El Junquillo, Goascorán

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

Overview

El Junquillo is a community located in the department of Valle in the southern region of Honduras. The community does not have access to a local health center so community members must travel about 1.5 hours on foot to the nearest center in Langue, which is about a one hour walk from the community. The closest secondary school is located in El Platero. School is only offered until 6th grade in El Junquillo and many students leave school to begin working to support their families after 6th grade.  Like their parents, they often work in agriculture, raising corn for subsistence, or work in construction. Several other families rely on remittances from the United States or other countries to support their families.

Municipality: Goascorán
Department: Valle

Homes : 130
Population : 516
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : No
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
Education : Up to 9th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hr 30 min
Homes with Latrines : 20%

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

El Junquillo does not have access to a local health center so community members must travel about 1.5 hours on foot to the nearest center in Goascarán. This health center in Goascarán is known as a CESAMO, which is the larger of the two different types of health centers provided by the government. It is usually staffed by at least one doctor and several nurses. Should a visitor to the health center require more medical attention than can be given at the center, community members can travel to the hospital in San Lorenzo.

185

Brigade Volunteers

1737

Patient Consultations

129

Pap Smears Performed

45

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Program in began in December 2016. There is a total of 26 CHWs currently working in El Junquillo and 24 of them are women. All 26 Community Health Workers were trained in El Junquillo, but serve a total of 12 different communities including Ranchería, Santa Lucia, Platero, Limón, Barrio Nuevo, Picacho, Monumento, La Torre, Hato Nuevo, Rinconada, and El Resbaloso. These CHWs help to treat and prevent common illnesses and address public health topics such as first aid, caring for pregnancies, and first response in emergency situations. The Community Health Workers also help to provide basic medical attention in the absence of the nurse in the Community Health Center. 

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Since there is no health center in the community, brigades are held at the school. The school is on the smaller side, with 3 classrooms and one kitchen used for brigade stations. Outside space is used for the charla. Doctors spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient and volunteers are able to provide 5-6 educational charlas a day.  Each brigade sees an average of 300 patients per day. Below are some pictures of the Brigade Site:

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 300
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL PICACHO, PLAN DE JOCOTE, EL RESBALOSO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL JUNQUILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Martha’s Heart, Oulton College, & College of William & Mary March 2014 50 University of Florida December 2014 37
UC Riverside June 2015 34 UNC Chapel Hill / University of Houston March 2017 29
Penn State January 2016 35

 

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.

426

Patient Consultations

278

Flouride Treatments

381

Fillings Performed

15

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Since there is no health center in the community, brigades are held at the school. The school is on the smaller side, with 3 classrooms and one kitchen used for brigade stations. Outside space is used for the charla. Doctors spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient and volunteers are able to provide 5-6 educational charlas a day.  Each brigade sees an average of 300 patients per day. Below are some pictures of the Brigade Site:

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 300
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL PICACHO, EL RESBALOSO PLAN DE JOCOTE
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN EL JUNQUILLO

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Martha’s Heart, Oulton College, & College of William & Mary March 2014 50 University of Florida December 2014 37
UC Riverside June 2015 34 UNC Chapel Hill / University of Houston March 2017 29
Penn State January 2016 35

 

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL JUNQUILLO’S ENGINEERING CHALLENGE:

Prior to Global Brigades’ arrival, the community of El Junquillo didn’t have a centralized water system providing access to all members of the community. Many community members dug wells on their property but generally found very limited quantities of water. The water that was available dried up quickly with the hot, dry climate of southern Honduras, leaving families without enough water to meet their needs and forcing them to skip basic hygiene and sanitation practices. Additionally, few community members treated their water prior to consuming it and there was no centralized water treatment plan, which greatly increased their risk of contracting a water-borne disease. With dry wells and increasingly sparse access, water was a prized commodity in El Junquillo.

NA

Brigade Volunteers

314

Project Beneficiaries

7.5

Kilometers of Pipeline Designed

NA

Average Community Volunteers

EL JUNQUILLO’S ENGINEERING SOLUTION:

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL JUNQUILLO’S WATER CHALLENGE:

Prior to Global Brigades’ arrival, the community of El Junquillo didn’t have a centralized water system providing access to all members of the community. Many community members dug wells on their property but generally found very limited quantities of water. The water that was available dried up quickly with the hot, dry climate of southern Honduras, leaving families without enough water to meet their needs and forcing them to skip basic hygiene and sanitation practices. Additionally, few community members treated their water prior to consuming it and there was no centralized water treatment plan, which greatly increased their risk of contracting a water-borne disease. With dry wells and increasingly sparse access, water was a prized commodity in El Junquillo.

424

Brigade Volunteers

314

Project Beneficiaries

7.5

Kilometers of Pipeline Installed

10,000

Volume of Storage Tanks (gallons)

EL JUNQUILLO’S WATER SOLUTION:

WATER BRIGADES IN EL JUNQUILLO:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
UNC Chapel Hill & Washington University September 2014 34 University of Indiana and UNLV and University of Arizona March 2014 33
Carnegie Mellon University March 2014 29 University of Connecticut March 2014 19
UCSD, UCI, Drexel, and Williams College March 2014 39 UC Davis March 2014 14
University of Pittsburgh April 2014  21 University of Michigan & UNCW May 2014 19
Arizona State University & UC Berkeley May 2014  16 University of Missouri May 2014 14
Philly Students May 2014 15 Acadia University May 2014 87
Maryville University  May 2014  23 Rice University May 2014 33
Mississippi State University May 2014 28

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EL JUNQUILLO’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE:

In El Junquillo, the majority of families grow corn and beans on their own land for sustenance. They often work seasonally on shrimp farms in Nacaome or in construction to earn an income. Others receive remittances sent by family members living abroad. The average monthly income is estimated to be roughly 4,000 Lempiras, or US $170. Some families do earn more, however, per the remittances they receive from family members.

NA

Brigade Volunteers

613

Loans Distributed

36

Savings Accounts Opened

NA

Capital Invested

EL JUNQUILLO’S MICRO-FINANCE SOLUTION:

In 2016, Global Brigades helped El Junquillo to establish their community bank. The bank has 20 female and 14 male shareholders, and the members meet in the bank’s own structure every month. They are able to offer loans and savings accounts to community members so that families can plan and stabilize their finances. This is especially beneficial for farmers, who are able to take out loans before planting season and pay them back after the harvest. Loans allow many once subsistence farmers to not only use the crops they grow for their own consumption but sell their excess.

EL JUNQIULLO’S BUSINESS SOLUTION:

The next step for El Junquillo will be to establish a micro-enterprise that can bring more capital into the community. The Global Brigades business team will soon host Business Brigades in El Junquillo to study the local market and identify potential business opportunities for the community.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in El Junquillo 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.

Homes with Latrines : 20%
Homes with Eco-Stoves : 16%
Homes with Water Storage Units : 40%
Homes with Showers : 40%

Local Reference Points

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