Junax emerged with a group of 4 young men and women from different states of the country who approached the indigenous peoples of Chiapas living and participating in caravans, camps and working within the communities after the EZLN armed uprising in 1994.
Event that marked a new stage in the current history of the country, in which the commitment to participate in response to the call made by indigenous peoples to civil society was born at the moment when government forces launched a violent campaign of militarization, disinformation and harassment against the indigenous communities of Chiapas.
The purpose of this experience is to create a direct work plan for and with indigenous communities; same that was consolidated with the acceptance, participation and effort of the communities in resistance in the Northern Zone of the State, through different projects such as: sexual and reproductive health, making bread, candles and tailoring. This is how they began to work with them, in the process of improving their economy, strengthening families, avoiding dependency and promoting self-sufficiency.
It was not until 1999 that one of the volunteer-founders got sufficient funds to start the JUNAX accommodation house. Later, another of the founders contacted the SEVA foundation, which supported financially until 2006 when self-sufficiency and constitution of the AC was achieved.
Initially, the founding group, together with the help of 4 volunteers, accompanied the communities in the construction of basic services (roads, electricity, drinking water, etc.). Likewise, in this period, JUNAX begins to form the network of connection and connection of volunteers with the first social organizations.
A part of the responsible team was in charge of the administration and maintenance of the center, while others gave training to the volunteers and followed up on the projects that were formulated with the indigenous communities.
At the end of the accompaniment period with the workshops in these communities (2002-2006), it was possible to strengthen the organizational and individual capacity of women in the communities, achieving greater economic and social autonomy, both for them and for their entire communities, becoming cooperatives.
In 2003, the founding group transferred the commission of the Center to 3 volunteers, for entering new paths in their lives. Currently, the project management is made up of only 2 of them, which is why the accompaniment workshops for the communities in resistance were suspended; however, the network of supported social organizations was increased to 36 and since then approximately 9,000 volunteers have passed through JUNAX.
Currently, the center offers liaison and accommodation to people who wish to support indigenous communities, rural and/or urban areas; through social organizations in Chiapas, or to those who carry out master's degrees, doctorates, and/or research. It is a space that makes it possible for national and foreign volunteers and social service providers from different universities to serve the betterment of communities and in turn, learn from them.
Since 2006 to date we have walked and built autonomously. Their 19-year walk calls us to find ways to continue navigating and bringing this project for the common good to fruition.
New projects are constantly and enthusiastically built with the participation of the very volunteers from Casa Junax.See more