Dec 9, 2019

Strengthening the voice of women in highlands of Chiapas

This year, we have continue working with groups of women in the highlands of Chiapas to strengthen identity, customs and knowledge. The work aim to improve the economic condition of families through the production of textiles, an ancestral practice that is inherited from generation to generation.

This is important in order to  flourish in different areas of its social, economic and cultural situation, it is necessary to have access to the full development of their capacities.

 To carry out this accompaniment, workshops are held on Human Development and and Technical-productive. In these workshops, individual and group processes are accompanied.

 Human Development workshops are divided into three modules: Teamwork, Self-esteem and Leadership. Although the modules are imparted separately, they complement each other. Also, we make follow-ups to ensure that, based on the artisans comments, the workshops address their individual needs.

 For the Technical-productive workshop there are main activities such as the hour counting that are essential to deepen the knowledge of the ancestral techniques of the communities of highlands of Chiapas. It will also support artisans to establish a fair and ethical price for hours invested in work. In this way, the artisans will have full knowledge of the value of their work within the craft market. Concepts as fair and ethical trade are always mentioned in this sessions. 

 This has helped the artisans acquire better capacity of organization and participation in the activities of the workshops. Thanks to your donations, it is possible to continue exchanging knowledge with the communities and, above all, to empower artisan women.

 We thank you for the support you have given us; without this 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 NGO Impacto wishes you, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Sep 10, 2019

Reconstruction of the Yo'onik school

One of the biggest problems in our country is the lack of adequate academic training. Several of the states of Mexico suffer from an important educational lag, including the Chiapas entity. Therefore, there must be spaces such as the Yo’onik educational center, a project carried out by the Women Sowing Life cooperative.

The Yo’onik educational center is of vital importance to the Zinacantán community since they have been in charge of giving educational follow-up to children in the community for years. Implementing a diversity of workshops with the following themes: accompaniment in mathematics, reading, and writing, environmental education, psychology, English. All these workshops are also focused on teaching the customs and traditions of the community. Since 2010, we have worked for the benefit of infants, creating a safe, fun and reliable place for Zinacantán children to have optimal and integral support in their educational development.

However, the educational center space is in disuse due to the earthquake of September 7. The structure is damaged and the spaces to receive classes are not in an optimal state. Due to this situation, impact NGOs and Women sowing life joined forces to rehabilitate this educational center. The importance of this reconstruction work lies in the possibility of generating safe spaces so that the children of the Zinacantán community have access to basic and integral education. Thanks to your donations, we can impact the lives of hundreds of girls and boys.

 

Team NGO Impacto.

 

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Sep 10, 2019

The importance of the value of the artisanal work

At Impacto, we are always committed to providing our artisan groups with tools that allow the optimization of their work. For us, it is vital that the groups we collaborate with are constantly evolving and, above all, have new learning through the exchange of knowledge.

For them, Impacto has developed a series of workshops in the communities of Aldama, Santiago El Pinar, San Juan Cancuc, Mitontic, and Larraínzar. With the purpose of the artisans of these communities they can, independently, optimize the times in which they carry out their craft textile work.

With the groups that work with the waist loom technique, we have implemented a total of 46 exercises to count the hours dedicated to textile work. Seven tables were generated that will allow artisans to calculate the exact time of realization of any of their products and, therefore, to establish fair costs concerning the hours invested of work. In the communities that work with the embroidery technique, 110 exercises were carried out in the communities of Aguacatenango, Chamula, Chenalhó, and Tenejapa

The creation of the hour counting workshop is essential to deepen the knowledge of the ancestral techniques of the communities of Los Altos de Chiapas. It will also support artisans to establish a fair and ethical price for hours invested in work. In this way, the artisans will have full knowledge of the value of their work within the craft market. Thanks to your donations, it is possible to continue exchanging knowledge with the communities and, above all, to empower artisan women.

Team NGO Impacto

 

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