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Project Report  May 2019

Greetings from the Measurement Matters team! We are delighted to share new projects, opportunities, and initiatives with you this month.  Below you see some updates our most recent activities and projects:

 

  • On May 11th, we brought together a variety of international, national and local stakeholders in an afternoon to discuss the role of Academia and Public Policy; Financial Service Providers and Banking Sectors, Impact Management Finance to create lasting impact in Colombia and the Americas. Based on the information gathered in the Working Groups on May 11, we are preparing a multi-sector group of strategic actors to create a Roadmap for Innovative Finance in the Américas, which will be launched in September of 2019.  
  • Since February we have worked to gather key actors to build together the first Hybrid Value Chain for Nutrition (HVC) in Cali, Colombia. We hosted an event on March 1 with 40 key local actors in Cali then, we held the second event on March 27th in Bogotá with 27 actors nationwide. The ideas, inputs, and alliances generated at the meeting in Cali and Bogotá have been fundamental to generate a Strategic action on how to tackle malnutrition, hunger, and poverty in the country - starting in Agua Blanca, Cali. We are also excited to announce that Quadratyx, a multinational Data Science and Artificial Intelligence company joined our team as an ally for the HVC. which represent a fundamental contribution for the systematization, analysis incorporation o data for project management and transparency.  Apart from the HVC, we are working with Coomacovalle to measure the social value, specifically to improve the nutritional program for children ages 0-5 years old.
  • Colombia is one of the most important banana producers in the Caribbean, and bananas are Colombia's 6th largest export. Currently, we are building an impact management system for fair grade certified banana producers in the Colombian and Caribbean and the Dominican Republic.  Stay tuned for more results!




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Fundraising Dinner-Teryn with Pedro
Fundraising Dinner-Teryn with Pedro

There’s a lot going on in the Foundation, here’s an update about the most important achievements:

Urban Garden Network:

In May we had a very successful fundraising dinner in Marmoleo with the chef Pedro Fernández (The Chef is Back). The success of the event will be used to assemble the prints for greater production, for the purchase of technical inputs that our emerging gardeners need and for the work in the schools.

We’ll be organizing another Fundraising Dinner soon in Medellin, keep updated on our social media, so you won’t miss it.

SENA course:

This year the SENA - a public establishment with administrative autonomy, attached to the Ministry of Labor – is giving a 6-month horticultural training course in our garden. SENA “emprende rural/approach rural” is giving this course until October.

"Manglar de mi Corazón/Mangrove of my Heart":

Our project on the coast of Colombia "Manglar de mi Corazón/Mangrove of my Heart" is expanding. We started a program with the Corporation Maria Mulata that is called “Amigos del Manglar/Friends of the Mangroves”. Part of the program is the recognition of the mangrove environment by children through field trips and the formation and acquisition of knowledge about the importance of the mangrove through the creation of workshop. We already realised a recycling fair where the children built ecobricks and other useful objects.

As you see there is a lot happening, and we are very grateful for your support! If you are able, please consider become a monthly donor through Global Giving, which helps us calculate our projects and have a faster progess.

Thank you for your generous support!

Fundraising Dinner
Fundraising Dinner
Feria de Reciclaje
Feria de Reciclaje
Recycling Fair-Ecobricks
Recycling Fair-Ecobricks
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We have great news! 

Our project on Community Incentives for Mangrove Protection, named "Mangrove of my Heart/ Manglar de mi Corazón", received a generous donation from a private donor to do some really cool things! 

This donation enabled us to connect with Pelagic Data out of San Francisco, California. Pelagic Data uses digital tecnology and data mangement to protect and improve the quality of fisheries all over the world. The first week of april, they will join us in Rincón del Mar to connect their activities and data collection process to our Mangrove Data, support local fisherman  in developing better practices, and thereby protecting local livelihoods and well being that depend on the health and wellbeing of local ecosystems. 

