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!
Always looking for new ways to encourage people to reuse and recycle their plastic wastes into eco-bricks and to draw their attention to the problems associated with single-use plastics, this semester of our eco-brick recycling campaign we headed to a public school in the village of Chimachoy, where students exchanged 1,000 eco-bricks for a set of trash receptacles to help keep their school clean. The trash receptacles allow students to seperate their trash into paper, organic and inorganic trash for better waste disposal. In addition to providing the trash receptacles, this initiative prevented 250 pounds of plastic wastes from being burned and will provide the eco-bricks for almost 1 and a half rainwater harvesting systems. In the future, we hope to continue more outreach in the area schools to work on encouraging and motivating youth to take better care of their communities. We are also working on starting up children's movie afternoons, where local kids will exchange eco-bricks for movie entrance and snacks. We plan to show children's films, such as Wall-E, which will provoke discussion about caring for the environment, as well as will provide children with much needed wholesome entertainment. Your donations make this work possible!
We are gearing up for year 2 of our Eco-Change Program and it is going to be a great year! In addition to the recycling dimension, we are planning on including a reduction campaign to further educate our Eco-Store clients on the problems with single-use plastics as well as to help them avoid their use. Last year this program enabled us to recycle 2,500 pounds of plastic wastes into around 10,000 eco-bricks. That is enough to build around 14 rainwater harvesting systems and to provide water to around 140 people. This year our goal is to double this amount! We thank you for your continued support to this program. Keep an eye out for new updates.
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