Due to the damages caused by the earthquakes in the center and south of Mexico in September 2017, the social enterprises Tecap Tecnologías para el Desarrollo Sostenible S.A.P.I. de C.V. (Tecap Technologies for Sustainable Development), “InfraRural”, and Biotecnologías aplicadas a la construcción S.A. de R.L. de C.V.(Biotechnology Applied to Construction) “Bioconstruye”, with the support of volunteers from the Multidisciplinary Brigade for Supporting the Communities of Mexico (BMACM), launched a proposal to rebuild affected communities through a sustainable, durable and long-lasting housing model using basic technology for improving cooking efficiency in rural homes.
How to help?
In order to develop this campaign we need the support of the civil society. InfraRural and the BMACM do not have enough funds to execute the project. Bioconstruye will transfer its housing model for free. That is why we launched a fundraising campaign for national and international donations to benefit the largest possible number of families affected by the earthquakes.
You can support by donating:
- Through PayPal on our website http://infrarural.com/dona/
- Through bank transfer to our account:
NAME: TECAP TECNOLOGIA PARA EL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE SAPI DE CV
Account number: 0294213238
CLABE (standardized banking cipher): 072 180 002942132380
For international transfers, the code for SWIFT, IBAN and ABA is MENOMXMT
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Who are we and who is leading the initiative?
This support campaign is a collaboration between three organizations: InfraRural, Bioconstruye and the BMACM.
At InfraRural and the BMACM we have over ten years of experience working with Mexico’s rural indigenous farming communities. We support continuous projects in communities in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca, Yucatan, San Luis Potosi and Guerrero. We have the support of the InnovaUNAM program and of tens of professionals from different fields of knowledge.
We work on developing and implementing appropriate technology projects for rural communities (indigenous and farming), such as the following: technologies for comprehensive cooking and housing; collaborative, sustainable technological tools that help foster community participation; community intervention projects that promote efficient and sustainable use of the resources available in the communities. We work on agroecology, food safety, promoting community health and child development, and we implement community libraries. Every project is developed and implemented within the framework of comprehensive community development.
Bioconstruye participates by providing technology transfer and training for sustainable housing. It is an environmentally responsible social enterprise that was legally established in 2011 through the InnovaUNAM incubator’s engineering unit. Bioconstruye provides training in housing construction with alternative, sustainable materials. The organization also promotes social interactions within communities by training people and organizing them for self-building architecture and urban models for infrastructure required by the community.
What does the campaign consist of?
The campaign is about developing a sustainable reconstruction project for homes that collapsed or suffered damages due to the earthquakes. We are implementing a methodology of participatory community work over several phases that will allow us to manage and develop the project successfully.
Our vision involves actively participating with community residents in order to push our projects forward. We will train volunteers that will help with the reconstruction as well as residents who will benefit from rebuilding their homes.
During the reconstruction phase we will also work on other initiatives like psychological assistance and child development in order to foster comprehensive community work.
- Assessment of the communities;
- Awareness-raising and training for housing reconstruction;
- Reconstruction of sustainable, quality and long-term housing;
The assessment phase took place between September 21 and October 1. We provided structural reports of the homes in cooperation with the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED), as well as participatory diagnoses with the population. We removed debris and carried out child development and psychological assistance projects.
The awareness-raising and training phase began on October 7. This phase involves having talks with the community with the purpose of organizing construction committees that will help with training and reconstruction work. The reconstruction phase will being in the community of Alpanocan in the state of Puebla, where there is already active organization.
Where will we work?
During the assessment phase we visited the following communities, among others: Alpanocan, Hueyapan, Tlayacapan, San Miguel Tecuanipa, San Felipe Coapexco, Tepalcingo and Huitzizila. Based on the structural and participatory diagnoses, we decided to start in the Alpanocan community. It is the most severely affected community—90% of homes collapsed or sustained structural damage—the participatory diagnosis was favorable and the community authorities showed a good disposition.
We want to extend our interventions to other communities, but this will depend on the resources gathered and on our operational capabilities.
Which homes will be rebuilt?
Together with the population and in cooperation with Bioconstruye we chose a model of comprehensive emerging housing that is sustainable, durable and collaborative in nature. This home can be built in two days on average and costs between 10 to 12 thousand pesos if we build more than 10 homes.
We chose this model over many other designs and proposals because, although the manufacturing process is not simple, a proposal is more viable if it helps people regain trust in their homes, respects family intimacy, does not clash with the geometry of the space and, most importantly, can remain standing for much longer than what is considered normal for emerging housing.
It is very likely that the funds assigned by the Natural Disaster Fund (FONDEN) to the most marginalized and underdeveloped communities will arrive, in the best case scenario, during the electoral period (in more than six months). Recently, the national-circulation newspaper El Universal exposed a case of people who have been living for 32 years under makeshift tin roofs waiting for resources (https://goo.gl/sh9nj4).
What materials do we need to build these homes?
The emergent home has two rooms and is designed for a family. It is built mainly with wood pallets and recycled material. Specifically, these are the materials required:
How will our resources be used?
Resources will be used exclusively for operating the reconstruction projects. This includes purchasing the materials, tools and everything else that cannot be acquired through in kind donation, such as transportation for materials and volunteers, as well as all operating costs necessary for the full-time staff that is doing this laudable work.
InfraRural will administer donation funds. Periodic reports detailing fund spending and the progress of the work will be published on our website and personally emailed in a newsletter to those who contribute to the campaign.
It is important to clarify that InfraRural does not seek to and is not interested in making a profit from the reconstruction brigades or the projects. Resources will be used only for operating the projects.
What are the steps to donate?
- Donate through PayPal or by bank transfer to our account.
- Email your proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will receive a form that you can fill out to receive progress updates as well as the campaign’s financial report.
Where can you follow the campaign’s progress?
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