This month we are going to cover the changemakers of Sayulita and San Pancho, grassroots warriors seeking to make their respective towns magical for local children and more sustainable for everyone.
Recently I have had to privilege to meet the movers and shakers behind El Centro, Sayulita. El Centro is an integrated group of locals and expats who care deeply about their community of Sayulita, from the kids on up. Up until recently, the group organized nomadic programs ranging from community movie nights to puppeteering and recycling projects.
Moving about the community, El Centro has been ‘decentralized’ until recently. The priority has been nurturing children, raising eco-awareness and seeking to foster cottage industries that generate real skills and products.
By contributing a richness of skills and products to the local economy, El Centro is focused on making sure the locals are included in local gentrification trends, and being integrated within the success story of the region.
Utilizing Festival Sayulita as a platform to raise funds and becoming stationed on the property of the Trujillo family, El Centro is now manifesting infrastructure to carry on its mission on a physical base. As the workshop spaces, offices and café are being built, El Centro is excited to become ‘workshop’ central in Sayulita, a safe place for children, locals and everyone else to learn, ‘skill up’ and share expertise. If you want to contribute time, treasure or talent to this beautiful venture, contact them at www.facebook.com/ElCentroSayulita/
A discussion of local grassroots empowerment with a focus on the children wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Casa Clu. With foundress Jessica Zepeda organizing volunteers and the children of San Ignacio, Casa Clu offers local children the opportunity to craft recycled art, athletics and nature-based play.
Casa Clu has been diligently ‘in the trenches’ combating the challenges of growing up in a tiny pueblo being more and more surrounded by posh developments. Providing the kids a healthy space to learn, grow, and play is such a vital asset to the community of San Ignacio. Parallel to activism with kids, Casa Clu seeks to educate parents on how to hone parenting skills in the after-hours. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/lacasaclu.desanignacio
Next article we will focus on the ‘godmother’ of community activism, Entre Amigos in San Pancho.