Adeco Acciones para el Desarrollo Comunitario A.C.

To generate, contribute and participate in social projects of education, culture and artistic manifestations, science and technology development, equity of gender, participation and citizen self-management, defense and promotion of human rights, sustainable development to improve the popular economy and promotion of fair commerce, improvement of the best use of natural resources promoting the protection, conservation and restoration of biodiversity and environmental equilibrium.
Aug 31, 2016

Alfabetiza! 2016. A world of experiences in a small place

photography exhibition outdoor
photography exhibition outdoor

Finally, after living during the months of June and July in San José Corral Blanco, within rain and sunshine, enjoying cold winds and great hospitality, we have concluded the campaign of education with young people and adults, ¡Alfabetiza! 2016. This was our second consecutive summer of work in this locality in the municipality of Chignahuapan, Puebla, and in contrast with last year, we have been a numerous group conformed by 29 volunteers working with 106 people during 6 weeks of regular classes.

The campaign is the moment where we take into action everything we learned and reflected on in the previous months. It is the place where you are surrounded by other volunteers and where every day you get along with men, women, children and young people in the community.

With the people of the locality, an environment of trust and friendship is built, as well as of continuous learning. It happens the same within the team of volunteers. The group was constituted by young people that had already a year of experience in San José as well as other newcomers of the project. One of the literacy teachers shares some of her feelings on returning a second year to the community:

“It seemed as if I had not leave, my body did not feel strange, the steps followed a natural impulse that dragged me along the roads. Head, full of expectations, wanting to do new things, wanting to see people I had met last year, tell our stories and return to share two hours every day to transform, to learn and to teach.” (Abril, a 16 years old volunteer ).

As a result of our work in 2015, we carried out a participatory diagnosis with the people of San José based on their needs. This document served us to plan a series of sessions for class-training in different subjects such as: mathematics, history and gender.

This year our house was the primary school Aquiles Serdán of San José, place that took us in for almost two months. During the morning, each literacy teacher prepares his classes and then goes to the houses of the people to give them. Classes are held in an environment that fosters dialogue, the building of knowledge and the participation of the attendees. Although several people who took class last year were not able to continue working with us, this time new students joined.

In addition to daily classes, other educational spaces were opened in San José. Some activities that took place were based on the theme of natural resources, an important issue in the community and topic of interest in the group that sparked many reflections in a community class.

In addition, we developed an embroidery workshop in order to recover the stories of the participants and translate them into a piece of fabric. Also, like every year, a workshop for children and a day of a community picnic with a soccer game included.

A peculiarity of this year was the work done with Helio, contemporary art project of the Foundation Alumnos 47. Since the pre-campaign, we had a link with a team of people from different artistic disciplines, who worked with us in San Jose for a week. They taught a series of workshops of music, corporal expression, modification of images, playing with costumes and wool pigmentation mainly for children and women of the town. It was a very enriching experience that had ¡Alfabetiza! in parallel work with another project .

Our last day in the community had a very emotional and melancholic farewell to the people with whom we worked. In addition to concluding our stay in the town, as a closure of classes and the work done together with the people of San José, we delivered a community book, product of the labor between volunteers and residents.  A group of people from San José along with some literacy teachers served as an editorial board, deciding the cover and the title of the book in addition to the organization of the texts. Thus, the book San Jose Corral Blanco. A world in a small place, collects personal stories, feelings of the community and wisdom such as recipes and legends.

After all the work done, the evaluation of our work remains. Consequently, we have begun the last period of the project where the group of volunteers meets to give feedback of our work and to decide whether we will work a third year in San José or instead, have a new begin elsewhere. The reflection continues with new challenges and ideas for ¡Alfabetiza!

As a conclusion a volunteer expresses her feelings:

“It is nice to know that there are those who still believe that the world can be a better place, and that one can and must participate in the process, not as a savior or anything alike, but from a position where you are not just a mere observer.” (Jocelin, 32 years old volunteer).

Let
Let's teach the classes!
Anthology of writings of San Jose
Anthology of writings of San Jose
Jul 28, 2016

Change ahoy!

Looking ahead in the river Cuicatlan
Looking ahead in the river Cuicatlan

As time goes by, the young people working with us and their collectives grow, learn, develop skills and change. Two of the projects that have been working with us these past 2 years are reaping the benefits of their enthusiasm and constant work and are ready to set new goals and improve their methods. Zekuollaz, from Chimalhuacán, Estado de México and Dkaya Ybaku from San Juan Bautista Cuicatlán, Oaxaca, are rethinking how they relate with their communities to promote change in a positive direction. This is why they have been focusing on learning more about public policy within their main topics, art and environmental issues. To fulfill this purpose we have been sharing with them prospective planning techniques and methods, which they have taken and modified to serve their needs and expectations.

