ALDEA strives to mobilize the entire community to address health issues. We are especially focused on empowering women and youth to participate more fully in the local development process. We use a capacity-building methodology to analyze community needs and define the local activities and partners to solve the problems. Graphics for non-literate community members are used to stimulate thinking, engage people’s creative abilities, and develop solutions they can apply to their everyday living – both in their individual families and collectively in their communities.
This is the component that makes our projects sustainable. When women achieve autonomy in the home, and when a community has a sense of power over its future, then the integrated components come together. This paradigm shift in the minds of the women, youth, and men in the community is what results in long-term improvements to the health and well-being of the community.