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.
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
Jul 9, 2014

We are growing and consolidating Tlalana in Mexico City

Enchulame la Bici
Enchulame la Bici

DF Node

Mexico City has been selected as the first site for our Network Model, which means that we will open our first node there. After one year of focusing our resources to feed the Tlalaná Network, with the help of the local government, interested individuals and groups we are starting to operate it. Here’s some of the work we are doing with these collectives:

Santa María la Ribera, Cuauhtémoc, DF

Enchúlame la Bici is now moving to a new shop, the new place is bigger and better suited to fit the needs of the collective which is now expanding their operation to fit more people and have more capabilities for fixing and making bikes. The collective is using this opportunity to improve their managing skills and instate a system for running the shop and the community project. Things are moving and this collective is well in the way of becoming a full operation that allows young people with self-employment, life-skills and life-project.

San Mateo Tlaltenango, Cuajimalpa, DF

Canto que Florece (another program from Adeco A.C.) and Tlalaná are joining forces with El Chante de Todos. We are together developing our models collaborating in this effort. In the meantime El Chante keeps their usual activities with their community which include danzón classes, movie projections and participation in their town’s celebrations recovering their history, organizing activities and planning events. We will soon have more exciting news about them.

Coyoacán

We are starting to work in the Pedregal de Carrasco, Adolfo Ruiz Cortines, Ajusco, Copilco el Alto, Pedregal de Santa Úrsula and Pedregal de Santo Domingo neighborhoods. These are some of Mexico City’s poorest communities, where young people are usually left to fend for themselves. It is up to them to continue studying or to find a job, whichever will take them and usually for minimal wages, being the lack of opportunities the constant. It is in this hostile environment that they are also coping with the challenges of finding themselves stability and a life project. It is not surprising that the area is teeming with young people on the streets. We are very excited to begin working in this area. We will be keeping you updated on our work and the results we achieve.

Tlalaná Facilitators workshop 2014: “Community Development Methodology”

For the fourth consecutive year we organized our Facilitator Workshop. This year we had 10 participants with different aspirations and expectations, all of which nurtured the space and made it unique, resulting in a very rich and educational experience for everyone. The result was that our team has 8 new members that are beginning to work on their skills as facilitators, they will soon be ready to take on new collective projects, we will be working hard these coming months to achieve this goal. 

Work session with Enchulame la Bici
Work session with Enchulame la Bici
Tlalana Facilitators workshop 2014 - 1
Tlalana Facilitators workshop 2014 - 1
Tlalana Facilitators workshop 2014 - 2
Tlalana Facilitators workshop 2014 - 2
Apr 30, 2014

Training of volunteers is almost complete

The adult literacy campaign ¡Alfabetiza! San Martín Esperillas 2014 has been working hard these past months with 9 training sessions for the new volunteers of the program. They have learned about Paulo Freire’s philosophy on pedagogy, the teaching methods involving the “generating word” and other topics linked to education and community participation that will be the base of their work during the summer in the Tlacotepec county in the state of Puebla. We also collaborated with a specialized linguist who gave us training on Ngigua (the local language), tools for working with foreign communities and rescuing languages from disappearing.

The last weekend of March we did our first reconnaissance and diagnostic trip to San Martín Esperillas to know how many people will be taking our classes this year and gather information relevant to the planning of our two-month-stay. This is the community we worked with last year but we need to update our information regularly for the program’s purposes.

We would like to finish this time with two testimonies from girls who went to San Martín Esperillas for the first time:

“Climbing a hill with my interviewing squad, sharing a little bit of our lives, knowing that we are finally united here, feeling the cold wind in my face, acknowledging and respecting each others’ space, knowing more about the lives of those who opened their homes’ and lives’ doors for us to peek and learn from them; I consider all this is a great gift. After hardly sleeping at all and the sun and sand in my eyes, I returned happy and motivated to my own home. With great energy to continue with the activities we need to accomplish before the summer and with the feeling of doing something different, planting seeds of hope.”

Silvia

“I liked very much that the people were so kind when they received us in their homes. They stopped doing whatever it was that they were doing to give us a moment. I think that if people came to my house for an interview I would have said no, I would have said I was busy, while the people in San Martín would engage with us or ask us with genuine interest what we were doing there, sometimes they would even recognize us (as the adult literacy campaign ¡Alfabetiza! group)”

Xochitl 

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