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Communiteams description

  1. 1. transform communities Empower citizens to and actively participate for a more united and just city, country and world.
  2. 2. COMMUNITEAMS empowers citizens by encouraging active participation in order to transform, unite and strengthen their community.
  3. 3. Strengthen the identity and the sense of community of a vulnerable population through social and artistic processes. Rescue underused spaces in vulnerable communities to create common areas where the population involved can share their collective identity, recognize their interconnection and improve social cohesion. Improve the social cohesion of vulnerable communities through citizen participation, by encouraging students, teachers and parents to interact with the target population and work for a common goal.
  4. 4. Detonate social artistic projects that inspire and empower communities to create more projects on their own. As a school community, accompany the target population and facilitate both projects to last.
  5. 5. COMMUNITEAMS began in 2010 as a collaborative effort to work with Colectivo Tomate, a Nongovernmental Organization created by four former students whose objective is to regenerate communities through social processes by creating murals on the faces of the houses. The designs uncover the identity of those involved; as they speak of the past, present and future, of who we were, who we are, and who we want to be as a community.
  6. 6. Xanenetla The first project, along with Colectivo Tomate, was in ,a neighborhood in Puebla s city center, which has been declared as part of the World Heritage by UNESCO. Although Xanenetla has played an important role in the history of Puebla as one of the original barrios, it has been abandoned and currently suffers from economic hardships, which have led to a critical state of ruin that increases over time and contributes to crime.
  7. 7. In the initial stage, the school community and former students of the American school of Puebla, along with homeowners participated in the creation of 35 murals. The result was an urban improvement, a stronger sense of community, citizen participation, economic growth, teamwork, and the possibility of a brighter future for Xanenetla.
  8. 8. A barrio that was once classified as “dangerous”, became an attraction for local and foreign tourists who wanted to see the murals and become acquainted with its people s stories. Neighbors who had never met each other now gather to talk and organize to do more for their community. Citizens in Xanenetla realized that, when united, they could attack any problem, achieve anything, and build whatever they needed and wanted.
  9. 9. Xanenetla has a very young population. Every afternoon, most of the children from the barrio go out to play on the street while their parents work. This makes them very vulnerable to dangerous situations or even illegal activities.
  10. 10. Quickly the organized community realized it was very important to offer a safe space for these children to grow. This was seen as a new opportunity and both Xanenetla and the school community arrived at the conclusion that the construction of a community library would be an excellent solution
  11. 11. Again the American school of Puebla became involved in the construction, execution and coordination of this community library which seeks to create a space for children, young people, and adults in the neighborhood and surrounding areas where they can have access to cultural codes, encourage reading, education and development.
  12. 12. In the beginning the space allotted for the community library was just an underused room filled with rubbish, with no light or floor. The American School students decided to raise funds in school, with the help of teachers and parents to buy materials for the construction of an adequate space for the project.
  13. 13. Once the construction began, the students designed the space to have the necessary tools to work with the children.
  14. 14. High school students organized a book drive within the school community and the books donated where organized and classified, according to Dewey Decimal System.
  15. 15. Once the community library was ready, it became an opportunity for students, teachers, and parents to participate either by donating books, or by carrying out activities at the library. Since then, every Saturday a group of students, former students and sometimes teachers and parents organize cultural activities with the participation of the citizens of Xanenetla.
  16. 16. Some of the different activities done within the community library are: • Readers and Writers Workshop • Workshops in general • Reading Circles • Literary Cafes • Book Fair • Storytelling • Reading Marathons • Evenings of Theatre and Cinema • Temporary exhibitions of photography and painting • And many more.
  17. 17. It is important to emphasize that these social processes began because of the initiative of former students from American School of Puebla, whose concern and social consciousness began at the school and were so well established that continues to bear fruit.
  18. 18. While the community library is one of the positive consequences of the muralism project, one could not happen without the other and both improve the social cohesion of vulnerable communities through citizen participation, and confront students with realities they even didn t know existed. By encouraging students, teachers and parents to interact with the target population and work for a common goal, leadership and social consciousness is boosted and promoted at many levels.
  19. 19. Young people from the school and children in the neighborhood have been involved in creating something that has a positive impact on their selfesteem. They have discovered their talents, by using their artistic skills for a constructive purpose, rather than destruction.
  20. 20. Students, teachers and parents are always suggesting new ideas and things that can be done in the community library and with Xanenetla. This shows a very intimate relationship that has been built between both communities, a connection between them that could last a lifetime. The school community will always have Xanenetla to remind us of our responsibility as citizens of this world and citizens of Xanenetla will recognize their power in spite of their situation, to participate for a more united and a just world.
  21. 21. The work carried with the murals in Xanenetla resulted in less crime rate which has altered the idea that citizens have of a neighborhood that was considered dangerous.
  22. 22. Since 2011 Xanenetla appears on the touristic maps of the City of Puebla, which not only helped revitalize the area and increase the income of local businesses, but also indicated a clear sign of the safety the neighborhood can offer visitors, who can now explore without fear.
  23. 23. The community library, is now recognized, as a place that promotes reading and that can be open to all the neighbors, where many cultural activities are held which are beneficial for the development of the community.
  24. 24. At the present, there are approximately 35 children from Xanenetla participating every single Saturday in the activities that the American School of Puebla carries out at the community library. The project began with approximately eight children and now there are more and different children participating. This shows how the community library has become a link between neighbors, promoting the peaceful coexistence of children and adults, not only in the neighborhood, but also in the surrounding areas.
  25. 25. While many students continue to work every Saturday in the community library, the same social process was just begun in a new community called Loma Bella. Loma Bella is a housing unit with a broken economy and certain safety issues. There were people who had lived there for 30 years and had never done anything to engage with their neighbors. Students from the American School of Puebla carried out the entire social process involving workshops and different activities to strengthen the identity and the sense of community of the target population.
  26. 26. The entire process ended, again with a mural that remained as a symbol of the organization and power that the citizens have when united.
  27. 27. The next project to be done in Loma Bella has yet to be discovered but, a new bond has initiated between two communities that otherwise would have never been in contact.
  28. 28. Every COMMUNITEAM involved, being the American School of Puebla, Xanenetla or Loma Bella, can now recognize their power to transform their city, country, and world with active and united participation.

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