The community is administered by a General Assembly, the highest authority to deal with issues of commune organization, development, improvements (construction and improvement of the communal house, communal dining room, education, mingas of cleaning of the neighborhood roads and Sports fields) and project management. All actions and decisions are approved by the general assembly. They meet every two months and extraordinary meetings can be called at other times.
Every year, during the last month of the year, new community directors are democratically elected. The council is made up of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, trustee and three members. Internally the council chooses representatives to manage the areas of health, education, environment, agriculture and tourism.
When adverse situations present themselves in the community (accidents and illnesses), members work to help one another, and the community maintains solid friendships with the neighboring communities of Pompeya, San Francisco Chikta, and the associations 12 of February, Mocache and Charapa.
HEALTH AND BASIC SERVICES
OUR CUSTOMS AND LANGUAGE
DAILY ACTIVITIES AND EMPLOYMENT
Community Needs and Projects
Parents do not encourage their children to study because they do not have the financial resources to pay for transportation either to the school in the town center, or to the high school in the neighboring Santa Rosa Community.
This project hopes to improve the infrastructure of the community school, improve access to both the local school and the distant secondary school, and in general assure that all youth in the community has the opportunity for a quality education.
The goal of this project is to offer another employment option for the members of the community, one that offers relatively good pay and does not require hours of transport. Work at the camp will be on a rotating basis, with the idea of training many members of the community to work at the camp. The project also aims to encourage more small scale organic production of traditional agricultural products to be used in the food at the camp, also providing more income for the community members.
- In 2014, the electric company placed posts and cables to provide service to the commune, but currently only the town center uses this service and only about 40% of the residents have access. Once the installations are completed and meters are placed in the dwellings, electricity will be supplied to 70% of the population. However, many residents will not be able to afford the service.
- There is no landline phone service. Cellular phones are used by those who can afford them, but coverage is poor in some parts of the communtiy.
- There is no drinking water service or any kind. For consumption, rainwater collected from the zinc roofs is used, which descends through a gutter to a plastic tank and is consumed without being treated. Rivers are used for bathing. In summer river water is consumed.
- There is no garbage collection service, so organic garbage (mostly) and inorganic garbage are dumped in vacant lots, hollows or broken terrains.
- None of the homes in the community have any kind of toilet. In the school there is a latrine with a septic tank, but it is not in use.
With the profits from the Mandari Panga camp, we hope to invest in infrastructure improvements in the community to slowly improve all of the above situations, with the goal of improving the health of our residents and better protecting the fragile environment.
Traditional medicine is practiced in the community. For pregnancies, a midwife attends to the mother in her home. In case of snakebites, a mixture of native plants are used including kurarina (Potalia amara), for ajirinri (Zingiber officinale), campyak (Herrania balaensis) and others. Medicinal plants are also used to cure colds, respiratory problems, fever, headaches, stomachaches and soreness.