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Collaborative Work for Change

Overview

Amazonian rural communities face everyday challenges due to historical adversity and limited present day development opportunities.

The Collaborative Work for Change project integrates international technology and funding to build projects that sustains community resilience.
We’ve finished the first collaborative project together with the community San Juan de Yanayacu and other organizational partners. Read our blog to learn more!

MF seeks to allocate funds and join efforts in supporting Amazonian riverside communities in the ACR-Tamishyacu Tahuayo reserve develop dignified livelihoods.
We overcome local constraints and leverage international allies to advance projects through a collaborative work model that involves beneficiaries throughout the process and connects them with donors.
Scope
By January of 2024, we have completed the 10-month collaborative construction project in the rural community San Juan de yanayacu. The 220 m^2 Casa Communal aims to provide a dignified space for gatherings, communal discussions, and celebrations.

Local community value empowerment

Solidarity, Reciprocity, and Dignity

Remarkable organization between beneficiaries and donors. working together. Community members committed to voluntarily work at the construction site, showcasing the strength of Amazonian values in bringing community members together when pursing a shared goal.
  • 50+ construction “mingas” guided by qualified engineers
  • 75 m3 of sand collected from an Amazon River sedimentary structure
  • 23 “moradores” rotating to execute dailiy tasks

Responsible Financing

Long-term investments

Initially we faced financial challenges due to preference of cement over other materials, spiking costs of the project. However, transparency between donors and benefactors, led to wood, funds, and collaborative work (“mingas”) contributed by the benificiating community.
  • $800 boat transportation fee for materials split equally between stakeholders
  • 800 m2 of wood donated by San Juan de Yanayacu
  • $11,000 donated by Muyuna Lodge
  • $1,000 donated by the Rotary Club
  • +70 hours of technical assistance provided by CITE “Center for Productive Innovation and Technological Transfer of Wood”

Professional Exposure

Prioritizing education rather 1-time payments

Project planning with the community prioritized the importance of learning throughout the various stages of construction. Recognizing that most participants have limited formal education and professional exposure, we proposed rewarding their efforts with an educational experience at the public carpentry institution CITE (Center of Technology and Innovation).
  • 150 hours of carpentry lessons centered around wood drying techniques, unions, finishes, and an on-site roofing installation workshop
  • 6 project management and design meetings with architects, engineers, and project planners
Impact

Education MF’s Collaborative Work for Change project prioritizes education, fostering long-term economies over short-term gains while embodying the collaborative Amazonian spirit, benefiting participants, beneficiaries, donors, and volunteers alike.

Environment Objectively, the “casa comunal,” gives the local government a conductive space to engage in environmentally friendly policy planning and allows for public institutions to participate come and join in.

Voluntourism Joining the “mingas,” are opportunities for global exchange amongst those willing to participate in team-orientated labor. When volunteers integrate themselves in a place where locals excel in, with a mindset open to learn, a wide amount of cultural exposure is shined.

SocialThe Collaborative Work for Change project represents a beacon of hope for Amazonian rural communities, bridging historical adversity with innovative solutions and international support to foster sustainable resilience and development.

Tasks

One day at a time

We’ve completed the pilot project for San Juan de Yanayacu’s “casa communal.” Local values, international funding dynamics, and regional resource management, have been adapted into a collaborative work model applicable to other communities in the ACR Tamishyacu-Tahuayo. Despite experiencing ups and downs, the construction progressed smoothly thanks to the flexibility and determination of all stakeholders to see it through. Currently, we’re seeking donations for the next collaborative project:
  • Carpentry local business
  • Extracurricular and educational spaces
  • Pharmacy and other first aid access points
  • Water filtration system
  • Bathrooms
  • Vigilance out post

Stages of construction of the “casa comunal” constructed in 2023 in partnership with San Juan de Yanayacu community.

Started by outlining the perimeter of the “casa comunal”
First order of business was digging out the foundation footings
Extracted sand from the Amazon River to use for mixing cement
Needed to dock a cement tumbler into a boat
Transport it through the Amazon River
After setting the foundation, we starting laying bricks for the wall
Construction site with all the building materials on standby
Finishing up the building’s brick wall
Poured 22 columns of cement
Measuring the size of the beams on top of the supporting columns
Welding the anchors for the roof trusses
Community members built a scaffolding tower for roof installment
Engineers and expert carpenters from CITE came to the construction site to support us during the installment
Finishing up the roof trusses
Roof installment finished up
Installment of doors and sliding windows
Initial collaborative design between MF and the community

Our efforts look like this