We also participated in the "Data Management for Ecosystem Protection" Conference in Montería, Córdoba the 14 of March, where E2E presented how communities are a an important part of ecosystem protection, and how we can connect data on environmental quality and human wellbeing to make sure that we attend to both in any kind of intervention. 

We are proud of the community´s response, involvement and how they have adopted the project and are making big strides for social change. 

Rincón del Mar is a resilient community that need more help than ever, and we are going to stand by them on their journey towards creating a resilient, united and sustainable community. 

We are working on mangroves, fisheries, community education and trash management. . .which is a lot! If you would like to sign up to out mailing list, just go to our website to get more news. 

We are also still lookign for support for this project-- we have reached several big milestones for fundraising, but are still looking for another $30,000 USD. GlobalGiving has facilitated connecting us withsom any of you- and we greatly appreciate your support. To continue making big changes in Rincón del Mar, we are asking you to become a monthly donor to the Rincón del Mar project. 

Any small amount helps, and what is pocket change for you can make a big difference in Rincón del Mar. 

Thanks again for all of your support and stay tuned for exciting updates. 

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This year at E2E, we have had several milestones. 

First, we became a 501c3 organization in the United States, which has opened up new possibilities to create stronger , international connections for peacebuilding, education and environmental protection in Colombia. 

Second, Recuperando Vida, a waste management and recycling project in La Comuna 8, Medellín, was nominated within the top 500 projects in all of Latin American by Premios Verdes. 

Third, we have strengthened multiple public-private partnerships for long-term impact across all of our projects. 

Here are some details of what happened: 

Urban Gardens Project: 

Over the past 12 months, we have:

  • Significantly expanded our core team.
  • Successfully integrated 10 families and 150 school children from Colegio Vida Para Todos into our Urban Gardens Network programme. 
  • Overseen the cultivation and harvest of a diverse range of crops including; lettuce, celery, onions, chives, coriander, stevia, aniseed and aromatic herbs.

In November, we organise our first major fundraising event for the project. This took the form of a charity dinner hosted by local chef Pedro Fernández (alias ‘The Chef is Back’), which showcased the produce of Colegio Vida Para Todos. The success of this event helped finance the purchase of necessary products (such as natural pesticides, compost and fertiliser) which are required to take the project into its next stage.

This year also saw significant advances in our ongoing negotiations with the City of Medellín.We remain hopeful of securing permission to use the Cerro de los Valores allotment as a storage space and selling point for our network of gardeners and consumers.

Despite the expected challenges and difficulties, we remain confident about the trajectory of our project going into the New Year. 

Rincón del Mar

This year has seen a lot of E2E activity in Rincon.

E2E was a constant presence in the community, mapping out the areas of the mangroves to be protected and baselining the current levels of carbon. This work was carried out with the assistance of local community leaders. Multiple clean-up efforts were also completed with a lot of plastic and other waste removed from the mangroves. With the widening of the estuary mouths completed by CARSUCRE there was a noticeable improvement in the health of the mangroves by the end of the year.

More work will need to be done with replanting mangroves that have died however a suitable site for the greenhouse has been identified and is awaiting further investment.

Within the community of Rincon, it was also a busy year. Surveys were carried out to determine the community incentives and community leaders participated in program management training in both January & July.

Work was also completed with the local waste company CORPORIMAR. This involved assisting with going door to door to houses in Rincon to improve take up of their service: this meant that less trash was going directly into the mangroves and also increased the amount of recycling that CORPORIMAR were able to on sell. General operational and business assistance was also provided to CORPORIMAR allowing for improved reporting and understanding on how to increase the service in 2018.

With the mangroves now mapped and the community leaders trained on what they need to do, all that is missing is direct investment to be able to restore and protect the mangroves ongoing.

Certificate in Project Design and Management, Impact Measurement

January 2017 saw its first rendition of El Taller para la Gestión de Impacto Social (TGIS). The objective of TGIS is to bring together a diverse array of current and aspiring social impact practitioners for a 5-8 day workshop on project design and management and impact measurement.

