Building resilience with communities of Guerrero

by Cooperacion Comunitaria A.C.
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Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Building resilience with communities of Guerrero
Center for Indigenous Education in Ojo de Agua
Center for Indigenous Education in Ojo de Agua

The project to reduce vulnerability through environmental management and increasing constructive capacities in reinforced adobe, developed in communities of the Mountain region of Guerrero continues.

Center for Indigenous Education in La Ciénega

On March 16th the Supervision Center for Preschool Indigenous Education was inaugurated in the community of La Ciénega, municipality of Malinaltepec. The event was attended by municipal authorities of this community, and from others nearby, as well as authorities of the Intercultural University of the State of Guerrero, pre-school teachers of indigenous education, and representatives of Cooperación Comunitaria AC, who signed the certificate of delivery.

In the same community, we also developed a workshop about the maintenance of reinforced adobe construction to people from different communities in the Mountain region of Guerrero, such as Ojo de Agua, Paraje Montero, La Ciénega, Malinaltepec, Laguna Seca, Llano Pantanoso, San Luis Acatlán, Llano de Heno, La Taberna, and La Soledad.

Center for Indigenous Education in Ojo de Agua

The last details of the Supervision Center for Indigenous Education in the community of Ojo de Agua are almost finished, and it is expected to be inaugurated in June this year. Currently, we are building a dry toilet that contributes to reduce the contamination of groundwater systems and rivers in the region.

The technique of earth plastering over adobe walls has been well received by the people who have visited the center. This contributes to reduce a common practice in the region that consists on plastering adobe constructions with cement, which weakens the building because the cement prevents humidity of adobe walls from being released.

Considering the right to adequate housing a cultural right, the visual artist Mariana Castillo proposed to develop a series of earth stamps to plaster the Center inspired by an ancient codex called “Códice Azoyú”, a pictographic testimony made during the second half of the 16th century that tells a part of the history of the region, very important for the culture of the indigenous group called Me’phaa.

Environmental Classroom in the Intercultural University

The Self-Construction of the Environmental Classroom Project in the Intercultural University of the State of Guerrero (UIEG, in Spanish) had to be rescheduled due to the raining temporary coming soon, so it was not possible to start the constructive process this year. Nonetheless, we decided to advance in the formative process of the students and the production of all the adobes that will be used for the classroom is already finished.

We implemented workshops about safe housing and risk management, as well as a hands-on workshop to make adobes with students from 2nd and 6th semesters that are studying the careers of Sustainable Development and Alternative Tourism, whose subjects converge with the themes addressed in the project proposed by Cooperación Comunitaria to the UIEG.

In this context, the students also visited the Centers for Indigenous Education in La Ciénega and Ojo de Agua, so they could identify the reinforcement and habitability components in the constructive system proposed by Cooperación Comunitaria.

Inauguration of Center for indigenous education
Inauguration of Center for indigenous education
Workshop about construction maintenance
Workshop about construction maintenance
Earth stamp plastering based on ancient codex
Earth stamp plastering based on ancient codex
Hands-on workshop to make adobe bricks
Hands-on workshop to make adobe bricks
Safe housing and risk management at University
Safe housing and risk management at University
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Mutual support activities with indigenous teachers
Mutual support activities with indigenous teachers

The third phase of the Comprehensive Reconstruction of Habitat project continues in communities of the Mountain region of Guerrero, affected by the hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in 2013.

Indigenous Education Supervision Center in Ojo de Agua

From December 2018 until now, we concluded the construction of the Indigenous Education Supervision Center in the community of Ojo de Agua, in charge of the me’phaa school teacher Concepción Maldonado, who has been managing local resources and labor support from the teachers in her zone. They collaborated thru a mutual support activity to produce slip straw (a mixture of clay, straw and water placed in the roof to provide acoustic and thermal insulation).

Inside the building, the walls were plastered with mud to contribute to the modification of a common practice in the region, consisting on flattening adobe walls with cement, which weakens the structure by allowing humidity into it. We will gather the opinions on this matter from the inhabitants in the region that visit the Supervision Center.

Besides, the constructive process of the Center of Ojo de Agua has served to continue training young people in the region. Five inhabitants collaborated and were trained by the communitary promoter Grabiel Cantú, who has showed an increase in his constructive abilities and has improved the model of reinforced adobe, proposed by Cooperación Comunitaria since he got involved into the project when it started five years ago.

Indigenous Education Supervision Center in La Ciénega

Next March 16, the other Indigenous Education Supervision Center will be inaugurated, which was built in the community of La Ciénega last year with the advice of Cooperación Comunitaria. It is located in the same region as the other one, at the municipality of Malinaltepec.

The design and architectural program for both Centers are different from each other and compared to the ones we have built before in other communities. During the last five years we have developed different models with the purpose of resulting with a diversity of architectural proposals for the housing that are foreseen to be built further on, so this way they adapt to the different family needs.

