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Multiplier Program for community engagement, improving productivity with social cohesion, through the whey industry, for sustainable change.

Improving productivity levels for prosperity and the challenge of peace

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The Diocese of Esteli envisions a cyclical and growing multiplying program for the significant commitment of target communities to improve productivity levels, social cohesion and peacebuilding through training and whey industrialization, leading to sustainable change led by the Catholic University of the Dry Tropics, UCATSE, regardless of political or religious beliefs. With the project, we intend to improve the capacities of the target population, for social sustainability, through cyclical trainings directed and organized by UCATSE, and replicated through teachers, students with the Rural Development program in the university extension, and the social pastoral of the parishes which will be fed back in a permanent way, visualizing a continuous, complex and sustainable growth. This process will be accompanied by the National Association for Human Rights (ANPDH); and the media of the Diocese of Esteli, which will accompany this project with non-formal education. As a result of the training, Small and Medium Enterprises will be strengthened and formed, directed in two axis: as multipliers and as small commercializer of cow whey and by-product industrializers, which will contribute to increasing the most vulnerable family and local incomes, and which will also help to build prosperous, sustainable and peaceful communities. UCATSE has agricultural, livestock and agro-industrial production areas, including the Láctea Divina Misericordia plant. Knowing that of the 100% of a known volume of milk, only 20% is used to produce cheese, 80% remains as whey, which due to its high contaminating content of water and soil, is discarded without processing or regulation, equipment is required for the spraying of whey, since its protein is superior to that of eggs, as it contains all the essential amino acids. The economic, environmental and social sustainability of the project will be achieved through productivity and fair and equitable relations between the participants

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries of our project will be 2000 students from UCATSE, of humble origin and with an integral Christian formation, 310 small and medium producer families and 1,360 poor families from the north of Nicaragua. The population of 34 parishes in the Diocese of Esteli will benefit. The Diocese of Esteli covers an area of 7,031.20 Km² with a population of 542,530 inhabitants, and is formed by the Departments of Esteli, Madriz and Nueva Segovia. As it is located in the so-called Dry Tropics and agriculture and cattle ranching are its main means of livelihood, it is one of the poorest in the Ecclesiastical Province of Nicaragua; however, its great organizational potential and capacity for community commitment stand out. The target group is visualized, improving their productivity and self-employment, based on their potential for family and community well-being, with consequential strengthening of prosperity, peace and the planet as integral and complex processes.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

UCATSE, ANPDH and the parishes, as organizations within the Diocese of Esteli, each in their own area, have been developing training initiatives in some communities in the northern area, with success. However, we have seen the need to join forces to build a culture of peace, care for the planet and prosperity through the productivity of dairy by-products in a complex, cyclical and growing process. The success of the program will be achieved through the integration of the proposed components, which will lead to the sustainable empowerment of communities to achieve the maximum potential of the participants. This multiplying program plans to combine actions that will lead to an organizational growth of justice and peace, as well as prosperity, through the complementarity of the potentialities of the leading organizations in small and large scale. The project aims to use approaches based on the context, culture, knowledge, local needs, resources and aspirations of the target communities.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

UCATSE is dedicated to integral formation and the common good, with responsibility before God, the family, society and nature.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

According to its poverty level, Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America. The current situation of violence and the deterioration of peace that requires a reconciliation process. Pollution of the environment and improving the level of prosperity for a culture of peace.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Nicaragua is currently going through a crisis of human rights violations, resulting in some 102 deaths, 868 injuries and 438 detainees in just one month of protests by Nicaraguan civil society. Nicaragua is experiencing critical political and economic tensions that are hitting the most vulnerable sectors of the country, with death, unemployment and desolation. It has also been affected by climate change that has harmed the farming community. As one Church leader asserts, we have a society that is not accustomed to dialogue and that has been prevented from expressing itself freely and without fear by the current circumstances of justice and peace. The thirst for true justice and peace is insatiable today. The people are crying out for justice and peace. In reality, true peace is "the work of justice" (Isaiah 32:17). True peace ensures full respect for rights and duties, and the impartial distribution of benefits and burdens.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The Diocese of Esteli, through the UCATSE, will promote the multiplier program with the involvement of parishes, the ANPDH and the media. These institutions work with rural, educational and parish communities in the north of the country. The university, through extension, trains rural communities in different productive and environmental issues. The parishes, through the Social Pastoral, accompany the process of the common good of the Church in approximately 1,320 communities. The ANPDH, in coordination with UCATSE, handles mediation cases from all over the northern part of the country to resolve and promote issues of justice and peace. The media of the Diocese does outreach, education and liaison work throughout the Diocese. As organizations of the same Diocese, they are committed to solidarity and the common good, so this project is the opportunity to join forces with the same vision. The results of this program are expected to be replicable in other Dioceses.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The communities served stand out for their organizational and leadership capacity, as well as for their creativity and entrepreneurship, as they have demonstrated in the face of natural disasters, building their productive areas. Faced with the scarcity of resources, they have self-managed solutions for the population. The solidarity shown by parishes towards the most vulnerable in communities without political or religious distinction.

Geographic Focus

Segovian region, northern Nicaragua, Central America

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The program requires 36 months, distributed in three phases. A first phase of 6 months requires the organizational strengthening of the social pastoral care, as well as the extension of the university. The SMEs will be formed with the transversal axis of peace, planet and prosperity. In a second phase, the process of solidarity and fair industrialization and commercialization of the by-products will begin. The training will be permanent. The third phase involves monitoring and evaluation.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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