Quebrada Honda

Overview

Quebrada Honda is a community of 128 homes and about 500 inhabitants. It is located in the district of Chepigana along the Panamerican Highway in the province of Darien. Quebrada Honda is largely an agricultural community, where residents work on farms to produce crops such as beans, corn plantains and yams. These agricultural activities are the main source of income for 90% of residents. Within Quebrada Honda is a single primary school, where students from kindergarten to 6th grade attend classes, though there are only six teachers for the whole community. Quebrada Honda does not have its own health center, forcing residents to travel to Santa Fe for medical or dental care. There are no lawyers within the community, and the closest legal resources are located in Santa Fe. Community members can also access legal support from the Family Tribunal in Meteti, but this office typically does not resolve much. The most common legal needs within the community pertain to alimony, divorce and domestic violence cases.

Corregimiento: Santa Fe
District: Chepigana

Homes : 128
Population : 500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No, nearest one is in Santa Fe
Community Health Workers : Yes
Homes with Latrines : N/A
Education in the Community : Up to 6th grade
Distance from Lodging Facility : 1.5 hour

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Quebrada Honda is a community located along the Pan-American highway near the municipality of Santa Fe in Darien.  Quebrada Honda does not have a health center in its community; instead, community members must travel to Santa Fe to use its health center. Sometimes, during high rainy seasons, access to Santa Fe is limited by flooded bridges, meaning community members must travel out of the Darien province to Torti to receive basic healthcare.

177

Brigade Volunteers

1539

Medical Patient Consultations

12

Adult Health Education Workshops (Approx.)

12

Children Education Workshops (Approx.)

COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKERS:

GB Panama’s Medical Dental team started the Agentes Comunitarios en Salud or ACeS program in 2016. “Agentes” from 10 communities in East Panama and Darien were Panama’s first community health workers. Among these first ACeS workers is Argelis Gonzalez of Quebrada Honda (not pictured) who is on track to complete all trainings and start visiting community members with health needs.

Some of Argelis’ primary responsibilities include:

  • Promoting healthy practices and maintaining contact with GB staff about their progress
  • Performing First Aid in the case of an emergency
  • Managing the Patient Referral cases of the community
  • Promoting involvement with other GB programs such as Human Rights, Public Health and Microfinance workshops
  • Recording and monitoring members of their respective communities who:
    • Are pregnant
    • Have a chronic disease
    • Are children under five
      years old.

MEDICAL BRIGADES IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Kansas and SUNY New Paltz May 2013 36 Milwaukee School of Engineering March 2014 32
University of San Diego and Smith College* January 2015 24 University of Waterloo & Northwestern University August 2015 34
Penn State University May 2016 35 Rutgers University – New Brunswick May 2017 16

*Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be transitioning to a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program (ACeS) so that communities like Quebrada Honda can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

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.

594

Dental Patient Consultations

282

Fluoride Treatments

44

Fillings Performed

12

Dental Education Workshops

DENTAL BRIGADES IN QUEBRADA HONDA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Milwaukee School of Engineering March 2014 32 University of San Diego / Smith College January 2015 24
University of Waterloo & Northwestern University August 2015 34 Penn State University May 2016 35
Rutgers University – New Brunswick May 2017 16

*Starting in August 2017 Global Brigades Medical Program will be transitioning to a local partnership model and strengthening the Community Health Worker program (ACeS) so that communities like Quebrada Honda can receive health support and resources consistently without the arrival of brigade volunteers in mobile clinics.

 

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

QUEBRADA HONDA’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Community members in Quebrada Honda lack access to financial resources within the community. The majority of community members do not have bank accounts and there are only limited informal forms of credit available.  For example, a person could obtain ‘credit’ at a local store by buying something now and paying later, simply adding it to their ‘tab,’ but there would be no formalized credit transaction.  Larger financial institutions do not approve loans to community members without a fixed income, making it difficult for local micro-enterprises to grow and thrive. Most community members cite the distance to the nearest bank as the main discouragement to having a personal savings account. Even if individuals wish to travel the distance, not all community members can become members of these financial institutions–cooperatives require monthly membership fees, savings accounts often require a fixed income, and the cost of travel provides an additional barrier.

12

Brigade Volunteers

52

Loans Administered

$2,206.61

Capital Investment

14

Saving Accounts Opened

QUEBRADA HONDA’S MICROFINANCE SOLUTION

The Global Brigades Business and Microfinance Team trained a new Community Bank in 2015.They also brought Microfinance and Business brigades in order to strengthen both the knowledge and trust in the Community Bank. This encouraged the opening of more savings accounts, growth of seed capital, and upon the completion of six months of executive board training, the Community Bank began giving out loans to bank members to spur economic growth and home improvement projects.

QUEBRADA HONDA’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to the Community Bank, Global Brigades supports established and start-up micro-enterprises. In Quebrada Honda, there are three small businesses that have received financial training and business recommendations. Agro-businesses are prominent forms of commerce within this community and adequate book-keeping and maintaining relationships with customers, as well as proper agriculture cultivation can lead to increased revenues for business owners and employees.

As members of the Community Bank these micro-enterprises, led almost entirely by women or families, contribute to savings accounts and budget for loans to expand their businesses in the future. Through the help of Business Brigades, clients get advice on their most concerning business challenges and can also receive assistance in developing sustainable agriculture practices.

BUSINESS BRIGADES IN QUEBRADA HONDA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Bristol / Bath May 2015 12

Local Reference Points

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