In September 2017, two major earthquakes struck Mexico creating a national emergency and leaving the country in a state of mourning. The damage was caused mainly in Mexico City and the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Chiapas and Morelos.
In response to the vital need to restore stability and peace to the affected populations and, in accordance with the principles that govern the Fondo Ventura A. C., Proveedora Escolar de Oaxaca and Editorial Almadía, the Tejamos Oaxaca (meaning We Weave Oaxaca) campaign was launched; a project seeking to revive the cultural life of the affected communities through a cultural agenda resulting from the collaborative work of cultural managers, local artists and communities.
This cultural agenda, held from May to September 2018, included a series of movements, activities and workshops focused on using culture and reading as an instrument to recover from adverse situations, creating spaces for reflection, analysis, learning, entertainment and celebration; all necessary elements to return cohesion to a society wounded by disaster.
Traditional embroidery workshop: its objective was to reactivate the economy of a group of artisans from Asunción Ixtaltepec, while rescuing, preserving and spreading the techniques and materials from the region.
Chronicle Workshop: Taught by J.M Servín and carried out in Juchitán de Zaragoza, this workshop was aimed at children and adolescents who through writing could share their experience of the earthquakes, drawing on different perspectives from traumatic events in order to overcome them.
Presentation of the anthology Tiembla by Almadía publishing house: this book gathers the testimonies of writers who lived through the 2017 earthquakes. Documentation is necessary so that over time we do not forget that we can be better versions of ourselves, better citizens, living in solidarity, participating positively as a society. This activity was carried out at the Juchitán Regional Book Fair, in which Clyo Mendoza, Victor Armando Cruz and Michel Pineda participated.
The Adventure of Images Workshop: A workshop developed in the communities of Unión Hidalgo, San Mateo del Mar and Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús. Children were encouraged to document their vision and feelings before the earthquakes through photographs and texts.
RapTeatro project: An assembly designed and carried out by the Sin Tanto Teatro collectives and the Badubazendu ’Rap Zapotec rap group, which addressed the consequences that an earthquake causes, seeking to boost empowerment and inspiration for the affected communities. Three performances took place in Juchitán de Zaragoza and San Mateo del Mar. A fourth was held during the 38th Oaxaca International Book Fair (FILO) in October 2018.
Donation of furniture for Hidalgo CRI: One year after the earthquakes, much-needed furniture was donated to the Hidalgo Children’s Recreation Center in the city of Juchitan de Zaragoza, in order to help to revive the cultural life of that particular area.
My First Literary Encounter (M1EL): aimed at children between 6 and 12 years old from Oaxacan communities, who due to their social, economic or geographic circumstances wouldn’t normally be able to visit the Oaxaca International Book Fair (FILO). During the 38th FILO, groups from Juchitán de Zaragoza, Unión Hidalgo and San Mateo del Mar attended the fair, with access to workshops, entertaining activities and musical performances, in addition, they were provided with transportation, when necessary, accommodation, snacks, commemorative t-shirts and book vouchers.