Radio Interview: Community Development, Participation, and Hope (Coahuila, Mexico)

Radio Interview: Community Development, Participation, and Hope (Coahuila, Mexico)

True Roots consultants José Luis Zárate and Summer Lewis have a solid base of knowledge and experience based on more than 15 years in the field of international and community development, and they offer their expertise in various forums. While carrying out a diagnostic for the Rotary Club Centenario and their projects, José Luis and Summer were interviewed live on the Coahuila region’s key radio station, Milenio Radio, about the importance of community development and Rotary Club Centenario’s work.

José Luis and Summer cited examples from a field visit the previous day to meet with Coahuila families involved in a garden and food security project supported by the Rotary Club Centenario. The Club has sponsored the project for the past six years, growing from 20 participants to over 500. José Luis noted how motivated both Club members and participP1140831ants in the community were to take the project to the next level, and just how key this motivation and participation is in order for any project to be successful and ultimately sustainable.

The radio show hosts were eager to get Summer’s perspective, as a United State citizen visiting Coahuila for the first time. She was asked: “What do you find most striking about Mexico?” Summer responded: “The people. I am always struck by how kind, open, and hard-working people are, wherever I go in Mexico. I have seen just how much people can accomplish with just a little bit of support from organizations, donors, and groups like the Rotary Club Centenario. I am moved by the hope that people have in making life better for themselves and their families–it’s what inspires me to continue supporting these efforts.”

Click here to learn more about True Roots’ work with Rotary Club Centenario