Recupera Chile is working with local entrepreneurs to develop small projects at a first stage. All projects are categorized as low to medium risk, but most of them present low risk.
All projects present interventions in different areas of the local economy, directly and indirectly as the childhood/mental health project, which is intended to have a significant impact in the quality of life of the people in Aldea el Molino.
Child Mental Health and Development
Child development is very sensitive to traumas that can deviate it from the desired path. The 2010 earthquake and tsunami that struck Dichato causing massive home losses can cause this effect.
Recupera Chile aims to work with the community to address this problem at an early stage (child less than five years old) so the child can go back to the desired development path. For that reason Recupera Chile focuses on the Behavior and Developmental problems affecting this specific population as symptoms. Through simple interventions available to the entire community, development of all children is maximized.
In order to do that, Recupera Chile works with three stakeholders, teachers, parents and children in this case. With teachers it focus on training to identify behavior and learning problems, to manage and deal with them recognizing differences in the learning/cognitive process and to ultimately refer them when needed.
With parents it focuses in workshops regarding first aid, language (such as "reach out" and "READ") and others such as "Nobody's Perfect" and Limit Setting. In order to do that, selecting community leaders plays a crucial role, as well as the training of case managers to develop this strategy and implement the project.
Regarding children, the main objective is to improve the referral system for diagnosis of children 5 years old or younger who experiment developmental delay and/or behavioral problems. Early detection and referral are crucial for the success of the program so children receive proper attention when it is easier to correct the problems and catch-up.
The ASCEM DICHATO association groups a considerable number of women of Dichato. More than 24 women belong to the association and more than 10 are participating on a continuous base.
Due to past storms, the place where they used to work and sale their products was severely damaged. Needed repairs include building a new roof, buying shelves and re-doing the electricity connection.
The sewing association is also constrained in their capacity due to lack of more advanced sewing machines and training. They are in need of embroiders and a overlock machines in order to do more complex works.
Recupera Chile is working with the sewing association in rebuilding and improving their place of work, acquiring some new sewing machines and also providing training in those for the members of the association, which is crucial for them to take full advantage of these new assets.
Recupera Chile is working with ASCEM in order to develop a business plan, a marketing strategy and work with designers in order to improve the products quality and originality . The long-term goal is expand the business and provide a sustainable income for many households in Dichato.
There is an opportunity to train the residents and businesses for offering better services in gastronomy, accommodation and tourism. Several entrepreneurs have been subsidized by SERCOTEC and CORFO, and several more will be elected for future investment. The improved beachfront park and facilities, the new main boulevard, and the improved road between Concepción and Dichato, are all likely to draw more tourists and new business investment capital to the community.
The community has to be prepared for providing better services and quality of products to take this scale of development to a higher level of economic growth and opportunity. The large public investment in infrastructure, amenities and economic development will only translate into more jobs and economic prosperity if the residents and business owners are trained so that their capabilities and capacities are developed to the point of being able to take advantage of the increased investment in the physical infrastructure.
Recupera Chile is working with the community to create a multi-use facility, including a training center, a health care unit, and cultural facilities that will bring the community together to be trained. The training center will allow residents to learn more about how they can be part of the process of development and the enhancing of their quality of life.
An essential part of the community center will include Children and Youth with an emphasis on preparing youth for opportunities in the 21st century, which would greatly benefit the residents of Dichato. Training programs will be focused in marine biology (with collaboration from the Universidad de Concepcion), gastronomy, tourism, local history and culture as well as after-school activities, music and sports programming, a library, and a tele-education center.
A series of workshops has already been planned in areas of first aid and family well-being. The center will also be a place for creating cultural events that will bring more visitors to Dichato during the off-season.
Each of the following projects impact in different ways the four dimensions of recovery (physical/built environment, economic, cultural/heritage and social). A diagram is created to show the qualitative impact of each project on each of those dimensions. A full square would mean that the project targets directly that dimension while a small square would mean that the project has a small and indirect impact on that dimension. Each square represents one of the four dimensions of recovery.
IMPACT ON RECOVERY DIMENSIONS
IMPACT ON RECOVERY DIMENSIONS
IMPACT ON RECOVERY DIMENSIONS