(2nd EUAV Mission In The Field: 14-16 March 2017 / Chipaya, Oruro Dept., Bolivia )
Following, the visual report of our second mission in the field as EUAidVolunteers within the
framework of the project «Qnas Soñi«, managed by GVC Bolivia and Cebem (Centro Boliviano
de Estudios Multidisciplinarios), financed by the EU.
The Chipaya community is passing through two very important, harsh moments of its
history: a huge plague affecting quinoa cultivations in several «cantones» (districts), and the
discussion of the new «Estatuto de la Autonomia Indigena», official act on the recognition of
this antique native population’s legal autonomy.
Simultaneously, the tourist development project — part of the community resilience strategy
plan – is going on with monitoring (discussion meetings with local stakeholders, inventory,
planning) and documenting (photo, videos, notes) activities in the field.
A reportage from the field (photos, video and text) created by Michele Pasquale, GVC
The GVC/Cebem team visiting the local Primary and Secondary school «Santa Ana de Chipaya».
Meeting the local authorities of Chipaya: documents and data processing.
Team monitoring: restoration and refurbishment list for the opening of the new office in Chipaya.
Tourist development project: supervision activities at the future community hotel.
The agricultural products from the community greenhouses.
The traditional construction of «defensivos» («Lan’z» in Uru Chipaya language) is realised through 3-weeks hard but shared work, involving the entire Chipaya community. These river banks will reroute the Rio Lauca’s flow controlling and preventing floods in the nearby village.
Short meeting before going on with the construction of traditional dykes on River Lauca («defensivos»).
An entire community sharing hard working days («trabajo comunitario») to lead River Lauca’s flow: it will control and prevent floods during the next months.
The fairy-tale «Altiplano Andino» panorama surrounding the river’s flow.
The sun’s hot, the work very hard. Chipaya community takes a break having lunch nearby the river banks. Chatting, sharing ideas, playing around for a while, before getting back to the community work.
During the mission, I had the precious occasion of recording an interview with Sebastiana, main character of the movie «Vuelve, Sebastiana!» (Jorge Ruiz, 1953). 64 years after her famous acting performance, she’s still on the road, nice and great as always. In few minutes, we re-created a small «cinema set» at the presence of the entire village, especially the new generations.
Last but not least, our greetings to the future community’s representatives.
How it looks like a Sunday morning in the Ayparavi district of Chipaya? Discover it on my Instagram profile!