DIFFICULTIES AND RISKS
Por Eso! is operating in a high risk environment and is tackling complex issues and challenges. The changes are not achieved from one day to the next. To bring about sustainable (read: behavioural) change and break well-established habits, a long-term commitment is an absolute must. The complexity and the long term entail risks and a myriad of factors influence the success of the project. Factors outside of our control such as extreme weather conditions, strikes, political unrest, but also factors that we have learnt to recognise over the years and can anticipate somewhat thanks to our experience. For example, avoiding the method of other charities and municipalities of ‘giving them everything’ or dealing with the unexpected arrival of another organisation whose method is diagonally opposite to ours.
The chance that a project ‘fails’ is low, the chance that a project will need more time and energy than we initially anticipated, is ever present. The chance that a project will be modified, also exists.
To solve the complex problems and avoid risks, first of all we need collaboration. Collaborating with the community itself but also with the local, regional and national organisations and other charities. All the steps in the process are taken with the agreement of all parties involved. This is why Por Eso! prefers not to call it an intervention but rather a process, where we achieve sustainable change, step by step.
The exit criteria can be summarised up in the following way:
Regarding the 37 school vegetablegardens an important result has been achieved, which is the collaboration with the Ministry of Education with whom we are working side by side. In close collaboration with Por Eso!, we are currently working to include the school vegetable gardens as a fixed topic in the school curriculum. It’s not an easy process, but we keep on moving forward.
Regarding the home improvements and the construction of the family greenhouses: the maximum duration of this project is 6 years. We aim for a minimum participation of 50% of the inhabitants. Each community needs a slightly different approach, but the planning for a community roughly comes down to the following:
Year 1- 1st phase: Installing community vegetable gardens and greenhouses + improving the living environment through ‘Vivienda Saludable’ (Including the installation of smoke-free kitchens, and installing vegetable garden at homes)
Year 2- 3: Installing cabinets, eco-refrigeradors, greenhouses, water-reservoirs and irrigation
Year 4-6: Monitoring and guidance