For the project to be implemented properly, community involvement is necessary. Stakeholders will be able to insist on Canada’s international mandate and promote development of communities in El Salvador. Maritza as the owner of the Art School will have the comfort that is needed to teach her community how to thrive sustainably.
Research must be done by Guanacottawa hence the Ministra de Desarrollo Local (Sanchez) will be contacted apart from Pangea Builders doing their part. This will be to foresee possible deviations of the plan and to acquire more stakeholders. The sums required must be acquired and all means will be exhausted to do so. Guanacottawa is also looking to acquire much needed help from the community itself. The Ministry of Exterior Relationships in El Salvador will need to guide us in this regard.
Artes Nuevos Amanecer is an arteseneria shop owned by women from Intipuca La Union, El Salvador . The community Nuevo Amanecer sells their handcrafted art at this shop. Nuevo Amanecer was formally without homes but with the approval of the court Nuevo Amanecer was given land and were supplied by other NGOs with the materials to construct their own homes. This shop is the main livelihood for many women in the community just like Maritza who is the leader of the community. The members of Gunacottwa first met Maritza back in the summer of 2019 during an excursion under the name of ‘Campamento Kutskatkan’ hosted by the Ministry of Exterior Relationships in El Salvador. Nuevo Amanecer had asked Cipotes en Acción, which was a new NGO at the time based in Ottawa, who help out people in El Salvador as mandated by the Ministry of Exterior Relationships and out of their own accord, if they could help the community with money for supplies to build a roof so that the ladies who made hammocks could do so in shade instead of under the sun. Cipotes en Accion went above and beyond and helped them create a little play yard using paint, tires and fallen trees. The members of Guanacottawa were part of Cipotes en Accion during this time and got to help out.
The question of building an Art School for the community arose. With this in mind money started being collected by the two members of Guanacottawa in hopes of someday having enough money to build a more permanent building where the community can utilize it to its very extent. Sustainability and efficiency is key when it comes to building a structure that is meant to help those with insufficient means for maintenance and renovation. Designing a structure that can be replicated by the community is the goal. By allowing the design of this structure to incorporate both of these aspects it becomes easy to see how the community can benefit from learning and understanding it. Guanacottawa found it difficult to design and construct such a design hence they partnered up with Pangea Builders.
Pangea Builders an educational and research organization providing off-grid sustainable buildings for residential, commercial and governmental use. Pangea Builders designs and constructs buildings that use both natural and upcycled materials as construction materials. These types of buildings have a special name, “Earthships”, they are passive solar houses that still provide potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.
Maritza is the leader of the community in Intipuca, La Union, El Salvador called Nuevo Amanecer. She has asked us, now Guanacottawa, to help her build an Art School which will allow her to unite and teach the community a more sustainable outlook on how to combat poverty. Guanacottawa has partnered up with Pangea Builders to make her dreams a reality.
Community involvement is required for this project to be completed. With the community’s involvement they will be able to gain knowledge on what sustainability is and how it can be acquired. Their involvement will become an asset to its completion. This benefits the purpose of the project considering that a learning experience always brings forward new opportunities. Sustainable design can then be implemented by those in the community themselves once they consider themselves to be capable of doing so. As the structure is being completed the community will benefit from having a space where they can soundly learn from the leaders of the community.
This project is valuable and as a stakeholder you will benefit from knowing that you have allowed Guanacottawa to succeed in bringing the community the space they needed while implementing Canada’s international mandate. The overall purpose of this project is to promote a more inclusive and sustainable outlook on how to combat poverty by empowering women. By providing a means to an end you will be allowing Guanacottawa and Pangea Builders to succeed in their goal of constructing this project which will then be used to further establish the role of women as leaders in their community and as well furthering the knowledge of everyone in the community. The governmental bodies involved will be known by the community as trustworthy and forever helpful to the poor of El Slavador with their involvement in this project.
Maritza who is the leader of the community will finally be able to say that she has a space where she can feel comfortable enough to prosper and bring her community together. This feeling will be shared by all those who work alongside Maritza in making hammocks and arts.
The purpose of this project is to bring the community together and for them to gain more knowledge on what is a sustainable outlook and how they can implement that outlook. By allowing the government bodies to help we are allowing the people working for the betterment of El Salvador to acquire a more sustainable outlook on ending poverty hence insisting on Canada’s international mandate.
By accomplishing this goal Guanacottawa will be empowering women such as Maritza who is a leader of the community and allowing her to provide a better means to an end. We are providing the community with the possibility of learning throughout the whole process as being accomplished and as once accomplished.