Our program in Chocolá is based
on a systemic approach to sustainability while addressing immediate
needs critical to community health and welfare. The basic
principles of our approach are as follows:
As an isolated rural community, Chocolá has little access to the kinds
of information or technical and financial resources that are needed to
plan and implement sustainable development. Yet the community possesses
the resolve and human capital to take advantage of such resources if
they are made available. Therefore:
• We provide information and technical
assistance to the people of Chocolá to help them evaluate need,
opportunity, capacity and likelihood of success. This includes helping
“connect” the community to public, private and non-profit resources
willing and able to provide assistance.
• We provide direct funding and other
forms of support for specific community project requests. Such requests
must come through broad based community organizations and demonstrate
the willingness and capability of the community to provide part of the
needed resources, generally in the form of “sweat equity.”
• All programs must be consistent with
our mission to help the people of Chocolá improve their lives and do no
harm to the Mayan archeological site, the German historical site, the
environment or the living cultural heritage of Chocolá. .
• We will also consider supporting
programs of governmental and other non-profit agencies, provided that
they too meet the same tests for community need and involvement noted
• All programs must work toward the
broader goal of long term community sustainability.
Semillas para el Futuro and projects focus on several key
activity areas which are described in the links to the left. To
join us in this rewarding and meaningful work, click here.