By the end of June 2016 there had been thirty-three training sessions led by an “expert” (Roy Lara or another NGO staff). Those led to more than twenty capacity-building workshops led by local community members, replicating what they had learned for smaller groups. (See Maria de Jesus of El Tule leading a workshop on how to keep a healthy home in the photo above.)
This combination of train-the-trainers teaching sessions and campesino-to-campesino workshops eventually reached well over 600 people, more than half of whom were women and youth. All this in just the first six months of this year.
Most sessions involved construction: building improved chicken houses, wood-conserving stoves, cement water-saving sinks and water-holding sinks of recycled tires which recycle water into nearby gardens. Other sessions included sharing nutritional recipes using the staple crops, corn and beans, and garden vegetables. The workshops have been led by youth, women, and men. In addition to the tangible results of these events, there has been another, perhaps more important benefit.
Community leaders are emerging. Among them:
Many other community leaders have stepped forward to lead workshops. Some may have reached only the sixth grade and some may be illiterate. But they are clever at learning things that will improve the lives of their families and eager to share this knowledge.