To raise awareness about problems our forests are facing, to educate and entertain, and most of all to celebrate the beauty of nature, Sonati each November hosts the Tropical Dry Forest Festival in Leon and the Forest Festival in Estelí.
Thanks to Global Giving and every single one of our donors, this was possible this year as well!
This years festival activities included in each city recycling activities, an ecological cycling rally, story-telling at several schools, an eco-cinema, a hiking excursion, an environmental knowledge marathon, and last but not least a fun and lively carnival on the last day; all activities were free of charge to allow and encourage everyone to participate.
This November was the 6th year in a row the festival was celebrated in León, and the 3rd year it was celebrated in Estelí. Actively 2470 people participated in both cities, and there's no doubt that these events were a great success.
The first total payment received from gathered donations through Global Giving of $664 was exclusively invested in the festivals in both cities: 44% of this amount in the festival in León and 56% in the festival in Estelí. The donations went among others to publicity, transport fees, materials for the activities during the festival and some of the prices for the winners among the participants.
Our team deeply thank the people who donated through Global Giving and thereby made these festivals possible, and also in general for supporting our free environmental education program and promoting the empowerment of children in the environment for a better Nicaragua.
We're still working towards reaching our originally set goal on Global Giving, to be able to realize all of our planned new projects. The upcoming one we're looking for donations for in this moment is a new project in a community just outside of León, where we want to execute a new recycling project as well as include a new leadership course group with participants from that community; it's planned to start in the beginning of 2016.
The goal is to raise $2000 for this project, but any donation is welcome and deeply appreciated!
The Sonati Family