Founded 15 years ago in the small municipality of Iztapalapa in southern Mexico city by indigenous people from different ethnic backgrounds, the Miravalle project brings together many different individuals as well as local and metropolitan organizations. Together they have created a holistic program that includes collecting and recycling two tons of PET plastic per week (generating employment for 30 young people). They have also started a small-scale farm where they offer part of the produced food to a low-budget lunchroom that secures a balanced nutritious meal for many people. The project provides a wide variety of sport and cultural services such as art workshops, dance classes, a skateboarding park. Important is also an education program to overcome the technological gap, where inhabitants will be taught computer skills and how to use the power of the Internet. The group has also turned a former garbage dump into a public space for social interaction.
In July 2010, the 4th Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was presented to the Asamblea Comunitaria de Miravalle (Miravalle Community Council). The Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award recognizes projects that improve the physical conditions of communities and the lives of their residents, establishing a network of urban initiatives at the grassroots level.
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