Community Center in Chuparipal

by Tracing Public Spaces Inc
Play Video
Community Center in Chuparipal
Community Center in Chuparipal
Community Center in Chuparipal

Hello everyone!

During the last three months we have been working hard hand in hand with the community of Chuparipal, integrating and strengthening all the fundamental pieces to prepare for the construction of the community center.



Our local team met with the community to show them the architectural design drawings, emphasizing the importance of doing it under a participatory methodology and building it with local materials. The community was delighted and satisfied with the design outcome. At the same time, a new Civic Organization was formed to take care and activate the new Community Center. The members were voluntarily postulated and democratically elected by the community, they now have a board of directors and they have chosen the name:  Civic Association for Union and Wellbeing. 


 During October and November, we had the opportunity to offer different workshops to the Chuparipal community. The first one about leadership, in which they also discussed the importance of motivation as a motor to achieve the construction of the community center, empathy, good communication and sense of belonging as fundamental pieces to promote the sustainability of the community center. Afterwards, they had a basket weaving workshop among community residents, in which they practiced and perfected new weaving techniques. Finally, a construction workshop in which they learned how to interpret architectural blueprints, how to use the measuring tape and understand scales and proportions in drawings and the most exciting of all: how to make adobe blocks. It was extraordinary how women participated in the adobe blocks construction process taking the leadership with enthusiasm and strength.





We are filled with joy by all the work that we have been able to do in recent months with the community and how more and more people have joined this project.

 Also, we are so grateful because thanks to you we are getting closer to starting to build this dream in January 2023. Although we are a key player in this process, the truth is that none of this would be possible without the help of 463 people like you who believe in our work and methodology. 


We still have $12,412left to raise before March 31st 2023.

So please help us to continue sharing this project!

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Dear donors, 


We want to take this opportunity to thank you again for being part of this project.



This August we traveled to the Peninsula de Paria to join our local team in Chuparipal to activate the community for the construction of their Community Center. We organized a participatory design workshop and leadership training for young adults. 



During our Design Workshop, the community participated to build an architecture model representing their ideas for the new Community Center. In this workshop, they learned basic concepts of architectural design and representation skills to express their proposed building design. The invitation was to design an inclusive space that benefits the entire community including health, art initiatives, and educational programs.




This space for the common good will house activities like dance and singing lessons, after-school programs, primary health care, craft workshops, and training for entrepreneurship. All of these are going to help support the needs expressed by the community working in partnership with local leaders and organizations. To learn more about this workshop, download our report.


At the same time, aligned with our mission to strengthen community leadership, a Youth Training Program was organized for young adults, 25% of them young mothers (15 to 20 years old). Concepts such as self-knowledge, life project, human rights, creative writing, community communication, community organizational networks, and networking, among others, were addressed. A network of young promoters was created to lead other activities in their communities.




For the next couple of months, we will be working on the architectural design proposal to have final design blueprints for construction by January 2023 and we will continue promoting community leadership and developing programs for social development. For now, we will continue raising the funds we need to build this dream. Thanks again for your trust and support!

Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

We want to thank you for your support in raising funds for our most ambitious project: ''More than a school for Guaruchal''.  Because of your donation, we were able to raise 20% of the total goal for the construction of this great dream. We appreciate your trust, generosity and commitment.

The project has taken an unexpected but interesting turn and it is important for us to share it with our allies. 

The school project began in November 2019 when we received a letter signed by the community in which they expressed the need of an ecological school, built with local materials. Trazando Espacios decided to take on the challenge of supporting Guaruchal in a year and a half.

We developed workshops in which approximately 30 people participated, where they identified the main needs of the community, designed the school they dreamed of and learned construction techniques with local materials such as rammed earth. Additionally, our social development team carried out population and agricultural censuses, house-to-house information activities, community assemblies, and pedagogical support in order to keep the community informed and motivate their participation throughout the process. All this in order to promote the leadership and economic growth of the community and ensure the sustainability of this ecological school.

At the end of August 2021, as part of the closure of the rammed earth construction workshop, joint agreements were established to begin building the school. One of the commitments was the construction of a module by the community, using the technique learned. This space would serve to store tools and put into practice the knowledge learned before starting phase 1 of the project and demonstrate the responsibility of the community towards the project. We agreed to complete this task in one month. For 6 months, the Trazando Espacios team made weekly visits and provided the necessary materials, tools, and support to complete the module. Despite efforts, the community did not fulfill its commitments, only 5 adults helped sporadically.


