We know that the needs of infrastructure in rural communities and native peoples are immense, also that it is the obligation of the state to meet them.
In this regard, we believe that community strengthening is essential since it is the actors themselves who will be able to effectively sustain the claims and actions will enable the state to fulfill its obligation.
Beyond this conception and in order to develop different projects in areas such as production or culture, we are in some cases forced to find specific infrastructural solutions, without which these projects would not be possible. Always from the community consensus, without which no plan would be implemented.
COMMUNITY CENTER – KATES
Kates (La Estrella) was thought of a community center that includes a guest house, multipurpose room, bathroom, tool room and health room. In this community, a request was taken into account to work in memory and history, addressing first its own personal history.
COMMUNITY CENTER – POMIS JIWET
The idea of a cultural house, in addition to providing it with instruments for Ampey (community musicians) and as a workplace in all aspects of music, is thought in more general terms, as a space for community development through workshops and school support activities.
COMMUNITY CENTER – TAPERIGUA
Although the Taperigua community had already been working on the construction of a Community center, the foundation approved of supplying the materials needed for its operation. One of the goals was to make an inter-community meeting of agriculture and different training workshops.
ELEVATED TANKS – CONSUMPTION AND IRRIGATION
The lack of water is one of the main problems suffered by the native peoples in our country and most of the towns in the world. We have started different projects such as the construction of tanks with the capacity to provide the necessary water for domestic use and irrigation, the harvesting of rainwater, the purification of hard water through reverse osmosis and the expansion of existing infrastructure.
REVERSE OSMOSIS PURIFICATION
In Pomis Jiwet we used reverse osmosis to put into operation a water purification system for the community’s well water. This system not only provides enough amount of drinking water for human consumption to meet the needs of the community but it also prevents the damage to health that results from consuming the salts that have a strong effect on people.
Main and secondary channels were built so as to help drain the rainwater towards the cutwater during the rainy season; this being the largest water reservoir in Pomis Jiwet. These channels benefit from the natural draining and accumulation of water in ravines and depressions around the community. This system strengthens the reservoir that supplies water from the cutwater into the community pisciculture and agriculture activities.
DAM PUMPING CHAMBER
A chamber, 4 meters high and with a 1m2 square-shaped section, was built in one end of the cutwater to allow for a first course water filtering. Water ingresses through three meshes of different cell sizes and two gravel filters of different grading. Thereon, it is pumped into the pisciculture pools and other deposits.
In the rainy season, the water that runs off the roofs of two buildings in the Pomis Jiwet community is harvested. To collect and store this water, three 5,000-liter tanks were installed in each of the buildings, giving us a total storage capacity of 15,000 liters. Each system has a filter to prevent debris, insects and the accumulation of elements that are inappropriate for water conservation.