In February of this year, the Sacred Thread Foundation made an important visit to the indigenous communities of La Guajira, in northern Colombia.
During this trip, the Foundation carried out various projects aimed at benefiting the members of the Circuekat, Cabritos, Uyaraipa, Urachikat and Jarinjinamana communities, such as the delivery of 350 school kits, five water tanks and five biosphere water filters.
This visit was possible thanks to the collaboration and support of various private and public institutions.
- Delivery of school kits for students from 5 to 18, children of artisans from the communities of Jarijirimana, Cabritos, Ciruekat, Urachikat and Uyaraipa.
- Update the census.
- Review the social projects that are carried out in the communities, giving opportunities for improvement and feedback.
- Carry out a communal workshop to improve community nursery.
- Training and alignment of community leaders.
- Carry out an innovative workshop for the Cabritos community to publicize community construction projects.
During this trip, 350 school kits were delivered so that the children in the area can begin their classes in 2021. 56 kits were delivered to the Cabritos community, 159 kits to the Cuestlakat, 48 kits to the Uyaraipa, 43 kits to the Urachikat and 44 Kits to the Jarijirima. The success of this project is due to the generous contributions of our sponsors Davita, the National Army of Colombia, Ferdinand Hacklam, Carolina Castro, Carolina Serna, Gladys Paredes, Holga Guzmán and Nubia Quintero, who believe in education as a way to build a Better country.
EKKA community store
To meet this project, 4,000,000 COP were delivered in sales, five water tanks, a dog food bag (since dogs in these communities are usually forgotten and abandoned in vulnerable positions), and 10 food bags for food for Chickens The delivery of the food was the continuation of the Gallineros project that was launched in 2020 and which aims to facilitate access to eggs, both as a power and income source. This project was carried out thanks to our benevolent friend, Ferdinand.
Water is life
Five Bioarena filters were delivered, financed by the Prosowa Foundation. These filters are made of cement and are filled with a specialized sand that eliminates the impurities of the water, eliminating 98% of the pollutants. Prosowa provided the necessary tools, including three molds, so that the communities could build the Cawst filters themselves.
During the week of February 22 to 26, 2021, a construction workshop was held with the Los Cabritos community, guided by the average foundation. This workshop focused on the improvement of the community center and marked the beginning of the Michi project. This project aims to improve the quality of life, protect culture and promote productive projects through a cultural center, which will give communities a space to meet, learn and preserve tradition. We strive to develop the existing structure and combine the old with the new; for listening and working with community members to incorporate their ideas and requirements in development, such as protection against sun and wind; and for reviving and using traditional Wayúu construction techniques and ancestral architectural designs, and integrating them with other forms of teaching and practice.
Objectives of the construction workshop
- Give the best functional and formal use to natural materials and reusable raw material identified and available in the area.
- Implement work stations that allow the development of a manual and chain construction process following the agreed design, quality and schedule.
- Develop, together with the community, the work methodology and the modules agreed as a design, so that they constitute the model to follow during the time of completion of the work.
- Advise and answer specific remote questions