The artisans have become business women, understanding the importance of customer service, quality, and design. Their product range includes semi-precious stones, shells, and even tiny flowers captured in resin. Each piece is accentuated by silver alloys or precious metals, and represents the tradition of fine Mexican jewelry.
Artisana Activities and Programs
Six days a week, we work at handcraft jewelry production in order to provide for the basic minimum requirements for ourselves, and for our loved ones. Although we are poor, in 2001, we found the resources to organize the donation of modern opfthalmic surgery center worth US$15,000 to our local public Hospital. Artcamp’s public-service effort was acknowledged by the Guerrero State Secretary of Health at a public ceremony at Taxco’s Adolfo Prieto Hospital in May 2002.
Language Learning and Indigenous Literature Projects
We have experimented with and practiced various language learning methods using translations of Leonardo d’Vinci notebooks original Italian and English into our native Spanish and we developed a way to use the Typing Tutor program to train ourselves to spell the words correctly and to acquire meaningful vocabulary by programming in English language passages we study and beforehand.memorize. We even have some literary projects that go back over more than 20 years, these are stories we wrote that were then translated into the English language.
In collaboration with the village water commission, Artcamp has been working to help identify effective ways to address the need for clean water in Tecalpulco. By providing formal project planning and contacting resources via the internet, Artcamp has been able to identify valuable resources to address the critical need.
Longer Term Hopes and Plans
The most notable accomplishment of Artcamp to date is that it has survived; that Artcamp still exists as an initiative, in spite of unending economic duress.
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