Since 2016’s earthquake cultural and communal activity in Don Juan hasn’t stopped. However, the neighbors did not have a space to keep meeting, decide issues that affect them, organize activities or simply relate and share stories under the shade. After the cession of a 300 square meters land and thanks to the support of all FAMM’s friends, in mid-2018 the construction of the Intercultural Center was finished. The CIAMM, built with materials and traditional construction methods from the area, is a multifunctional and modular structure which will hold: a library, a reading room, training areas, an outside kitchen area with a manaba wood stove, volunteer suite, a storage space and a bathroom area.
The new Intercultural Centre provides the community with:
- Spaces for recreation, reading, arts, and local initiatives.
- Spaces for discussion, debate, and decision making for the neighbors in Jama county.
- Training spaces for art and other skills that incorporate the use of local materials (mate, bamboo, coconut fibers) and the oral narratives from the area, so that the community can produce cultural objects with their own thematic.
- Training for our neighbors in leadership, community organizing, strengthening of their social fabric and support in legal proceedings.
- Support in promoting and valuing the Manabitan culture through intercultural research and art-pedagogical projects related with the Intercultural Program: Knowledge exchange.