The “pilot project for the implementation of basic sanitation methodologies and strategies in indigenous communities of Colombia, case: Tikuna Nazareth Community - Amazonas”, was an initiative of the CHC in partnership with the Department of Civil Engineering of the Pontificia University Javeriana / Bogotá, which sought to improve the sanitary conditions of the community by improving the supply of drinking water, sewerage and a proper management of solid waste.
The studies and designs were documented and endorsed by the Association of Indigenous Cabildos of the Amazonian Trapeze (ACITAM), the Ministry of the Environment, Corpoamazonía, the Government of the Amazon and the Mayor's Office of Leticia. The tribe took responsibility for raising funds in Spain to realize this project.
IBURI - Our Indigenous View
This was a closed-circuit Television Channel with a programme specially focused on the Nazareth Amazonas community and the surrounding Tikuna communities. The objective was to strengthen the Tikuna culture through the presentation using audiovisuals, showing important issues about their culture, while rescuing and preserving ancestral practices as audiovisual memory for future generations.
The monthly program was broadcast in Tikuna and Spanish, where a news program with high regional content, documentaries, short films, video clips, movies, campaigns for education and for the recovery of values were programmed. All content was prepared in conjunction with the community. Audiovisual equipment was supplied and the director Luz Dary Mojica was appointed for its future operation, where the indigenous people will make their own programs, including their broadcast within the community and the other Tikunas communities of the Amazon.
Within the framework of the project, the movie “The Origin of the Tikuna People” was made.
IBURI was an accomplishment of the CHC with the support of the Grancolombiano Polytechnic.
The project can be referred to as one of the first that CHC launched in order to bring art to the popular classes, giving the opportunity to contemplate, analyze, discuss and practice it in a didactic framework in direct communication with some artists and their work.
We have sought through this contact with art a transformation in people, to achieve a balance within each one, a better understanding of the world and life, leading them to a positive attitude.
We focused our work in “Consuelo Sur”, a popular neighborhood at the southern part of Bogotá, in conjunction with the Community Action Board to determine the sites and ways in which the community was convened around artistic practices (music, theater, contemporary dance, literature, poetry, documentaries on different topics).
CHC received donations in form of refreshments, in particular for girls and boys, and small useful gifts.
We included in our visits another project that we designed called “Garbage does not equal garbage”, in which we encouraged people to reuse and recycle, generating experiences of artistic creation with the supposed garbage, from there came pieces of art, under the direction of plastic artists.
On the back of a truck and with megaphone we toured the streets to summon the population; on the soccer field of the neighborhood we found the most suitable place to work for long hours and with excellent participation of the inhabitants, which allowed sharing with the community, generating spaces of peaceful and artistic coexistence.
Building a cooperative for artisans of the Amazon - Trapeze
With this project, we intended to achieve a comprehensive social development of the native people of the Amazon Trapeze, to create productive spaces and to promote the skills of the cooperation and cooperative among artisans, in order to revive the work of their ancestors and to stimulate the region in general.
At the same time, channels for distributing and selling products through alliances and own points of sale within the framework of the concept of fair trade have been established to improve the income and living conditions of 1,500 artisans in the 18 tribes and to link them to this project.
This initiative was planned with the support of the Association of Indigenous Cabildos of the Amazon Trapeze - ACITAM, the headquarters of SENA Leticia, the advice of the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, and the University Francisco José de Caldas on environmental issues.