April 22, 2024 RECONPAZ – Good Living
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[world map] Iberoamerica and the Caribbean Regional
GoalThe goal of this project is to provide clean water and food for 21 communities in Central America that defend nature.
SummaryThis project seeks to raise $460,000 in three years to provide ecological education, reforestation, and rainwater collection systems to 21 communities in Central America that are seeking to care for creation.
DescriptionThe Christian Continental Network for Peace (RECONPAZ) is a continental movement inspired by faith that accompanies, investigates, advocates, and develops actions around water justice in nine countries of Mesoamerica, South America, and the Caribbean. Their programs focus on 21 communities where there is a holistic focus on water supply, food sovereignty and care for creation. The project is developing three components that enable each local community to take care of their bodies of water. - Education: Participatory training that emphasizes conservation, protection, care of the water, and techniques of water filtration. - Reforestation: Replenishment of natural environments with shrubs planted in winter so they can establish themselves in the land. - Rainwater collection: Installation of demonstration systems that collect and filter rainwater using existing roofs of schools and community centers that currently lack water for hand washing and for bathrooms. In addition to education, reforestation, and rainwater collection, community leaders participate in national and continental gatherings that seek to deepen their understanding of creation care and provide support and accompaniment for communities that often feel they are suffering in isolation. In most of the places where extractive industries have caused dislocation or destruction of watersheds and water resources, the communities become divided and in conflict. Some families are in support of the new industries, and others resist and oppose the intrusion of extractive industries. Teams led by persons facilitating reconciliation and healing of relationships will minister to these communities, using the restorative arts, listening, and psychological/pastoral care. This project involves diverse leaders, including women, young people, and religious leaders from the local faith communities. The project’s total cost is $460,000 over 3 years.
Suggested GiftsA gift of $500 will purchase tanks, gutters, hose, tubes, and other materials to adjust roofs for rain harvesting. A gift of $1,000 provides scholarships for five people to participate in training on agricultural production and agroecology. A gift of $5,000 will install three community water supply systems.
Prayer RequestsPray for the people united in defending their environment through peaceful resistance. Pray that the water collection projects will raise the spirits of local communities and they become motivated to extend this benefit to other other communities that suffer during droughts. Pray as leaders seek to raise awareness that the Bible calls for all of us to be good stewards of creation. Pray that one day soon, the people will no longer have to pay for the vital resource of clean, safe water.
Managed ByMayol-Bracero, Ricardo