In September 2017, Huejotengo was one of the villages heavily damaged by the earthquake. Ayok has supported this community since the emergency, implementing projects of bioconstruction and empowerment. Now, we teach a soil-based paint and screed technique to families in Huejotengo so they can continue not only the reconstruction of their houses, but also strengthen their ties, and reduce some labor costs, in addition to rescuing the identity the community had before the earthquake.
More than 80 houses were damaged or destroyed in Huejotengo as a result of the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico. Government assistance hasn't been enough to continue neither the physical nor the emotional reconstruction. Many families won't be able to rebuild a dignified house, let alone recover the one they lost, and the gray appearance of the community does not help to overcome the loss. This project will help at least thirty families that are on the process of reconstruction.
Ayok teaches the families a technique to best use the natural resources that exist in the community. At a low cost, the houses feel like home and look similar to the ones they lost. Thus, people can overcome the loss and the identity and color of the community is recovered. With a participatory model, families work hand in hand to complete the job together and thus strengthen the social cohesion of the community. With this new knowledge, families have a potentially use to generate income.
The project will capacitate at least 30 families allowing them to learn a new skill which might let them generate income in the future, will teach the families that they can work together to change their reality, will recover the identity of the community and will strengthen the social fabric and generate bonds of support among the inhabitants.