Sponsor a Student campaign

So I am going to El Salvador from December 16 – January 21, 2013. and me and my team are working tirelessly to put together a fundraising campaign.

Our project, during this time, will consist on teaching a group of young boys and girls about aquaponic farming. With this intensive educational program people can learn alternative ways of growing food in a sustainable way. Pretty much we will be doing a “Teach them how to fish, and you’ll feed them for a life-time” type of approach.

We strongly believe that education is the key to break the lock of poverty, but not just any education, we understand the basic, and most urgent, necessities of the poor people of Tasajera island.

We will break the poverty cycle one step at a time, and although we understand that poverty is a complex problem, we start by educating the youth with practical knowledge of food production. Thus, responding directly to their needs, and making a foundation of community change by working with young people, because they are the future (we know that right, let’s do something about it then).

Tasajara online

I constantly think about the best, most efficient, way to connect with the community of Tasajera. As many of you know, I live in Mansfield, PA and since I cannot be in El Salvador with frequency (although I want to) I have to develop a way to establish a solid communication with them. A communication channel is key to the success of the Humen project, because we need to be constantly monitoring our progress and paying close attention to what the community is saying.

I am a strong believer in communication, and if you think about our situation, it is not easy to establish an ongoing communication because of 2 reasons:

  1. they are not “digitally included”. Since Tasajera is a low income community in El Salvador, only a handful of people are capable of accessing the internet, and even fewer have the knowledge of how to use it. Therefore, my plan for my next trip in December is to teach a group of young men and women how to use a computer and the internet. This will allow them to be more digitally included and communicate with us through online channels like Google Drive, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  2. The Education system in Tasajera is in terrible shape, mainly because people cannot afford the cost and stop paying the monthly fee ($10). But people cannot afford it and the school refuses to expel those who don’t pay. As a consequence, school is broke and trying to educate many kids. This makes our connectivity problem even larger.

I believe things will change, and we are working hard to see a change in this place.

Daniel Teodoro.

Security and Development

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Seguridad

La isla Tasajera es uno de los lugares mas seguros de el mundo por la razón de que esta protegida por Dios en esta comunidad existen cuatro iglesias en las que muchas personas se reúnen cada tarde para adorar a Dios y una seguridad terrenal que la compone la policía nacional civil.

Por la comunidad de la isla Tasajera puedes ir sin temor que alguien te pueda agredir físicamente, que te pueda robar tus pertenencias prueba de ello es que algunos turistas que visitan la isla todos comentan que este lugar tiene una hermosa naturaleza que la componen un manglar , estero de Jaltepeque, el rio Lempa, la playa de la isla también un gran atractivo que es un vivero de tortugas y la seguridad que es algo de lo que se van muy encantados por que pueden caminar por toda la comunidad a cualquier hora ya sea en el dia o también por la noche algo que les hace sentirse mucho mas relajados y disfrutar mas su paseo.

Falta de Desarrollo

Esta comunidad cuenta con mucha naturaleza pero con escasos recursos para el desarrollo de la educación y la formación principalmente de los niños que es tan importante para su futuro. Esta formación muchas veces se ve cortada por la falta de recursos económicos ya que tienen que salir de la isla lo cual genera altos gastos de dinero y que la mayoría no tienen a consecuencia de esto dejan los estudios.

escrito por Jeremias Carmona

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Security

Tasajera Island in El Salvador is one of the safest places on the world, because it is protected by God. This community houses four churches that many people attend to; they gather every evening to worship God. There is also a physical security force: Police.

You can go around the Tasajera community without fear of being mugged or being a victim at all, proof of this is that many tourists that come to the island comment that this place is beautiful in all its forms. The natural beauty of Tasajera is composed by giant mangroves, the Jaltepeque Bay, the River Lempa, and its beautiful virgin beach side. Tasajera also houses a turtle shelter, which is a main tourist attraction. Overall, safety is one thing people leave happy with, because they can walk through the community at any time of the day or night, which makes them feel more relaxed to enjoy their visit.

Lack of Development

This community is an amazing natural gem, but has very little resources to provide proper education to its inhabitants. Children are not being given the right formation; they are the future of Tasajera. Education standard is directly linked to the lack of economic resources, and leads people to leave the community in search of a better education opportunity. Yet, only a handful can afford this, so most children and young people decide to drop out of school.

written by Jeremias Carmona