Adeco Acciones para el Desarrollo Comunitario A.C.

To generate, contribute and participate in social projects of education, culture and artistic manifestations, science and technology development, equity of gender, participation and citizen self-management, defense and promotion of human rights, sustainable development to improve the popular economy and promotion of fair commerce, improvement of the best use of natural resources promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and environmental equilibrium.
Dec 4, 2014

"Country people" of San Martin

The gate to the village
The gate to the village

After living a six-week long summer in San Martín Esperillas we began our yearly evaluation of the project. We deliberated about what we accomplished with the community, the results and the lessons learned, along with the educational processes that took place. After these sessions we concluded that 2014 was our last year of work with this community. This means that we are now perusing through communities in Mexico for the place where ¡Alfabetiza! 2015 will take place. As part of the permanent evolution of our program, we are also beginning to select and train the new team that will coordinate this next episode.

We would like to share the following statement from one of the adults that worked with ¡Alfabetiza! in San Martín:

Country People
By Baldomero F.

There are things a person does out of curiosity or occurrence, or for knowledge but the point is you do them without thought, I am one of them, me and my insanities, my occurrences there are things I did and they made me go many years back in time, those are things I can’t forget and that I never will because they were very special people in my life, even though for many they might have stopped existing, but for me they still exist.

For example all of the teachers that came to this community we will remember forever, they gave us motivation for a lot of things.

The story of my life to give my family a better life because they had what I didn’t have as a child, my steps took me to cross the border y and I accomplished crossing it, my objective was to have the resources to give them a home and I was able to achieve it, for now I live with my family, when I was away I spent my time thinking in them, thinking all the time, cheering myself up and being able to return and be with them, now I see a lot of people that don’t know the city and they come to ask how we could go so far when they don’t know the city, how few I learned and walked, they ask and I like to chat with them, yes, I like sharing, my adventures and my experiences, but in the end, it is a happy ending for my family, for now I feel very good with myself because all of the people who come to talk about a story or information for me and for everyone else they are important and they are welcome, they seem important to me, I am not important nor the best but I feel good and thanks to the group of teachers that came to my community and thanks to my teacher Sofía, I hope that the rest of the teachers were received the same way as us because they are important for my family.

Thank you teacher Sofía and the group of teacher companions for giving us a bit of your time and attention, we will wait for you every year.

Showing off proudly the work book
Showing off proudly the work book
One of the project evaluation sessions
One of the project evaluation sessions
Oct 9, 2014

"Tlalana: self-management and youth" is working hard in Coyoacan

Mario wants to promote sports in his neighborhood
Mario wants to promote sports in his neighborhood

Along with the work we have been doing in Aguascalientes, Oaxaca, Cuajimalpa and Chimalhuacán, these past weeks we have been very busy in Coyoacán. Here is a bit of what’s been happening.

New endeavors

As we announced previously, Tlalaná is now in Santa Úrsula. We are about to finish our “Starting and strengthening social development projects” workshop. We have had 10 young enthusiasts that are starting to work with us. The sessions have been “interesting, entertaining and full of knowledge”, as one 14-year-old participant put it. He is interested in starting a community bike project, we will be working along with him to make it come true. Other ideas that are present in this laboratory are a soccer tournament for the Santa Úrsula community, a cultural hub and an artistic project that promotes freedom of expression and Mexican cultural values through history. We are very excited to start collaborating with these new collectives that are targeting young people with addiction problems, violence in families and environmental awareness in their communities.

Public event: “Feria de colectivos”

Along with this undertaking, we started promoting our own work within the community. With this in mind, we staged a participatory event in a park in the center of Santa Úrsula. The event was a success, more than 100 people attended and not even the rain stopped people from coming from all over the area, one of Mexico City’s most diverse socio-economically speaking. We are targeting the most marginalized groups of young people. For this, we are starting alliances with the rest of the community from that same area, who will be participating in this process side by side with us. The objective is to involve people in the development of their own community starting by recognizing the value of their help through empowerment, design for sustainability and proactivity. Our motto for this campaign is “Doing whatever you like, you can help anyone alike”.

