Severe poverty will exist in rural villages throughout Bolivia as long as local people are not given a voice in processes of change, or the power to make their own decisions. Etta Projects believes that an essential element of transforming poverty is to empower people to identify problems and implement grassroots solutions. The goal of the 2011 Communities in Action project is to promote sustainable development in rural villages by building the capacity of local people—village leaders, local teachers, youth leaders and community health promoters—to plan, develop, implement and maintain effective community projects. Through training workshops, and interactive community activities and projects, Communities In Action aims to motivate all sectors of the village to become the driving force behind their own processes of change.
Etta Projects values the existing skills and knowledge of local people and their ability to lead change through grassroots efforts. We have created a project with District 6220 of Rotary International that supports various groups within a village to effect change through the implementation of three distinct programs: Leaders In Action, Health Promoters In Action, and Productive Schools In Action.
These three programs combine successful components of community-led projects supported by Etta Projects in the past; projects such as school gardens, leadership workshops, teacher training workshops and sanitation improvements. This year we will integrate these efforts into one comprehensive project. Project staff will work alongside village members to make sustainable, community-led transformations.