ViviendasLeón employs a 4 year ladder of programs to achieve our mission. Programs focus on training human capacities and implementing multi-sector projects to address the interconnected nature of deficits that are the causes of poverty. The combination of step by step trainings and resources establishes a core group of families, 20%, at the center of a self-sustaining community.
Adult Pathway Methodology
Human Capacity Training is the framework and foundational program that addresses the human dimensions and bi-products of inter-generational poverty among the poorest members of society including lack of skills, motivation and confidence, low self-esteem, isolation, and lack of community involvement.
Projects are introduced to support the development of skills, confidence, food security and local economy among the rural population. Over the course of four years, adults routinely receive technical trainings to deepen their success and productivity in farming, social networks, and business.
Youth Pathway Methodology
While adults need immediate and concentrated interventions and training to become self-sufficient, youth require more long term, diverse and protracted programs to develop as young adults. Our programs address the intellectual, emotional and relational health of our youth in the rural communities, focusing on gender and sex equality, leadership, teamwork and community engagement.
Programs in include scholarships for promising and engaged students to afford the basic expenses of attending school including books, supplies, clothing and transportation; Arts and entrepreneurship that provides a safe and mixed age group setting for adolescents to engage with each other in guided respectful practices, create projects and practical experiences in marketing their creative products.
“My name is Exania Estrada. I am a muchacha.” Exania Estrada grew up in the municipality of Larreynaga in León. She lives in the community of Trolio with her husband, in-laws and two daughters of three and nine years old. She has a passion for cultivating land, especially in her own family garden.Continue reading >
“I first liked social work because in my community I saw the difficulties and lack of resources within the school system. Another challenge was the distance (from residents’ homes to school) that limits good attendance in the school. I always dreamed of having knowledge in helping communities…to contribute to helping the poor especially in the city of León”Continue reading >