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Please help San Pedro Itzicán and the local villages

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This was Maria Esmeralda when we met her in April 2019.  We posted this photo on April 18, and by the end of April 19, we had sufficient funds to help Esmeralda pay for her surgery.  Thank you everyone who responded.  What an Easter present!
For an update on Esmeralda's progress, please read the page about her.
The monies raised, above what was needed for her surgery and follow-up visits, has been  placed in our Emergency Medical Fund.  Please click here to read more about our Emergency Medical Fund.

Poco a Poco projects support various initiatives of all groups, in order to help the people in San Pedro Itzicán and the surrounding villages.  

 

Poco a Poco does this by facilitating and supporting projects that are lead by the local community. As much as possible we leverage knowledge from available sources in the community, in research, in government and from project leaders from around the lake.

 

Poco a Poco works on creating small, start up projects to enable local people to earn a living, and encourage and enable children to attend school.

We believe that a "A hand up - not a hand out" approach is the best way to help.  This often involves providing training to people who have asked for help and have an interest in learning. The local people, especially the women, want to create local work and activities so they can earn money, and be there to look after their children.

The town of San Pedro Itzicán is located in the Municipality of Poncitlán, in the State of Jalisco, Mexico, on the edge of Lake Chapala.  
San Pedro Itzicán is located on steep hills (the centre of the town is located at 1,500 metres), with a steep hill down to the lakeshore.  The lakeshore is deep at that point, unlike other parts of Lake Chapala. Farming is limited because of the hills and rocky landscape.
The scenery is stunning in this area as it is unspoiled and rugged. Some roads are barely usable and its best to have a SUV or something similar to get around.
Poco a Poco volunteers work alongside and in very close cooperation with the Brigada Program (“Brigada Estatal de Proteccion Civil y Bomberos J. Trinidad Lopez Rivas, A.C.”).
 
Poco a Poco helps many activities and programs that benefit the communities around San Pedro Itzicán.  The people there really need your help and support.   These are indigenous communities, who are extremely poor, lack education and services.  Health issues, poor nutrition, and little work, together with many social issues, make it hard for these communities to survive.
 
Poco a Poco San Pedro also create new initiatives and opportunities as requested by the community (see the Poco a Poco project list).   
The population of San Pedro Itzicán is currently (in 2019), 9,400 people - of which 3,600 are children and 1,500 are adolescants (15-18 years old).  But including the other towns and small local villages, the population is probably around 20,000.  The towns and villages include:  Mezcala, La Peña, Agua Caliente, La Cuesta, Chalpicote, La Zapotera, San Sebastián, San Juan Tecomatlán and Santa María de la Joya.  
However, when you visit the town and villages, you are struck by just how many children are there - so the population has increased dramatically in the past 12 years. 200 babies were born this January 2019 alone!
 
Based on the 2005 Census, it was reported that the average number of years that the population attended school in San Pedro, was only 4 years. So we assume that some people over 60, who presumably had less schooling, may be illiterate.
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