Empower the island community of Tierra Bomba to fight against pollution through correct waste disposal, avoiding it to end up in the sea. Along with the community we designed a residue management plan and currently help to implement it by raising awareness in its 3500 inhabitants, educating children at school, training 4 local recyclers, empowering local leaders and environmental groups to take over responsibilities and bringing volunteers to help in educational, cultural or clean up activities.
The community of Tierra Bomba is located only 7 minutes away by boat from Cartagena, the most touristically visited city in Colombia. However, its people lack the essential services of water, sewage systems and a dock. Their trash and residues if not well disposed of, always end up at sea, in the Bay of Cartagena. The challenge is to address the problem's invisibility. By bringing volunteers to the island the issues will be evident as well as the community's creative power, beauty and values.
The project will empower community leaders and organizations to implement the residue management plan avoiding an increase of pollution. Local recyclers will be trained, formalized and provided with tools and a basic storage warehouse to ensure correct recycling procedures. Environmental education efforts in the community will promote better habits and local awareness. Volunteers brought to the island, besides environmental cleaning, will ensure a wider visibility of the problem.
The project will educate a community of over 3500 people to take care of their environment and improve their living conditions. It will serve all the dwellers in Cartagena, Colombia, by contributing to a cleaner plastic free bay and will harvest environmental awareness in the citizens and tourists.