Episcopal Church of Cuba Integrated Development Program

Episcopal Relief & Development has partnered with the Episcopal Church of Cuba and the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund to support the Episcopal Church of Cuba with improving and strengthening the development office's institutional capacity to conceptualize, develop, and implement development projects. As a result, the ECC's Integrated Development Program has identified four key objectives: 1. Increase institutional knowledge and skills to carry out outreach work 2. Increase community empowerment through training of community leaders 3. Implement food security projects that improve family nutrition and increase income 4. Improve community gender awareness Special emphasis will be given to vulnerable populations (physically unpaired, elderly, women, children, and HIV and AIDS carriers). The beneficiaries are from 14 communities located in two geographic regions: 1) Guantanamo to Camaguey; 2) Ciego de Avila to Pinar del Rio. In terms of results, the project will increase the knowledge, skills, and capacity of 2,000 community members to establish community vegetable gardens, which will improve and increase the food production, thus addressing the food security issue. It will also provide work, income, and improve the nutrition status of the beneficiaries. The program is also expected to increase community awareness about gender-based violence assist the community with finding solutions on how to confront and eliminate it. The program will also enhance ECC institutional capacity, expertise and skills to respond in a timely way to natural disasters and reconstruction of affected communities.

Activities

Form 38 Savings Groups after SwE promotion and community mobilization. Use the Micro Projects Fund to support community projects with technical and financial assistance. Train 25 Community Volunteers in the Savings with Education Methodology. Train 25 lay leaders and clergy to design, implement, and monitor community development projects.

Cross-cutting issues

Institution Strengthening

Locations

  • Cuba>Guantanamo
  • Cuba>Camaguey
  • Cuba>Ciego de Avila
  • Cuba>Pinar del Rio

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Capacity Strengthening for CSOs (general)

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