Mission of the CDCA
Our mission is to address the needs of poverty in Central America by using the following methods:
- First and foremost, we listen to communities. People know what they need. Many organizations go into communities with their own ideas of what needs to be done. We do not.
- We listen to discover what communities know they are lacking. We find that most of the time what people need is access to resources. We work to connect them with those resources, whether they need skills, markets, education, health care, special materials, or funds.
- We work with communities to enable them to become self-sufficient, sustainable, democratic entities. We believe that it is from within community that the whole can care for individuals – that mothers and fathers can best provide for their own children when given the opportunity.
- When working with communities we do not exclude on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, or sexual preference.
- In health care, we work with the community to discover what they want from their clinic. We take surveys and work closely with the volunteer health promoters who represent their neighborhood blocks. When it becomes apparent that certain populations are at a higher risk than others, we offer support groups and educational classes.
- We work with any willing organization, individual, and business in wealthier countries to help channel their support into communities in need. We also offer educational opportunities to teach about why people are poor, and what their lives are like.
- We are open to all who want to help. As with those we serve, we do not exclude those who want to help on the basis of race, gender, age, creed, or sexual preference. (Though the staff is predominately self-declared Christians, we do not promote any creed.)