Learning from our peers, doing for our community

While working, we have always tried to exchange knowledge and ideas with the people we collaborate with. In doing so, we try to always learn and apply what we learn from them. This time, we decided to take action and start our own vegetable garden. Following the example of DHS Guadalupe Peralta and Dkaya Ybaku, Tlalaná Network collectives in Aguascalientes and Oaxaca that work in environmentally sustainable processes through an organic greenhouse and PET recycling respectively. This will also give us the opportunity to learn from the land, attract the attention of other collectives and expand our capabilities for working with other community development projects through sharing experiences and exchanging the products of our hard work. The place we chose for this garden used to be used as a trash deposit, so we started cleaning it and making the soil fertile by adding compost to the lower layers, lots of work that we are sure will be worth every drop of sweat. We decided to take this ambitious project and we will be keeping you posted on the progress. For now, we have involved 14 people from around our neighborhood into preparing the land for planting. We are aiming at growing locally, getting our own produce in a sustainable and organic way, and getting to work with different people that will start being more aware of the environment and their own consumer habits and enjoying fresh vegetables on their tables all year round.

These young fill us with hope each session
These young fill us with hope each session
The poster call for the event in Santa Ursula
The poster call for the event in Santa Ursula
Preparing the ground enthusiastically
Preparing the ground enthusiastically
Talana collective, happy after a day
Talana collective, happy after a day's hard work
Aug 26, 2014

Some of this summer's results

Discovering the World in the class
Discovering the World in the class

The adult literacy campaign ¡Alfabetiza! finished its second year of work in San Martín Esperillas. It has been a successful project in which we have worked for 6 weeks alongside 131 adults in regular classes and with 34 children in a 15 session workshop.

While talking about the project, volunteers emphasize on the objective of sharing knowledge; the process of learning while teaching.

“What we constantly say is: I come to teach and learn, and we encourage the community to take it to heart, they did. They told us: hold the yoke, take the corn. It’s been a great challenge for all of us. My student Inés makes a lot of fun of me because I don´t know how to make tortillas, she says: “Yes, teacher, you know how to read but you can´t get married”. This is something that gives new value and shows other perspectives on everyday life”. (Laura, 20 years old)

“You realize you don’t just live in your small world, but that, at the same time, there are other realities out there that you take part in. You can’t sit down and stay with your arms crossed”. (Diana, 18 years old)

Trying to invite the people of San Martín to speak up and express their knowledge, experiences or issues in different ways, we also carried out a community photography project in which they documented their daily life by taking photographs with a camera we gave them. We also printed the first issue of a community newspaper: Tsjo Kjin (“Wildflower” in their mother tongue, nguigua). This newspaper was edited by a local editorial board and it compiled texts by our students sharing the most significant stories from their community.

Besides giving classes and documentary activities, there was an embroidery workshop, responding to our diagnosis, which showed the need of enabling collective spaces for women in San Martín. 18 women attended, ranging a wide span of ages. Each of them shared their own techniques with the rest working with collective material. At the end, they interchanged their products.

Finally, we began working with the young women of San Martín, debating different ways of thinking themselves as a collective while observing their community, with the intention of forming a group of young men and women who want to improve their environment considering their own context.

The group of volunteers initiated the process of internal evaluation of the project on Saturday, August 16th. Next year’s work (2015) will also be defined in the process. Soon we will post testimonies of our students in San Martin for you.

Statistics:

  • Number of adult students   •   131
  • Workshop for children attendants   •   34
  • Number of groups   •   56
  • Number of volunteer teachers   •   29
  • Average students per teacher   •   5.24
The team of volunteers
The team of volunteers
The "teacher" learns embroidery techniques
The "teacher" learns embroidery techniques
Community newspaper "Tsjo Kjin"
Community newspaper "Tsjo Kjin"
Children of San Martin in the workshop
Children of San Martin in the workshop

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