Help Our Friends at El Puente Build El Timbiriche! – deadline February 19, 2015

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Our friends at community organization Purchase El Puente Purchase are building a mobile wellness cart, and they need your support!

El Timiriche was designed to collect, document, and share remedios caseros (home remedies) of the Latino community in Williamsburg and Bushwick, Brooklyn. By using video, tablets and social media, El Puente aims to fuse modern technology with ancient wisdom in order to honor and make visible a Latino healing tradition.

El Timbiriche increases the visibility of a Latino healing legacy in gentrifying neighborhoods and empowers community members to reclaim this tradition as experts in their own health,  Order building on the community’s rich culture while responding to the issues of access and affordability of healthcare.

The money collected will be used to buy aluminum panels, pedal-powered bicycle generator, a video camera, and other materials needed to make El Timbiriche a reality.

Donate and learn more about the campaign here.

Deadline to donate: February 19, 2015

About El Puente:

El Puente is a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through the engagement of members (youth and adult) in the arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action. Founded in 1982 by Luis Garden Acosta, El Puente currently integrates the diverse activities and community campaigns of its Center for Arts and Culture and its Green Light District & Community Wellness Program within its four neighborhood Leadership Centers, and its nationally recognized public high school, the El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice. Organizing in North Brooklyn and beyond, El Puente remains at the forefront of community/youth learning and development issues and as such, initiates and impacts social policy both locally and nationally.

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Envisioned by El Puente’s founder, Luis Garden Acosta, the GLD is El Puente’s 10-year initiative to complete the holistic transformation of the Southside of Williamsburg from one of the most challenged neighborhoods in New York City to a more equitable, healthy and green community – one that nurtures and sustains its own wellness in areas that include the environment, green spaces, personal health, educational equity, and arts & cultural vibrancy. The GLD has its roots in El Puente’s legacy of Community Wellness programming; ranging from our Community Health & Environment Institute (CHE), the successor to El Puente’s Medical, Alternative and Sexual Health Unit (MASH), the first adolescent, primary diagnostic and referral clinic in North Brooklyn, to a variety of federally funded research and community action projects directed at addressing issues of community health and environmental justice. In the fall of 2011, the GLD launched the initiative in a community celebration of over 300 residents and citywide supporters where they presented twelve community driven declarations outlining a vision for “equitable and just community sustainability and wellness”. These declarations have been the foundation for the creation of several GLD nurtured and inspired community coalitions that are researching, planning, facilitating and assessing strategies for equitable and sustainable holistic development in the Southside of Williamsburg.