Bringing Clean Water to Coastal Panama

Mar 18, 2013

Youth getting creative with trash!

Proudly wearing hand-made jewelry.
Proudly wearing hand-made jewelry.

In the remote area of rural Panama, communities are making good use of the motto “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”  Working with local volunteers, EcoLogic has held workshops centered on composting, solid waste management, and sanitation. These workshops are just part of the waste management plan that includes the construction of composting latrines, and a Waste Commission that has created and distributed a waste management guide for schools and public buildings.

Community participation has been high, especially with younger children. Such high youth involvement has prompted the creation of an additional workshop focused on crafting. Youth are learning how to repurpose old soda cans, bottles, and other trash that would be otherwise discarded. Their creations include Christmas ornaments, and standalone pieces of art.

By offering communities a variety of workshops, EcoLogic is proving a holistic solution to waste management. Through education, the communities of San Miguel are learning how to preserve their land, allow for a safe avenue to properly dispose of waste, and improve their own well-being. 

Making jewelry from repurposed trash
Making jewelry from repurposed trash
Trash build up before the project
Trash build up before the project



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Project Leader

Gina Rindfleisch

Cambridge, MA United States

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