After the heavy rains that struck Quintana Roo in early June, the community of Chumpón where Movida works, was heavily flooded,  washing away the belongings of the families and forcing approximately 70 people out of their homes.


As Movida has been working in the community since January, we immediately decided to respond to the flood crisis by calling for donations based on the immediate needs of the community.

Movida coordinated closely with actors such as the civil protection and Marina to ensure delivery of the items which included hygiene products, nappies, food and clothes to the those most affected by the floods.

After one week, water levels decreased and families returned home. Although life seems to return to normal, the floods have affected their livelihoods over the long term.

Their pitahaya fields, principle source of economy, have been destroyed and their livestock and honey bees have died.


Movida will continue to monitor the needs of the community and assess its contribution to the recovery of their livelihood with its program.



Your support will allow Movida Maya to support the families affected by the floods, as the urgent needs are: repellent, mosquito's screen, hygiene products, new animals as bees or chickens, food, milk for baby.


The Festival Art with Me, in Tulum, offered a visibility and the organization of an exhibition to Movida Maya.

This exhibition is the result of the workshop "images and identity" (see below) where the Mayan young participants interrogated the image means and meet a professional photographer.


Through photography and the participation of the professional photographer Anna Fishkin, , the young participants of Movida Maya explored during few weeks, their own perception of their village, their traditions and their identity.





The workshop "images and identity" was built through the projects "Youth Leadership" and "Cultural Identity". The activity was carried out with a group of 8 young people of 15 years old from the community of Chumpón.


The workshop, which took place over 5 weeks (one day per week), wanted to understand young people's own perception of their people, their traditions and their identity. Through the art of photography, young people were able to illustrate, through their photos, their own perceptions of their identity and their community.

 With the photographer Anna Fishkin

With the photographer Anna Fishkin


During a first day, the young people explored the notion of image and interrogated the perception that each one can have of the same image. They learned to interrogate the image and explore their own critical sense. During the second and third day, they found a professional photographer, Anna Fishkin. They explored their work together and discovered the profession of photographer. During those two days, they were each with cameras, and with the help of the photographer, to take pictures, answering several questions (What do you want to tell others about your community, Illustrate your daily life, Take a picture that represents joy in your community, take a picture of the place you like most ...).


On the fourth and fifth day, they filled out a "photo diary" with their own photos and illustrated their favorite photos with legends.

Through this project, the association wants to promote young people's values f self-confidence, aspirations for their future, well-being and artistic expression.

Also, the objective was that they share their personal visions of their identity, traditions and reconnect with local history.



First workshops with the students of the secondary school of Chumpón (MARCH 2018)

Start of the program (test phase) in the secondary school of the Mayan community of Chumpón.

Activity to know each others and find a trust relationship.


Discovering their vision of their village, their aspirations and dreams.


January to March 2018

o   Selection of the community(ies) where Movida will be implemented

o   Design of the program and of the activities with objectives on the long term

o   Partnership development with the selected communities to start the project

September- December 2017

o   Ethnographic research: Implementation of a qualitative method in Mayan communities (Chunyaxché, Macario Gomez, Nuevo Durango, Tihosuco, Chumpon, Chunon, Chunya, Tepich...)

o   Realization of semi structured Interviews, focus group discussions, participative diagnosis exercises with key informants: elders, men, women, young people, workers, unemployed people, people with disabilities…) and of other community actors (community leaders, school teachers, ejidetarios, community organizations, Save the Children Tulum, Centro communitario La Ceiba, Osa Mayor, Los amigos de la Esquina…)



o   Development of a fundraising and administrative plan

o   Partnership development

o   Fundraising and Promotion activities


July-August 2017

o   Analysis of the social context and intervention zone

o   Bibliography review, analysis of current statistics, primary field visits (observation and orientation)



Pictures by Movida Maya A.C