|Honduras Environmental Literacy Project|
In the wake of Hurricane Mitch, CDN Consultants (Rebekka Stone and Tiffany Ivins) visited Honduras to conduct site assessments of rural villages that had been devastated. Although they were interested to help community members build capacity to respond to the post-disaster situation, a difficult lesson was learned: Development programming is different than Disaster Relief programming. Most of their time was spent improving access to food, clothing and shelter in the worst affected communities.
Three years later, Rebekka and Tiffany returned to Honduras together with Jared Raynor and Spencer Brundage to work on a capacity-building initiative focused on long-term change. Partnering with ProLiteracy Worldwide, this team of CDN Consultants worked together with Juan Almendares and his clinic in Tegucigalpa to deliver literacy training for women's groups interested in community farming, square-foot gardening, environmental conservation, and herbs for medicinal and economic benefits.
Through participatory dialogue, a blended mother-tongue literacy curriculum was created which focused on environmental health, holistic healing, income-generation and human rights. These leaders of various women's groups identified the critical issues facing their communities and tailored the content for their particular needs. This process of tailoring a learning plan and executing the teaching in a manner suited to their own needs is truly the definition of "Literacy for Social Change."