Our experience tells us that communities who work together and support each other are most likely to improve their conditions. Therefore IPES trains community leaders to support their community associations, women´s and youth committees, teaching meeting and organisational skills, facilitating processes of needs analysis, strategic planning and conflict resolution. When needed we also help the community present their problems, achievements and needs to local NGOs to ask for support. We encourage the whole community to get involved and work together to adopt natural methods of living and farming. Perhaps most importantly though, we teach communities to work out what they really need and then develop practical ecological solutions which don’t need many outside resources.
“The NGOs have never asked us what we want, they just bring projects. It will be great to introduce our community plan and ask them for what we need. This is about changing the perspective of institutions” Marta Lopez, Progreso community leader