Bioconstruye México-Chiapas (BRCMX-CH) began as a platform for various NGOs, collectives and people who work in different sectors: natural architecture, agroecology, suitable technologies, communications, participatory pedagogy, psychology, ecofeminism, community art therapy, and social-cultural animation.
The earthquake, while it proved our vulnerability as human beings, it also showed the great decisive ability of the peoples and of national and international solidarity to face problems. The experience of BRCMX-CH shows how from organized solidarity, a real process of teamwork can emerge, from the bottom of our hearts, knowing what each of us can and want to give, all of this reflected in an inspiring collective learning process.
Many common people in small towns doing small things can change the world,” assures Eduardo Galeano. We believe that coming to terms with our vulnerability is a starting point to help promote prevention, to improve the structure quality of our homes, and to take care of water sources; as well as to handle domestic pollution, to give visibility to reproductive labor, and to encourage a bigger participation of women. In conclusion, we want to use our organization as a tool for solving problems.
A year after the quake, we have learned more than we thought. This experience has made us reflect on our relationship with the territory, on the use we make of local resources and the impact we have in our environment. Likewise, working with the inhabitants has reinforced our perspective on the importance of valuing and acknowledging the way of living in the region, their self-organizing skills, creativity, domestic work, their building traditions, their customs and usages.
From this knowledge, we seek solutions considering inclusion and the greater good in the short and long run.
We are guided by care and respect for everyone involved in the processes, treating all of them as equals. Through horizontal dialogue spaces – with real engagement, diverse opinions, common interests and mutual help, we identify responsibilities as a collective, generating reflection and action circles, which become tools for a transition to sustainability.