Community Life: Quick Facts
- San Lucas is located three miles from the municipal seat of Santa Apolonia and has a population of 60 families.
- The primary productive activity in the village is agriculture. Corn and beans are the main crops, but they also grow potatoes, sweet peas, carrots, cauliflower and cabbage.
- There is public transportation every day to Santa Apolonia.
- When people need medical attention, they have to travel to the health center in Santa Apolonia.
- There is not a school in the community, so children walk three miles both ways every day to the nearest one.
- 50 percent of the population is Catholic and 50 percent is evangelical.
- Even if accessible during the whole year, almost 100 percent of their roads are unpaved.
When ALDEA/ABPD started to work in San Lucas we found 63 percent of children under 2 years old suffer from chronic malnutrition. We expect to improve this situation through our intervention:
- Community Mobilization and Empowerment: In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019).
- Water, Sanitation & Hygiene: Complete. The potable water system, efficient cook stoves, gray water filters, and sanitary latrines were installed between March and November of 2016.
- Nutrition: In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019)
- Food Security (Sustainable Agriculture): In Progress (Began July 2017 with completion expected June 2019).
- Family Planning: Provides women and men the opportunity to decide how many and when to have children. Training and family planning methods are provided to the persons interested (starting in March 2016 and ending in June 2019).
- Disaster Risk Reduction: In Progress (will begin in January 2018 with completion expected June 2019).
Photos by Javier Borrayo