Xicalco, DF

Chicalco_CC_2013_11_002                                      Ahhhh… DF, Mexico que linda!

Chicalco, DF

Xicalco, an informal community high up above Mexico City


San Miguel Xicalco, Tlalpan, 14490 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico


This June C4C will be running our next international workshop in collaboration with IRRI’s Paz Paz Bus in Xicalco, an informal community in DF (that’s Mexico City y’all!).  The Paz Paz Bus is a colorful bus that travels to the communities that IRRI has programs running, in this case Isla Urbana and Sistema BioBolsa have been installing rainwater harvesting  and renewable energy systems in this small community through an HCBC grant.  It will be exciting to return to Mexico and work with these organizations as well as Proyecto ConcentrArte to bring cameras and photography into this neighborhood.  I was lucky to visit Xicalco last year with Jennifer White as part of a tour with Isla Urbana to view communities that we could potentially work in.  You don’t have to go far to find people with a lack of access to water, even though Mexico City has an annual rainfall of over 27″.  As always in Mexico, the locals have an abundance of hospitality and we were welcomed to see what it is like living above the city, what an amazing view!  We will be taking cameras provided by NIKON Canada!  Please stay in touch on this website and on our facebook page for updates during mid June!!

Chicalco_CC_2013_11_012a large water cistern on the right side of this home provides water collected from the rooftops, then filtered and used for laundry, cleaning, cooking and bathing.  There is no other water infrastructure for the members of this community. Chicalco_CC_2013_11_018 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_023 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_033 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_055 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_057 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_063 Chicalco_CC_2013_11_022Chicalco_CC_2013_11_016Adios!  Hasta Luego!


Haven’t We Learned that already?


Today is a beautiful day here in Vancouver, it is easy to feel grateful for life when you live in a seemingly clean, green city with a world of opportunities at your doorstep.  Last night I helped my teenage daughter with an essay about the Women of WWI and II and how they began making strides forward for women’s rights by taking over the many and varied roles of men in the workforce that were away fighting in the Wars.  We have come a long way, but it brought to light the capacity that still exists to treat women as chattel in our world, when  234 Nigerian school girls are kidnapped from their dorms while at a school to write their end of year exams, taken from their families and communities,  and a government stands by and is unable to find them as these young girls are likely sold into the sex trade or forced into marriage.  It is infuriating that in this day and age this can happen on such a huge scale.  It is outrageous as a woman to be witness and hear about it.

Yes there is media and yes there are petitions that must be signed, it seems like an innocuous  step but governments here and abroad need to know that we the people will not accept actions like this.  The girls themselves will hopefully at some point need to know that something was attempted, something was done to try and save them, try to find them.

I sit here not knowing what else to do, but wanting badly to do something.  We are sometimes fooled into thinking that an invisible world consciousness has moved forward, has changed, that progress has been made in gender equity, there are so many agencies and organizations doing amazing things.  But when things like this happen it is a huge reality check.  So please talk about it, sign petitions, ask questions. and do not forget about them until they are found, do not forget.