Enable 54 Rural Mexican Families to Rebuild Homes

by Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C. Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Your support will enable 54 indigenous families of Laguna Seca and Moyotepec, Malinaltepec, whose homes were damaged in hurricanes in 2013, build safe, comfortable living spaces. The houses will be reinforced against extreme weather, use traditional techniques, and incorporate wood-saving stoves, ecological toilets, and water-catchment systems.

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In 2013, hurricanes in Guerrero State affected over 230,000 people, destroying houses, communication lines, crops, and livestock. The indigenous communities of Laguna Seca and Moyotepec, two of the poorest in the country, faced significant damage. The communities received no aid to reconstruct houses, and thus many families live in houses that can collapse at any moment, in daily landslide and hurricane risk, and in continuing poverty. Poor natural resource management increases risk annually.


Reinforced adobe homes reduce risk and enhance living conditions; they withstand earthquakes and wind, increase light, and improve insulation. The project incorporates traditional techniques and recovers indigenous knowledge. It builds capacity through hands-on-workshops, encourages community organization, and renews local economies. Environmental sustainability is achieved through reforestation, local material use, and construction of eco- stoves, toilets, and water catchment systems.

Long-Term Impact

Your support will not only help these communities rebuild - but rebuild sustainably. Emphasis on capacity building means that Laguna Seca and Moyotepec will be able to continue and spread the project for generations, combating disaster-risk, championing environmental sustainability, and resisting marginalization. The scalable model can be expanded to the entire region, as well as adapted to other climatic and cultural conditions throughout Mexico.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.

Location: Ciudad de Mexico - Mexico
Website: http:/​/​cooperacioncomunitaria.org/​
Project Leader:
Isadora Hastings García
Ciudad de Mexico, D.F. Mexico

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