At ConeXión Mosaico, our goal is to work towards the holistic transformation of urban poor communities. Some of the slums where we work are squatter settlements, where the majority of homes are constructed of plywood and corrugated tin. Since they are not officially recognized by the municipal government as residential areas, there is no public water or electrical service to these settlements. Residents make do as best they can, stringing their own electrical cables and filling water containers from a truck.
Unfortunately, living in such precarious circumstances often leaves slum residents vulnerable to exploitation. In one such community where ConeXión Mosaico is working, certain individuals “donated” a water pump to the community. However, they then made a huge profit for themselves by charging each family very high prices to access this water. In addition, they used their control of water access to coerce residents into supporting them politically.
In response, ConeXión Mosaico organized a community meeting attended by 110 residents and a representative from the municipal water company, ODAPAS. At the meeting, the community heard in no uncertain terms that they do not need to pay private individuals to have access to water. Now, ConeXión Mosaico’s NGO (Transformacion Urbana), community members, the municipal water company and Operation Blessing (a partner organization) are currently negotiating the construction of a community reservoir. Once complete, this reservoir will provide water, at a fair price, to approximately 5,000 slum residents.
In a socio-political context of social inequities, clientelism and corruption, ConeXión Mosaico seeks to bring about a new reality. Justice. Equity. Accountability. When you partner with us, you are part of this transformation.