SiKandas Lab Front

Help us build a new home for change!

Be part of our $1X$1 campaign

in collaboration with S.A.C.R.E.D.


Creating an innovative hub for social change!

In order to continue SiKanda’s work and offer pertinent, relevant and impactful projects and services to the communities and close to 5,000 people we work with each year, it is necessary to ensure the long term stability of the organization. Currently, our SiKanda team works in loaned offices, that have thus far allowed the team to meet, create, and implement activities, as well as offer training and capacity-building on site. Nonetheless, the time to leave our beloved “Worm Power Center”, the place that has been our home for the past 10 years, is almost up.

This year, in close collaboration with partner organization S.A.C.R.E.D. , SiKanda begins its first major capital campaign to raise funds towards creating a physical space that can be more than just an office. Rather, we envision this building as a future hub that will promote collaboration, creation, dialogue and social innovation between the SiKanda team, partner organizations, participants in the different projects and other relevant local stakeholders.

For  five years now, S.A.C.R.E.D. has supported several SiKanda projects. They have been pivotal to implement the agave seedling production project for the Telesecundaria El Manantial in Zaachila oriente, growing more than 10,000 plants per year. They have also supported SiKanda to face damages from the 2017  earthquake, and raised funds for emergency food relief at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our goal is to raise US$100,000 for the habilitation of the SiKanda Lab. Thanks to S.A.C.R.E.D., 818 Tequila has committed to provide a matching grant of up to US$50,000, we need YOUR help to raise the other half!

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About the Lab

SiKanda’s mission is to “accompany and support participatory processes for harmonious local sustainable development, in order to improve the quality of life of people in Mexico, with the conviction that through awareness and collaboration of different sectors of national and international society, a just and equitable world can be achieved.”

SiKanda-Lab intends to be a welcoming and inclusive environment, aiming to become a hub not only for SiKanda’s team, but also for other projects and organizations that identify with its mission. 

The design contemplates areas that will be destined for :

  • Public events, workshops and training for the surrounding community and for the people SiKanda works with.
  • A library and documentation center, specializing in the different subjects related to SiKanda’s work, as well as publications developed by SiKanda and other partner organizations. 
  • Demonstrative garden to promote urban agriculture and other techniques that can be used in urban and periurban areas, including rainwater harvesting and dry composting toilets. 
  • Meeting rooms that will be used by the SiKanda team and local partners. 

What the Lab looks like?

The design of the space has taken into consideration: durability of materials (concrete and bricks), structures that are earthquake-resistant, basic appliances to reduce costs, adaptability and versatility of the premises in order to provide services to other organizations, groups and the communities, the inclusion of eco-techniques like dry toilets and rainwater harvesting, and the importance of aesthetics to create a space for creativity, sharing and inspiration.

So far, SiKanda covered the cost of:

  • Purchase of a 1,000 m2 (0.25 acre) land. 
  • Architectonic design

Take at look at the renders in the bottom section.


How to contribute?

Donations to this project will be used to the construction costs. The architectural design contemplates the construction of a two-floor building, with a rainwater harvesting system, cistern and dry composting toilets.

Labor costs contemplate the registration of workers in the formal system (social security) for the duration of the construction.

For every $1 you give, S.A.C.R.E.D and 818 Tequila will give another USD$1 for up to USD$50,000!

The budget for this project is $100,000 USD

your gift is Tax Deductible in the U.S.A. Through S.A.C.R.E.D. as a fiscal sponsor.

through our partners at Omprakash: (US tax deductible) and PayPal

Contributions can be made through the donation of funds, or by donating materials. Contact us for more info! 


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More about SiKanda:

From our first project in 2009, almost thirteen years ago, we have developed numerous projects grouped in five Programmatic Areas:

  1. Inclusive Recycling
  2. Communities in Motion
  3. Paths to Equality
  4. Sustainable Habitat
  5. Visible Youth

Throughout all the programs, projects, and actions of the organization, SiKanda aims to integrate five transversal axes: Sustainability, Interculturality, Gender Equity, Intergenerationality, and Human Rights.

SiKanda’s projects are designed with the active participation of the communities in which they are implemented, recognizing the existing capacities, interests and needs, joining forces with different actors for their implementation. The projects aim to strengthen and advance equality, the exercise of human rights, a peace culture and social justice. 

Browse our web and take a look at the projects. You can also download our last reports to access more specific actions developed by the team in the last years.

SiKanda Reports - Download

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