Los Terrones

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

Overview

Los Terrones is located in the rural region of central Honduras in the department of El Paraíso. People in Los Terrones are primarily employed as day laborers in agriculture. The Global Brigades programs and initiatives that are currently active in the community are Medical Programs, including Medical and Dental brigades and the Community Health Worker Program. Los Terrones is on the wait-list for continued Holistic Model implementation as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Honduras.

Municipality: El Paraíso

Department: El Paraíso

Homes : 100
Population : 600
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 60%
Education : Up to 6th Grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1 hr 45 min

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The community members of Los Terrones do not have access to their own health center, so they travel nearly one hour on foot to get health care in the nearby community of Cantarranas. In Cantarranas, the health center is called a CESAMO which is a larger scale health center where doctors and occasionally dentists are on staff. The most common illnesses are the common cold, cough, diarrhea, arterial hypertension, diabetes, and skin allergies.

211

Brigade Volunteers

4,274

Patient Consultations

158

Pap Smears Performed

124

Health Education Workshops

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

Los Terrones has a total of 11 Community Health Workers who were trained in February of 2011. These CHWs were trained as part of a larger area that includes two smaller communities, Cuyali and Las Cañas. Therefore, the eleven Community Health Workers reach three different communities. During their training, CHWs learned about treatment and care for some chronic illnesses as well as other health topics like first aid, caring for pregnancies, and first response in emergency situations. With these skills, the CHWs help to relieve some of the patient load for the staff in the health center by teaching preventative health.

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical and dental brigades use the school as their brigade site. The clinic stations are conducted in the school’s five classrooms in addition to one room from the kindergarten. Doctors spend an average of 10 minutes with each patient and we are able to provide four to five educational charlas a day. Each brigade sees an average of 600 patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 600
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL ZAPOTE, CASA QUEMADA, LOS LLANOS, EL ATERRIZAJE, COFRADÍA, RODEO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

 

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LOS TERRONES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Eastern Michigan University July 2016 26 Washington University in St. Louis January 2017 42
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 2017 40 Mount Allison University & Brandeis University February 2018 32
Boston University January 2019 29

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.

775

Patient Consultations

834

Flouride Treatments

381

Fillings Performed

87

Dental Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Dental brigades use the school as their brigade site. The school has 5 rooms and the kindergarten has 1 extra, all 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 97 dental patients per brigade.

  • AVERAGE TOTAL PATIENTS ATTENDED: 600
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES: EL ZAPOTE, CASA QUEMADA, LOS LLANOS, EL ATERRIZAJE, COFRADÍA, RODEO
  • BRIGADE SITE: SCHOOL

MEDICAL/DENTAL BRIGADES IN LOS TERRONES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Eastern Michigan University July 2016 26 Washington University in St. Louis January 2017 42
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign May 2017 40 Mount Allison University & Brandeis University February 2018 32
Boston University January 2019 29

Engineering

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LOS TERRONES ENGINEERING CHALLENGE

Global Brigades made partnerships with Father Ferdinando Castriotti in Fundación Alivio del Sufrimiento and also with the Municipality of El Paraíso to create a water system in the community of Los Terrones. The existing system was built in 2011, and in November of 2016 the pump in this system burnt out because there was not enough water. It only served approximately 20 houses. They used a water source that they found in the mountains, 10 km, from the community. They had a small tank in community which was 5,000 gallons. This was not sufficient and the design of the existing pipelines was poor. The pump of 1 horse power was not enough. They had several wells that had been drilled 3 years prior but all of these had dried out. There were six washing stations in the creek at the entrance of the community. The members also used this to bathe and also it was often that we saw animals such as dogs and cows drinking this water. Another huge concern was that the bridge easily floods, so any vehicles or people entering the community would have to go through the water. The water from the system was not chlorinated, and the water council that they had was very disorganized. It had not been legalized and was encountering many issues.

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

LOS TERRONES ENGINEERING SOLUTION

When GB entered Los Terrones, they knew it was essential that a new water system would need to be constructed so that members in the community would have sufficient access to water in order to stay healthy. This was all made possible with the partnerships with Fundación Alivio del Sufrimiento and the Municipality of El Paraiso. The water system that was completed in September 2018 was a gravity system. It consisted of a small dam, a sedimentation tank (to ensure that there would not be a problem of sand clogging the pipes), and there was also a brand new tank of 15,000 gallons built in the community. The water source is at an altitude of 100m above community meaning that there is enough gravity to press the pipes. The water source was also 10 km away from the community. Iron pipes were installed at the beginning of the project for the water source to avoid future damage due to over flooding events.

As the community is quite large there are two outlets from the new tank, which ensures that the pressure of the water is correct. The flow rate in the new system is around 60 gallons per minute which is enough for everyone in the community and also leaves room for growth in the future. In the community of Los Terrones, 121 houses have benefited from the new water system.

This water system was also going to be benefiting another community, Colonia San Jose, in which the partnering organization was working. With the help of GB, the community was able to form a very strong water council and have it legalized. They provided great leadership training and training on how to properly maintain the water system so that it will last for many years. The water council will sit down and come up with a logical water fee for each family each month in order to purchase the chlorine, pay the plumber in community and also have a little to save each month in the community bank for the future in case there is a problem in the water system.

