How we work
Continuous and long-term presence
We get compromised with the communities we work with, once that a single project during 2 or 3 years isn’t enough to improve the people lives in a sustainable way. The continuity of relationships with these people strengthens trust between the two parts involved and helps the implementation of the projects. Poverty eradication takes a lot of time and work together.
First of all, our projects are based on the implementation of specific activities to fulfill the basic needs of the communities.
After a considerable time of permanence with the beneficiaries, required for them to share their real problems, VIDA starts integrated projects that include complementary activities in their implementation, essential for people’s full development. For example, in order to raise the productivity of a family farming field, VIDA promotes activities such as agriculture training and capacitation, the access to demonstration fields with adapted varieties or new types of crops, the access to seeds, the construction of water boreholes, by promoting the communication between the peasant and the rural extension services or even by raising awareness among people, throught sensibilization activities of the most common diseases which prevent people from working.
The projects that VIDA implement are carried out with the participation of all of the beneficiaries. First, we need a joint reflection about the current situation so that we can start to search for the causes and design new solutions.
Not listening to the beneficiaries, troughout the design and implementation of the project, would be ignoring their interests, ambitions and needs, which are the key to eradicate poverty.
Adapted and Sustainable Tecnologies
VIDA’s projects adopt adapted tecnologies to the local reality that take into account the actual conditions. Also, it allows people to use them autonomously. This prevents the creation of unsustainable dependence systems.
Partnership work and with local agents
There are 2 types of partnership created in the countries we work:
– The first one, tries to implement projects in a more effective way, through local partners and teams, once they have a complete knowledge about the reality, making easier to implement the process and the resources management.
– The second one are partnerships with organizations or institutions specialized in specific areas, such as health or agriculture, which participate sporadically in some activities or give their contribution to the project in an integrated way.