Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change

by Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc.
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change
A look of pride, a taste of the fresh harvest
A look of pride, a taste of the fresh harvest

We're happy to announce that with your generous support we have fully funded our Aquaponics Solution to Climate Change project! Over the 5 years, we've accomplished so much with the 190 donations, meeting our $7000 goal. Since 2015, with your financial help we have:

Established the very first inclusive Agroecological school in the entire country of El Salvador 

Produced tilapia when they said it couldn't be done

Harvested fresh tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, squash, radish, beets, and more

Provided daily nutritious meals with our harvest to Amun Shea students 

Nurtured tangible skills to students for environmental justice

Cultivated lifelong relationships throughout the Northern Morazan communities

But rather than an end, this is just the beginning! Very soon we'll be rolling out plans for our 100% organic garden and orchard production (did someone say cocoa?!) --the only one of its kind in the region. 

We're so very grateful for your support over these years and hope that you'll continue to partner with us as we create real and sustainable change in rural El Salvador. 

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Because each learning process is a life experience
Because each learning process is a life experience

In El Salvador, working people get up daily and despite adversities, they fight to stay afloat and provide their families with daily encouragement and in times of crisis such as those we are experiencing today due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the first confirmed case in El Salvador comes to generate doubts and uncertainty in the thousands of Salvadorans who are struggling to obtain a monthly salary.

Perquín is no exception, after suffering twelve years of war in the 1980s, limited development opportunities and massive migrations in search of family welfare options have hit the residents. Currently, work activities are based on tourism, small businesses and small businesses, as well as efforts such as the Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation that employs 22 people from the municipality, guaranteeing educational quality and production processes in agroecology with the aim of promoting food. healthy for the north of Morazán.

Currently, in the face of the emergency, our team is working from home in order to guarantee their safety and abide by the recommendations of the President of El Salvador and the Ministry of Health. As an educational foundation, we are guaranteeing that the processes continue to develop and prevent quality education is affected by the suspension of classes, the commitment of each teacher, administrative and technical staff is essential for the actions carried out by the foundation.

We are committed to guarantee learning spaces that go beyond the theoretical and the students are at home doing activities that also allow them to keep their emotions healthy, parents coordinate with each teacher the learning spaces that range from recycling activities , planting plants, learning through games, self-care activities and using the digital tools they have, guaranteeing the use of the few digital resources they have.

The current experience leads us to search for digital learning alternatives, use of platforms and other tools for students to continue their development process and the team of Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation through Amún Shéa are seeking to fulfill all the spaces .

We will continue to do our best to ensure that the learning processes do not stop and that we can also guarantee food security by motivating students through school practices so that they can create organic family gardens and strengthen their knowledge but also keep the commitment active. to guarantee food security and safeguard the lives of children in the north of Morazán.

With your support, all this is possible.

Our production
Our production
Let's sow hope for El Salvador
Let's sow hope for El Salvador
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Victor taking soil samples
Victor taking soil samples

In Amún Shéa we look for opportunities that allow our students to grow and reach an increasingly high potential, so we are in search of alliances that guarantee those growth opportunities in the various areas.

On this occasion we are very happy because the students of Technical Bachelor in Agribusiness are participating in the training process in coordination with the National University of El Salvador (UES) who through the faculty of agronomic sciences in the area of agricultural chemistry are teaching to our students the study of analysis of water, soil, regulations and legislation.

Teachers in Amún Shéa know that the processes of student involvement in various areas are a fundamental part of institutional strengthening, as Martín Ramos, Development Director and supervisor of the Amún Shéa productive area, comments: “Capacity building acquired with the support of The University of El Salvador through the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, has allowed addressing issues of great importance for the eastern part of our country, such as:

1- The analysis of surface water for agricultural use and consumption, in which water quality can be determined by the method of analysis of existing aquatic macro invertebrates, and by the chemical method through a sample of water in the laboratory .

2- In the soil analysis it is possible to analyze some available elements from a quantitative analysis from the laboratory, but it is also possible to analyze in a qualitative way through a chromatography analysis, to have broader results of the soils that handle the farmers in the area. "

These processes allow high school students in agribusiness to acquire the necessary knowledge to carry out soil, water and tissue studies in the Amún Shéa laboratory, which was also built with the support of people who believe that the solution to environmental problems can be approached from the school, teaching children, young people and adults all the techniques to change traditional actions and promote an active participation in research.

Rural areas in El Salvador, as is the case of the municipality of Perquín for years, there was no access to educational programs that promoted research and would allow students through education to discover the true meaning of education and to make it relevant. according to their context of application, but efforts and alliances are allowing young people in rural areas to have access to quality education.

Victor is a high school student who exposes the importance of reinforcing the knowledge acquired through the alliance processes, in this case with the UES: “The experience with the National University not only allows us to acquire new knowledge but also allows us to develop the knowledge and skills that we already had, with the acquired knowledge we can become agents of change, enhance the development of the northern zone of Morazán, investigate and mentor local producers and the rest of Amún Shéa students ”.

At school, we encourage collaborative learning processes and high school students put into practice what they have learned by teaching elementary school students and local agricultural producers.

