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We are building a community centre in San Pedro Itzicán!

In 2021, with the help of Anita Torres (a local resident of San Pedro Itzicán and part of our “Poco a Poco team”) we purchased a small piece of land (20 x 20 meters - 4,300 square feet) in San Pedro Itzicán.  There were many delays and difficulties in doing this, (because this is an indigenous area), but finally, special permission to pay for the land was given to us.  But the land and the Community Center building will belong to the community in perpetuity.  Foreigners and even Mexican nationals, who do not have ancestral ties to the area, cannot buy land; the elders are the ones to decide these things.  That was fine with us.

We are so grateful to M. Arq. Ignacio G. Osuna Eskenazi, (Nacho), Professor at the School of Architecture, at the Campus Guadalajara, Tec de Monterrey University, for focusing the whole semester of his architectural students on this project, in order to support us.

Below is the selected design, which was challenging, because of the different elevations of the land.  There will be a few changes as building happens, because of the challenging terrain and the many large boulders. 

“Nacho” and his fellow university colleagues worked hard on this project, with students and faculty members all visiting the site multiple times, hosting community center design workshops with local children and adults while getting to know the local community individuals as well.  

Over 39 students and seven faculty members worked on this project, creating amazing designs.  We visited the Architectural Department at the University, and were presented with six final designs for review.  Then the students and faculty members visited the community for their input, in order to finalize the choice. 

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This is the final design that was chosen by our committee, as well as the community leaders in San Pedro.

Building started in May 2023, first with a bodega (which will be multi-purpose room in its later life).  For now it's storing building supplies as well as items donated to the community, including firefighting uniforms, CPR equipment, donated equipment for the kitchen, and musical instruments. 

During the whole time we were building, unfortunately the local digger was broken, so everything had to be dug out by hand, including the huge holes for the water cistern and the septic tank system.

The various stages of building of the community center 

Metal work on bodega painted April 2024

The metal work of the eating area has now been painted (April 24).

looking up from the lower to higher levels

The safety wall above the retaining wall is nearly completed (April 24).

toilet installed in handicapped bathroom April 2024

The handicapped bathroom is nearly completed.

Harvey and Anita

Harvey Bernier of Sunrise Rotary with Anita Torres in the kitchen (February 2024).

the kitchen finally being fitted March 18
the covered seating area kitchen and ramp March 18 24

Where the children will eat and programs held

the ramp 18 March 2024

The ramp from the top to lower levels

The area outside the toilets March 2024
retaining wall 23 Sep 23 1

Retaining wall

16 Nov ceiling of kitchen

The kitchen ceiling being finished

The new kitchen under construction

The roof is on the kitchen!

Walls are up - roof next

Bodega

The new kitchen area

Starting to build the kitchen

The bodega was the first building

The bodega (multi-purpose room). Just a door for security for now.

the kitchen with the boulder

Start of the kitchen with the huge boulder that had to be broken up

The cistern being lowered into the brick enclosure

Water cistern being lowered into hole

view from Anitas terrace on 23 Sept 2023

The retaining wall and the multipurpose room on the left

Starting the base of the bodega

The start of the bodega May 2023

Thank you St Andrew's Outreach program of St Andrew's Anglican Church in Riberas, for providing funds to pay for the tiling of the kitchen, kitchen counter and toilets, and for the door and roll up window in the kitchen.  

Thank you San Diego Rotary Breakfast Club and an anonymous donor!  Because of your combined generosity, we have compeled the building of two toilets - one wheelchair accessible and one regular toilet, with shared sinks outside. 

April 2024:  The site is almost ready to be used.  The gas lines to the kitchen need completion and then we can move the Kids' Diner!

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