In a local context of frenetic economic and urban development, indigenous Maya communities are seeing the disappearance of their local knowledge, skills and resources, essential to their livelihood. Part of the community migrates, on a daily or long-term basis, through urban areas in the hope of finding a better income. In this context, the indigenous youth, representing the future of these people, are often lost between two worlds, without dreams and in search of a "civilized" success and emergency job offers. These factors furthermore lead to the loss of their local culture and knowledge.

Movida, a Mexican organization, provides integral attention to strengthening the capacities of young adults so that they can develop livelihoods and a more sustainable life for their community and society. We focus on developing workshops based on the identity and culture of these peoples to revalue knowledge and skills essential to the sustainability of indigenous communities.


Through its activities, Movida offers the opportunity to young people to open their horizon of possibilities   and strengthen their capacities to be leaders of their lives within their villages.
Through a comprehensive youth-led phased approach, Movida mobilizes young people to develop a personal project through, for example, participatory capacity building workshops, alliances with companies and organizations, and traditional knowledge workshops.

Movida provides advice to accompany each young person in their personal project with actions necessary for their realization, which may include: strengthening basic school knowledge, training their knowledge with professionals, inviting other communities to share their experience, learning to plan and implementing their community project, and empowering local people to develop the livelihood of their community.


Our program is divided in 3 projects:

1 – Youth leadership


This project will include activities around sexual health and reproduction, women empowerment, life skills (self-confidence, interpersonal communication, aspiration, decision making, team player, etc.), educational support, artistic expression and creative thinking, environmental actions, fieldtrip.

This project will place particular attention on empowering women as the basis for the sustainability of their community.

2 - Cultural identity

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This project will include activities such as workshops to share personal visions of their local identity, local history and historicity, cultural and traditional aspirations workshops, intergenerational exchange, field visit of communities, encounters with leaders in cultural identity.

3 - Sustainable community

This project will include activities such as workshops on the development of traditional skills, professional training, aspirations development, environmental conservation, capacity building on local agriculture method visit of local projects, IT, accounts management and encounters with professional local role-model, visit of university programs and of other local community led income generating activities.


We are  currently in the developing phase, which includes the diagnostic and program design.

We deliver the program each Wednesday in the Mayan community of Chumpón, in Quintana Roo. For the moment, we are working with teenagers aged 13-16 years old.


We need to collect funds to buy a bus and transform it into a mobile social center to carry out our activities.

What the bus will offer :
Outreach to more Mayan communities
Mobile library & material storage
Space for activities and workshops
Computer access
Meeting place for young people
A safe and dynamic environment for the participants

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 Picture by Anna Fishkin

Picture by Anna Fishkin

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.

 Picture by Anna Fishkin

Picture by Anna Fishkin

 Picture by Anna Fishkin

Picture by 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.

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…)

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







Pictures by Movida Maya A.C