Sustainable Rural Life

by Fondo Mexicano para la Conservacion de la Naturaleza, A.C.
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Dear friends,


We hope you are well during this end-of-year season.


We’d like to let you know that despite all the challenges that this year’s pandemic has brought us, the project Community Promotors and Renewable Energies, which we are executing in the Yucatan Peninsula with our local partner Túumben Kóoben, has continued developing with positive results and new experiences that will strengthen the project for times to come.

The Túumben Kóoben cooperative was founded in 2011 and one of its goals is to contribute to developing sustainable societies through the implementation of alternative environmentally-friendly technologies that are efficient and adaptable to local conditions. This project, which you have been supporting through Sustainable Rural Life, has the objective of consolidating and training a team of at least 12 promotors in the Yucatan Peninsula on adequate management strategies for firewood and solar energy systems. The goal is to promote the reduction of emissions resulting from deforestation and the use of fossil-fuel energy, as well as to implement alternative technologies in communities and knowledge-exchange centers.

The project contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals in gender equality and climate action. In the first case, it incorporates the gender perspective by ensuring the participation and active dialogue among both men and women in the proposed activities, in addition to requiring at least 50% of women promotors in its formation. In the second case, the project plans to foster two important sources of clean energy in the Yucatan Peninsula: On the one hand, the installation of wood-saving cookstoves that will help families, who live in single constructions and use the same space to cook and sleep, to have smoke-free environments while reducing CO2 emissions by reducing the amount of firewood by 40% for cooking. On the other hand, solar, renewable and environmentally-friendly energy, demystifying the complexity of its installation and functionality.

By the end of the project, there will be 85 wood-saving cookstoves built in the trained communities. Additionally, at least five solar energy sources will be installed, and at least six promotion and training events will be carried out by the promotor team.

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Estimados amigos y colaboradores:


Reciban un afectuoso saludo y nuestros mejores deseos para esta temporada decembrina.
Queremos informarles que a pesar de todos los retos que nos dejó este año de pandemia, el proyecto “Promotores comunitarios y energías renovables” que estamos realizando en la Península de Yucatán con nuestro socio, la cooperativa Túumben Kóoben, ha continuado en su desarrollo con buenos resultados y experiencias nuevas para su implementación que nos fortalecerán para el futuro tiempo que se avecina.


La cooperativa Túumben Kóoben se constituyó en el año 2011 y uno de sus objetivos es llevar a cabo acciones que contribuyen al desarrollo de sociedades sustentables mediante la implementación de tecnologías alternativas amigables con el ambiente que sean eficientes y adaptables a las condiciones locales. Este proyecto, en el cual tu nos estas apoyando, tiene como objetivo conformar y capacitar a un equipo de promotoras y promotores de al menos 12 personas en la Península de Yucatán sobre estrategias de manejo adecuado de la leña y sistemas de energía solar que ayuden a promover la reducción de emisiones por degradación forestal y por el uso de energía a base de combustibles y aceites; así como implementar tecnologías alternativas en comunidades y centros de intercambio de conocimientos.


El proyecto contribuye a los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en la igualdad de género y en acciones por el clima. En el primer caso, incorpora la perspectiva de género porque asegura la participación y dialogo activo tanto de hombres y mujeres en las actividades que se plantean, además de un proceso de formación que incluya un 50% de mujeres promotoras. En el segundo caso, propone divulgar en la península de Yucatán dos fuentes importantes de energía limpias. Por una parte, se propone la implementación de estufas de leñas que ayuden a las familias que cuentan con una sola construcción y que usan un mismo espacio para cocinar y dormir, tener ambientes sanos libres de humo y al mismo tiempo reducir sus emisiones de CO2 al disminuir en un 40% su consumo de leña para cocción de alimentos. Por otra parte, la segunda fuente de energía refiere a la solar, energía renovable amigable con el medio ambiente y que busca desmitificar lo complejo de su instalación y funcionalidad.

Al término del proyecto se contará con la construcción de 85 estufas ahorradoras de leña en las comunidades capacitadas. Se habrán instalado al menos 5 equipos de energía solar y se habrán realizado al menos 6 eventos de promoción y capacitación por el equipo promotor.

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Family in Coahuila with wood-saving stove
Family in Coahuila with wood-saving stove

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Dear Friends,

We are happy to share that, thanks to your support this past year, we have pressed onward with Sustainable Rural Life by developing the next cycle of the project, to be implemented in the Tehuacán Puebla municipality of southeastern Mexico, benefitting the Santa Ana Teloxtoc community. This new cycle consists in the purchase and installation of 245 firewood-saving stoves, teaming up with the Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve through the National Commission on Protected Areas (CONANP).

This community, like many others in the region, continues to use open fire stoves to cook, which consume an average of 100 kg of firewood weekly in order to prepare food for a family of six. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the generalized use of firewood in this form results in the premature death of 1.6 million people per year. This is due to respiratory-related disease derived from inhaling large amounts of smoke, and women and children seem to be at greater risk. 

