IMAP develops practical skills and the awareness needed to ensure food sovereignty, community development and the preservation of biodiversity and ancestral knowledge. Founded in 2000 by a group of local people concerned by the serious environmental, social and cultural problems affecting the nation. They established an ecological education center to promote permaculture techniques, local biodiversity conservation, production of organic food, and a seed bank that strives to reconstruct the Mayan seed heritage.
Participants will be selected in 5 communities from the municipality of San Lucas Toliman to participate in workshops meant to strengthen ancestral knowledge and ensure the Indigenous culture. The workshops will be held in Spanish and Kaqchiquel. Most community members only speak their native language. The women who will be trained, will be sharing what they’ve learned with other women in. order to exchange experiences and knowledge, ensuring the next generations will appreciate their culture, valuing the language and their traditions.
A revitalization of the respect, gratitude and care for Mother Earth that has been lost because of colonization and generational trauma is at the core of this program.