From the very beginning, FOKAL involved the surrounding community with the creation of Martissant Park. The neighborhood was basically an unkempt, violent slum that had been long neglected by the powers that be.
But FOKAL held neighborhood meetings and sought leadership, input and feedback from the community members. No small undertaking in a neighborhood of 50,000 residents! Based on the needs prioritized in consistent ongoing meetings with locals, FOKAL operates four major programs in partnership with the residents of Martissant to improve the neighborhood .