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Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico

by Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C.
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Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
Support Grassroots Earthquake Recovery in Mexico
A proud new stove owner in Pinotepa Nacional
A proud new stove owner in Pinotepa Nacional

Dear supporters,

2020 has started at a full stride in Fondo Semillas. We spent the first month of the year accompanying our grantee partners that were closing the project, so that they could send all the documents needed. We also reviewed the applications to the 2020 extension and decided to provide monetary and capacity-building support to fifteen organizations:

  • Alianza Cívica Pinotepa Nacional (Oaxaca)
  • Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio (Oaxaca)
  • Asociación Estatal de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Xasasti Yolistli A.C. (Puebla)
  • Centro de Acción para el Desarrollo CODICE (Oaxaca)
  • Centro de Asesoría para el Desarrollo Indígena A.C. (Puebla)
  • Centro para los Derechos de la Mujer Nääxwiin A.C. (Oaxaca)
  • Comité de Mujeres de la Asamblea del Pueblo de San Dionisio del Mar (Oaxaca)
  • Comité Ixtepecano en la Defensa de la Vida y el Territorio (Oaxaca)
  • El Sueño de Huejotengo (Morelos)
  • MONAPAKÜY (Oaxaca)
  • Mujeres de la tierra y el sol (Puebla)
  • Mujeres Pescadoras del Manglar (Oaxaca)
  • Mujeres por la reactivación económica de Jojutla (Morelos)
  • Una Mano para Oaxaca (Oaxaca)
  • Unión de Pueblos de Morelos (Morelos)

This support allows these organizations to continue their recovery work while strengthening their resiliency tools. They’ll receive more risk-management workshops so that each one of them can produce their own risk-management plan. Some of the projects they will carry out during 2020 include:

El Sueño de Huejotengo is going to focus on strengthening their business model to strengthen their local economy. They got trained on how to produce avocado-based products and how to market them. They’ve even created their own brand called “Nepanyotl Cihuatl”, which means women supporting women in Nahuatl.

Una Mano para Oaxaca is strengthening their cultural appropriation project by creating a zapotec and a music class.

Alianza Cívica Pinotepa Nacional and Comité de Mujeres de la Asamblea del Pueblo de San Dionisio del Mar are building ovens to those affected by the earthquakes that were not part of the last cohort.

For the next grant period that starts in 2021, Fondo Semillas will open a Resilient Communities program to support grantee partners that continue working on the recovery of their communities after a disaster, long after the first three months of the emergency, the time period when most donors tend to respond, and increase their resiliency tools. This way, women will be able to lead processes such as the reactivation of the local economy, the rebuilding of the social fabric, the preparation of a local risk-management plan, amongst others. This 2020 extension will serve as a bridge to install this permanent program.

Una Mano para Oaxaca's community center
Una Mano para Oaxaca's community center
The community center in Tepapayeca is almost done
The community center in Tepapayeca is almost done
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Participants in the second strengthening meeting
Participants in the second strengthening meeting

Dear supporters,

We are reaching the end of the first part of our project and we wanted to share with you some of the activities we’ve been carrying out.

On November 5th, 6th and 7th, two members of each of our grantee partners participated in our Second Strengthening Meeting in Mexico City. The meeting had the objectives of reflecting on the work accomplished in the reconstruction of their communities and acquiring new tools for the work that will follow next year. They were also able to share their achievements, the obstacles they faced and their plans for 2020. In addition, they received training in communications, fundraising, administration, leadership, how to build a security protocol, self-care for organizations, and how to create a business plan.

“I really like the meetings that Fondo Semillas organizes because they truly seek to strengthen our organizational capacities.” – Nashieeli from Comité Ixtepecano.

“What we’ve learned in this meeting will help us improve our organization to continue working in our community next year. But it has also helped us in the way we think about personal and family relations.” – Karina from Mujeres Luchando por la Autonomía.

We have finalized our personalized strengthening model with each of our grantee partners. Some of the last workshops include:

  • CASDI, one of our grantee partners working in Epatlán, Puebla, received a Monitoring & Evaluation workshop led by Insad, one of our institutional partners.
  • Asamblea de Pueblos Indígenas del Istmo de Tehuantepec en Defensa de la Tierra y el Territorio is supporting women weavers in Juchitán, Oaxaca to improve their business model and designs. They received a workshop in business model for co-ops led by Corazón Verde, another of our allies.
  • Asociación Estatal de Mujeres Indígenas y Campesinas Xasasti Yolistli A.C., working in Jolalpan, Puebla, wanted to improve their communications skills so they participated in a workshop led by Luchadoras, a grantee partner from another program experts in communications.

Through our experience supporting women’s group leading the rebuilding of their communities these last two years, we’ve arrived to the understanding that disasters take a very long time to recover from. Even though media has stopped talking about the impact of the earthquakes in Mexico, we have seen firsthand that there is still a lot to do, especially regarding the intangible aspects such as the economy, the emotional health and the community connections. We have decided to continue supporting fourteen of these groups during all 2020. The grantee partners selected, based on their results during the first phase of the project and their ability to continue rebuilding their communities, will receive monetary and capacity-building support.