We give you the outcome… so far:

Zekuollaz: one step closer to cultural hubs accessible to everyone!

As you might know this collective has been artistically active in their hometown Chimalhuacán, where cultural spaces are everything but present. As a reward for their hard work they are about to open their own cultural hub where they will hold workshops, exhibits, open activities and promote a space for other people to express themselves through art. As part of their project, they are always looking to work with the local government, NGOs and local artists in favor of opening their community to art and strengthening the local networks of friendship, collaboration and art.

Dkaya Ybaku: working towards the collective management of urban solid waste.

The young people in Dkaya Ybaku keep up their project of solid waste disposal and environmental education in Cuicatlán. For them, a clean Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve is the future to seek and work for. This is why they believe that environmental awareness campaigns and workshops should expand in presence to increase their reach throughout the local population. They are preparing their next series of talks and workshops aimed at public servants, local leaders, school-age youth, local organizations and NGOs. Their purpose is to contribute towards a local, inclusive, comprehensive and holistic environmental policy that promotes reusing, recycling and reducing solid waste.

prospective planning workshop with Zekuollaz
prospective planning workshop with Zekuollaz
Denis in front of piles of garbage
Denis in front of piles of garbage
Recycling PET
Recycling PET
Jun 3, 2016

Lets get to work, the literacy campaign begins!

literacy volunteers arriving to San Jose
literacy volunteers arriving to San Jose

After much duties and preparation, next June 18th we will reach the locality of San Jose Corral Blanco, in the mountains of Puebla. We are very excited preparing the final details for the campaign of 7 weeks in which 30 volunteers will be giving classes to young adults as well as grown ups in the community. One of our goals this summer is to increase the number of students we work with in 2015. In addition, we will have a three weeks workshop where we will relate with children. One of the innovations of the campaign this year will be the arrival of a group of artists -in collaboration with the Alumnos 47 Foundation- who will communicate art through workshops of music, dancing, costumes and textile pigments.

Two volunteers of our group share some of their thoughts and experiences:

"The project of ¡Alfabetiza! has modified my way of thinking. When I found out about the campaign, I did not doubt in participating. I thought that I could finally teach young and older people how to read and write. However, after the first meeting, it was evident that the project does not only worry about the process of learning of the inhabitants of the community, but also of ours, the volunteers.

¡Alfabetiza! attempts mutual learning. We are going to a community with high rates of illiteracy and we will be giving classes to the inhabitants interested in learning how to read and write. Meanwhile, the students become teachers when they show us their daily labors. Labors that, due to their different style of living, might be unknown to us. This interaction allows our worldview to expand as well as makes us aware of the fact that the city lifestyle is not the one all Mexicans have.

Moreover, it is noteworthy to mention the coexistence among volunteers. Participating in a diverse group with different points of view form different parts of the city is enriching and interesting. Likewise, being able to observe the organization for achieving a goal in common. I think this is where learning begins, both academic due to the different studies each one performs and of human development, related the individual context and life experiences of each one." (Megumi, 26 years old)

"During the pre-campaign, I have learned and experienced situations that have undoubtedly changed the perspective I had about my environment; starting with the Freirean pedagogy, which involves reflecting on what happens in our world and trying to change it. Such learning is reached by working collectively. This is something that has particularly pleased me because I have met wonderful people which I am sure will eventually be great friends to me.

In my opinion, from the pre-campaign I have managed to be more tolerant and to be able to reflect on the different views that each one can have according to their life context. This has helped me to work as a team, something that in my career I have considered very difficult.

I conceive in different ways our job in the campaign: in one hand, I think it will be hard to adapt to the community; while on the other hand, I consider that it will be a very rewarding experience, in which we will realize that all the efforts made in pre-campaign were worth it.

As suggested by the theory of Paulo Freire, the process of man’s liberalization can only happen jointly. I imagine that along our job in campaign I will learn much of the people of the community of San José Corral Blanco, sharing stories and experiences where each one of us contribute with something that will certainly be significant for both." (Narciso, 23 years old)

Panoramic view of San Jose Corral Blanco
Panoramic view of San Jose Corral Blanco
Looking to meet people from the community
Looking to meet people from the community
 
   

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