Rosa Esmeralda Largaespada, Facilitator

Rosa Esmeralda Largaespada (third from the left, back row) and a group of
brigadistas get ready to visit households in their neighbourhood.

In one of our neighbourhoods, the most important change is that households that have been visited by the brigade have put their trust in us to take on other problems they are facing other than dengue. When we informed community leaders of this, they looked for alternative solutions keeping their own capabilities in mind.

In another neighbourhood, the inclusion of children in the brigade has shown their capacity to carry out SEPA activities responsibly and willingly. During the peer-to-peer monitoring, community members were amazed at the quality of the young brigadista’s public speaking when they approached them with questions about SEPA’s work in that neighbourhood.

Personally, I have found SEPA to be a school in which I never stop learning; it is a very valuable experience from every point of view, since it has let me understand the community members’ opinions and the problems they face, in their own words. This has led me to extend my own personal bonds of friendship.