4.5.1 Best practice (Asodigua Telecenter)
The Asodigua Telecentre is located in Sololá, Guatemala, a rural municipality with Cachiquel, Quiche and Tzutuhil people. The tele-center is a major presence in the area. It trains many Indigenous communities, and has projects that support craftswomen in the use of e-mail and the creation of websites. It also supports educational processes both for Indigenous children and for the local authorities. It provides services to human rights activists, and it has a special program in place for Indigenous women.
The tele-center plays a very important social role in the community, and it has a strong network at a local level. This organizational capacity was illustrated well during the rescue and reconstruction efforts following the tragedy caused by hurricane Stan in 2005.
Having such a solid base at a local level, Asodigua is part of the network called Somos Telecentros. As evident in its website, Somos Telecentros has allowed access to many experiences, strengthening the Indigenous peoples’ abilities, including their capacity to assist themselves mutually in matters that go way beyond technological labours. Asodigua is a clear example of the advantages of belonging to a global network of tele-centers.
Yet, beyond networks of tele-centers, there are more comprehensive Indigenous communication networks. This section already has mentioned the Indigenous Regional Council of Cauca as a network that has been able to expand to all areas -- to such an extent that at the time of writing this document it is one of the main organizers of the Continental Indigenous Communication Summit. It is without doubt an example of a sustained network, with a solid base, that has been able to organize itself by reflecting on its local requirements and addressing them in the international environment.