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

LOS TERRONES WATER CHALLENGE

Global Brigades made partnerships with Father Ferdinando Castriotti in Fundación Alivio del Sufrimiento and also with the Municipality of El Paraíso to create a water system in the community of Los Terrones. The existing system was built in 2011, and in November of 2016 the pump in this system burnt out because there was not enough water. It only served approximately 20 houses. They used a water source that they found in the mountains, 10 km, from the community. They had a small tank in community which was 5,000 gallons. This was not sufficient and the design of the existing pipelines was poor. The pump of 1 horse power was not enough. They had several wells that had been drilled 3 years prior but all of these had dried out. There were six washing stations in the creek at the entrance of the community. The members also used this to bathe and also it was often that we saw animals such as dogs and cows drinking this water. Another huge concern was that the bridge easily floods, so any vehicles or people entering the community would have to go through the water. The water from the system was not chlorinated, and the water council that they had was very disorganized. It had not been legalized and was encountering many issues.

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

LOS TERRONES WATER SOLUTION

When GB entered Los Terrones, they knew it was essential that a new water system would need to be constructed so that members in the community would have sufficient access to water in order to stay healthy. This was all made possible with the partnerships with Fundación Alivio del Sufrimiento and the Municipality of El Paraiso. The water system that was completed in September 2018 was a gravity system. It consisted of a small dam, a sedimentation tank (to ensure that there would not be a problem of sand clogging the pipes), and there was also a brand new tank of 15,000 gallons built in the community. The water source is at an altitude of 100m above community meaning that there is enough gravity to press the pipes. The water source was also 10 km away from the community. Iron pipes were installed at the beginning of the project for the water source to avoid future damage due to over flooding events.

As the community is quite large there are two outlets from the new tank, which ensures that the pressure of the water is correct. The flow rate in the new system is around 60 gallons per minute which is enough for everyone in the community and also leaves room for growth in the future. In the community of Los Terrones, 121 houses have benefited from the new water system.

This water system was also going to be benefiting another community, Colonia San Jose, in which the partnering organization was working. With the help of GB, the community was able to form a very strong water council and have it legalized. They provided great leadership training and training on how to properly maintain the water system so that it will last for many years. The water council will sit down and come up with a logical water fee for each family each month in order to purchase the chlorine, pay the plumber in community and also have a little to save each month in the community bank for the future in case there is a problem in the water system.

WATER BRIGADES IN LOS TERRONES

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of North Carolina Charlotte* & Belmont University* March 2018 41 Central Michigan University* March 2018 30
Castleton University* March 2018 29 Central Michigan University* March 2018 30
North Park University* March 2018 26 Mississippi State University* & University of Kentucky* March 2018 29
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute* & Rutgers University* March 2018 49 Acadia University** April 2018 8
Acadia University* April 2018 26 University of Calgary*** & Dalhouse University*** & McMaster University*** April 2018 32
University of Alabama at Birmingham* & University of Michigan* April 2018 40 St. Thomas University** May 2018 8
Rice University* May 2018 29 Florida Atlantic University* May 2018 30
University of the Sciences* May 2018 45 University of Pittsburgh* May 2018 29
Queen’s University* & Rutgers University – New Brunswick* & McGill University* May 2018 36 College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University* May 2018 24
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign* May 2018 45 Emory University* May 2018 33
SUNY Stony Brook* May 2018 32 Mississippi State University* May 2018 19
University of Oklahoma* May 2018 44 University of Minnesota- Twin Cities* & North Texas* May 2018 28
University of Missouri* & Whittier College* May 2018 28 Cornell University* & SUNY New Paltz* May 2018 31
San Francisco State University June 2018 7 Illinois Wesleyan University* June 2018 30
Bethel University* & University of Hawaii Manoa* & San Francisco State University* June 2018 7 CEGEP Champlain St. Lawrence* & CEGEP Marianopolis* June 2018 36
University of Washington** June 2018 23 Drexel University** & University of California Riverside June 2018 16
University of California San Diego** June 2018 19 Oregon State University* & University of Edinburgh* June 2018 24
University of California Riverside* & University of California San Diego* June 2018 51 Oregon Health and Sciences University** June 2018 11
Arizona State University** July 2018 6 Texas A&M University* July 2018 28
San Jose State University* & Southeast Missouri State University* August 2018 28 Memorial University of Newfoundland* & Otterbein University* & University of Birmingham* August 2018 45
Wayne State University* August 2018 27 California State University Los Angeles* & University of the Pacific (Rho Pi Phi)* August 2018 20
University of Maryland* August 2018 36 Bowling Green State University* & Texas Tech University* & University of Waterloo* August 2018 39
Memorial University of Newfoundland & University of New Brunswick & University of New Brunswick St. John August 2018 21 Rutgers University – New Brunswick* August 2018 34
Carleton University* & University of New Brunswick* & University of Toronto Mississauga* August 2018 37 Imperial College London September 2018 7

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Terrones 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 : Yes
Community Bank Members : 12
Economic Activities : Day Laborers
Existing Microenterprises : No

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Los Terrones 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 : 60%
% of Homes with Eco-stoves : 2%
% of Homes with Water Filters : 0%
Common House Materials : Adobe

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