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.
Apr 28, 2016

El chante de todos, an inclusive cultural space

Freshly painted community center
Freshly painted community center

This year we are exploring new phases of our methodology with the collectives that have been working with us the longest. As an example of where a collective of young , self-managed projects can get, we present the following interview with El Chante de Todos.

El Chante de Todos is a cultural collective that formed in Mexico City, in the southwestern town of San Mateo Tlaltenango in 2009. After the process of facilitating and following up on the collective we now have a peer to peer relationship collaborating with them.

This time, Aldo and Mariana, two of its founding members, tell us about what they are up to.

Q: What are your plans for 2016?

A: Many things are happening. We will present to the public the documentary on the town’s festival on 2015 and the results of the local government project we won last year. There is also the 7th anniversary event, our participation in other film festivals around here and we will continue our Filocafé, Cafeté, Cine chavitos and Kuicalli.

Something very important this year is the inauguration of our community library Amoxcalli, because it is more than just a place with books, we want to create a place that promotes reading and the quest for knowledge.

Q:What differences do you find in the life of the collective between when you started and now?

A: We think that our projects are stronger, we are now related to other projects from our community and we have a better place. There amount of time and energy from the people in the collective has also risen.

Q: What are your needs or how do you think people could help with the projects of El Chante de Todos?

A: We want people to get involved and believe in the activities that we do and that is the reason behind our project. We need the support of our town’s people so that we can use the space we have to it’s full potential. We also want the authorities from our community to recognize the project. We believe this is a common need of projects like ours.

Music classes in "El Chante"
Music classes in "El Chante"
Arranging the books for the new library
Arranging the books for the new library
We learn a lot through playing
We learn a lot through playing
Mar 8, 2016

Volunteers are organized and learning to teach

The first training session
The first training session

Every year we have the joy of receiving new volunteers in the project ¡Alfabetiza! This early February was no exception, since we started with about 40 new people interested in the project and in the topic of education. We have conformed a diverse group made up of high school students, students of different college degrees as Pedagogy, Communication, Geography, International Relations, Political Science and Philosophy, as well as by people already with a career.

We started the pre-campaign (the first project period) with a series of reflections and debates on education and social development. A team of experienced people in the literacy campaign gave an overall description of the project to the new volunteers. Furthermore, we talked some more about San Jose Corral Blanco, locality where we will live this summer for the second consecutive year.

So far we have had discussions of our concept of education and of the successes and shortcomings of the educational system in Mexico in particular. Also, we have deliberated upon the role that teachers and students have in an educational process. Moreover, we introduced the theoretical and practical proposal of the Brazilian pedagogue Paulo Freire in which much of our educational concept and practice is based.

To organize ourselves, we divided our job into four areas:

a) Resources, responsible for the organization of fundraising activities and resource management.

b) Community, whose job is to plan projects or community workshops.

c) Classes, is dedicated to train how to teach, as well as teaching strategies.

d) Future, which has the task of presenting a work proposal for San Jose Corral Blanco in 2017. This proposal could involve ¡Alfabetiza! in connection with other projects.

 

As you can see, we began the year with new volunteers, new ideas and new proposals; this excites us and generates great expectations. In addition, we are eager to return to San Jose Corral Blanco, where we have created emotional ties with the people, bonds that last more than one summer.

Knowing the new volunteers
Knowing the new volunteers
We learn from each other
We learn from each other
Jan 29, 2016

Filling the neighborhood with colours

Walls are now community canvases
Walls are now community canvases

Zekuollaz is a collective of young people that uses art as a way of developing their community in Chimalhuacán, State of Mexico. They consider that art can generate meeting spots that the people living there can use and benefit from, which is why they called their methodology "community walls" where the canvas used is the neighborhood's walls. Cristina and Julio, plastic artist and local graffiti artist, create and give life to this project and have already taken it to Oaxaca and Mexico City.

This time around they tell their own story of work and community experience in an interview, a tale where they share with us how they promote their local development through street art and how they live it. 

Q: What do you consider to be the most interesting, amusing and exciting thing that happened this past year?

A: I think the most interesting thing this year was doing our "community walls" project for the first time and the positive response from our community.

Q: What is your "fill the neighborhood with colours" project about?

A: Chimalhuacán is a community that has really grown in numbers these past years. Most of the houses are under construction and have been for a long time, which means cement, bricks and metal sheets are what constitute 80% of the landscape, making it look almost completely grey. Filling the neighborhood with colors is transforming this grey space into a more colorful one, we relate color with life which means that we are filling the space with life and energy.

Q: How does this change the life inside the community?

A: Different aspects are improved. First we have the visual impact. When you paint a grey wall with colours and forms, the image that the street shows is very different. A painting that portrays what makes a little child from the community happy changes everything for the better for the people living in that street and people that pass by. Another aspect of this change is that it promotes communication between neighbors, which has come forward as a starting point of more complex ways of dialogue within the community.

Q: What was the response of the people in Chimalhuacán to the "community walls" project?

A: At first they thought it was a little weird that we wanted to start painting on their walls with a bunch of children, but the response was very positive. They immediately took part in the activities and they even brought refreshments and helped to look after the children. Some adults were even bold enough to paint alongside the young artists. Something cool that happened was that we started a friendship with some kids that we always saw pass by our street without saying anything. Now they always participate in our activities.

Q: What do you have planned for 2016?

A: This year we will continue painting walls around the neighborhood and have more workshops. We also plan on expanding the collective and maybe legally registering it to help the growth of the projects with resources from international and local programs.

Cristina and Julio
Cristina and Julio
Young artists, happy with their work
Young artists, happy with their work
 
   

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