We plan to purchase puppets to educate youth on the coast of Ecuador about marine conservation. Coastal development and overharvesting are decimating commercial fish populations that many families rely on for income. The puppets will capture the attention of hundreds of kids and will spark an appreciation for nature, showing them that ecotourism and conservation can provide sustainable livelihoods. Extra funds will go towards Ceiba's education programs and teacher training programs.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Marine ecosystems are constantly being threatened. Sea turtles and other bycatch are regularly caught in fishing nets, nesting habitat on beaches is being developed, illegal finning is decimating wild shark populations and fisherman are overharvesting. These actions are leaving no marine life for their children to catch, consume and sell as a source of income. If we don't acknowledge these issues now, ocean life will continue to be over-exploited to levels unable to be bounced back from.
How will this project solve this problem?
We will use puppets to educate youth on the impressive sea creatures seen and caught on the coast of Ecuador. The puppets will capture children's undivided attention and spark a deep appreciation for the marine life that their families depend on to live. We will also cover issues currently impacting the preservation of coastal habitats. Ecotourism is booming in these coastal cities, and our project will teach kids that conservation can be a sustainable way to make a living.
Potential Long Term Impact
Teaching marine conservation and sustainable harvesting to the youth on the coast of Ecuador will influence their decisions about how they want to make a living. 800 children every year will be see conservation and ecotourism as a source of income and will forgo a tough career at sea fishing for declining populations of fish. Our project will reduce the number of fishing boats off the coast of Ecuador in the years to come, saving hundreds of marine species from near extinction.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.