La Candelaria

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

Overview

La Candelaria is a medium-sized community in Central Honduras. The top three needs expressed by people in La Candelaria are a better school building, better in-home sanitation infrastructure, and a quality water system. The community has a kindergarten with 18 students and one teacher. The primary school, Escuela Rural Mixta Gloria Figueroa de Lopez, has 4 classrooms which serve 78 students. They have the support of two teachers. People in La Candelaria work in agriculture harvesting corn and beans.

Municipality: Talanga
Department: Francisco Morazán

Homes : 130
Population : 800
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 20%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hour 10 min

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

La Candelaria does not have its own health center, but travels to the nearby community, Jalaca, 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. Jalaca is 15 kilometers away, and community members usually travel on foot. The most common illnesses in children are the common cold, cough, and diarrhea. In adults, the most common illnesses are eye sight problems, dengue, and arterial hypertension.

124

Brigade Volunteers

1401

Patient Consultations

99

Pap Smears Performed

67

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

La Candelaria has access to a total of 8 Community Health Workers who were trained in February of 2017. Seven of these CHWs are female and one is male. While three of these volunteers are from La Candelaria, the eight CHWs were trained in La Candelaria as part of a larger area that also included the community Camalotal. Therefore, these volunteers really cover both communities. The CHWs help to relieve some of the patient load for the staff in the health center. During their training, community members have learned how to treat common illnesses as well as about other health topics such as first aid, caring for pregnancies, and first response in emergency situations.

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical and Dental Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 4 rooms and one room for the kindergarten, 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 475 patients per brigade.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 475
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: LOS PASTOS, OCOTAL, LA CUESTA, LA CHORRERA, JALACA, JALACA ABAJO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LA CANDELARIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Kentucky January 2016 33 University of Kentucky December 2016 22
Boston University May 2017 33 Queen’s University & Rutgers University New Brunswick & McGill University May 2018 36

Dental

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

DENTAL CARE ACCESS:

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.

137

Patient Consultations

296

Flouride Treatments

114

Fillings Performed

18

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical and Dental Brigades use the local school as their brigade site. The school has 4 rooms and one room for the kindergarten, 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 475 patients per brigade.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 475
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: LOS PASTOS, OCOTAL, LA CUESTA, LA CHORRERA, JALACA, JALACA ABAJO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LA CANDELARIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Kentucky January 2016 33 University of Kentucky December 2016 22
Boston University May 2017 33 Queen’s University & Rutgers University New Brunswick & McGill University May 2018 36

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Canedlaria but has not yet begun with the Engineering Program. Now in the planning phase, the evaluation of the community’s existing water system and design of any necessary improvements will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : Yes
Type of Water System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : 100%
Water Council : Yes

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Candelaria but has not implemented the Water Brigades program. La Candelaria currently has a working water system that provides water for 100% of the community households.

Water System : Yes
Type of Water System : Gravity
Homes with Access to Water : 100%
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in La Candelaria 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 : Agriculture, Day Laborers
Existing Microenterprises : None

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LA CANDELARIA’S PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE

Many community members in La Candelaria lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. The majority of homes in La Candelaria are made of adobe. There are approximately 150 homes in La Candelaria, with an average of 4 people living in each. Hygiene stations, which include showers and water storage units, are necessary to facilitate handwashing, allow water storage for hygienic processes, and offer privacy while bathing. Additionally, eco-stoves evacuate smoke from the living space and decrease the risk of respiratory illnesses, and latrines improve hygiene practices and prevent contamination of natural water sources caused by open defecation. By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, La Candelaria’s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

36

Brigade Volunteers

8

Eco-Stoves Constructed

N/A

Latrines Constructed

N/A

Water Storage Units Constructed

Homes with Latrines : 20%
Homes with Eco-stoves : 0%
Homes with Water Filters : 0%
Common House Materials : Adobe

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