Groundwork
and purposes

Once again, we have reintroduced Town Halls as a contribution to Cuban culture, thus enhancing the virtuosity of human beings and influencing the individual and collective life project of people living in this municipality. Bearing in mind the spiritual, cultural and material needs of this population, we have devised a non-profitable cultural project.

Our work includes social reinsertion (of former prisoners), socio-cultural support actions for prisoners´ families, attitude-changing workshops for children and adolescents prone to delinquency and high-risk diseases by involving them in significant life and health-oriented cultural activities with specific objectives. Besides, we are working in a risk-oriented information program aimed at alcoholics and single mothers.

– Contribute to human enhancement through spirituality and preservation of Cuban identity and traditions.

– Strengthen the responsible involvement of the community in aspects associated with health, education, self-responsibility, values, and identity, with different sectors. in order to achieve local sustainable development.

– Rescue the family as the main core for an education based on the principles of our society.

– Strengthen generational exchanges aimed at promoting respect for senior citizens and their significant role they play in our culture.

– Promote, from a social and cultural perspective, self-responsibility towards the environment, health, education and society at large.

– Work with neighborhood sectors and organizations to change antisocial behaviors through communal programs where the community is the main protagonist and using risk-oriented information.

– Establish strategic alliances with governmental organizations and bodies to set up actions promoting wellbeing and improving the quality of life of Los Sitios.

Research

Concluded:
1) Alcoholism in adolescence (Descriptive study in the municipality of Centro Habana)
2) Study from the perspective of gender in women and men with HIV in Centro Habana. (Prospective study)
3) Study of the school life regime (Prospective study)
4) Risk communication strategy, design and implementation for high risk communities.
5) Social determinants and their influence on risk behaviors. Vulnerability.

Development phase:
1) Model for the mediation of conflicts in family violence (Prospective study)
2) Study from the perspective of gender in transgenders (City of Havana)
3) Spirituality and local endogenous growth.
4) Spirituality and interreligious dialogue.

Systematization
of Experience

The successful experiences that are not disseminated are only for those who participated in it: teachers, technicians, children, families of the community, without allowing other communities to benefit.

The systematization allows us to understand retrospectively which were the “secrets” that allowed the implementation and consolidation of our Project or strategy, which we can project to strengthen them and share them with others.

Results of the process

– Members of the community participated in all phases of the Project design.
Regardless of the processes and participation spaces formalized by the Project, any member of the beneficiary community in general had the real opportunity to present their concerns in the intervention / investigation process.
– The communication of ideas and the transmission of information by the executors of the Project to the beneficiary population has been carried out effectively. (Horizontality).
– New spaces and participation mechanisms were generated from the initiatives of the members of the community involved.
-The community in general, beneficiary of the Project, was informed about what, how, and what for the Project.
-The mass convocation events created by the Project (training workshops, seminars, plays, musical events, celebrations in general, walks, etc.) have been carried out by community decision in a physical, stable and maintained manner, integrating to everyday life and taking into account diversity, gender and color.

Achievements

1 | Four hundred and twenty one persons were socially reinserted.
2 | A community library was created in coordination with UNEAC (National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists).
3| A community playground was built in the locality.
4| A popular craft workshop with different profiles was created in coordination with ACAA (Cuban Association of Artisans and Artists), including training, evaluation and livelihoodof 8 families.
5|A community theater group was created by and for the family (all generational groups).
6| Seven dance groups were created with community members to revitalize the traditional popular culture (revival of Las Bolleritas, a traditional popular comparsa of the locality).
7| Thirty seven books by Cuban authors were launched in coordination with the UNEAC literature section.
8| The neighborhood refurbishment of facades, educational murals and resurfacing work, among others,was carried out as an expression of the intersectorial work with the Municipal Administrative Council (CAM, for its Spanish acronym).
9| Thirty nine exhibitions were organized by community artists from our workshops.
10| Seventeen persons were graduated in levels 1 and 2 cuisine courses.
11|Five persons were graduated in food nutrition and hygiene.
12| Six persons were graduated as bartenders, thanks to the cooperation provided by the alliance established with the Cuban Culinary Association.
13| Twenty seven community members were graduated in informatics.
14| Seven stable and regular physical spaces were created for popular recreation, including general and thematic clubs dealing with STI prevention, transgender and MSM (Men having Sex with Men). These spaces are aimed at families at large.
15| Twelve librarianship courses were imparted.
16| A web page was devised to promote our project activities for every family.
17| Systematic collaboration was established with the single trades-teaching center in the Municipality.
18| Two self-help groups were established for alcoholics.
19| A 16-member community orchestra was created.
20| Two hundred and twenty four grandparents were graduated in courses for caretakers of chronic patients, including Alzheimer patients.
21| More than 64 gender-approach sexual and reproductive health workshops were conducted in cooperation with the UNDP and CNP (National Prevention Council).
22| An active articulation was achieved with the ISDI (Higher Institute of Industrial Design) and the Havana University Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies on teaching practices and work with university campus faculties in both centers.
23| In coordination with the City Historian´s Office, the Centro Habana Municipality was included and, within it, «Quisicuaba», as part of the Office project known as «Routes and Trails».

8 | Neighborhood resuscitation that includes facades, educational murals and paving as an expression of the intersectoral exercise with the CAM (MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION COUNCIL)
9 | Realization of 39 exhibitions of community artists emanating from our workshops.
10 | 17 level 1 and 2 kitchen graduates.
11 | 5 graduates in Nutrition and Food Hygiene.
12 | 6 graduates of bartenders, all thanks to the collaboration and partnership with the Culinary Association of Cuba.
13 | 27 graduates of the community in computer courses.
14 | Creation of 7 stable and maintained physical spaces for popular recreation, where general and thematic groups are developed in matters of prevention of STIs, transgender, MSM (MEN WHO PRACTICE SEX WITH OTHER MEN). They are spaces designed for the whole family.
15 | Creation of a web page to promote the activities carried out in our Project for all families.

Expected results:

1 | Involved the formal and informal community leaders of Los Sitios.
2 | Identified the main problems that affect the well-being of the neighborhood.
3 | Strategic alliances with mass organizations and neighborhood, municipal, province and national organizations.
4 | Identified the learning needs according to the problems identified.
5 | Improved intergenerational communication and the rescue of traditions.
6 | Socially inserted all people of risk behaviors: former inmates, transactional sex practitioners, people who do not study, or work, among others.
7 | Improved health and quality of life of the population located on the basis of revitalization of spirituality, patriotic values, ethical, cultural, with a real role of the family and the community.

Con_
tact

Social and cultural project Quisicuaba resides in Maloja # 26 e/ Ángeles y Águila, Comunidad Los Sitios, Centro Habana, La Habana, Cuba

Phone number: (+53)7863 0683

Email: quisicuaba@cubarte.cult.cu quisicuaba@gmail.com dialogointerreligiosocuba@enet.cu




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