The use of wood-saving stoves such as the Ecoestufa is an effective and reliable alternative, able to mitigate the harmful effects of firewood cooking and reduce the use of fuel by up to 75%, with all of the subsequent positive health impacts for the supported families.

We have already purchased the stoves; however, we have not been able to execute their delivery and the training for their correct use due to the global pandemic. We hope that contingency conditions improve soon so that we may carry out the necessary field visit to fulfill this leg of the project and benefit hundreds more rural homes in Mexico. 

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Estimados amigos:

Tenemos el agrado de comunicarles que, gracias a sus apoyos recibidos en este semestre, hemos continuado con Vida Rural Sustentable desarrollando el siguiente ciclo del proyecto en el municipio de Tehuacán Puebla, en la comunidad de Santa Ana Teloxtoc. En esta ocasión consiste en la compra e instalación de 245 estufas ahorradoras de leña en coordinación con la Reserva de la Biosfera de Tehuacán-Cuicatlán de la Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (Conanp).

Esta comunidad, como muchas en esta región del país, sigue utilizando fogones abiertos para cocinar, los cuales consumen un promedio de 100 kg semanales de leña para preparar los alimentos de una familia de 6 personas.

Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), el uso generalizado de estos combustibles provoca la muerte prematura de 1.6 millones de personas al año a causa de enfermedades relacionadas con las vías respiratorias y derivadas de la inhalación de grandes cantidades de humo, siendo las mujeres y los niños los más afectados. 

El uso de estufas ahorradoras de leña, como la Ecoestufa, es una alternativa de solución efectiva y confiable para mitigar los efectos nocivos de cocinar con leña, reduciendo hasta el 75% del uso de combustible con los subsecuentes impactos positivos en la salud de las familias beneficiadas.

La compra de las Ecoestufas ya se realizó, sin embargo, la entrega y la capacitación para usarse no se han podido efectuar debido a la pandemia que actualmente estamos viviendo. Estamos esperando que las condiciones de salubridad mejoren y nos permitan hacer la visita de campo necesaria para ejecutar este ciclo de VRS y beneficiar a cientos de hogares rurales.

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Rainwater harvesting system in Nuevo  Leon
Rainwater harvesting system in Nuevo Leon

Dear Friends,

With your support and that of our partners in Mexico, we brought our project in northern Mexico to a successful close. In total, we:

  • Established 20 community gardens.
  • Installed 18 rain-harvesting systems, 12 wood-saving stoves, and 12 solar pots.
  • Built four solid waste management units.
  • Trained 342 people in the use and maintenance of the different technologies.

The project, which benefited 14 communities located across two Protected Areas in the states of Coahuila and Nuevo León, contributed to increasing the self-reliance of rural families that live in isolated areas, reducing their vulnerability and increasing their wellbeing. 

We hope that you enjoy the photographs that accompany this report and that they may give you a glimpse into the lives of rural Mexican families, and of the positive impact of your kind donations. 

In the coming months, as Mexico and the world come out of the global health crisis, we will continue working towards our mission of improving the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable segments of the population. We hope that you join us on this journey. 

Best wishes to you and yours in these trying times, 

Francisco Ehrenberg

Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.
Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.
Family garden in Nuevo Leon.
Family garden in Nuevo Leon.
Kids posing in front of their new rainwater system
Kids posing in front of their new rainwater system
Wood-saving stove in Coahuila.
Wood-saving stove in Coahuila.
Solid waste management unit in Coahuila.
Solid waste management unit in Coahuila.
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Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.
Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.

Dear Friends,

We would like to share with you a few photos that show some of this year’s activities. None of this would have been possible without your support. Please consider becoming a recurrent donor to this project and mentioning us to your friends and family. Every one of your generous donations helps us improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable segments of the population in Mexico.

We will begin 2020 with renewed efforts to bring sustainable technologies that improve the lives of rural families in Mexico. Please join us on this journey.

Wishing you a happy holiday season,

Francisco Ehrenberg

Rainwater harvesting system in Nuevo  Leon
Rainwater harvesting system in Nuevo Leon
Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.
Wood-saving stove in Nuevo Leon.
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Rainwater harvesting system in Coahuila
Rainwater harvesting system in Coahuila

Dear Friends,

During the past weeks, in collaboration with the Mexican company Rotoplas, we began the installation of rainwater harvesting systems in rural communities located in the mountainous regions of northeast Mexico. This effort seeks to increase water security for the people living in this remote region.

In the coming weeks, we will continue with the installation of the systems and begin work on four additional solid waste management modules and the establishment of 20 community gardens.

Please consider becoming a recurrent donor to this project and mentioning us to your friends and family. Every one of your generous donations helps us improve the living conditions of some of the most vulnerable segments of the population in Mexico.

Best regards,

Francisco

Community meeting in Canoas, Nuevo Leon.
Community meeting in Canoas, Nuevo Leon.
About to install the  system in Santa Cruz.
About to install the system in Santa Cruz.
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