Greetings from our team here at Compartiendo Nuestras Bendiciones,
We are just writing to send a quick quarterly update on this project. Covid has proposed many challenges as well as many opportunites for our organization over the past year plus. Due to restrictions regarding Covid we are unable to encourage ecobrick making right now. However, we are currently saving donations to this project to complete our next school mural in our area once the restrictions are lifted. Hopefully by the next quarterly project update we will be reporting that we are ready to our work with a school in our area to exchange ecobricks for a mural for their school. We will keep you in the loop.
We hope this quick message finds you well. Luckily here in Guatemala all of our team is doing well too and we are starting to get back to continue our work to improve our community. As the schools plan to open up in the next month or two we are planning to get back educating children on the problems with single use plastics, plastic pollution as well as on eco-brick making. This year we plan on having children in the schools to exchange eco-bricks in order to win a mural and clean up for their school. We are always looking for ways to engage students and at the same time to clean up and beatify our community. Attached to this message are some photos of our first school mural that we completed together with a Dutch artist Carin who is currently visiting Guatemala just last week. For the moment, future donations to this project will be used to cover the costs of the materials to realize our next school mural. In addition to improving the look of our community, each school mural will provide roughly the eco-bricks necessary to build 1 rainwater harvesting system (1,300) and will recycle more than 300 pounds of plastic trash. We look forward to sending you photos once our next mural is done.
We hope this update finds you well. Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, this project has been temporarily postponed. We had planned to continuing working with students in our local area schools teaching them about the devastating environmental effects of single use plastics and encouraging them to make eco-bricks in exchange for items to enhance learning in their classrooms. However, our area schools will have reduced in-class time to reduce contamination. In addition, the eco-bricks we collect have typically been used for our rainwater harvesting project. Funding opportunities for this project are currently scarce. While we are awaiting relief from coronavirus related limitations, we will be working on building and carrying out traveling, educational, participatory exhibits for children in our community to enrich their learning. Currently more than 40,000 Guatemalan children have abandoned school during the pandemic, many in the communities we work in. Click on this link to learn more about this great project and how you can contribute:
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the ways we live in more ways than one. Here at Compartiendo Nuestras Bendiciones we have had to change the way we currently work. Our Eco-Change Program has been on hold the past few months and we are currently reworking the program to come back better than ever once the government restrictions lift. Once the area schools are opened back up, we plan to organize campaigns with students in a local middle school to educate students on the hazards of single use plastics and inspire youth to recycle their plastic wastes into eco-bricks for the benefit of their school. We plan to continue using these eco-bricks to build more rainwater harvesting systems in areas with water scarcity. While likely we will have to adjust our approaches in light of the pandemic, we are looking forward to the day when we can get back to work. We thank you for your support.
Time flies when you're doing what you love! June 2020 will mark our third year in our Eco Change Program. The program's overall goal is to motivate people to recycle by providing them with incentives. This year we are heading into one of our local area schools to work with the children to educate them on the problems with single use plastics and their disposal and offer them alternatives, one of which includes making eco-bricks with plastic wastes in exchange for items that they need in their schools, such as waste baskets, books, desks, etc. Last year, among our original Eco-stores, we also worked with an area school to recycle around 250 pounds of plastic wastes into 1,000 eco-bricks and in turn provided waste sorting trash cansfor the children to use to keep their school clean. To date we are about half way to our goal of recycling 5,250 pounds of plastic wastes into eco-bricks which are then used to build rainwater harvesting systems in communities with water scarcity. We want to take this time to thank you for supporting this great project and we hope you will continue to be a part!
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