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.
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 

Mar 20, 2014

News from old and new collectives

Tlalana keeps working hard in 2014 with young people to work for their communities. This year we have focused our work in going deeper into Iztapalapa, Cuajimalpa, Santa María la Ribera and Aguasclientes, through networking and generating new projects that continue giving the youth opportunities for self-employment and a link to their social and natural environments. Check out our new projects and visit our old ones to know more about how we do this!

La Sierra de Santa Catarina, Iztapalapa, Mexico City

We’ve started a process with Humanidad Sustentable (Sustainable Humanity) as a part of the Tlalana Network, collaborating in the various projects that they currently hold. Their purpose is to transform their environment through a project incubator that promotes the construction of green houses and vegetable gardens in their area, thus diminishing the waste and consumption trail in the public and private spaces of the Santa Catarina Mountains.

San Mateo Tlaltenango, Cuajimalpa, Mexico City

This year begins with new strength for El Chante de Todos. We’re working with them to consolidate their actual projects which include free ballroom dance lessons for the community, book clubs, movie nights and more. The challenge will be to redesign a 5 year plan in which the main objective will be to work on the changes the community of San Mateo Tlaltenango has undergone and their own members as well. The current members of the team have been working together ever since the creation of the group, always trying to maintain close to the people that belong to their little town.

Guadalupe Peralta, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

In Aguascalientes we are now reaping the benefits of two-years-worth of work. Focusing our activities in the DHS Guadalupe Peralta group, we are supporting them in growing their current production of vegetables and fruits and strengthening its community. At the same time, we are implementing a plan to spread the Tlalana project to new young people in the area. Among other things, we started collaborating with a group of locals, young people that are fresh university graduates starting a project on urban agriculture, their name: Semillas en Concreto (Seeds in concrete). It will be a collaboration of 5 months in which both groups will be working side by side sharing their experience in urban gardens and the production of green houses. We are all eager to share our knowledge and help the people within the Guadalupe Peralta community to achieve what our young DHS Peralta members have already done: to build and transform their environment through a project of their own, inviting others to develop and improve their community.

Santa María la Ribera, Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City

Enchúlame la Bici is a group of young people with a lot of experience in teamwork and with the will to transform their surroundings. Nowadays the group is expanding their project opening a new bike workshop; this is always a challenging and interesting process for any group. To succeed they are going to have to define creative ways to continue the project in two different sites, strengthening their communication and organizational skills. We will be working side by side with them, helping to establish a new hub for urban mobility, sustainable social environments and developing their community.

Jan 15, 2014

A couple of testimonies

After the success achieved during the summer of 2013 in our project, in which we worked in 3 different communities in the State of Puebla, we started the process of self-evaluation and re-thinking aspects of our project to improve our model with 2014 in mind. Now we have new coordination teams in our literacy campaigns ¡Alfabetiza!, whom are about to launch the calling for the present year's volunteers to be part of the group of teachers. 

Soon we will be having news about the training stage of the process. In the meantime, we would like to present to you these two testimonies we translated that were written by our formerly-illiterate students.

Title: Summer tale
Author: Anselma Paredes Aguilar
Community: San Miguel Tecuanipa

My name is Anselma Paredes Aguilar. I had a really good teacher and she studied with us daily and we did learn a lot from her and she from us. And when she didn't give us lessons we missed her, one month was too little for me. I learned to divide, substract, multiply and many stories she taught us. She was very happy here in our town of San Miguel Tecuanipa, Tochimilco, Puebla. We also studied two hours a day; it was so short because we went to our crops. Here we grow really good peaches and we shared them with our teacher Ixchel and our teacher Panchito. Our teachers liked a lot the beans we treated them to for dinner once. We also did some small models with play dough that were really pretty. That's all, thanks. 

Title: Tomorrow Tuesday
Author: Miguel Anzures Tapia
Community: San Miguel Tecuanipa

Tomorrow Tuesday I wake up really early to go work in my fields of corn and beans. I take two people that help me. We all go in a truck that, sometimes, doesn't start, hahaha. One time the teachers Ximena and Isabel came with us to pick peaches and they came back really tired.

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