATER CHALLENGE:

The community of El Censo is very near the volunteer lodging facility of the same name. When Global Brigades arrived in the community it had two water systems. One that came from a well that located in the center of the community however it’s groundwater is useful only for laundry and bathing. The second water supply was from a spring located some distance from the community. It was piped into a tank and then distributed to all but a few homes without any chlorination or other treatment. It was drinkable, but its flow rate of 0.42 gallons per minute was not nearly sufficient to meet the community’s water need. With increasingly dry summers, this source had been decreasing in flow rate consistently. Community members were forced instead to make up for this deficit by buying jugs of bottled water, a costly substitute (up to 4% of the household´s income in one case).

93

Brigade Volunteers

162

Project Beneficiaries

2.3

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

5,000

Storage Tank Volume (gallons)

EL CENSO’S WATER SOLUTION:

In order to ensure that all community members have access to an adequate supply of clean water, Global Brigades built new water system in El Censo with support from World Vision and Three Valleys Sugar Company. With a growing community of 157 residents requiring a minimum 25 gallons per person per day for basic health and hygiene, a well was drilled that produces more than a sufficient flow rate to meet the total community demand. Water is pumped 280 meters from the well to a new 5,000 gallon tank at an altitude that is over 30 meters above the highest home in the community allowing water to be distributed with sufficient pressure using gravity. In the interest of sustainability, the seven members of the Water Council have been trained on water treatment and system maintenance, administration, and operation. The community plumber was trained on the same topics, so they can continue adequately managing the water system. Upon completion, the community established a monthly water fee in order to pay the Water Council for water treatment, maintenance costs, and system sustainability.

WATER BRIGADES IN EL CENSO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
DePaul University & University of Chicago December 2016 11 University of Missouri & University of Rochester January 2017 13
Virginia Commonwealth University January 2017 37 Mount Allison University February 2017 15

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Censo but has not yet begun with the Business Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, a market study and the establishment of a community business will start as soon as feasible.

Community Bank : No
Community Bank Members : NA
Economic Activities : Day Laborers
Existing Microenterprises : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Censo 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 : 55%
% of Homes with Eco-stoves : 0%
% of Homes with Water Filters : 0%
Common House Materials : Adobe

Local Reference Points

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