Participants in June and January learned methods in the project design process and collaborated amongst international and Colombian practitioners and community leaders on local projects currently in implementation.Participants finished the course with the knowledge and ability to design and manage their own projects with efficiency and expertise. Both January and June 2017 courses were great successes.

In January, 33 participants from 9  countries participated in the workshop. In June, 35 students from 4 countries participated. In both sessions, we were able to give 7 scholarships to community leaders from across Colombia. 

We are currently looking for sponsorships for 3 ocmmunity leaders from RIncón del Mar, from Nuquí and Medellín to attend out January 2018 session. 

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Creating school gardens
Creating school gardens

You are going to love the advances we have made this summer-- thank you for helping us make it this far.

We have a lot of news to share with you:

First, in La Comuna 8, Medellín, for the Project “Recuperando Vida”—in English “Recovering Life”, we made important headway with the private sector to establish links between Recyclers in Cerro de los Valores and the private sector, opening up arkets for them to sell the recyclable materials that they collect.

In the same region of Medellín, we set up 200 square meters of gardens in the School Vida para Todos (“life for all” in English) along with our project partners, Bancolombia and The Chef is Back. The students are now not only growing food for the community, but are also taking their natural sciences and chemistry classes in the garden. Time outside, working collaboratively and towards a common goal is known as what is called “ecotherapy”—the students have told is that it makes them more relaxed, they feel like they can solve problems better and work have more peaceful relationships with their fellow students and teachers.

Both of these projects are part of an integral approach to development in La Comuna 8 that we are promoting, alongside our new action-research program “Indicators for Peace”.

When we work with a community, our first question is “What is the change you want to see?” Then our second question is: “What do you want to measure?”

We have several different programs, from recycling to mangrove protection in Rincón del Mar. However, across the variety of programs, one of the most important changes that people wanted to measure where coexistence, peacebuilding and reconciliation on a local, even neighborhood level.

For this reason, we created the Indicators for Peace project, so that we can give the communities what they asked for—a way to measure, manage, and ensure that our projects promote coexistence through other benefits provided to the communities.

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In Rincón del Mar, we have decided to get our hands dirty with the trash problem. We have dusted off and are in the process of restructuring the business model of a small group of habitants in Rincón del Mar who have been collecting trash over the years. This process is critical to protecting the mangroves, as one of the biggest threats to the mangroves is trash being thrown in them.

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June through August, we have been in La Macarena, Meta; and Quibdó Chocó with our Strategic Ally, Fundación MIMA, working on waste management, recycling and community development projects. These projects will become a part of the E2E portfolio in 2018.

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We have also given three workshops for Project Design and Management since June in Medellín and Chocó, training commnity leaders how to design projects, solve problems and manage their impact. These workshops give social change leaders the tools they need to make a big difference. With these last 3 workshops, we have trained over 100 social change leaders in Colombia. 

We have one more workshop coming up in November, and two scheduled for 2018 already! we firmly believe that these workshops are critical to multiplying our impact and empowering commmunities. 

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We have also strengthened our relationship with First American Realty, one of our closest allies in Medellín. You can find out more about First American here.

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E2E is a lean, organized and hard-hitting non-profit looking to make real, long lasting impacts in Colombia. We recently just achieved our 501c3 status in the USA, which means that you can now donate directly to E2E and receive full tax benefits!

We operate by the support of people like you. That is why I am asking you to share this information, and if you are able- donate!

You can donate through GlobalGiving, or you can contact me directly through our website. 

Thanks again to all of our supporters and followers.

 

Teryn Wolfe

Executive Director

 

P.S. 

I apologize for the lack of photos and media-- I am literally, sitting on a wooden platform in a jungle right now, and don´t have enough service to upload photos! You can follow os on Facebook for more media. 

Thanks for understanding! 

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