* Source: www.atzin.org
Students participating in this program will do community work supported by a local non-profit humanitarian organization in the town of Tlamacazapa (pop. 6,100), a small village south from Taxco. The village is characterize by extreme poverty, high illiteracy, malnutrition, water and soil contaminated with lead and arsenic. One of the leadings non-profit humanitarian organization registered in Mexico ATZIN, have been working with this community since 1997 in four integrated sectors: Health and Healing; Income Generation for Women; Community Education and Literacy; and Environment, Water and Sanitation. The programs are based on principles of social participation; investigation with action; and environmental and economic sustainability. Today, each program has many activities run by local women with technical assistance from Atzin.
Students will spend 32 hours of community work during four Saturdays during the months of May and June in one of the four integrated sectors in coordination with ATZIN. Some of the activities students will involved will be:
• Getting to know the community and the villagers’ main concerns.
• Helping the community carrying fresh water from the water well to the households
• Monitoring of water quality and quantity.
• Construction of household dry toilet and rainwater harvest tanks as well as community water projects.
• Participating in community life preparing traditional food and handcrafts.
• Helping villagers with house maintenance and landscaping
• Participating as teaching assistants in the active learning approach for schoolchildren who are failing their grade level.
• Intercultural interaction between CEPE UNAM students and local villagers.
• Helping generate income generation with entrepreneurial projects with the cooperatives of palm weavers; sewers and quilters.
For more information on Atzin visit their webpage www.atzin.org
* Some of the information and pictures used here originally belong to Atzin.