Fluviales de Vida is a non-profit, social change, civic organization established in San Miguel de Allende, Gto. Mexico that promotes sustainable economic growth and rural development with an emphasis on improving social, environmental, and economic conditions for people living in rural Mexico and Central America.

Our Mission is to inform the community on the economic benefits that healthy ecosystem services produce and educate them on the cost-benefit calculation of contaminated water from inadequate waste water management provides one of the greatest health challenges restricting development and increasing poverty through costs to health care and lost labor productivity.

Our Goal is to create a network of financially independent, democratically and women powered, environmentally focused, and community-driven rural education centers with extension education capabilities with the guiding principle of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the rural population.

We Believe in promoting opportunities to receive basic education and health care as the foundation to strengthen communities while developing leadership and fostering personal and professional development among people in rural areas of Mexico and Central America.

At Fluviales de Vida, we consider Microfinance and access to markets to be an essential tool in creating freedom and opportunity for rural communities, though they are not the only tool. Education, healthcare, legal empowerment, community empowerment, livelihood training are important as well. To us Development is an integrated process of expansion of human freedoms connecting with one another.

Let's collaborate and create solutions to conserve water, forests, and arable land.

The challenge

Climate change is causing extreme weather events that trigger human dislocation and geopolitical destabilization. People are leaving farmlands into cities where there are not enough jobs; insufficient access to healthcare and education; and negative attitudes towards girls and women. The degradation of water, forests, and arable land threatens human existence. The failure to adequately educate the world's children, particularly in science, technology, engineering, and math, creates a disconnect between jobs and job-seekers, leaving too many people unemployed and a workforce without the skills to tackle global concerns.

Act Local. Connect Global.

Fluviales de Vida is committed in helping to accelerate the success of critical United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by offering quality healthcare and education as well as empowering girls and women. We all deserve to have our basic needs for food, water, shelter, healthcare, sanitation, and education met. And we know that the benefits of investing in girls and women are transformational, for their own lives and their families, communities, societies, and economies.

With your support, Fluviales de Vida Rural Community Environmental Education Centers will integrate economic development and environmental conservation to help local artisans and farmers by offering educational and collaborative opportunities, and hosting research and extension programs for the benefit of the rural population of the region to promote human development.

rural community environmental education centers

Based on three pillars: Women, Water, Work

  • The Rio Laja Community Center will teach people to understand soil fertility, biodiversity, carrying capacity, and the relationship between economics and ecology.

    • A sustainable agricultural development strategy that is environmentally enhancing must be based on agro-ecological principles and on a more participatory approach for technology and dissemination.

    • A farm should be managed as a functioning system, and wise farming decisions must be guided by an understanding of the structure and function of natural ecosystems.

  • Improve the organizational, managerial, and economic performance of women's groups in rural areas to fulfill their potential.

    • Integrate participation of women in the socio-economic development process.

    • Develop and practice leadership skills as an avenue for bringing new knowledge to help their communities and representing village interests to government and non-government interests.

  • Enhance public participation in environmental issues and empower people to take the front seat on their community's development.

    • A significant proportion of contemporary water problems are derived from the intensification of agriculture production, particularly due to the increasing use of agrochemicals, heavy mechanization, and irrigation.

  • Facilitate education and work preparedness to bring about the positive change that is crucial to alleviating poverty.

    • Local content development that focuses on employment and job training.

  • Promote strategies to integrate economic development and environmental conservation to help local farmers.

    • Leverage public, private, and volunteer resources to strengthen small and medium enterprises.