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Preparing Communities in Santiago Texacuangos for Natural Disasters

Based on assessments conducted in 8 communities in El Salvador after Hurricane Ida in 2009, Colectivo CEIBA chose to work with 3 communities who were most in need of social reconstruction, determined by levels of damage and the communities’ expressed desire to “get organized.” A 6-person team implemented the chosen projects, consulted with the local governments of Joya Grande, El Sauce, and Shaltipa and launched the projects in February 2010.

Nutrition / Healthy Lifestyle Education Classes

In order to combat the childhood obesity epidemic, our Registered Dietitian and Health Education Manager developed a series of nutrition/healthy lifestyle education classes presented to children in their classrooms at 4 schools in San Jose, CA. These classes consist of learning how to fuel your body by choosing healthy food options, the importance of physical activity, the risk factors of obesity, how to read food labels, and taking responsibility for your choices. The classes include demonstrations and lots of interaction.

Vocational Skills Training for People Affected by HIV / AIDS

At Annovoc worked closely with a Japanese church located in Mbarara District to improve the quality of life for the children in the area, providing counseling to victims of HIV/AIDS and the victims’ families.  The vocational skills helped the community reduce poverty, become self-sustaining, and also to start up small, income-generating businesses.

Sanitary Towels Project to Girls Orphaned by AIDS/Girls in Extreme Poverty & Education Support to Children Infected/Affected by HIV/AIDS - Fountain of Hope Youth Initiative Group - Kiambu, Kenya

Fountain of Hope provides support to over 200 needy girls to ensure that they have sanitary napkins and other supplies to ensure that they can attend school without interruption.

Monrovia Area Partnership ‐ Leadership Training & Development Team - City of Monrovia – Monrovia, California

The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) is a comprehensive approach to eliminate crime and blight while empowering neighborhoods by fostering citizen activism, volunteerism, and community pride.

Jikaze IDP Resettlement Village - Uhuru Child - Maai Mahiu, Central Province, Kenya

Volunteers and villagers worked side by side to create a sustainable village for a group of 900 Internally Displaced Persons following the Kenyan Post-Election Violence of 2008.

Janamanas (The Collective Mind) - Anjali Mental Health Organization – West Bengal, India

Janamanas was launched in November 2007, as one of Anjali’s definitive steps towards de-institutionalisation, community care and demanding every citizen’s right to mental health/wellness. It is a collaborative project with the State Government Department of Municipal Affairs, to work in 3 peri-urban municipalities, with the most neglected, marginalized and economically backward section of the population using available Government infrastructures.

Drug Free Communities (DFC) Coalition - Genesee County - Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse – Genesee County, New York

The Council works with and fosters collaboration among persons and organizations from many community sectors – including business, education, media, youth, parents and faith-based to address ATOD use in Genesee County, especially among youth.

Community-Led Development Project - Landirani Trust - M’bang’ombe and Mtema, Malawi

Landirani Trust organized a network of local volunteers into local based committees (LBCs), and trained them as specialists in orphan care, health, water and sanitation, education, and agriculture.

Community Health Initiative (Maharashtra) - Impact India Foundation – Maharashtra State, India

IIF’s Community Health Initiative (CHI) covers 1.5 million backward tribals in the State. CHI aims at the reduction of existing disabilities and incidence of future disabilities through prevention and cure using existing delivery systems and available infrastructure, in partnership with Government, NGOS and local community.

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