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What it's all about

All over the world, rural villagers are reaching for the quality of life we take for granted. But after achieving the vital but bare essentials… a rough dirt road, a simple elementary school, and a plastic pipe that delivers unfiltered water… progress stalls. The next steps… electricity, secondary education, accessible health care, and an economic structure that supports more than bare survival… have remained hopelessly out of reach for many millions of people.

For the last few years, change has been in the wind. The communications tools that are sweeping the developed and urban sectors of the world... particularly the Internet... are broadly seen as offering a realistic, cost-effective way of breaking through age-old isolation and enabling rural communities to move ahead with their own development.

Other technologies are also key to development, notably renewable, ecologically benign sun-based energy alternatives to petroleum.

But these advances have been disappointingly slow to arrive in the countryside. Practical, successful, replicable models like El Limon are needed to close the gap between vision and reality. CAREL performs a critical bridging function, bringing high-level expertise in adapting technology for rural needs, while being based in, and organizationally responsible to, a small farming village.

El Limon is exploring a new model for development, rooted in high-quality communications between people, and humanistic and ecological values, rather than in interventions by governments and large institutions. This website provides information about CAREL's role and the multiplier technologies involved, and invites you, the visitor, to participate in the process.

About the Rural Center in El Limon
About the community of El Limon


Some Details About CAREL

CAREL (Centro Alternativo Rural El Limon) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in the Dominican Republic by Decree 1548 of December 3, 2004, under Law 520. Its mission is to

Assist rural residents to raise their quality of life in an ecological and humane manner

Specific Objectives are:

a) Work to develop, implement and promote innovative actions in the areas which include, but are not limited to, renewable energy, computers, and telecommunications, sustainable agriculture, and local culture.

b) Work at the level of the community of El Limon, as well as the regional, national, and world levels.

c) Implement a center for research and capacity building in El Limon of Ocoa

d).Conduct scientific and technical research in El Limon and other locations

e) Implement educational and capacity building activities both formal and informal

f) Implement cultural activities that could preserve and increase the cultural level of the rural population

g) Establish services that will benefit rural residents, receiving a minimal amount of repayment: services of telecommunications, education, consulting, technical assistance, distribution of seeds and plants, and others.

h) Conduct other activities and programs on the greatest diversity of themes possible, always and whenever these contribute to the greater development of rural communities.






Photos of Center Construction

Photos of the Center Inauguration (July 2013 )

Photos of Workshops at CAREL

Priorities for Development 2014
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