Response from Jeremias

The HUMEN project has brought us a big amount of knowledge that was unknown to use before this project came to our community. We now know the importance and the urge of practicing organic farming methods. First, we want to embrace sustainability, because is one of the most important things and necessary to help the economy of our community and its development. Our idea and our mission is to share this new knowledge and to invite all the people of the community and whoever is interested to introduce them to this type of development, which is founded in the principles of sustainability.

We know that organic farming is completely natural and we are helping the reduction of contamination and pollution by fertilizing our soils with organic material that don’t cause negative impacts on the environment; instead it improves the health of the soil and ours. Our hope is to see this project grow from a simple, even humble, beginning to a growth that it may reach the entire community and satisfy all its needs.

Consequently, develop an internal market that primarily reduces the expenses of importing vegetables and herbs in the island, an every-day expense that is high. By accomplishing this reduction of expenses, the money could be used to cover other important necessities. For example, children regularly drop out of school because their parents cannot afford it. With this development and the savings we can improve other aspects of our community that need reconstruction, such as Education.

– Jeremias, Francisco & Cristian.
Tasajera, El Salvador

Original Text:

El proyecto humen nos a traido una gran cantidad de nuevos conocimientos los cuales asta antes de que el proyecto yegara a la comunidad eran desconsidos para nosotros ahora sabiendo la importancia y la necesidad que tiene poner en practica los cultivos organicos primeramente el desarrollo de la sostenivilidad que es una de las mas importantes y necesarias porque ayudan en la economia de la comunidad y en el desarrollo de ella. La idea y la mision de nosotros es compartir los conocimientos e invitar atodas las personas de la comunidad o interesados a que conoscan esta forma de desarrollo que parte de la sustenibilidad con cultivos organicos que como nosotros ya conosemos estos son totalmente naturales lo que quiere decir que ademas estamos ayudando a que desminuya la contaminacion y fertilizando los suelos con abonos que no causan impactos negativos al medio ambiente si no que mejoran la tierra y nuestra salud. Nuestro deseo es que el proyecto cresca deber algo un poco sencillo o tambien llamarlo humilde a crecer en tanto que alcance la capacidad de cubrir las necesidades de la isla en general y generar con esto un mercado interno que disminuya principalmente los gastos en la compra de verduras y ortalisas que en nuestra comunidad son una necesidad diaria y como consecuencia un gasto de dinero que se ase a diario. Con el logro de este desarrollo el dinero ahorrado podria servir para otras necesidades que tienen mucha importancia por ejemplo la educacion de los ni?os que muchas veces dejan el estudios por los bajos ingresos economicos con este desarrollo y el ahorro que se octenga mejoraran otras necesidades principales como la educacion. Atentamente……. Francisco, Alexanser y Geremias.

1st Sustainable Development Conference – Tasajera 2012

I agree that “Sustainable Development Conference” sounds far beyond the possibilities of a 22 year old college student and his friends… BUT the truth is we can technically use this name because we successfully organized a 2 day event where a group of 30 people gathered and learned about Environmental issues, starting up a business, organic farming methods, hydroponics, and pursuing dreams and visions. Throughout the event art and creativity were fundamental aspects of our presentations and performance. The purpose of this conference was to educate and empower them with practical knowledge and resources.

Since the idea of organizing such event came to my mind, I knew our presentations ought to provide them with immediate and practical knowledge they could use in their daily lives. So when a team of speakers was finally assembled, I insisted that we needed to focus on the listeners, having this question always in mind: ” what piece of information can I give them that would make their lives better?” Thank God, people with a lot of knowledge and experience were so excited to be a part of this project and sacrifice some of their time and comfort to travel one and a half hours to Tasajera.

Through knowledge comes empowerment. If we believe there is a bright future for Tasajera, we must work according to a vision by following a plan. This is why Sustainable Development Conference – Tasajera 2012 was engineered to be the first of many events that aim to bring awareness to a comunity. Awareness of many things that they are deprived from, knowledge that for us may be considered “common”.

These were the presentations given by the guest speakers:

Wednesday 8/1

  • Starting a Green Business – Julio Cabrera (business manager)
  • Environmental Awareness – Daniel Teodoro (environmental science student)
  • Creative Consciousness – Claudio Kriegel & Carlos Escalante (psychology students)

Thursday 8/2

  • Organic Farming Methods – Javier Miranda (agro-industrial engineering student)
  • Hydroponics – Javier Miranda (agro-industrial engineering student)
  • Having Visions and Following Dreams – Mary Castillo (Economist)
  • Practical Marketing Techniques – Jose Mario Castillo (graphic designer)

We, the people of HUMEN believe empowerment also comes through art. By encouraging people to fearlessly explore their artistic abilities, they empower themselves with confidence and awareness of their own creative capacities. We are certain that the exposure to art is very important in the overall well being of a person. This is why during the conference we had several artistic performances including music, visual animations, poems, and a special ballet dance by Katherine Barton.

The event culminated with our team and the youth that attended coming together and painting a wall. The only rule of participation was to “paint whatever comes to mind, and do it freely with no inhibitions”. The result was a genuine masterpiece and people uncovering their creative talents. It was so rewarding to see some people I knew getting really excited while they were painting, some even wondered why they had never gottten together to do such an endevour before.

Aftermath. There are still many things yet to be processed, things that mostly lie inside each one of us that participated. Personally, this has been a life changing experience, and I know as I move forward the big picture will become clearer. The effects that this event, and the project so far, has had on the community of Tasajera are still to be discovered. But we feel very confident that our work there has been aligned with good intentions, compasion, integrity, friendship, service, truth, and love.

As for our team in the island (Francisco Funes, Jeremias Carmona, and Cristian Corvera), they are committed to this project. They are very hopeful to see a real change in their community, a change they have longed for years, and finally they can see a dim light at the end of the tunnel.. this is why we have committed our full support to this cause and we will not stop until we see the expected results.

I am thankful for all the people who have supported this effort, and I hope we continue working together with people that are willing to make a difference.

Deeply greatful,
Daniel Teodoro

An Introduction to Hidroponics

When I was in Tasajera, I was able to share with a few people an introduction to Hydroponics. This is a video of me teaching some of them how to prepare the nutrient solutions for the systems. As you will be able to see, the conditions are not the most suitable for a good learning experience, but nonetheless we disregard the conditions to focus on our ends… And our end is to Teach and provide useful resources to the Tasajera Community.