Mexico: 2008 Highlights

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Below are some highlights of The Hunger Project-Mexico's achievements in 2008.

In the Northern Region

  • Work has expanded in Zacatecas to 78 communities in eight municipios in Zacatecas.
  • Work has expanded to 20 communities in two municipios in Durango.
  • Both Zacatecas and Durango share the same strategy and respond to particular territorial conditions.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation is now possible and results are being documented in a standard manner.
  • The Hunger Project-Mexico now has Strategic Alliances (signed agreements) with all the municipios.
  • Community leaders and local power groups support and endorse our work.
  • We now have a critical mass of catalysts that will be the platform for the 2009 mobilization. There are clearly identified groups that share a common vision and are implementing community projects, for example in Zacatecas:

    • Income generation: three projects went into the ITESM Social Incubator, where students studied feasibility, marketing and possible credit connections for Mazzabila (skin care products made out of aloe vera), peach base jelly products and quarry exploitation.
    • Public works: drinking water nets in the communities of El Venadito, Tetillas, Juan Salas, Norias, Chalchihuites and La Laborcita; pavement of the main street in the communities of Chalchihuites, Barrancas and Soledad de Piedras; drainage system installed in the community of Tetillas; and recreational and sports facilities in the communities of Santiago, Corrales, Benito Juárez.
    • Health: the construction of a clinic in Lerdo de Tejada and three more under construction in Noria de Boyeros, Miguel Alemán, Matias Ramos; and White Flag Sedesol certification of a litter-free community in El Porvenir.
    • Also, a group of women in Durango received 43,000 pesos from the Consejo Lagunero, an organization that joins local NGOs to create a workshop for their sewing enterprise.
  • The Alliance that we already have with ITESM, Technological Institute of Superior Studies of Monterrey, was consolidated and new possibilities were opened up for the immediate future.

In Zacatecas

  • The Agreement with the State Government was renewed. The Governor of Zacatecas, who signed the prior agreement as a witness, signed this agreement as well. The new agreement involves 13 government agencies.
  • There were 13 trainings and 469 "catalysts" (volunteer leaders) were certified.
  • 160 Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops (VCAWs) were facilitated.
  • 304 community-level projects were undertaken, with 1,776 volunteers involved.

In Durango

  • Seven trainings took place and 108 catalysts were certified.
  • 30 Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops (VCAWs) were facilitated.
  • 44 community-level projects were undertaken, with 163 volunteers involved.

Southern Region, Chiapas

  • J´Pas Joloviletik Women´s Cooperative. INMUJERES, the National Institute for Women, granted 18,000 pesos to provide the computer and photography equipment needed to introduce the women of the cooperative to the global market. The virtual store was activated and began selling in December. Hunger Project staff and women leaders are systematically providing education to the women on activities such as opening a bank account, using computers, getting an e-bay account, understanding shipment procedures, labeling, gaining fair trade certification, and so forth. These groups have built a strong alliance through this challenging experience.
  • 23 catalysts were certified at trainings in the municipio of Tzimol; 12 of them came from the communities of Tzimol, La Mesilla, Ochusjob, two from Reforma and Guadalupe and 11 from the community of Ejido 11 de Abril, Unión Juárez.