Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income

by MANOS QUE RECONSTRUYEN OAXACA A.C.
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Covid-19 Education raises indigenous women income
Aida and the neighbours
Aida and the neighbours

In this picture my partner Aida is with our neighbours, she usually reads to them some short stories in the afternoon. She  has been a key bond for maintaining UMPO’s activities alive during these days, all the art, communication and every single photo of our media is all her creation. She told me:

“During the lockdown, UMPO has been like a time machine, that transforms negative ideas into positive solutions for facing adversities. We are all surrounded with news about loss and how hard life can be nowadays. But yet I percibe UMPO projects like seeds of love and hope for our communities. Since the COVID-19 lockdown started, we continued implementing productive workshops using digital tools. 

We are always creating programs that offer educational tools to become autonomous for creating our own laboral opportunities. We try to boost everyone's capacities for making their dreams come true. But this time  using digital platforms was such a big step! because one of our main objectives as an organization is to connect our community and make new bonds and sometimes technology doesn’t inspire this kind of authentic sensitive contact. What I can share is that I decided to participate  in the traditional herbal medicine workshop [I usually do not participate as a student in the workshops], there, I took the class with 30 different women from different latitudes, this never happened before. I attended the first multicultural UMPO’s workshop!  

On the other side, it's true that the pandemic has affected children too, because Mexico’s educational model is usually precarious and now, trying to pass it remotely is a huge challenge. That’s why I am amazed about our reading circles and with our children activities for learning about traditional crafts. I feel that even with the pandemic, we continue sowing the zapotec identity in the heart of the youngest ones. 

Finally I want to share that most of the people in our communities are elderly persons, many of them were abandoned and their economical situation is deplorable. These days I had the opportunity to share time with many zapotec grandpas because we started the “solidary baskets”. A program in which we buy products of many agriculturists of the zone in order to activate their economy, such as corn, coffee, cheese, totopo (corn tortilla), etc. We put together all these local products in a basket and  give them to the elders of our communities. We don’t know how long this will last, but what we know is that we have solutions to activate our communities, their economy, strengthen their bonds and also cover their basic needs.” 

Thank you for supporting us during this COVID-19 challenge, we start a new year and we hope you will be part of the next opportunities for boosting the zapotec communities economy.

Food baskets for grandpas
Food baskets for grandpas
Learning about pottery
Learning about pottery
Children going through the traditional craft route
Children going through the traditional craft route
Fruit- making cooperatives
Fruit- making cooperatives
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Ema enjoying dance movement therapy
Ema enjoying dance movement therapy

During the last summer, a tragedy happened at Oaxaca's cost. People were already living economical and stressful situations because of the COVID- 19 lockdown when a 7.4 earthquake occurred. We asked you all to help us start the first Cultural Caravan, as a post disaster intervention. ¡Thanks to your help we achieved this goal in three communities!

The first days we opened workshops for women in Santa María Huatulco. We started with workshops directed by Chivis, a traditional medicine healer, and Mare, a zapotec poet and rap artist. Both of them attended women and girls that were affected by the earthquake by recognizing their emotions through mapping, creative rap composition workshop, taught them how to make their own cloth sanitary towels and natural repellent. “For the government is like if no earthquake happened, they are arresting people in the streets if they don’t use a mask, we are trapped in our homes, treated with hostility, this atmosphere is crazy”, said Feliciana, a 52 year community woman. 

The tropical storms and spikes in COVID cases, limitated us for staying in one community so we moved and got more information of the nearest populations, which enriched our intervention diagnosis for a future following. 

The following days we moved to El Porvenir, which is a 114 population community, they cultivate their own food and the only trade they do in the region is selling corn toasts. The emotional situation especially for children and youth is very worrying. “We are headquarters of an elementary school of 7 communities, because of the pandemic lockdown we shut it down and then the earthquake affected it, children feel trapped here. Next week they should start classes through government TV programm but just a few have TV” said Toña, the mayor’s wife. For El porvenir, our coworker Claudia, applied dance therapy, it was beautiful. Each member of the community received it as a healing tool and we realized they need more ways to attend emotional situations. 

Our next stop was Playa Grande, a 211 population community, where we had to swim through a river caused by the storms at the entrance of the village. The educational access there is very limited, children only have classes once a month with a multigrade teacher. “I would like to learn more things, like paint, draw, storytelling, I draw the sea because I love our beach”, said  Daniel, a 11 years old boy, after he participated in the digital animation workshop. The children that participated in dark camera workshops and creative writing by the Accion Mutante collective expressed Daniel’s same wish.  “In the community we can only study till high school and just a few move to other communities to continue their studies. No woman from Playa Grande has university studies.” told us Tete who participated in the photo-embroidery workshop of Mayra B. 

Cultural Caravan is the beginning of amazing movil projects, we believe that together we can rebuild a better country, no matter the crisis we have to fight. Resilience, art and healing, open windows of hope for us and the communities we attend. Thank you for believing better worlds are possible.

Photo embroidery workshop
Photo embroidery workshop
Daniel from Playa Grande
Daniel from Playa Grande
Chivis, Naba and Diana making sanitary towels
Chivis, Naba and Diana making sanitary towels
Animation workshop
Animation workshop
Playa Grande entrance
Playa Grande entrance

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MANOS QUE RECONSTRUYEN OAXACA A.C.

Location: Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca - Mexico
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Alejandra Rosado
Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca Mexico
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