During the second half of the year, our project experienced significant progress. We expanded the working areas to the eastern part of Mexico, starting groups of promoters in Tlaxcala, Puebla and Veracruz.
Starting in July we worked with an enthusiastic promoters group in the community of Ranchería Pocitos, Tlaxcala state. This group wants to learn how to carry on development projects, but they haven’t decided yet the topic of their own project. We’re anxious about returning to work with them.
In Veracruz, two groups started working. The first one, with 25 community promoters, who have completed the first stage of training, and who are currently in the process of deciding the community development project to be implement in the future. They have conducted surveys in their community to identify the social needs and they’ve also conducted fundraising events. This group is located in the community of Xuchitl, Maltrata municipality. The second group is working in the city of Maltrata, and they’re in the first stage of the training. Training will resume in February hoping to decide as soon as possible on the project that will be carried out.
Tlalana is going through a big challenge with the group who works in Tehuacan, Puebla, since they’ve decided to start a textile manufacturing Co-op. The workshops with this group are intense and progress quickly, but a lot of work, feedback and follow up is needed on the consolidation of their goals.
The work agreed with the foundation “Pro Niños de la Calle, I.A.P.” concluded deciding not to carry on a development project but a cultural project. They started an itinerant street theater workshop with another group of Tlalana called Arteco.
Alongside the work of the groups, the Tlalana’s structure was modified dividing the work into small assignments to make our work more effective. Likewise we’re going to train a new group of facilitators with a seminar called “Education and sustainable Community Practices”. This seminar will be carried on every Monday of February and March and will conclude in March when the facilitators start working with the promoters in their projects. We hope that with this new way of operate our project will grow and have a bigger impact with the promoters and their communities.
Finally, Tlalana already has 3 coordinators, 14 facilitators, 14 working groups, 137 community promoters and a training handbook. The challenge for 2011 is to broaden our possibilities of action, finish our website and improve the training process of our members.
We hope you have a good 2011 year
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