In January 2013 the TINI’s project ended in Turbo (Colombia). The project allows 60 children to have an educational environment to meet and protect the biodiversity of their region through the construction of a Children's Land called "Retrieving My Land". Since the delivery of their land, they created their own logo, a song, a vision of what they wanted to do and began to build their dreams.
Children were supported by a permanent group of 19 youth and 6 teachers "TiNi promoters" of an educational institution of Uraba, who were trained in the methodology TiNi. With this group of promoters were conducted recreational and artistic activities focused on environmental education and meetings to promote leadership, peaceful coexistence and the rights of children.
This process also linked parents and teachers of the school, who were invited to the meetings of socialization of project progress and promotion of the rights.
To complete the project, a contest was promoted on environmental stories that were published in the middle of a big festival with many guests. The festivals recognized the commitment of children with their environment, were presented the results of the experience and were awarded to the winners of the contest stories, as well as the creators of the song and the logo of the TiNi.
Currently the TiNi "Retrieving My Land" has its own nursery for planting native plants and reforestation of the basin of the rivers, a small house for recycling, an office and all the tools required for children, youth, teachers and parents to continue working on his dream of a better world.
The boys and girls from Turbo´s Children Land have been learning about recycling, reusing and having fun at the same time. Over 60 boys and girls from the Noraml Public School enjoyed an entire day of activities devoted to the promotion of environment friendly daily practices. We hope they will take what they have learned to their homes and share their experiences with all of their family members.
We have also been working on training teenagers in the Children´s land Methodology, so they can continue with the program once our intervention is completed. Participation in these training sessions is voluntary and as you can see from the pictures, most of the volunteers were teenage boys between the ages of 14 and 16.
In the coming months AMICHOCÓ will graduate at least 5 Children´s Land promoters (the project already has adult graduated promoters) and recreational and education activities with the boys and girls will continue as well.
The boys and girls from Turbo celebrated International Water Day and International Earth Day by developing a series of academic and recreational events that included a concert, workshops and the presentation of the Children´s Land story book.
Thanks to the support of our allies we were able to organize a 3 day agenda in the school were all the student body was able to participate. Additionally, the project provided copies of the Children´s Land storybook to several public schools in the area that also participated in the celebrations.
Academic activities focused on the appropriate use of natural resources, training of young adults in the Childen´s Land Methodology and motivational exercise with boys, girls and teachers.
We used to celebrate our families and friend´s birthdays with parties and joy. Children from Turbo taught us that the planet also deserves a celebration; they planned the best party ever to celebrate the world water day.
Four of the main schools from Turbo gathered up to the big celebration. Each school presented an act to honor the water; there were all kind of creative shows: eco-news, theatrical plays, readings and chants. They used all their imagination to tell the world why the water is important to them, they put it in acts and also in words, and they wrote messages expressing their feelings.
We were amazed by the excitement of everyone! On the world water day we realized that the children are learning to appreciate things that grown-ups have not been able to, ensuring that children will grow up as responsible citizens that who will take care of our planet.
It was a very intense day; the children should choose their representatives for the committee. There were so many good candidates, each one with great proposals, but at the end, all of them wanted the same thing: Become Children´s Land in a place where people can take care of their environment and their community.
After a few hours the elections were officially closed, it was time to count the votes; one by one the winners were announced. There were some tears, but a lot of smiles and joy, now a group of boys and girls will be watching for Children´s Land. They will be responsibilities for make the activities work,and will be the spokesmen that spread the voice everywhere, as Ana Karina does it: “I want to send a message to all the children of the planet, to all Children´s Lands, to people from AMICHOCÓ, take care of the trees, to plant, an do not mistreat the animals!”. (Video)
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