The Los Haro Support Committee is currently seeking to expand its activities to a year-round after-school youth program. Activities will include an organic gardening project, a native plants nursery, community resource mapping, an oral history project, as well as ongoing youth leadership training. Eventually the Committee intends to introduce a youth-based entrepreneurial program that will set up a youth-run business that develops, produces and markets regional specialty products under its own label.
The Los Haro Project as model
The concept underlying the Los Haro Project is that migrants can play a constructive role in catalyzing sustainable development in their hometowns. Given that there are few successful efforts to date, the Project recognizes that much experimentation lies ahead. It views its work as an on-going effort, requiring adjustment and refinement as it moves forward. The Project intends to share its insights and experience with others who might be interested. The hope is that lessons learned in Los Haro can serve as guide and inspiration to other migrant communities wishing to promote development in their own home areas.
--The Los Haro-Napa transnational community
--Migration and Development
--Hometown associations (HTAs): strength, weaknesses and opportunities
--The role of youth-oriented projects in catalyzing hometown development
--The role of academic researchers, sympathetic outsiders and activists in strengthening HTAs
--Building bridges between HTAs and institutions in the host communities