The Cayo Hueso Ward Conservation Project involves the rehabilitation of a dilapidated historical area in the centre of Havana, with the involvement of local people in the construction and improvement process. The project started in 1995 and when complete will benefit 11,000 dwellings. The local community plays a fundamental role in the project and a self-help culture has been created with many positive spin-offs including social discipline, a sense of belonging and cultural development. Nineteen state organisations provided the construction force for the external work and local residents helped to improve the interiors of their homes with the provision of materials at cost. Trade schools for unemployed and criminal youth have been established.
National government, local government, local community