The Americas

Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Sep 16, 2020
With the delivery of agricultural inputs including vegetable seeds, fungicides and fertilizers, the Dry Corridor Alliance (ACS-USAID) in Honduras, through the Biosecurity – Reactivation of Agri-Food Production Component, initiated the delivery of agricultural inputs to producers in the community of Los Encinos, Intibucá, from which about 37 producing families will benefit. The project is currently being implemented by Global Communities through the Government of Honduras INVEST-H department. This was the first supply of inputs by ACS-USAID and it was marked by the participation of the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, who thanked the producers for the work they have done, mainly during the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for keeping a large sector of the Honduran... Read more
Jul 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought growing challenges to communities around the world. Many vulnerable communities and citizens are stuck in a state of social isolation and economic crisis. Even though that is the reality in many communities, in Granadero Baigorria, Argentina, where the John Deere Foundation-funded Sowing Futures program operates, a group of people did not let fear and insecurity paralyze them;  in the face of a serious food crisis in the country, they mobilized to help the most vulnerable to cope during the pandemic. Paula Papaleo is an example of this proactive response. She is on the board of directors of the San Fernando neighborhood soccer school, which has always provided milk and cookies to youth who participate in school activities. With the arrival of the pandemic... Read more
Jul 10, 2020
A message from Global Communities President and CEO, David A. Weiss: This past year has seen increasingly complex challenges around the world, but the capacities and expertise of Global Communities mean we have a vital role to play in meeting exactly these challenges. Every day, our innovative, dedicated staff works side by side with vulnerable communities and underserved populations, strengthening resilience and bolstering recovery. Global Communities’ programs and projects promote social cohesion and community empowerment across a diverse range of sectors and geographies. Each challenge may be different, but we bring just the right combination of technical expertise and... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
Over the past several months, the Global Communities’ Sowing Futures team in Brazil has supported the John Deere Brazil Foundation in delivering 3,836 food baskets to 1,953 families in need to John Deere home communities across Indaiatuba, Campinas, Catalão, Montenegro and Campinas. The amount of baskets delivered equates to approximate 102,000 pounds of food items. Seventy-one Deere volunteers and 201 community volunteers participated in identifying at-risk families and organizing and delivering the foods baskets. A total of 267.8 Deere and 1052 community volunteer hours were registered. The food baskets were distributed through a combination of neighborhood committees and community organizations that reached 62 neighborhoods across the five locations. The team has also worked in the... Read more
Jul 01, 2020
By Kristin Wilcox Feldman, Chief of Party, USAID CLEAR Program Link to article on Medium.com The impacts of Covid-19 are weighing heavily on so many of us right now. As reality sinks in it becomes evident that Covid-19’s weight has hit some of us more dramatically than others. As governments globally struggle to implement measures addressing preventative and acute health priorities they are also forced to recognize that the most vulnerable populations health-wise are also in overlapping categories of economic vulnerability. This has been particularly true for those working in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which the World Bank... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
Under the Dry Corridor Alliance Program (ACS-USAID), the Government of Honduras and USAID aim to reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition in rural areas of Honduras. Since 2017, Global Communities has been implementing the “Watershed Management and Conservation” component of ACS-USAID in the departments of La Paz, Intibucá and Lempira, working with national government agencies, local and regional governments, communities and water organizations to address weak management of watersheds, which often results in severely deforested lands. The Project provides grants to communities to reduce rates of degradation and reforest the watersheds, providing sustainable access to water for consumption and irrigation. Global Communities also provides technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of... Read more
Jan 30, 2020
Noeli Jacinta Becker has been a resident of the community of Paraíso neighborhood, in Horizontina / RS, for over 12 years and cannot contain her excitement in recounting the most recent triumph of the community’s residents—the long-awaited legalization of their land with City Hall. “It is the greatest of all our recent achievements,” says the community leader with pride. The Paraíso neighborhood formed under an invasion of lands belonging to the State of Rio Grande do Sul in May 1999. It is located in the rural area of ​​Horizontina, and today has 87 plots of land and an average of 340 residents. In 2003, the state government transferred ownership of the land to the municipal administration, and since then residents have been eagerly awaiting the legalization of the land so they can... Read more
Jan 30, 2020
Ricardo Donoso is the deputy director of the No. 422 High School in Granadero Baigorria. For more than 10 years, he has been working side-by-side with the school’s principal, Rossana Inveninato, and where, in reality, the school has become a second home through which a large number of kids pass through to receive their training for life. At High School No. 422, about 950 students cycle through the classrooms in different shifts. As what often happens in many schools, they run into an issue when it comes to physical education, as the dedicated gym facilities are not enough to hold all the students for these activities which are fundamental to their development and interaction. However the school did have some potential. “The incredible thing is that we have the advantage... Read more
Jan 21, 2020
Youth from the Jardim Oliveira Camargo community in Indaiatuba / SP have recently designed a new project that aims to support residents who are suffering from depression and other mental and emotional illnesses. Priscila Santos and her longtime friends, Edson Guedes and Taylane Souza, were practically raised together in Jardim Oliveira Camargo. Over the years, the trio have shared many experiences, whether on the streets of the neighborhood, at the local school, or in the Catholic youth group they attend. Despite the warm and welcoming atmosphere of their small neighborhood of about 4,000 residents, the friends found that cases of depression and other emotional problems had increased considerably over time in the community around them, especially among poor younger... Read more
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