Sustainable Classroom at the Intercultural University

During December we participated in the Week of Involvement of the Intercultural University of Guerrero State, where we continued the conversations with students and other academic members about the project to Self-build a Sustainable Classroom to discuss the types of participation during the constructive process and, once it is finished, to continue with the workshops of social production of habitat, as part of the formative process agreed with the institution in 2017.

At the end of February, we will develop a workshop of participative design with students and teachers of the university, based on the architectural and structural proposal projected by Cooperación Comunitaria’s team of architects and engineer. Later, the constructive and formative process will start, the last one will include workshops about reinforced adobe housing and risk management.

Our work extends to other communities

Last month we did a walk/trajectory through the community of Zilacayota —municipality of Acatepec— whose authorities called us to begin a formative process on risk management, due to the growth of landslides during the recent rainy temporary. Previously, we had linked to this community when Cooperación Comunitaria brought the first donation after the devastation caused by the hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel on september 2013.

The authorities of the community will participate in the process, as well as a Committee elected during an informative assembly developed to attend the problem.

The project thru the community radios

Finally, the transmission of clips in different community radio stations has started, that reaches the populations of Metlatónoc, Tlatlauqui, Iliatenco, San Luis Acatlán, San Miguel del Progreso and Espino Blanco. The purpose of this production is to sensitize and inform about issues related to social production of habitat, such as cornfield recovery, prevention of risks caused by landslides, secure settlement thru reinforced adobe housing, and defense of the territory.

Strengthening building abilities of young people
Strengthening building abilities of young people
Different models that adapt to different needs
Different models that adapt to different needs
Collaborative design based on CC's team proposal
Collaborative design based on CC's team proposal
Our work extends to other communities
Our work extends to other communities
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Sharing knowledge with Intercultural University
Sharing knowledge with Intercultural University

As part of the third phase of the Comprehensive Reconstruction of Habitat Project in communities of the Montaña region of Guerrero, affected by hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in 2013, the construction of the second Indigenous Education Center in the community of Ojo de Agua restarted after it was suspended due to the raining temporary. The first one was built in La Ciénega in May.

The support of the people of the community, in collaboration with the field team and with the community promoter Grabiel Cantú, has been decisive to continue with the different processes. It is foreseen that these will show substantial advances through December.

In addition, a piece of land was designated for the construction of the Sustainable Classroom with reinforced adobe at the Intercultural University of Guerrero State based on the connection established since 2017; and Cooperación Comunitaria agreed to develop four practical workshops each month from January thru June 2019, during the constructive process.

The classroom itself will serve to strengthen the recovery of traditional knowledge among the young people in the region. There, the implementation of theoretical and practical workshops will continue, whose purpose is to diminish vulnerability through the analysis of territorial risk and through the construction of different ecotechnies —such as dry toilets and firewood saving stoves—, as well as the models of reinforced housing against the impact of the earthquakes in their home communities, located in different municipalities of the region.

Also, as part of the collaboration with the University, a recording studio in their building was set to our disposal, which can be used to continue the production of radio capsules that can make people aware of themes related to social production of habitat. Those could be disseminated in community media and commercial media, as well as in the digital platforms of Cooperación Comunitaria AC.

Besides, next December 4 we will participate in the activities of the University’s Week of Involvement, to which we were invited to talk about how we first connected with the institution and about the collaborative work from then until now.

Currently, a series of interviews have been carried out with people who live in houses built with traditional adobe, with the reinforced system proposed by Cooperación Comunitaria and with industrial materials to compare and develop an analysis based on multiple indicators of habitability defined throughout the project in the different communities we worked at.

During the previous two stages of the project, we developed diagnoses in response to the emergency post-disaster, and recovery of traditional knowledge to develop a proposal of reinforced adobe housing against the strong earthquakes and winds in the region, adapted to the local weather and culture, in some communities of the municipality of Malinaltepec.

Construction of Education Center at Ojo de Agua
Construction of Education Center at Ojo de Agua
Land for construction of Sustainable Classroom
Land for construction of Sustainable Classroom
People interviewed for habitability analysis
People interviewed for habitability analysis
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Workshop to identify different types of earth
Workshop to identify different types of earth

The Comprehensive Habitat Reconstruction project has been developed along three stages with communities of the Montaña region of Guerrero, affected by the hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in 2013. The first one focused, mostly, in addressing the emergency after the disaster, through the recovery of traditional knowledge and self-productive capacities to increase the habitability of the people affected in the community of El Obispo. For the second one we extended the project to San Miguel, Moyotepec and Laguna Seca, where we identified the need to emphasize the formative area of our work.

During the third phase —started in 2017—, last trimester we concluded the construction of the Indigenous Education Center in La Ciénega, while the foundation of the other Center in Ojo de Agua also finished. However, it has not been possible to continue with the construction process since May, due to the raining season.

