After completing our Reforestation Project (see past projects page), we worked with Jorge to figure out what other issues we could address that would directly affect quality of life for the workers of Finca Santa Teresa. Our long term goal for this project is to improve housing conditions for the workers at their homes around the region. Jorge has already provided comfortable housing at Finca Santa Teresa, but the workers only spend 4 months of the year here. The other 8 months are spent at their homes which are often in less than ideal conditions and are difficult to access.
Jorge started this project by conducting a needs assessment, identifying beneficiaries, the communities they came from, and their individual needs concerning construction materials. In March, Noah and Jason travelled to Nicaragua to meet each beneficiary and help with the purchase and distribution of construction materials.
NEXT PROJECTED GOAL
The next step in this project is to provide aid for the construction of the 20 homes. Since constructing without any help was challenging, we will work with a contractor who will speed up the construction process.
Enrique travelled back to Nicaragua to touch base with Jorge Lagos and verify the budget and next steps for providing the beneficiaries with supplies and assistance in construction.
We return to Nicaragua along with Photographer/Barista, Paul to interview and document the next round of 20 beneficiaries who will benefit form our working housing project. Last year, Think Coffee and coffee farmer, Jorge Lagos distributed materials to each family. Some of the beneficiaries found it challenging to do much of the construction work and restorations themselves. This year, we decided to make things better for the farm workers, who already have full-time work and hire a contractor who will get the job done quicker and just in time for the heavy rain season.
Noah and Enrique travel to Nicaragua and raffle for the next 20 families to receive materials to restore their homes.
Jorge continues to deliver materials to beneficiaries. To see his April report, click here.
Jason and Noah travel to Nicaragua and interview and photograph each beneficiary. Together, they purchase and distribute materials to each beneficiary.
Jorge conducts a needs assessment for each beneficiary, identifying the beneficiary, the community he or she came from, what materials were needed and intended use.
Noah travels to Nicaragua. During this trip, Jorge holds a raffle to pick the 16 beneficiaries of the project. We initially selected 16 because our projected budget was enough to cover 16 families.