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.
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.
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.
Tlalana's Colloquium is an event in which groups that are participating in the Tlalana Network are able to exchange the most important ideas of the projects in their communities that they implement. Tlalana's 2013 symposium was held from 25 to 27 October in Mexico City , and was attended by 42 persons from 5 different states representing 12 different youth groups.
Some of the things that were achieved in this symposium can be summarized as:
The event included the participation of two important groups in the logistics. On the one hand, the meetings were held within the space of My Green Residence (Mi Verde Morada), a project that aims to be a social laboratory for alternative ways of living with environmental respect and people awareness. On the other hand, the collective ItalRunners that promotes vegan food prepared and served meals. Both groups made the event possible and more comfortable in terms of food and space, while at the same time it helped them to spread the word about their projects and share their experiences with other participants.
The groups that were part of the symposium are:
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From February 18th to May 13th we trained young volunteers for 40 hrs using theoretical-practical sessions.
With this, now Tlalana has 10 new facilitators trained on subjects like building collective knowledge, skills for a living, popular education, social development, human rights and collaborative projects. This was the 3rd year in a row that the training is executed with outstanding results.
As Rubí -one of the current volunteers that is now part of Tlalana's facilitaror- explains: “the most significant learning achievements are related to identifying some concepts such as social development, assistencialism, paternalism, facilitators, promoters…”
Another new facilitator tells her experience: “For me it was about acquiring knowledge but also learning from others, though dialogues with peers I have seen that there are different ways of understanding development”
This process has allowed us to go out on field work, applying what was learned and ensuring constant training and exchange of experiences in order to build strong local promoters capable of improving their environment.
An example of this is Cristina, who took the course and that works in low income neighbourhoods of Mexico City. Within the collective named Secuoyas, Cristina promotes street art as a tool for consciousness and organization.
We will keep you updated with the work being done by new members in the team and of course the forthcoming activities like Tlalan's colloquim and the Seminary for communal practices for education and self-management.
Tlalana has evolved over several years working uninterruptedly. Some groups of those who have been trained have followed successful processes and others are gone, but we have always left a mark on the way young individuals participate in any project they proposed. Right now, in different ways and with different intensity, we are working with the following groups:
Café cultural / Slam de poesía [Located in Tlalpan, Mexico City] The Cultural Coffee Cooperative Society and the Community Radio Cooperative - Radio Camote XHRCrew, promote conscious poetic literacy. By communicating through the living word (poetry) they send a message for the conservation and restoration of cultural identity based on community and cooperation principles. With the use of poetry the aim of radio is to promote the free speech rights within contemporary literature reinforcing the link between the public and the author. www.fb.com/RadioCamoteXHRC
Chante de Todos [Located in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City] Cultural center born in July 2009 in San Mateo Tlaltenango from the need to build places of encounter and exchange between young people. This place serves to create, express and disseminate culture, and has begun to promote art-related activities, health, education, ecology and sports. In addition, another goal of our organization is related to recover public spaces such as streets, parks and forests (which are part important in our context). www.fb.com/chante.detodos, http://elchantedetodos.wordpress.com
Dkaya Ybaku [Located in Cuicatlán, Oaxaca] The group consists of local young people, interested in preserving the environment by recycling PET. Arguing that township residents have the responsibility and obligation to participate in the conservation of the natural environment in which they live, one of its main objectives is to decrease the amount of waste Cuicatlán strips to landfill located on the banks of the Rio Grande, which is in poor condition. This raises awareness and promotes collection of PET and other recyclable materials to then process it appropriately to be used again as raw material in various processes. www.fb.com/DkayaYbaku, www.dkayaybaku.org
Enchúlame la Bici [Located in Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City] is a communal workshop dedicated to recycle, modify and build customized bikes, teaching basic mechanical maintenance, organizing urban tours and provide advice to urban cyclist. It works under a cooperative model and alternative economy based on solidarity and exchange of work. www.fb.com/enchlame.la.bici
Hydra [Located in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.] Is made up of young people from Insurgents neighbourhood who are passionated about music and are interested in defending and spreading urban cultures. They have mounted a printing workshop with original designs and have opened a space for new talents to record songs and improve their skills by sharing experiences with other artists of Aguascalientes.
Jchulmetik [Located in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas] is a group of women interested in promoting reading habits in children.
La voz de la juventud: ideas, proyectos y desarrollo [Located in Maltrata, Veracruz] Is a group of women form Xúchitl community, located on the slopes of Pico de Orizaba. Their goal is to create a meeting place for young people, while generating new productive options for them, this will be innitiated by opening an cyber-coffee.
Obreras insumisas [Located in Tehuacan, Puebla] Female workers, mostly indigenous, with the interest in other women dressmakers from sweatshops learn and defend their human, labor, and community rights. They are currently in the process of forming a cooperative. www.fb.com/pages/Colectivo-Obreras-Insumisas/260936959820?ref=ts&fref=ts, http://colectivoobrerasinsumisas.blogspot.com/
Quetzalli-Cuauhtenco [Located in Milpa Alta, Mexico City] Collective composed mostly by mothers, who are willing to generate employment and food supply chains through the construction of a greenhouse in San Bartolome Xicomulco.
Semillas [Located in Tlahuac, Mexico City] Collective who were trained in Milpa Alta Mixquic but actually works in Tlahuac to create a community center where women and children from 45 days old to 4 years old can participate in early learning activities. With workshops and talks that allow women to develop skills and abilities. The ultimate goal is to teach arts and crafts to enable the inhabitants of Mixquic to have a source of employment.
Taller Guadalupe Peralta DHS [Located in Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes.] Composed by young people from the Guadalupe Peralta neighbourhood who are interested in setting up an urban garden. In addition, activities and events are organized aiming to keep youth away from drugs and violence and promote the culture of peace in their neighborhood.
Taller juguemos a imaginar [Located in Xochimilco, Mexico City] is dedicated to give free summer courses for children near the neighborhood of Santa Cecilia.
Textiles de Hueyapan [Located in Tetela del Volcan, Morelos] Collective in training process that aims to develop projects to promote the arts and crafts tradition in Hueyapan, Morelos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y1hcv_E0MQ
We move forward slowly with firm steps, creating a network in which the young people are linked together, are identified, trained and specialize with the help of digital media and the union of wills: the Tlalana network.
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