We support the reconstruction of the social fabric and community sovereignty through associative strengthening and the development of initiatives in the area of food, production and energy sovereignty. Our objective is to collaborate in the construction of strong and just communities, where everyone can live in a dignified manner and in relation to their territories. An example of our construction work is the support of productive projects for food and health inputs.
Monguí Women score against COVID-19
We work with 20 women heads of household who manufacture footballs in Monguí, Boyacá (Colombia). Due to the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the football factories have been forced to close. These women work independently for the factories from their homes and in the face of the situation they were left without any economic support for their families. For this reason, we seek to ensure an income for women, through productive projects focused on the manufacture of mouthpieces and disinfectant gel. These prevention products will be distributed in the community, which lacks elements of care and prevention against the virus. Through this collection, we have already financed all the materials and labor for 70 liters of antibacterial gel, which is already being distributed in the community. Currently, the women are in the process of producing around 20,000 mouthpieces that will be distributed at a solidarity price in the community and in the neighboring city of Sogamoso.
Women manufacture hand sanitizer in Manantialito
We collaborate with 8 women heads of household in the community of Manantialito, in Barrancas, La Guajira, to strengthen local productive sovereignty, as well as prevention measures against COVID-19. We seek to ensure an income for these women, through a productive project focused on the manufacture of hand sanitiser. These prevention products will be distributed in this and nearby communities, which lack elements of care and prevention against the virus. Through this collection, we will finance all the necessary materials and give a fair wage to the women who will participate in the production. Additionally, the community will receive eight EKOFIL water filters to guarantee the quality of the water that will be used in the gel, and that will remain in the community after the project is completed, strengthening access to drinking water.
Defending Life in Provincial
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic effects on the territory, the Committee of Human Rights and Environment Defenders, in the indigenous reservation of Provincial (La Guajira), calls for solidarity. Staying at home is a privilege. Due to the high unemployment rate, many Wayúu families live on a day-to-day basis, having to leave their homes to secure their livelihoods. In order to maintain isolation, we seek to secure food for more than 50 families in vulnerable conditions. This food will be bought mostly from local agricultural producers at fair prices, thus strengthening the local economy and productive sovereignty.
Water and Resistence in La Sierra, Cesar
In the wake of the current health crisis, the Warrior Women of La Sierra identified water filters made in Colombia that are easy to use and repair, and each one can provide for a household. With these filters, La Sierra will be able to have enough water to protect itself from the coronavirus. The water filters have a guaranteed life span of at least 3 years (after that, the clay filter can be replaced for about 10 euros). Thanks to the solidarity of almost 100 people, we were able to donate 250 EKOFIL filters to the community of La Sierra, which were already distributed and installed. In exchange, the inhabitants want to offer their time to work on community projects, currently being designed and agreed upon.
Life & Peace: Former FARC combatants against COVID-19
We want the seed of peace to help us emerge together from the pandemic we face. To that end, Manifesta, Tejiendo Paz and RICO have joined forces to support former FARC combatants from the Antonio Nariño Territorial Training and Reintegration Space (ETCR) in Icononzo, Tolima. Through an international fundraising campaign, it was possible to buy materials and pay for the labor to make more than 18,000 tapabocas, which were distributed to several vulnerable communities in Tolima, Huila and Bogotá. Currently, the tapabocas are sold online, through the Botiqui platform, and directly to hospitals.