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!!
a 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. Adios! Hasta Luego!