Listen, Learn, Sustain.
Sustain is the final element of COCO's motto; Listen, Learn, Sustain. Once the needs of a community have been met, measures need to be put in place to ensure that the community continues to benefit in the longer term.
By making a project self-sustainable, the community are empowered to be in control of their own future. Whilst COCO will continue to be accessible to the community to offer assistance and advice, it also enables COCO to bring benefits to other communities. Many of the ways in which we do this are through promoting income generation to the schools we work with, and the parents and care-givers of children in the schools.
By working with schools to establish income streams, the schools are able to keep fees low, ensure the school has all the resources needed to teach effectively, pay the teachers a fare wage, and subsidise the school fees for the poorest in the communities.
Supporting parents to increase their income means that they can afford to send their children to school, and provide them with school equipment, food and healthcare.
To eliminate overheads, Hoja moved into their own offices and developed income-generation strategies to cover their costs.
COCO worked with community to develop a permaculture garden to sustain the nursery.