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CCC
"It takes a whole village to raise a child." ~ Proverb



Mission

To invest in the economic, academic, occupational, and social well-being of vulnerable children by implementing a sustainable and integrated community-based model of living. 

Basic Summary

The Children's Community Center Initiative (CCC) is the future of WORC.  The CCC Initiative is largely in development, but the well researched program has great promise for connecting the benifits of WORC to the sustainable growth of entire communities. WORC hopes to begin implementing the CCC agenda by 2015 to address the specific needs of individual communities and provide the physical spaces in which community organizing can occur. Unlike other WORC programs which have a specific focus, the CCC Iniative will bring together the broadest of WORC’s goals to provide physical spaces, community development and sustainable sources of income.  

 Sustainable methods of  health and education can be used as means of empowerment and tangible growth for that surrounding communities, despite larger social, cultural, and political detriments that orphanages face. WORC strongly believes that small-scale sustainability practices are possible within communities of children.  The ultimate goal of the CCC Initiative is to build community spaces where children are supported and the resilience of the surrounding community is rewarded through economic development made possible by the presence of the orphanage.

Physical Construction

The community is constructed upon community-based and community-enhancing structures. Dependent on its needs each community would include a few (if not all) of the following: offices, school, kitchen, dining halls, laundry facility, boys and girls dormitories, volunteer dormitories, performance area, staff buildings, community/recreational center, relevant religious structure, clinic, store, water pump/well, bathing/restroom facilities, and arts buildings for an education in music, art, dance, etc.

However, this cultural-based growth will not stand alone. In addition to the deliberate structure of WORC's future CCC Initiative, the staff will play an integral part. With anywhere between 35 to 40 staff members, WORC's CCC Initiative will also provide jobs within the local community, and will help promote the growth of not only the communal job-force, but also its unity and collective communication and support. Each community would consist of about 15 teachers, five kitchen staff, three directors, a five-person maintenance staff, a facilitation team of eight to ten members, and a full-time security team of at least three individuals (all relative and dependent upon the size of the given CCC).


Sustainability

Each gated community, dependent on the specific needs of the given orphanage project, would include its own collection of sustainable practices that would promote the tangible growth of that specific community. These sustainable methods vary, but include the farming and agricultural practices of produce, coffee, cacao, teas, corns, rice, etc. Other options that might stand either in compliment with or replacement of the former practices include the raising of cattle for purposes of eggs, cheese, milk, meats, etc. Chicken farms would be used, as would other more material fields such as the production of goods and clothes. All funds from any and all of these sustainable methods would be used by the community and for the community to better the conditions of their children, and to keep the overall environment and ecology better maintained.

This cultural growth, partnered with an aggressive and strategic approach against poverty and for sustainability, has proven successful in other smaller communities around the world.  For example, El Hogar de Amor y Esperanza in Tegucigalpa. Honduras. This approach is not necessarily innovative, as it has been done in the past. It is, however, a deliberate push by WORC to focus solely on these communities as a means to establish a global community from the ground up. WORC believes that all children deserve a chance at life. Furthermore, they believe that sustainability and education are the greatest means by which to do so, despite the larger social, economic, and cultural barriers that typically inhibit growth.

Community

The point of this system is to present a small-scale structure where children are invested in, and architecture, sustainability, education, and empowerment all become a means of community growth. The point is also to present a beautiful space where children feel empowered for being part of the community. Yet, on a more physical note, these structures are all based around the social and educational successes of the children WORC serves.

However, this cultural-based growth will not stand alone. In addition to the deliberate structure of WORC's future CCC Initiative, the staff will play an integral part. With anywhere between 35 to 40 staff members, WORC's CCC Initiative will also provide jobs within the local community, and will help promote the growth of not only the communal job-force, but also its unity and collective communication and support. Each community would consist of about 15 teachers, five kitchen staff, three directors, a five-person maintenance staff, a facilitation team of eight to ten members, and a full-time security team of at least three individuals (all relative and dependent upon the size of the given CCC).

Keep checking in here for biographies of the children, but for now, enjoy these beautiful faces.

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