Posts Tagged ‘Bolivia’

Chile: Post-quake Shelter Helps Poncho Weaver Carry On

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Chile woman

Elizabeth Vidal Carrera lives in Rinconada de Doñihue, a farming community of approximately 567 people, which was one of the communities that were hit the hardest by the earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010. Photo by CRS staff

The following story was written by a CRS’ program manager in South America to offer a window to the lives of the people you help through CRS.

By María de los Ángeles Lara, CRS Chile

Elizabeth Vidal lives in Rinconada de Doñihue with her husband, a farmer, and their six children, in a house built with the support of Catholic Relief Services.

Rinconada de Doñihue is a farming community of about 570 people, in the Dioceses of Rancagua. It was one of the communities hit the hardest by the earthquake on February 27, 2010. The homes in this community were mostly built out of adobe and 75 percent of its residents were affected.

Before the earthquake, Elizabeth and her family had built a house on her mother’s land, which she had inherited from Elizabeth’s grandparents. The house was destroyed in the earthquake but because the deeds to the house were in her grandfather’s name, Elizabeth couldn’t receive the housing subsidy offered by the Chilean government.
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Bolivia: Improved Crops Mean Improved Lives

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Bolivia farmer

Lucrecio Flores has started to make a change in the way he plants and harvests his crops, in order to gain a foothold in more competitive markets. PROBIOMA, in a partnership with CRS, is training farmers in organic production techniques and the use of environmentally friendly products. Photo by CRS staff

The following story was written by a CRS’ program manager in South America to offer a window to the lives of the people you help through CRS.

By Jacqueline Soliz, CRS Bolivia

Lucrecio Flores’ quinoa crop looks impressive amongst the extensive plains of the Oruro highlands. He lives in the community of Caico Bolivar with his wife and four children. He is a community leader whose livelihood for the past 10 years has depended on farming quinoa and other crops, such as potato.

Lucrecio, like 22 other farmers in his community, has started to make a change in the way he plants and harvests his crops, in order to gain a foothold in more competitive markets. He is a participant in an ecological pest control project implemented by PROBIOMA, an organization specializing in environmentally friendly techniques, in a partnership with Catholic Relief Services.

The project is training farmers in organic production techniques and the use of environmentally friendly products aimed at reducing pesticide use.
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Giving Thanks for Water Access and Sanitation in Bolivia

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

By George Devendorf,

Bolivia water

Village kids drinking at the new water standpipe in front of Felipa’s home. Photo courtesy George Devendorf/CRS

As our conga line began to snake its way across the village soccer field for a second time, I came to understand just how much the people of Yanamuyo Bajo appreciated gaining access to clean water and hygienic bathrooms. Celebrating the completion of a project designed to improve health and sanitation conditions in this small, remote village in the Bolivian Andes, the entire village had turned out to dance, eat, give thanks, and dance some more. Joining in the festivities along with representatives from CRS and its local partner, Cáritas Diócesis de El Alto (PASOCDEA), I found the experience both unforgettable and – thanks to the almost 13,000 foot elevation – breathtaking.

Just before taking my hand and launching us into the middle of a whirling mass of dancing villagers, Felipa Kantuta had proudly showed me the latest additions to the yard in front of her family’s modest, three-room home: a fresh water standpipe and an outhouse complete with both toilet and shower facilities. Simple in design, these basic water and sanitation systems represent a quantum leap forward in the aspirations of the people of Yanamuyo Bajo to improve the quality and the health of their lives. With support from CRS and PASOCDEA, and in cooperation with the municipal government, villagers helped construct these systems – and will now take on the responsibility of maintaining them.
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