None of these would have been possible without your trust and support. Thank you so much for believing in us and our grantee partners to lead Mexico’s recovery.

Activity in the second strengthening meeting
Activity in the second strengthening meeting
Grantee partners participating in the meeting
Grantee partners participating in the meeting
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Dear supporter,

Today marks the second anniversary to the 7.1 earthquake that shook the center and south of Mexico; the second earthquake that hit our country in 2017. Thanks to your support, we've been supporting 24 groups of women in their process of rebuilding their communities.

To mark this second anniversary, we partnered with Ambulante's recovery fund, Levantemos Mexico, and created this beautiful collection of stories so that you could meet some of the women behind the project. This collection of testimonies is for you, to thank you for trusting us and the different organizations in leading Mexico's recovery. We hope this allows you to get to know the amazing women behind all the activities a little better.

We hope you enjoy it!

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A new community center for the women in Puebla
A new community center for the women in Puebla

Dear supporters,

It’s been over a year since our grantee partners received their grant and they have been carrying out excellent work in their communities. These are some examples:

  • The women in Mujeres de la Tierra y el Sol have begun building their new community center in Tepapayeca, Puebla. Their old one fell down with the earthquake and they have been working hard to prepare all the materials. Their new center will be built with bahareque, a traditional and natural method that combines earth, straw and bamboo sticks; all materials that can be found in the community. The center will provide them with a meeting space and a production space for the natural products they produce. These include creams, jams, lip balms, seasonings and others.
  • The women in 06600 Plataforma Vecinal y Observatorio de la Colonia Juarez, working in downtown Mexico City, have already carried out two of their workshop series to help women overcome the fear of the earthquake and be better prepared for any eventuality. The workshops include first aid, self-defense, civil protection and self-care. They have already filled out all the spots for the third series that starts in September.
  • The Mujeres Pescadoras del Manglar have already finished cleaning up two thirds of the canal that got covered up with the movement of the earthquake in Zapotalito, Oaxaca. This canal connects the lagoon where they used to fish with another one that’s connected to the ocean. After the earthquake, all the fish died and they hadn’t been able to earn a living. Their cleaning up process has already brought back some fish and shrimp species to their lagoon.
  • The women in El Sueño de Huejotengo have finished their training in carpentry and masonry, fixing their houses and building their own furniture. They are now aiming towards becoming a cooperative that sells products from avocados, a fruit that abounds in the area. Their name will be Nepanyotl Cihuatl, which means “women working for women” in Nahuatl, the original language of the area.

We couldn’t be more proud of all our grantee partners have accomplished. And thank you again for believing in us and them to lead this recovery process. We will continue updating you on our progress.

P.S.: Remember that next week is GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign where all small donations will be matched up to $50. It would help us so much if you could help us spread the word among your friends and family so that women in the affected communities can continue their incredible work of rebuilding their communities.

Fisherwoman in Oaxaca cleaning the canal
Fisherwoman in Oaxaca cleaning the canal
Women in Morelos building their own furniture
Women in Morelos building their own furniture
First aid workshop for women in Mexico City
First aid workshop for women in Mexico City
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Risk-assessment training in Morelos
Risk-assessment training in Morelos

Dear supporters,

More than a year and a half has passed since the earth shook and destroyed so many communities in central and southern Mexico. Thanks to the support of people like you, we’ve been able to support 24 groups of women working to rebuild their communities.

Along the way, we’ve learned a few things:

  1. Most communities still do not know how to react to risks. Most places in Mexico lack security protocols on what to do in case of an earthquake or a volcano eruption. We are working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to train our grantee organizations in risk-assessment: identify what their organizations and projects’ risks are and find ways to better prepare for future disasters. As Amparo, one of our grantee partners’ coordinator expressed, “If we have another earthquake, maybe the houses will fall again, but we need to react differently. We need to stand before life in a different way, knowing that yes, it can shake again, and we are in a risk zone, but we decided to stay. We now have the tools, the skills, to get up again because we are resilient women.” UNDP is providing these workshops by geographic region so that organizations can work together on risks they share. We’ve already carried out a workshop in Morelos and, during May, the four organizations in Puebla will receive the same training. We have also partnered with UN Women that is offering these types of workshops in Oaxaca so that our grantee partners in that area can assist.
  2. People living in the affected communities still suffer from post-traumatic stress. Most of the community leaders started working right after the earthquake hit and did not stop to consider how the disaster affected them emotionally. We are providing our grantee organizations with self-care and emotional support workshops so they have the time and space to heal.
  3. The earthquake mobilized many people into organizing and implementing community projects. 11 out of the 24 organizations that we support are new organizations that require a closer follow-up to their processes. We are closely working with them to provide them with all the necessary tools (administration, legal responsibilities, communications, fundraising, and others) to become a functioning and sustainable organization once this project ends.

Once again, thank you so much for your support and for contributing to Mexico’s recovery. We will continue updating you about the progress of these projects and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Identifying risks
Identifying risks
UNDP workshop in Morelos
UNDP workshop in Morelos
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Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer, A.C.

Location: Mexico City - Mexico
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Florencia Bluthgen
Mexico City, Mexico
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