 On February 26, 2022, Espacios called an assembly to decide how to move forward with the project. Fifty-two adult representatives attended the assembly from different sectors, including sector leaders. This meeting reviewed the commitments, activities and achievements of the organization and the community to date. Likewise, all attendees were informed about the importance of the presence of responsible leadership and the commitment of the majority of the community to carry out a project. However, one group stated that they wanted a concrete school built by external personnel hired solely for this purpose, instead of an ecological school with local materials as they had requested in a letter in 2019. Finally, a vote was held, where only 38% of the attendees (representing 15% of the adults in the community) expressed their commitment and willingness to build the school using local materials and actively participating. The remaining 62% did not express interest or willingness at any stage of the process.



Trazando Espacios's mission is to transform people and spaces through participatory tools, generating identity and a sense of belonging. We are convinced that the sustainability of our projects is only achieved with a leadership that accompanies, empowers and motivates a significant percentage of the population in the search for solutions to the problems faced by the community.


For this reason, Trazando Espacios will use the funds raised to build a meeting place for education and community development in another community in the region. The community will be chosen through a contest by demonstration of willingness to actively participate work hand in hand with the organization.

To begin, we invited three communities to participate: Río del Pilar, Chuparipal Abajo y Las Casitas. On April 21, we presented a document that they must submit before May 2, through which communities were formally invited to apply for a community project that will be built using a participatory design with local materials in the state of Sucre. On May 20th we will announce the selected community to build a new meeting place for education and community development.Through this competition we will ensure that we select the right community to make the most of the resources that have been raised to date and meet the goals promised to donors.

Our organization is committed to the transparent and responsible use of resources. We understand that every project carries risks and in some cases they are high. The work in Guaruchal left the team with great learning that will help us trace a successful route in the community where we are going to materialize this ecological school and in all our projects.


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
sewing workshop participants
sewing workshop participants

During the last 3 months, the community manually cleared the land for the preliminary works and built a 3x3 module with the construction techniques learned and a hut to store and dry the soil that will be extracted for the construction process.

Meanwhile, the social development team updated the community census, visited Guaruchal weekly to build a work schedule together, organized community assemblies to manage the community's expectations and, prepared the work crews to begin construction. Within the teams, a group of women walls builders was formed, who will be in charge of building the walls, while the men are in charge of the heavier work.

To close 2021, we organized a sewing workshop where more than 20 women participated, to strengthen community entrepreneurship for the economic development of the community and to guarantee the sustainability of the school. We also provided the community with the necessary tools for the field work that will begin in January 2022.

Our next steps will be to level the land and stake out the spaces to start the construction of the school.

If you want to learn more about the process or help us spread the word about the project, follow us on social media @trazandoespacios. We still need the support of many people to make this dream come true!

3x3 module in constriction
3x3 module in constriction
Community Assembly
Community Assembly
Project model at the assembly
Project model at the assembly
Sewing pattern making
Sewing pattern making
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook


During the last week, we had the opportunity to visit Guaruchal and learn with all the community in a workshop about the construction using local materials, which will allow us to advance in the construction of the school. 

For one week, our team experienced the reality of living in Guaruchal, a place without water and electric service, which helped us to understand and think of a few new ideas for the project together with Juan Borges, an expert architect in construction with earth and clay, who taught us about different techniques to use these materials to build the new school in Guaruchal. 

With the participation of 30 members of the community, we were able to make a few samples of adobe blocks and rammed earth walls to see which of them could be used to build the school. Have made these samples, allows us to build from zero an earth structure, with its roof and floor tiles, that proves to the community what they are capable of with a little hard work. The participants were in charge of looking for the earth to construct the walls and the tails, and cutting the wild cane (Arundo donax) needed to make the base of the roof; materials that they could find in the same community. In addition, they were responsible for the manufacture of the molds for the ceiling and the floor.

We continue working to achieve the construction of the school and give the community the opportunity for development that they deserve.

Simultaneously, we continue to work on improving our fundraising techniques in order to reach many more people who want to join us to make this project possible.

Thank you for trusting us!


Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Tracing Public Spaces Inc

Location: Sunrise, FL - USA
Project Leader:
Ana Vargas
Weston, FL United States
$37,713 raised of $50,000 goal
465 donations
$12,287 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Tracing Public Spaces Inc has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.