At the end of March we will be continuing the process of environmental education begun at the end of 2016 with the students and teachers from the school Altamira sur oriental, in the district of San Cristóbal sur. We will work on several environmental themes: ethnobotany, renewable energy and processes of decontamination of the rivers close to the school, with a focus on scientific research.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND FOOD SAFETY
On the 10 th March a pedagogical outlet was developed concerning the subjects of the ‘Paramo’ (a tundra-like area of outstanding natural beauty) and agro-ecology with students from the environmental groups from the French schools of Cali, Pereira and Bogotá. They took as a case study the National Park Sumapaz, which contains a Paramo, and heard a talk from an expert about the importance of the preservation of this ecosystem.
From the beginning of the month, we have begun to undertake an environmental diagnosis to better understand and reduce the carbon footprint of our markets supplied by domicilio, from the moment the goods are produced to when they reach the consumer. We moved quickly in this respect: after the change from plastic to glass containers and using cardboard for reusable baskets in the market, we now provide our domicilio service for nearby markets on bike. Thank you for helping us to continue to reduce our environmental impact by recycling glass bottles and egg boxes and returning your premium basket or bag.
SUPPORT FOR MICRO-BUSINESSES
Pilar and Reynaldo are the newest participants in the program that aims to support micro-businesses in alliance with the Polytechnic University of Greater Colombia (La Universidad Politécnico Grancolombiano). Pilar who runs a micro-business in the district of San Cristóbal has come on as a leader and community figure, relying on a business plan that includes aspects of design, fabrication and commercialisation of calendars and note-books.
TURMA DO BEN
Friday, 28 th April, we were putting together a magazine of dental education for children and young people between 11 and 17 years of age. The project, developed by a group of volunteers from Brazil, aims to grant complete free dental treatment to the young people that need it, and with special attention paid to those that are about to get their first job.
BOGOTÁ / CLERMONT-FERRANT
In February the team at PSF Francia organised a street art explosion from Bogotá in the city of Clermont-Ferrand to spread Colombian culture and show another aspect of the country. The photographs displayed were taken by Elsa and Paul during their collaboration with PSF. The visitors could buy bags made by Colombians in Centro COMParte who received a good fee for their work. Finally, we organised a drawing workshop, and four pieces created by children are going to be sent to Centro COMParte.
“UNO MANO MÁS UNA MANO NO SON DOS MANOS, SON MANOS UNIDAS”
– One hand in another are not merely two hands, they are unified
In April we opened the school of leadership in Centro COMParte, a space where leaders of UPZ La Gloria will be meeting during May in the district of San Cristóbal to learn about tools for job development in the community and social processes, with a goal of bringing about the unification of projects being developed in individual neighbourhoods. The school of leadership will be helped by the Institute for Participation IDEPAC.
PSF PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS
IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COLOMBIA-FRANCE YEAR
In April PSF was present at the event Destino Francia organised by Campus France in which higher education in France was promoted. We were part of a discussion group with well-known French businesses in Colombia and we shared the experiences of our programmes in entrepreneurship and social development since forming Confianza and Centro COMParte. In addition we were invited by the Faculty of Administrative Sciences from the University Foundation San Mateo to share our experience in international solidarity and social responsibility. The students from the business schools were able to get to know at first hand the development of our activities including the challenges and difficulties faced by the social projects of the foundation.
Free dental treatment to the young people