From February to April 2019, Casa Congo was fortunate to host Francesco Luise, an Italian researcher who conducted an extensive socio-demographic analysis of the El Astillero area to gather a baseline of data and allow us to have a better understanding of the community needs. Teaming with the local staff of Casa Congo, over 300 people were surveyed which represent 16% of the village.
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“It has been an incredible, genuine experience of Central America. The contact with nature and the simple life are the perfect binomial to inspire intellectual work. Besides, Casa Congo is made of young people eager to discovering and innovating who are welcoming and participative. I hope this work encourages other researchers to visit El Astillero to expand and deepen the study of the area” - Francesco Luise.
In El Astillero, widespread unemployment hampers the chances of development. The vast majority of the population lives below the national standards yet has found equilibrium thanks to public healthcare and education systems. Hunger is not suffered even though the diet could be improved. Energy poverty, at least as far as basic access to the power grid is concerned, is not very extensive. The situation about water appears worse, also due to the particular climate, both regarding its availability and use.
Gender equality is perhaps the most critical factor, as it affects every aspect of life in the community. Women and men appear far from being equal, especially for what concerns employment and salary, consumption and social, as well as physical, mobility. The surrounding environment presents valid opportunities for economic growth, mostly related to tourism.
This piece of work is very important because it is allowing us to make more informed decisions on Casa Congo’s projects to ensure we’re benefiting the local community in the best way. Over time, we will also be able to monitor changes in the community’s structure and to evaluate the impact of our programs.
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