El Zurzular, Global Brigades’ first Empowered Community established strong leadership to continue both health and development initiatives in their community. The community is home to one of GB’s strongest Community Banks and a growing coffee business which continues to work and invest in order to improve their coffee’s quality. Community Health Workers are active in the community and the Water Council operates, maintains and administrates their water system built in 2009.
El Junco y Joyas
Global Brigades worked with the community of El Junco y Joyas to construct their own water system and install in-home public health infrastructure, which continue to be overseen respectively by the volunteer Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee. A Community Bank was established and continues to provide financial services to community members and there is an operational Staple Grain Purchase & Sales business providing better prices for farmers. CHWs were trained in the community in 2013 and continue to work tending to the health of the community.
Global Brigades worked with the community of El Encinal to improve their water system and install in-home public health infrastructure which continue to be overseen respectively by the volunteer Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee. A Community Bank was established and CHWs were trained in the community in 2013 and continue to work tending to the health of the community.
GB volunteers, staff and community members all worked tirelessly in El Cantón starting with the construction of an improved water system in 2011 and wrapping up by inaugurating the Community Bank’s new building in 2014. The Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee maintain, operate and administrate the Water System, and oversee in-home public health infrastructure. El Cantón has a flourishing Bakery micro-enterprise run by the women of the community, which sells baked goods in the surrounding region.
El Ojochal was GB’s first Empowered Community in South Honduras. In the dry, coastal region, the challenge of sufficient water was the first addressed with a new well-based water system which was accompanied soon after by in-home public health infrastructure. The Community Bank continues working to meet the financial needs of the community and there is an operational Agriculture Store business allowing farmers to obtain more affordable agricultural products without having to leave their community. Community Health Workers attend patients in El Ojochal and form part of a larger group of CHWs representing surrounding communities.
Palo Verde is a small, isolated mountain community near El Zurzular and had a dire water and public health situation upon GB’s arrival in 2012. Volunteers and community members constructed a new water system and in-home public health infrastructure, which are now overseen by the Water Council and Basic Sanitation Committee respectively. As part of the El Zurzular region training, Palo Verde has Community Health Workers, attending patients in the area. Coffee producers have access to basic financial services at the Community Bank of El Zurzular and some participate in the nearby community’s coffee business.
Guaricayán, a small, low-lying community suffered from poor water infrastructure and lack of local economic options. Global Brigades constructed a new water system in 2011, and established a Water Council to operate, maintain, and administrate it. Public health infrastructure was installed in each home and the Basic Sanitation Committee was trained to oversee it’s proper use and maintenance. The Community Bank was trained and capitalized and continues providing loans to community members and the chicken farm, “Guaripollo,” brings in an alternative source of income and provides the opportunity for community members to purchase the meat at a fair price. Lastly, Community Health Workers are working to protect the health of their fellow community members.
The community of El Jute has been a model for GB’s economic development programming in rural Honduras, with a large, strong community bank, and an up and coming tilapia farming business, which is now producing fish for sale and consumption in the community. In conjunction with the El Cantón water project, some infrastructural improvements were made to El Jute’s water system and the Water Council was trained on how to properly maintain, operate, and administrate it. Families invested in public infrastructure for their homes and volunteers make up the Basic Sanitation Committee in charge of overseeing their proper use and maintenance in the community.
Fray Lazaro is Global Brigades second Empowered Community in South Honduras, with a Community Bank providing financial services to community members, and an up an coming Bakery micro-enterprise. The neighborhood of Los Zimarros now has their own water system completing total water coverage in the community. Public health infrastructure has been installed in the homes of Fray Lazaro and is overseen by the Basic Sanitation Committee. Community Health Workers were trained in 2015 to tend to the health of the families in the community.
GB’s first Community Bank was established in Tomatin in 2009 and has since provided financial services to community members, constructed its own bank building, and supported the growth of the community’s Staple Grain Purchase and Sale business, the latter providing fair prices to local farmers. Families invested in public health infrastructure for their homes and the Basic Sanitation Committee oversees its proper maintenance and use. In conjunction with the community of El Ocote, Community Health Workers were trained in Tomatin in 2016 and work to tend health needs of fellow community members.