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Mar 6, 2018

STARTING THE CONSTRUCTION

Ojo de Aguas  land slide risk map
Ojo de Aguas land slide risk map

We keep working with the same group on the training program for reducing the vulnerability in four communities of the Mountain of Guerrero, which represents the local key stakeholders of the municipality, such as the team of Municipality´s civil protection, the communal agrarian office in charge for planning the sustainable use of natural goods; “Pastoral Social“, students from the local University, teachers for indigenous education and participants from four communities.

After the workshops and the analysis of landslide risk by combining community knowledge with detailed geological studies; maps of risk-zones, for the relocation of risk-prone homes and crops, the geologist made the formal risk maps of 4 communities and they were discussed with the inhabitants of each locality: Ojo de agua, la Ciénega, Lucerna Baja and Lucerna Alta. 

In order to recover the knowledge about adobe and its cultural value, we have made some interviews to compare the case of a reconstruction project made by a private developer managed by government, with the adobe houses we have already built in la Montaña. This is reinforced by building workshops where we have facilitated some reflexions about the differences in security and habitability.

The groups produced 3,000 adobes for the 2 Indigenous Education Center on reinforced adobe technique. One of them is already on construction and the other one will start on April 2018. As we have been saying the constructions will be a training hands-on workshop on reinforced-adobe construction techniques. At the same time it will be a place where professors of Indigenous education will be able to gather together after the primaries schools are close for them.

This kind of constructions aim to give the communities a construction knowledge for them to have a secure and better quality houses, with a material that they are able to get in the place, without bringing construction´s material from faraway places, making it cheaper and ecological, and allowing people to live in a adequate habitat. 

In addition, Cooperación Comunitaria has made some short infromation capsules for radio, in order to spread the reinforced adobe construction´s  knowledge in different communities. Soon they will be online in Spanish and Me´phaá  (local language). 

Within 3 months, after the Center contruction has finished, the second one will start. 

We thank you for your valuable contribution to the communities of the Mountain of Guerrero. 

Cooperación Comunitaria´s team

Secure Settle workshop with Ojo de Agua y La Ciene
Secure Settle workshop with Ojo de Agua y La Ciene
Preparing the construction by Promoter Grabiel
Preparing the construction by Promoter Grabiel
The construction process
The construction process
Construction process 2
Construction process 2
Community radio media workshop
Community radio media workshop

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Mar 1, 2018

STARTING THE RECONSTRUCTIONS PROCESS

Reinforced Istmena house
Reinforced Istmena house

After the diagnosis finished, maps of vulnerability were made, as well as a map that identified houses with partial damages and total damages in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. From then on, meetings with earthquakes victims are taking part in two separated groups. 

Due to lack of mason workers in the region, starting to build 70 houses has been slow. The work has begun little by little. Nine new houses are building foundations and 43 reinforced houses have started pulling the plaster down to see the cracks in the walls and start covering with a metal mesh.

On the other hand, we started the diagnosis to know the damages in kitchens, comixcal´s bases and bread ovens. After the diagnosis of 114 families, in 5 different neighbourhoods of Ixtepec, we founded out that 94 women needed 78 kitchens, 94 comixcales, 72 bases for comixcales and 34 bread ovens. 

In February we have delivered 94 comixcales in 4 different neighbourhoods, 19,000 bricks and material to build the comixcal´s bases, as well the bread ovens bases, while women have commited to look for the sand to build them. As soon as they get the material the construction will start.

Two hands on workshops for building comixcale´s basis have been made with women, and one participative design traditional kitchen workshop for their construction. 

Although inhabitants of Ixtepec mainly belong to zapaoteca ethnolinguistic group, Cooperacion Comunitaria is also recovering the women´s economy from other communities which are Ikoot or Huave culture. San Francisco del Mar was the first to organize with 23 women who made a kitchen. There, they learned about traditional construction, but Cooperación Comunitaria helped to reinforce the construction to resist the local earthquakes and hard winds that raise the 160km/hr in the region.

After we finished building the kitchen, Amelia, the owner of the first one and who lost her house and kitchen during the earthquake said: “ I am very grateful with all of you because you helped to recover the traditional knowledge that has almost disappeared. I liked the process because we learned something, I like the kitchen. Nowadays people buy all the material, I like this kitchen because is fresh¨.

