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Nov 20, 2017

Knowing the consequences of disaster

Informative and work meetings with communities
Informative and work meetings with communities

After the earthquakes of September 7th and 23th, that caused lots of  damages and affectations to hundreds of communities in the country, Cooperación Comunitaria visited different communities in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, evaluating the degree of emergency.

In two months  thanks to you generous donations we have being able to carried out the following activities:

- Work meetings with social production organizations, to coordinate the social habitat´s reconstruction.

Diagnostics for the evaluation of kitchen´s damages, bread and comixcales ovens  in Ixtepec, San Mateo del Mar, San Francisco del Mar and San Dionisio del Mar.

-  Assemblies with the communities, to inform about the working parameters for the reconstruction.

- Distribution of tarpaulins (donated in Mexico City)  to the victims in Ixtepec.

- Diagnosis of damage assessment to the productive infrastructure, housing and analysis of vulnerability, visiting different neighborhoods of Ixtepec.

- Informative meetings and conversations with women from 4 different  communities, presenting the proposal of a kitchen´s construction system (seismic resistence),  for the economic reactivation dedicated to the production of totopos (corn chips).

- Meetings with brick producers to stablish production times and negotiate fair prices for the communities.

- The housing and kitchen design proposal, made with the local organization and the communities,  will be built as a model that people can easily build.

- Informative meeting with the participants of the reconstruction of houses and kitchens in the community of Ixtepec, to coordinate the organization and follow-up.

- Meetings with 2 communities for the preparation to build a housing model and 6 kitchen models in 6 different communities with 2 organizations: Ixtepec, Juchitan, Xadani, Sn Dionisio, Sn Mateo y Sn Francisco del Mar. 

In December will start the reconstruction and we will be communicating our results. 


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Damages and vulnerability housing diagnosis
Damages and vulnerability housing diagnosis
Meeting with bricks producers
Meeting with bricks producers
Conversation with women to get a kitchens model
Conversation with women to get a kitchens model
Information about  reconstruction in local radio
Information about reconstruction in local radio
Housing damages diagnosis
Housing damages diagnosis
Woman making totopos in a destroyed kitchen
Woman making totopos in a destroyed kitchen
Sep 8, 2017

Rebuilding the habitat in communities of Guerrero

Discussing with Lucerna Baja the new landslides
Discussing with Lucerna Baja the new landslides

Cooperación Comunitaria México

Rebuilding the habitat in communities of Guerrero 

In the last months, we have been working on a training program for reducing the vulnerability in four communities of the Mountain of Guerrero, on one hand, through the analysis of landslide risk; on the other, through the increase of construction capabilities on reinforced adobe construction technique.

The group which we are working with 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“ from the church, builders interested on be trained as a community promoters, students from the local University, teachers for indigenous education and participants from four communities.

In August, we started our first workshop with the community Ojo de Agua, La Ciénega, La Lucerna Alta y La Lucerna Baja Communities. It consists in analyzing landslide risk by combining community knowledge with detailed geological studies; maps of risk-zones, for the relocation of risk-prone homes and crops. Next week we are starting with workshops to increase inhabitants community resilience.  The geologist and architects from Cooperación Comunitaria organized a four days workshop, which will have another  module in September. 

By that time, we will be working with the communities increasing their capabilities for building the first Indigenous Education Center on reinforced adobe that will work as a training hands-on workshop on reinforced-adobe construction techniques.

This Center will be built in a collaborative way, which function also as constructive housing models. Training more local actors and promoter will aloud to count on labor to rebuild near 3,900 houses that are still damaged. 

We are working hard on increase the resilience, reducing the vulnerability of communities living in the Mountain of Guerrero.

We deeply thank you for being part of this effort.  

Best regards

From Cooperación Comunitaria team! 

Analyzing risk workshop in two communities
Analyzing risk workshop in two communities
Introducing the project to Ojo de Aguas Autorithi
Introducing the project to Ojo de Aguas Autorithi
Diagnostic to know communities situation
Diagnostic to know communities situation
Evaluating the use of composting toilets
Evaluating the use of composting toilets
Visiting the land for adobe  construction
Visiting the land for adobe construction
May 31, 2017

Beginning to rebuild community in 5 communities

Theoretical construction workshop
Theoretical construction workshop

Dear donors:

 

Due to we haven´t got the amount of money to build enough houses in one community, we have changed our strategy. We are beginning to build community centers in the communities where we have got housing demand. These centers have already a specific use that the community decided. The first one is a Wisdom Center built by 5 communities in Mexcaltepec, Chilapa municipality.

The other 4 centers will be built for Indigenous Education, teachers need a place to meet, discuss, and plan education programs, and they have been looking for a place the last 3 years without any success. The communities are: Ojo de Agua, La Ciénenga, Paraje Montero and el Tejocote. They will be building two centers per year, and by 2018 another 20 houses will be built in the first community. So we have enough time to keep going with the fund raising.

The first Wisdom Center has just finished it's construction process in Mexcapletepec, Chilapa where all the technical assistance was given by the building community Promoter that Cooperación Comunitaria has been training since 3 years ago. He was able to direct the construction and give the assistance to the construction groups from 5 communities that were involved in the Center’s construction. Cooperacion Comunitaria’s architects were there just to give the theoretical and hands-on workshops, as well as supervising the construction twice. It took one month to build it, thanks to the excellent assistance of the Promoter as well as the organizational skills of the communities. 

As well we have worked in a Spanish video where you can watch the testimonies form the families that have built their reinforced adobe homes, composting toilets and wood saving stoves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwQQSW5Ot98&t=39s

Thank you once again for your support and being part of this project that enable people from affected communities to improve their living conditions!

With all our gratitude 

Cooperación Comunitaria´s team

Organizing the works to build
Organizing the works to build
Beginning to build the Traditional Wisdom Center
Beginning to build the Traditional Wisdom Center
Preparing roof organic isolation
Preparing roof organic isolation
Installing isolation to increase the habitability
Installing isolation to increase the habitability
Building and learning the reinforced adobe techniq
Building and learning the reinforced adobe techniq

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