In September 2017, many villages in Oaxaca, South Mexico, were heavily damaged by an earthquake. Una Mano Para Oaxaca aims to provide education for local people to improve their living conditions. At our Community Center, indigenous Zapotec women learn about traditional trades to increase their income and rebuild their houses. This educational model strengthens their collective voice and power through healing, self-esteem, cultural, and artistic workshops for women and their children
In September 2017, Southern Mexico was shaken by an earthquake of 8.4 magnitude that destroyed many homes and businesses in low-income communities of the Istmo of Tehuantepec. There are very few professional and educational opportunities in the local area. The devaluation of women and artisans is a systemic problem that arises from established education systems and poverty. The population also suffers from post-traumatic stress
Our Community Center aims to value local and traditional crafts and offer opportunities for women to have a new productive activity to generate more income. Through the productive workshops, we provide a space for women to organize and make decisions collectively. The approach focuses on the human rights of women and training in traditional trades for economic revival and emotional healing by allowing women to exercise their rights to work, education, and culture.
The project can empower and train 240 women per year. It preserves local knowledge that was disappearing or not valued. Our courses in personal finance and business skills promote the generation of self-employment for women. Community healing is the basis of our programs so women can feel supported for problems they face due to the lack of programs with a gender perspective. The cultural activities help children value their culture and open their minds to creativity.
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