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Dec 21, 2018

Restoration of The Potter's House

Last year in September, a 7.1 earthquake shook the Mexican territory, the second one in the month. The City of Puebla suffered damages to its infrastructure and a variety of important buildings for the community were left in disuse. Faced with this problem NGO Impacto started a program for the rehabilitation of “La Casa del Alfarero” (The House of the Potter).

 

La Casa del Alfarero is located on Ave. Don Juan de Palafox and Mendoza and old heritage building; inside the house is a 300-year-old oven. Several generations of potters have used it as their main source of livelihoods. Today it is in disuse due to the earthquake of September 19, 2017. This directly affects the community development and represents a danger for the continuity of the pottery practice. Addressing this problem is essential to keep alive the essence of the Barrio de La Luz, a neighborhood dedicated to this ancient clay production.

 

To reverse this situation, NGO Impacto developed the project: Restoration and consolidation of La Casa del Alfarero. Thereby, Impacto Barro seeks with this project:

  • To reconstruct the oldest largest oven in Mexico, using environmentally friendly building techniques (with special attention to the recycling of fumes);
  • To rescue ancestral knowledge of the neighborhood and participating communities and families;
  • To protect the intangible heritage of the participating communities and masters of clay;
  • To provide knowledge for the construction and/or modification of public policies that promote the sustainable development of the city of Puebla;
  • To expand the groups of master craftsmen in the neighborhoods, as well as their capacities and techniques with a view to expanding their market to niche markets (restaurants) and contemporary utilitarian pieces;
  • To promote the work of artisans using traditional techniques;
  • To encourage entrepreneurship through product development, commercialization, and self-management;
  • To transform the space into a center of learning and exchange of knowledge that detonates cultural development.

Going beyond the known territory and expanding towards new horizons, implies an arduous task of planning and joint action with the pottery craftsmen. This would not have been possible if not for your contribution, our donors. We want to thank you for your donations, as we are able to impact livelihoods holistically in the Barrio de la Luz community, the families and the hardworking potter masters. ¡Our team at Impacto wishes you, to your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Dec 17, 2018

Reducing the gender gap in the Hight Lands of Chiapas

In the region of Los Altos de Chiapas, the gender gap between men and women is considerable. Artisan women find it challenging to work within the community but, at NGO Impacto, we believe this gap can be reduced through empowerment.

While facing this problem, Impacto implemented a series of workshops in the municipalities of San Juan Cancuc and Santiago el Pinar to strengthen the weavers' knowledge and methods. Through workshops on basic principles in weaving, color pallet, and product development, we sought to give craftswomen tools to merchandise their products at a fair price and, therefore, earn a sustainable income to support their families, their children, and their community.

The knowledge imparted in these workshops was translated into the making of dresses for girls. The artisans used the tools that Impacto facilitated -in relation to their own knowledge. The development of an innovative product such as the one achieved, helps the craftswomen to offer differentiated pieces, allowing them to reach higher-end markets, which offers them greater profits for their work. The objective of this exercise was to unite the talent of the fashion designers, with the knowledge and skills of the artisans. Also, we counted with the help from daughters of the community, we generated a catalog of photos to show and promote the work of the artisans. Both daughters and craftswomen felt very comfortable and congratulated us for the workshops and photographs.

The empowerment of artisans is essential to reducing the gender gap, and it's even more important doing it by means of their work in textile, back-strap techniques (considering that their crafts and garments are a projection of their worldview, identity, and lifestyle within their communities); by giving true value to their work, we empower female artisans and their communities' cultures.

We thank you for the support you have given us through your donations; without them, we would not be able to generate the necessary impact in the communities in which we work. Is through your donations that we are able to reach more women and communities. ¡Our team at Impacto wishes you, to your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Sep 24, 2018

A year after the earthquake

A year has passed since that day that would remain forever in our memory. The 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 23:49 on September 7, 2017, the most intense in almost a century in Mexico, and the most intense recorded globally in that year. The worst-hit states where Chiapas and Oaxaca, leaving a huge number of victims, that was difficult to quantify.

Since the emergency, we initiated support actions in coordination with allied Associations to support the victims. Since then, the work together has been hard but very rewarding. We have carried out the reconstruction of homes, educational centers and productive centers and community centers, which has allowed thousands of people to recover their lives. Seeing so many women, men, children and teeenagers recover their joy, keeps us firm in this process of reconstruction. Solidarity is the engine of this project. All this would not have been possible without the generosity of each one of the donors, to whom we want to thank today.

The reconstruction process is long, we have already completed the first stage, but there is still much to be done. We are currently preparing to start the second stage, which we are sure will be carrying out successfully with the support of GlobalGiving, our allied NGOs, and the donations that we kindly receive for this cause. We will continue to report the progress and details about the activities we will be carrying out in this second stage that is about to begin.

We are encouraged to continue focusing our efforts in supporting the rebuilding not only homes and schools, but also in supporting erecting a society based on collaborative work and solidarity.

On behalf of all the communities and people benefited until now, we want to thank you again for your great generosity and support.

 

Warmly,

NGO Impacto Team

 
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