Recovering Huejotengo's identity

by AYOK A.C.
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity
Recovering Huejotengo's identity

After Working on the carpentry workshops, we kept doing online workshop in the first place and now we are trying to get some new options to work in Situ without any risk. At this moment, we will continue this program since we have seen all the good impact in the community, but now we are only working with really small groups with no more than 5 people per session and doing it outside, so it can be safe for the women are taking the workshops.

 

We really appreciate all your support and we hope we can still counting on you.

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For the first three months of the year, we kept working on the carpentry workshops, for the last weeks of march 2020 the last classes of carpentry were being held, however, after the quarantine started in all the states of Mexico, we couldn't continue with the workshops. At the end the girls finished their furniture, and took some more sessions online. At this momento, we would like to continue this program since we have seen all the good impact in the community, but now we are waiting for the quarantine so we can go back to the community and invite all the teachers that used to give the workshops before march 2020.

 We really appreciate all your support and we hope we can still counting on you.

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In these months (during 6 months for the complete stage) we have been working on the women's inner reconstruction, as we also teach them basic carpentry. 

More than 15 women went to our workshops.

We consider at least 160 Indirect Beneficiaries, as a result of this stage.

RESULTS
During the sensitization, violence against women and gender equity workshop, the empowerment of participants was promoted by providing information, theoretical concepts, application exercises and reflection; as well as strategies to address issues presented by each of the women. The areas of communication, emotional limits, recognition of feelings and emotions, and self-esteem were worked on. At the end, all these women are able to recognize gender violence and to face it with emotional skills and self-esteem strategies, and they know about new ways to look forward gender equality in the private and public life.

Subsequently, the workshop called domestic and care work as a business opportunity motivated some participants to start a new venture and others to continue the one they already carried out, but with a new approach. They learned that their participation in household activities It is also a job, although unpaid, and they realized that they could work in domestic jobs and increase their incomes.To complement these workshops we also offered a free time organization and financial education workshop (life skills 1)

After all these workshops, those who already carried out a paid activity improved it at the administrative and / or financial level and those who started a new local business are doing it in a better way than before.

Carpentry is the practical workshop in which an activity considered of men, is carried out by them from start to finish in the development of a piece of furniture. This workshop contemplates from the design and budget of the furniture talking about dimensions, quantity and costs of material so that any of them knows how to order it to a carpenter and approximate prices so they can't be cheated or stolen in a future. 

The life skills workshop 2 was changed to a Sorority workshop which will be taught once the carpentry workshop ends in few days. This was the decision of the members based on the satisfaction obtained in the first workshops, because they commented that it is difficult to find this type of workshops near the town. 

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After waiting so long for the rainy weather to pass, we decided to continue giving the workshops in a theoretical way, hoping that as of December it stops raining, people can start working on what they learned in the workshops. In addition, we realized that there are other ways of being able to continue contributing to the reconstruction, trough the economic revival of the community, so we opened entrepreneurship workshops so that the people of the community that were affected could seek alternatives to generate income and thus to be able to continue recovering what is missing from their homes. In these workshops we have invited people specialized in community entrepreneurship to carry out activities that help participants determine feasible ideas to implement in Huejotengo. Today we are working on these workshops and we hope to conclude later this month with the entrepreneurship workshops.

We really want to thank you for trusting and supporting this proyect. We are constantly working to open more activities and workshops so the people of Huejotengo gets more life skill that help them to make their community a sustainable one.

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In these months we have given two workshops for soil based painting. Nevertheless, the work hasn't been that fast in this phase since it's rainy season in the community and it is raining almost every day. It has been really difficult to be able to work with soil, because it keeps wet all the time, but we need it totally dry before we make the paint.

Therefore we have been focusing on the other workshop we participate in Huejotengo, that is carpentry. We work in this workshop with the women colective called El sueño de Huejotengo.

This workshop was given during last june, all july and august, and teached 10 women how to do their own furniture so they can contribute to the reconstruction of the community; this ativities are part of our program to empower women in the community after the earthquake. 

In this September, that is the end of the hardest rainy days, we will continue the program of soildbased painting workshops.

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AYOK A.C.

Location: Colonia Carola - Mexico
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AYOK A.C.
Elain SALAZAR
Project Leader:
Elain SALAZAR
CDMX, Mexico

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