|Title||Education, health, water and family self-development: a project for integrated development of the Quilombola Communities in Saint Anthony of Penalva (Maranhao, Brazil)|
|Place||Rural Communities of the Penalva municipality, Baixada M|
|Duration||3 years (2014-2016)|
|Co-financers||CEI - Italian Bishops' Conference|
|Project goals||The project aims at promoting a pilot intervention of social inclusion which promotes family and community self-development for the Quilombola community in the Penalva Municipality. Individuals of African descent, a legacy of the slave trade of the 18th and 19th century, have been free for 200 years now. However, these communities still live in situations of discrimination and high social vulnerability due to very low family incomes: scarce familiarity to federal or state-guaranteed services given for economic, family, or social reasons makes access to these services even more rare.
While not denying Quilombola traditions, the initiative aims at promoting the inclusion of these populations in a continuously evolving society as the current Brazilian context is providing. The project aims to do so with education, socio-healthcare education, access to drinking water and hygienic toilet systems, experimentation of agricultural and farming production systems, for families' own support..
Specific goal for MMI
Improving health conditions, access to drinking water and to the family and community latrine network in the community of Saint Anthony and surroundings.
Forseen ACtivities by MMI:
• Training and community awareness campaigns on socio-healthcare prevention
|Beneficiaries|| The following will be direct beneficiaries of the intervention:
Indirect beneficiaries will be:
The families of all those who will have access to the training activities, to the distribution of drinking water and hygienic toilet systems, and of all those benefiting from the production and sales of local agricultural products and small-sized animals will be indirect beneficiaries of the intervention. This means the entire population of the Penalva Municipality, i.e. approximately 34.300 inhabitants.