LaCaravanaEscuela

Non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the craft of Blacksmithing.

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Forging New Connections

The chosen Villages come from a statistical survey, generated by our specialized team.

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LaCaravanaEscuela

¿About us?

LaCaravanaEscuela is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the craft of Blacksmithing in Andean Rural Communities of Venezuela. Employing an itinerant education system based on the four universal pillars of education, Being, Doing, Transforming and Organizing. This innovative pedagogical system has demonstrated since 2019, its efficacy in the development of the Communities visited.

The expansive effect of what has been learned transforms the financial, social and moral of the individual, a person who learns a skill such as forging, assimilates the transformative energy and brings it into his family circle and therefore, their community.

¿What do we do?

During a week-long course led by experienced blacksmiths, we train local community members to be competent blacksmiths, skilled enough to repair and manufacture the agricultural tools that they need for their daily sustenance, creating a path towards strengthening the community economy. At the end of each course, LaCaravanaEscuela leaves the members of the community trained, and provides them with a Rural Forge Workshop equipped with Tools and coal.

Together, these capabilities create not only a path to a better life, but also a community with a future promising, conditions that give young people the confidence to envision a personal future in the community and, therefore, a reason to stay.

Forging new connections

The communities chosen by LaCaravanaEscuela are essentially agricultural. For the selection of these communities, our team Evaluates factors such as communicational and educational isolation, as well as basic economic deficiencies. The villages chosen by the LaCaravanaEscuela come from a statistical accounting, based on parameters generated by a specialized team. Paired with intense field work to confirm the presence of local leadership and the willingness to take responsibility and "own" the long-term initiative.





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Forge Brigades

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Gavidia - Mérida
GAVIDIA
Latitud: 8° 35’ 44” N
Longitud: 70° 55’ 20” O

Integrated by the sectors of Picadero, Micarache, Piñuelas and Gavidia itself, the Town of Gavidia rises to about 10,900 Ft above sea level and 17km away from the nearest populated center, Gavidia has a Rural Forging Workshop (RFW) initially endowed by The Caravan School of 01 forge, 01 anvil, various hammers, batons, punches, chisels, pliers and various implements of occupational safety such as gloves, aprons and glasses; which allows them to currently have a maximum installed manufacturing capacity of 90 horseshoes per week and therefore 360 horseshoes per week month.




Mucubají - Mérida
MUCUBAJÍ
Latitude: 8° 47’ 50” N
Longitude: 70° 49’ 43” O

Integrated by the sectors of Mucubají, Los Pozas, La Lagunita and Mucubají, it lies in the Sierra de La Culata in one of its highest points, the town of Mucubají at about 11,800 Ft above sea level and 3km away from the nearest populated center, which, since mid-2019 with a Rural Forge Workshop initially endowed by LaCaravanaEscuela de 02 forge, 01 anvil, various hammers, batons, punches, chisels, tweezers and various work safety implements such as gloves, aprons and glasses; what hammers, batons, punches, chisels, tweezers and various work safety implements such as gloves, aprons and glasses; what allows farmers in the sector to currently have a maximum installed manufacturing capacity of 140 horseshoes weekly, which translates into 560 horseshoes per month.

La Caña Alta -Mérida
LA CAÑA ALTA (LA CULATA)
Latitude: 8° 42’48,6” N
Longitude: 71° 5’ 16,3” O

Located in the Sierra de La Culata in the state of Mérida, the Community of La Caña Alta, made up of the sectors such as Bella Vista, La Caña Baja and La Caña Alta, about 8,450 Ft above sea level and 6 miles away from the nearest populated center. This community has had a Rural Forging Workshop (RFW) since the end of 2019, initially endowed by LaCaravanaEscuela de 01 forge, 01 anvil, various hammers, tongs, punches, chisels, and safety implements such as gloves, aprons and glasses; that allows farmers from the village to currently have a maximum installed capacity for the manufacture of 90 horseshoes per week, that is, 360 horseshoes per month.



Los Nevados - Mérida
LOS NEVADOS
Latitude: 8° 27’41” N
Longitude: 71° 04’ 30” O

Located in the immensity of the Sierra Nevada of Mérida, is the Community of Los Nevados, made up of nine equidistant and remote villages, about 8,850 Ft above sea level and 30 miles away from the nearest populated center, Los Nevados has a Rural Forging Workshop (RFW) initially endowed by LaCaravana School of 02 forge, 02 anvil, various hammers, tongs, punches, chisels, pliers and various work safety implements such as gloves, aprons and glasses; which allows farmers from the area to have a maximum installed manufacturing capacity of 140 weekly horseshoes, which translates into 560 horseshoes per month.




Future Forge Brigades

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Piñango - Mérida
PIÑANGO
Latitude: 9° 01’48” N
Longitude: 70° 53’00” O
Altitude: 2.320 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

La Toma - Mérida
LA TOMA
Latitude: 8° 45’00” N
Longitude: 70° 55’00”
Altitude: 3.709 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

Timotes - Mérida
TIMOTES
Latitude: 8° 59´ 14” N
Longitude: 70° 44´ 14” O
Altitude: 2.025 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

San José del Sur - Mérida
SAN JOSÉ DEL SUR
Latitude: 8° 35´00” N
Longitude: 71° 08´ 00” O
Altitude: 2.300 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

Mucuchachí - Mérida
MUCUCHÁCHI
Latitude: 8° 07´50” N
Longitude: 71° 27´ 41” O
Altitude: 1.336 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

El Molino - Mérida
EL MOLINO
Latitude: 8° 07´50” N
Longitude: 71° 27´ 41” O
Altitude: 1.336 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

Chacantá - Mérida
CHACANTÁ
Latitude: 8° 07´50” N
Longitude: 71° 27´ 41” O
Altitude: 1.336 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.

Capurí - Mérida
CAPURÍ
Latitude: 8° 07´50” N
Longitude: 71° 27´ 41” O
Altitude: 1.336 m.s.n.m

With your contribution to LaCaravanaEscuela, you can positively impact this pre-selected rural community of the Venezuelan Andes.


Data

PARTICIPANTS WHO DO NOT KNOW
ANYTHING ABOUT IRON FORGING %
FORGED TOOLS
USING RECYCLED STEEL %
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the most useful tool demanded and manufactured
IS The horseshoe %
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FORGED TOOLS ARE DESTINED
FOR SALES AND EXCHANGES %
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AGRICULTURAL USE %
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AND CHILDREN %
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Daniel Souto

Fundador

At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school following a strong call for Craftsmanship, to become an apprentice of a 83 years old Blacksmith, when he died, Daniel traveled to the U.S. to take a class in Penland School of Craft where he stayed for more than a year. Now with more than 20 years of experience in forging he has become an internationally recognized Venezuelan Blacksmith, often teaching on prestigious craft schools in the U.S. He lives and works now in his hometown Mérida and devotes himself Full time to teach Blacksmithing, encouraging his students to teach others this old and valuable trade.





Videos

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Netflix Magical Andes, 2nd Season, 1st Chapter: Venezuela and Colombia.

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Documentary narrative that shows the work carried out by LaCaravanaEscuela in the Andean Communities of Venezuela.

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(Summary) Documentary narrative that shows the work carried out by LaCaravanaEscuela in the Andean Communities of Venezuela.

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A latent need generates a dual purpose...

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Cuando las herramientas dignifican, no tienen valor económico...

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After 2 years we continue to forge



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¡Let's keep the forge
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Address
El Valle, Sector - Camellones Mérida - Venezuela
Horary
Lunes - Viernes 9:00 am - 7:00 pm