This project will build a Recycling Crafts Workshop to ensure the financial sustainability of La Hesperia Cloud Forest School, in order to not depend upon future donations. The project will involve parents, teachers and children creating a real educational community in a rural area, benefiting 40 children per year.
Currently, the rural education system does not provide a significant learning experience with an environmental conscience. La Hesperia School is striving to become a sustainable school; we have solar energy, an organic vegetable garden, and a tree nursery. The only thing left is to create a business that finances the payment of excellent teachers and educational materials. In addition, in Ecuadorian rural areas, a recycling system of any type does not exist, causing environmental pollution.
At the Recycling Crafts Workshop, staff, children, parents and volunteers will create items using recycled glass and plastic bottles that will be sold in the local and city markets. The funds will contribute to the financial sustainability of the school, allowing local children to have access to a good quality of education, to become leaders in their communities with a strong environmental conscience. In addition, the project will contribute to resolve the pollution problem due to waste.
The project has a very effective long term impact, helping at least 40 students every year by providing them the tools to become leaders in their communities. In addition to the social impacts, funding this workshop will eliminate many pounds of plastic and glass waste that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. The workshop will help to reinforce a sense of environmental responsibility already learned in the classroom.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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