Organization:

Caracas Mi Convive

An organization working with one of the most violent neighborhoods in Caracas, Venezuela to prevent violence and build a community of peaceful coexistence.

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Project Location:

Libertador District, Caracas, Venezuela

After the success of the first project funded thanks to Bastion's brokerage in 2016-2017, the donor decided to continue this project for a second and a third year.

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Photo: Gabriel Osorio.
Bastion helps donors invest in worthy socio development project
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BNastion helps donors invest in worthy socio economic development projects.
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Objectives:

Reduce the rate of violence in Libertador municipality by concentrating efforts on the most violent hot spots.

This will be achieved by:

  • Increase community activities in the neighborhood with the participation of the community leaders to prevent acts of violence.
  • Identify and reclaim the hot spots
  • Cooperate with the municipal authorities to improve their ability to respond to acts of violence in the hot spots.

During the first year of the project, the organization conducted 48 workshops to denormalize violence within the communities and organized 48 cultural events as a result of the workshops.

They used part of the funding to acquire the equipment needed for the workshops (laptops, banners, cameras, video beam, screen, etc.) and they also started the development of an interactive website to follow-up on the identification of hot spots and the recuperation of the communal spaces by the community. This website will inform the future development of policies and programs.

During the second year of the project, Caracas mi Convive conducted 36 workshops with an average attendance of 15 persons per workshop for a total of 540 beneficiaries. They identified 3 hot spots per workshop for a total of 108 documented hot spots and organized 18 community events to reclaim the spaces identified as hot spots

For the 2019 project the objectives are:

  1. To adapt the workshop to each community to position it as a useful and easy tool for non-violent community organization.
  2. To reclaim the identified hot spots through activities with the community as the main responsible body for its achievement and maintenance.
  3. To develop a strong foundation for a public policy proposal to reclaim public spaces as a way to prevent violence.

NOTE: It is important to realize that the Venezuelan economic and social crisis has been a difficult environment for the realization of these workshops, however, they are more necessary than ever as a way to rebuild the social network and the commitment for a better future.

Beneficiaries:

Communities of Caracas impoverished neighborhoods where violence is part of daily life.

Local governments in charge of developing violence prevention policies and programs

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Status:

Ongoing

Sector:

Education

Grant:

Under $10,000

Fiscal Sponsor: Center for Democracy and Development in the Americas

Dates:

First agreement: Workshops started in October 2016 and finished in June 2017

Second agreement: From May 2018 to April 2019

Third agreement: From July 2019 to December 2019

Reports:

Complying with the agreement brokered by Bastion between the donor and Caracas Mi Convive, the organization delivers quarterly reports and a final report at the end of the project.

At the same time, Bastion commissions independent reports as part of the services it provides to its donors.

You can find all the reports and extra photos here. (In Spanish).

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Interactive Map of violence hot spots in Libertador District, Caracas, Venezuela

Bastion: Helping to Help
Photo courtesy of Caracas Mi Convive. Photo: Gabriel Osorio
Bastion: Helping to Help
Photo courtesy of Caracas Mi Convive. Photo: Gabriel Osorio