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1 October 14, 2010 Transferable Sustainability

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3 Allen Blancett Honduras Agape Foundation October 14, 2010

4 Christian mission organization--USA/SC Eleven year presence in NW Honduras Five mission teams each year Six areas of emphasis Education Medical & Dental Care Construction Nutrition Evangelism & Nurture Microenterprise Facilitation

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7 School parent groups & teachers Like-minded citizens / volunteers Public Health Centers Peace Corps volunteers Doctors (Some) Pastors (Some) Patronatos (Some) other elected officials

8 Evangelism & Nurture No secret – its part of everything we do Education... and sometimes we use words Five types of educational support in different communities. More information Saturday

9 Christian mission organization--USA/SC Eleven year presence in NW Honduras Five mission teams each year Six areas of emphasis Education Medical & Dental Care Construction Nutrition Evangelism & Nurture Microenterprise Facilitation

10 Clinic built by Foundation, Medical care for all who come Annual dental brigade Visual testing, eyeglasses Fluoride & deworming

11 Annual dental brigade Visual testing, eyeglass fitting

12 Developing collaborations Visual exams, eyeglass fittings 2009 Dental team 2010 Surgical teams 2011? Private hospital opened June 21, 2009

13 Doctor and nurse visit remote villages One visit every other month, treat ~60 people Free medical care, medicines Collect information on repeat illness and causes

14 Respiratory problems Gastrointestinal problems Lack of dental and surgical care Malnutrition

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16 Purple spots are E. coli colonies Santa Clara community water supply

17 First we built houses -- ~40 We also built Medical clinic Schools and classrooms School bathrooms/showers School kitchens/pantries/cafeterias Now we are building (funding) Smoke-free stoves BioSand water filters Latrines

18 Vented, fuel- efficient cookstove – Remove smoke and soot from house – Use 1/3-1/2 as much wood as before Used internationally Simple to build,~$60 10-year life 43 built in Santa Clara in 2009

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20 Rosendo & Reynas family --- First safe drinking water in their home Nelson & Oto distribute filters to their neighbors BioSand Filters ready for distribution Only 99 more to deliver!

21 Sustainable If we have been involved in bringing a benefit to a community, then when we leave, will the community be able to keep it going? Transferable When the community receives a benefit, can/will they pass it on?

22 Santos teaches Santos builds, then... Job done Stove-Building 101

23 HAF Recognized need Found design Offered to S.C. ? Build 3 Priority List Funds Build 40 Teach Quimistán La Montañita Santa Clara Texoxingales Teach LEARN BUILD TEACH Build 2 Build 20 Build 25 Its your need Its your priorities Its your success Its your help

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28 Microenterprise 101

29 Tortilla Cloth Makers in La Montañita Corn grinder wanted by Texoxingales women Photos of Jan. team and later visits Photo of corn grinder we saw in Pinalejo

30 Work with existing community groups Include women as active participants Team up with a caring, active doctor Dont accept responsibility for fixing their problems Help the community as they solve their problem They will gain confidence, respect, and self-esteem They fixed it; they can keep it fixed

31 Dont be Santa Claus. Expect their sweat equity We help you, you help others---Learn/Do/Teach Acknowledge transition points in your mission Avoid being tied to an exclusive local organization Plan your departure; celebrate successes

32 HISTORICAL APPROACHDESIRED STATE Culture of dependenceSelf-sufficiency Our prioritiesTheir priorities Doing/giving without growthTeaching / enabling / helping Treating illnessesPreventive medicine and treatment Partnering with individualsFocus on communities Spur of the moment decisionsPlanned, integrated, holistic approach Endless engagementsEnd points defined Limited earnings potentialFacilitate micro enterprises

33 http://www.hondurasagape.com http://www.HAFMissions.blogspot.com

34 References 1.Sirolli, Ernesto; Ripples from the Zambezi-- Passion, entrepreneurship and the rebirth of local economies. New Society Publishers, P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, B.C. V0R 1X0 Canada, 1999. 2.Mortenson, Greg & David Oliver Relin, Three Cups of TeaOne Mans Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time. Viking Penguin Books Ltd, 2006. 3.Mortenson, Greg, Stones into SchoolsPromoting Peace with Books, not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Viking 4.Myers, Bryant L., Walking with the PoorPrinciples and Practices of Transformational Development. Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, U.S.A. 1999. 5.Water testing kits (Coliscan Easygel) are available from Micrology Laboratories, P.O. Box 340, Goshen, IN 46527-0340. (http://www.micrologylabs.com/)

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36 Kids spend their days scavenging in the city dump for whatever might be soldor eaten HELP WANTED

37 Two nourishing hot meals each week for 75+ children

38 Highway right-of-way dwellers No consistent leadersor followers First priority is pure drinking water. Want us to drill a deep well Not interested in building or using stoves, BSFs, or latrines They appreciate medical attention. They appreciate our feeding their kids. They would like us to buy property so they can grow food. Some of our folks are emotionally attached to feeding the children. WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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