Dennys, who is also a high school student, affirms that the contribution of the alliance with the UES, the Foundation for Socioeconomic Development and Environmental Restoration (FUNDESYRAM) and the Organic Agriculture Movement, are a fundamental part of the educational strengthening “As students we have the opening of various learning possibilities, which means making the most of our knowledge and putting them into practice, achieving results that are visible in the educational community and in the environmental impact ”.

The commitment to strengthen the quality of education in Amún Shéa is still valid, we are convinced that the use of resources, opportunities and alliances will allow the growth and development of vulnerable areas of our country El Salvador.

We appreciate your interest in this project and we encourage you to join this effort, we also thank all those who through your donation are guaranteeing that in El Salvador we can build quality education in rural and disadvantaged areas.

Chemical soil analysis
Chemical soil analysis
Practical learning in the laboratory
Practical learning in the laboratory
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Victor and Dennis in the crop
Victor and Dennis in the crop

We are responsible for our food but, above all, for contributing actions to safeguard our planet. Here in Amún Shéa we learn and become more aware, we use repellents instead of insecticides, we prepare organic fertilizers instead of chemicals.

In Amún Shéa, we build sustainability alternatives every day and we want our students to be the protagonists in each process and thus promote positive changes in the communities where they belong. Agroecology oriented learning is a basis for the promotion of productive activities in greenhouses.

Currently the production of tomatoes, chili, scallions, and ayote are totally organic, we reflect on the importance of preserving our natural resources and promoting healthy eating in our students, where people are more conscious and committed to produce organic food.

Let's get to know the experience of Victor and Dennis, high school students who also participate in the agroecology diploma:

Victor, 17 years:                                             

“In the productive area we work based on trial and error give us the opportunity to experiment and realize that we can be at the forefront of planting techniques and crop care so that students and teachers are in a constant learning process .

As students, we participate in all the necessary processes in the productive area, from planting seedlings to creating supplies such as repellents and foliar. All the inputs are made in the school in an organic way so the crops are organic and our food is healthier. ”

Dennis, 16 years old:

“The experience acquired in the modules of agroecology has been a change of perspective that led us from conventional methods to organic production as a whole, making me more aware and understanding the consequences of taking the easy way to cultivate, now we prefer to take the path It requires more work and effort but the results are favorable.

The knowledge is reinforced through the shared experience and especially having the opportunity to know different processes that allow us to achieve more complete results and enriching knowledge ”.

In this way, in Amún Shéa we seek to do environmental justice, we want our educational community to be considered with the environment and the effects caused in it by the hand of man and being crops a measure of subsistence that has existed and will always exist we must always strive for doing fairer activities with the planet on crop issues.

Today we thank you for joining this effort, through your donations we continue to build an alternative that through education allows us to safeguard our environment and promote healthy eating.

Organic Tomato Cultivation
Organic Tomato Cultivation
Organic repellents for plants
Organic repellents for plants
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Stories, poems and many stories emerge after having contact with nature, inspiration is taken during the classes in the greenhouses, from the preparation of the land to the final cut of the vegetables to be taken to the kitchen.

In the daily life of the students Amún Shéa the skills of transferring their knowledge in a written text, analyzing costs and quantity of production through mathematics becomes part of the fun of the wonderful world of competency-based learning and learning based on Problems, students return to their surroundings in a classroom from which they like to learn.

Students not only learn the importance of eating healthy or environmentally friendly sustainable production techniques but also form part of the awareness of the conservation of natural resources through stories, stories and poetry that they later share with other student’s schools in the area.

It is an adventure for children to write what they live and tell us how this becomes part of the adventure of learning inspired by their own crops in the greenhouse.

Nicol, 9 years old (2nd grade) “When writing the story I felt happy because I was writing about the environment and the importance of a child being able to take care of the environment and the consequences of not recycling. When I learn from the environment I get excited and I know that I should not throw trash but help nature by cleaning up pollution and so we can continue to grow to eat healthily. ”

“It was not only a matter of receiving a class on aquaculture plantings, in Amún Shéa they are integrated from the indicators of following instructions and vocabulary management according to the level at which they are found as a complement to theoretical activities in which students must handle a good spelling, coherence, ability to analyze, among other elements of written communication and thus also integrate oral expression when they must verbally express the processes followed in the greenhouse, allowing the mother tongue competence to be fully involved with the greenhouses ”, explained Stephanie Guzmán, teacher of the mother tongue competition.

Each of the students is able to analyze the importance of creating learning spaces where the reality of their environment is integrated with their daily classes, so says Linda 5th grade student “Every day learn that I should not only know about the environment or how to grow a plant for food, I have wondered how I can teach others what I learn and I realize that what I write can motivate others to make family gardens or in their schools and at the same time I can use my imagination to create fictional characters and create great stories. ”

For us great stories are written with them from an innovative way of learning, where they will always be the protagonists. Today we thank you for your support and for believing that in El Salvador there is a generation that is building changes through education.

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Perkin Educational Opportunities Foundation, Inc.

Location: Greenwood, DE - USA
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Project Leader:
Ronald Brenneman
Lancaster, Pa. United States

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