Both constructions were led by Grabiel Cantú, who started collaborating with Cooperación Comunitaria AC (CC) since 2013 to learn the reinforcement model and rebuild his home. He has also contributed to increase the constructive capacities of other people in the region.

Additionally, we continued working with students from the Intercultural University of Guerrero State, as part of the agreement signed a year ago to strengthen the recovery of traditional knowledge with young people from different communities, through theoretical and practical workshops that raise awareness of the importance to use eco-techniques, such as waterless toilets, firewood saving stoves, and about the reinforced housing model.

As part of this process, we started to plan the construction of a sustainable classroom built with reinforced adobe to include all the ecotechnies proposed by CC. This will work as an exhibit house to show the reinforced model in a community with better access, since the other places where we started the project are harder to reach.

Besides strengthening our relationships with key actors in the region, we also consider important to foster the exchange of knowledge between inhabitants of the same area and with other people from other parts of the country.

For this, we have enabled the encounter between a Me’phaa indigenous association of organic producers from the Montaña of Guerrero and the Tseltal organization Caretakers of Mother Earth from the municipality of Chilón, Chiapas. We decided to work with both groups because their job already includes training between communities of the same region they inhabit.

The first part to share constructive and productive knowledge was developed in April, when eleven Caretakers visited Guerrero; and for the second part, the Me’phaa association visited the jungle region of Chiapas in May.

During both visits, multiple workshops took place not only about agro-ecological techniques but to deepen into earth construction, from an introduction to each of its elements with the pedagogical tools developed by CRAterre —an organization focused in disseminating earthen architecture— to a methodological practice to identify different types of earth; as well as a detailed insight into the model proposed by CC. All of these activities were given by our specialized team along with the community promoter Grabiel Cantú.

Later on, in July, we attended to an informative forum where several organized groups in the region participated. This allows us to get to know the context where we work.

And finally, in August we went to plan the reactivation of activities in the construction at Ojo de Agua when the rainy season stops. Also, we met with the community of El Tepeyac to talk about the possibility of building a center to share knowledge.

Workshops at Intercultural University of Guerrero
Workshops at Intercultural University of Guerrero
Students of the Intercultural University
Students of the Intercultural University
Indigenous education center finished in La Cienega
Indigenous education center finished in La Cienega
Foundations of education center in Ojo de Agua
Foundations of education center in Ojo de Agua
Planning construction of Knowledge Sharing Center
Planning construction of Knowledge Sharing Center
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Soil constructions workshop in the new center
Soil constructions workshop in the new center

Dear Partners and donosrs, 

So far, we have concluded successfully the constructive process of the first Indigenous Education Center on reinforced adobe technique in La Cienega Community. The second one has started in Ojo de Agua, and until now we are on the foundation stage. Adobes has been produced by the community and are ready to be placed to raise up the walls, but we must wait for the raining season to finish.

Meanwhile, we are doing some other activities for capacity-building, such as Workshops for “Secure houses” where we work to increase the consciousness related with constructive skills and revalue adobe as a resistant material. There is so far a reach of 650 people who have known the technique of reinforced adobe around the region.

Furthermore, we are doing outreach activities through the broadcast of an awareness campaign we produced, by a local radio station in Spanish and local language (Me’phaa). We made radio clips addressing the following topics: Deforestation effects and prevention measures; Cause and solution for landslides; Secure settlements thru Adobe reinforced houses; Right to housing; The use of agrochemicals and alternatives. In addition, through this period, we settled new alliances with other community radio stations, looking forward to reaching more people.

On April and May, we had the great opportunity to link two projects where we are implementing currently, as we accompanied the exchange between a group of stakeholders (Tzeltales) whom we are working with in Chilón, Chiapas and the group of Guerrero, as part of the Self-construction project for the Training Centers in Adobe for the sharing of constructive knowledge in adobe and products in agroecology, respectively. So, on April, people from Chiapas came to Guerrero in order to impart training workshops of organic and ecological farming, where also we imparted the workshop with the teaching kit of CraTerre, research laboratory for earthen constructions.

The continued construction in the Mountain of Guerrero has allowed to strengthen the housing model through new proposals in the architectural program and to promote consciousness of constructive techniques, local materials, environmental impacts and social habitat production.

We thank you for your generous contribution to the communities of the Mountain of Guerrero. 

Cooperación Comunitaria´s team

Indigenous Education Center of reinforced adobe
Indigenous Education Center of reinforced adobe
During hands on soil constructions workshop
During hands on soil constructions workshop
Guerreos community receiving producersfromChiapas
Guerreos community receiving producersfromChiapas
Guerrero and Chiapas communities sharing knowledge
Guerrero and Chiapas communities sharing knowledge
Builder promoter sharing his experience
Builder promoter sharing his experience
Starting Ojo de Aguas Center
Starting Ojo de Aguas Center
Tzeltales from Chiapas visiting the Center
Tzeltales from Chiapas visiting the Center
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