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Cooperation Model

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This intercultural cooperation program is based on the participatory partnership model. It presupposes the equality of the parties in the expression of their expectations and offers of collaboration. Cooperation agreements are negotiated between the parties. On one side is the indigenous community, responsible for the initiative and most of the management. On the other side is the ASCIM, the cooperating organization which participates with resources and services, following its internal regulations.

The ASCIM aspires to be an association oriented towards intercultural relations; therefore, it proposes the following specific approaches:

Approach Agricultural Department Department of Education Health Department Intercultural-Social-Spiritual Department
Mutual cooperation
  • Cooperation based on an agreement
  • Preparation of a community budget
  • Accompanying agricultural producers through visits of professionals and rural advisors
  • Elaboration of an agreement on school cooperation
  • Community responsibility for the maintenance of the school buildings
  • Joint elaboration of intercultural teaching texts
  • Coordination of the work with health care workers
  • Communication with health committees
  • Elaboration of an agreement on health services
  • Cooperation with empirical midwifes
  • Involvement of mothers in the preschools
  • Annual seminars for leaders
Intercultural encounter
  • Planning and exchange meetings
  • Joint search for solutions in crisis and conflict situations
  • Recognition of the nature-related knowledge of the indigenous tribes
  • Working in multicultural teams
  • Bilingual and bicultural study programs
  • Intercultural coexistence in the schools of the ASCIM
  • Teamwork with indigenous health care personnel
  • Monthly meetings with health promoters from different villages
  • Seminars for the intercultural dialogue
  • Intercultural exchange in the assemblies of the ASCIM
  • Active participation in the administrative councils of the different communities
Leadership Development
  • Training in agricultural administration
  • Promote organization among agricultural producers
  • Preparation in leadership through specific programs during Middle School
  • Training of young people in different professions
  • Training for the empirical midwife
  • Health seminars for male and female leaders
  • Seminars with female leaders
  • Seminars to help communities find ways to grow and develop
  • Accompanying community leaders in planning and evaluation
  • Exchange at FRICC
Protection of the Environment
  • Raising awareness of the rational use of natural resources
  • Promote environmental awareness in schools
  • Recognition of the indigenous people's environmental knowledge
  • Training in the use of latrines and proper garbage disposal
  • Responsible use of drinking water
  • Defending community resources against massive exploitation through legal status and education
Protection of cultural values
  • Conservation of indigenous knowledge on the use of plants and wild animals
  • Use of mother tongues
  • Bicultural curriculum
  • Promote the history and natural sciences of the indigenous tribes
  • Involvement of parents and leaders in the educational process
  • Health education through lectures and illustrative material in indigenous languages
  • Assistance at home births by indigenous empirical midwives
  • Meetings for dialogue and exchange
  • Seminars to project and plan for the future of the communities
Work at local and national level
  • Coordination with local and national programs
  • Appropriate use of technology
  • Incorporate the study program into the current legal framework
  • Participation in national projects, seminars and exchange rounds
  • Leadership seminars
  • Coordination of the work with the responsible health region
  • Broadcasting of radio programs about health topics in indigenous languages
  • Exchange of information with non-governmental organizations
  • Collaboration with INDI, goveronrates and municipalities
  • Transmission of information and publications through mass media and books
Reciprocal commitment
  • The ultimate goal is self-sustaining communities
  • Cooperation based on transparent management
  • The communities are committed to ensure the maintenance of the school buildings and to provide scholarships for the students of their communitires
  • Mutual Hospital Aid (AMH - private insurance for indigenous people)
  • Contributions from the community in primary health care
  • Contributions from the communities for the salaries of health care workers in their community
  • Acceptance of their responsibility of the health care workers
  • Mothers participate in the preschool classes
  • FRICC assumes most of the expenses of its budget
  • Reciprocal commitment, clarifying conflicts through dialogue and mediation


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PO Box:
Filadelfia, 40
9300 Fernheim
Tel. 0491 432231
Cel. 0981 484 975
Email: info@ascim.org
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