With the inhabitants` organization and participation, the social recovering and the comprehensive reconstruction are easier and become a process not only a quick action. 

Cooperacion Comunitaria´s team and the communities of Oaxaca are deeply grateful with your contribution.

THANK YOU!!!

Bricks delivery to different families in Ixtepec
Bricks delivery to different families in Ixtepec
Getting bricks for building the base for comical
Getting bricks for building the base for comical
Delivering comixcales to women earthquake victims
Delivering comixcales to women earthquake victims
Participative Kitchen design workshop
Participative Kitchen design workshop
Building the first comixcals base.
Building the first comixcals base.
Hands on building a reinforced traditional kitchen
Hands on building a reinforced traditional kitchen
Building process with 23 women
Building process with 23 women
Preparing the mud for walls
Preparing the mud for walls
Finishing the first kitchen in a Huave community
Finishing the first kitchen in a Huave community
Women with productions needs working with CoopCom
Women with productions needs working with CoopCom

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Dec 8, 2017

Preparing the Construction

ShowingCRATerre ElemenTerre pedagogical suitcases
ShowingCRATerre ElemenTerre pedagogical suitcases

During these three months, Cooperación Comunitaria worked with communities and authorities in three different areas,

  1. Workshops to reduce the vulnerability of land and environmental risks.
  2. Workshops and visits to start the construction of the Supervision of Indigenous Education Regional Centers.
  3. Established alliances with the local University in order to start upgrading the students performance and work in rural matters.

 

  1. Workshops to reduce the vulnerability of land and environmental risks.

- Workshop: Historical community profile, held in the communities of Ojo de Agua and La Cienega. As well as the Socio-economic and habitability surveys and GPS coordinates location, in the communities of La Ciénega and Ojo de Agua.

- Community Risk Maping Workshop in the communities of Ojo de Agua and La Ciénega, with Pastoral and Civil Protection groups participation, where the risk points and safe accommodations were identified in the map prepared by the participants.

- Workshop: Frequency and impact of threats, in the communities Ojo de Agua, La Cienega, with Pastoral and Civil Protection groups’ participation. In this workshop they identified the impact of risk land and environmental threats within their communities.

- Analysis of soil and edges by our geologist, in the community of La Lucerna in order to elaborate a landslide risk´s map. 

- Workshop: Historical community profile with the community La Lucerna Alta and La Lucerna Baja. Habitability problems were a recurring theme among the inhabitants.

- Workshop: Safe and unsafe lodging, in the communities of La Ciénega and Ojo de Agua. With the participation of the Social Pastoral, Civil Protection and University Social Service groups. 

- Comparative Analysis of Habitability Workshop, in the communities of Ojo de Agua and La Ciénega, with participation of Pastoral Social, Civil Protection groups, University´s social service and communitie´s groups. They elaborated the process and cost of building a house with local materials vs. industrialized materials, and the subject and results were discussed.

 

2. Supervision of Indigenous Education Regional Center construction project

- Presentation, to the communities of Ojo de Agua and La Ciénega, of the Supervision of Indigenous Education Regional Center construction project.

- Preparing the Constructionfor the Supervision of Indigenous Education Regional Center: some activities wehre made like meeting with teachers and elaboration process of adobes for the construction, visits to the community of La Cienega to analyze the land. Also the CRATerre ElemenTerre pedagogical suitcases were presented in the communities in order to teach about the traditional knowledge of construction with soil, which at the end was discussed.

 

3.  Established alliances with the local University in order to start upgrading the students performance and work in rural matters.

-Meeting with authorities of Guerrero State Intercultural University, where the Cooperación Comunitaria team was presented and a collaboration agreement with the University was signed. Through it, students would work on their Social Service with Cooperación Comunitaria.

- Talk at the Guerrero State Intercultural University, where students were informed of the collaboration agreement between Cooperación Comunitaria and the University so they can perform their University Social Service.

Safe and unsafe lodging, in the communities
Safe and unsafe lodging, in the communities
Signing an agreement with Intercultural University
Signing an agreement with Intercultural University
Community Risk Maping Workshop
Community Risk Maping Workshop
Comparative Analysis of Habitability Workshop
Comparative Analysis of Habitability Workshop
Preparing the land for construction
Preparing the land for construction
 
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