One leaf at a time…

Live the Forest or “Vivamos el Bosque” started as a dream, became an idea and it is now a plan that is coming along little by little. Through a recently founded Roots & Shoots Group, I am working to develop a pilot non formal educational program for children and youth, in addition to a business plan that Otonga Foundation could use to sustain the program in the long run. I plan to raise 10 000 USD in the next 10 months to start running the program properly.

The project has no money now. Although raising money seems always difficult at first, I am positive that by thinking outside the box and working hard in what we are passionate about, we will find our way. The project’s fundraising plan includes activities such as:

– Photography workshops at the Otongachi Research and Educational Center.
– Orientation and survival workshops at the Otonga Forest.
– Scientific illustration workshops at the Otongachi Research and Educational Center.
– Bird Watching workshops at the Otongachi Research and Educational Center.
– Organize “Scientific discussion forum in Coffee shops” in Quito.
– Organize an awareness event: “The Web of Life World Tour: Ecuador” with the communities surrounding the Otonga Reserve.
– Crowd funding: betterplace.org
– Grant applications

We plan to raise money with each event while continuously applying for more money from bigger donors. I hope we can start running the educational program by January 2013.

Last week I presented “Vivamos el Bosque” to the board members of Otonga Foundation and some good friends of Otonga.

They are all really excited about the idea and are willing to help the project. I received great input and currently we have all their support!! 🙂 Thank you all for joining the dream!

Don´t hesitate to give me your inputs please!… The more we are, the stronger we get!

It is easy to dream, isn´t it?

“To Accomplish Great Things, We Must Not Only Act, But Also Dream; Not Only Plan But Also Believe” – Anatole France

Dreaming about the life you would like to live it’s an easy task, isn’t it? You just need to put on your wings and start flying! Your imagination and creativity will take you to the most exciting places you would like to visit, or help you build as much castles on the clouds as you want, right? Yeap! Easy task! Nothing wrong with it since everything is allowed to happen in our dreams…

We all have dreams, and I have plenty of them! It would take me forever to tell you about all my dreams but there is one in particular that I would like to share. I dream on helping to protect one the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, a cloud forest located in the northwest slopes of the Andean Region. Why is it so important to protect it? To give you an idea the forest is part of one of the biggest hotspots of biodiversity in the world, it covers an area of 1000ha from which 80% is still primary forest, and it is an important water reservoir for the lower areas in Ecuador. In addition to the value of the forest, Otonga is full of wonderful people who struggle to cover their basic needs and rely on the forest resources.

How am I going do that? My plan is to develop an environmental education program for children and a social entrepreneurship program for youth in the area. I hope the program will empower young generations, give them hope, inspiration and the skills to live in harmony with nature. Keep reading the blog and check out how the project is coming along 😉