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DouglaPrieta Trabajan (DPT) began in 2003 as a grassroots self-help project in Agua Prieta, Sonora, just across the border from Douglas, Arizona.  DPT’s purpose has always been to assist individuals and families in colonias populares, or poor neighborhoods, by developing local capacities for economic self-sufficiency.  DPT operates under the belief that we can cultivate community solidarity and self-determination by making local neighborhoods more productive. Today, the centerpiece of our program is a permaculture demonstration site designed to teach families sustainable food production techniques, including gardening, aquaculture, and small livestock raising.  We want to reduce the cost of living and at the same time build an ethic of mutual aid among neighbors in order to reduce dependency on weak job markets, government assistance, charity, and border crossing.

DouglaPrieta Works (DPW) is DPT’s U.S. partner, headquartered in Douglas, Arizona.  DPW’s mission is to support and promote DPT by raising capital for infrastructure, equipment, and training, and coordinating site visits and volunteer efforts.  A dedicated network of supporting organizations and faith-based groups contribute time and talent to our programs.


Murals on front of CenterA 17 year old spray paint artist from the community painted these murals of inspirational  figures.  He is also the teacher for the youth break dance team from the colonia.

 

What We’re Doing

Permaculture: Permaculture means permanent agriculture.  Its overarching approach to human-natural resource relationships involves designing landscapes, including built environments that work to improve resources while building livelihoods and community.  DPT is using its assets to carry out permaculture principles and practices in various dimensions as well as to provide facilities for skills training.

DPW recently was awarded a $7,000 grant from the New York association "Why Hunger?" This is the only grant from this organization for application in Mexico. The award recognized DPW for innovative work in improving the quality of life of the people in the community, helping the growth of urban gardening, promoting resource conservation.

 

Contact

Come for a tour or volunteer in Agua Prieta, Sonora.  Housing can be arranged. We look forward to hearing from you!

William Smith, DPW President (520) 306-1284                    doug.exo@gmail.com

Marybeth Webster, DPW Secretary (520) 456-5967 mbethwebster@powerc.net

José Ramirez, DPT Director (520) 227-2738 dptjose@hotmail.com   633-843-01 (Mexico)