The Rio Cangrejal rushes past smooth boulders and shiny pebbles, under bridges and around corners while toucans snack in the trees that shade the soccer field. Little kids refine their aim by hitting cans with their slingshots while the mare’s club (three very pregnant mares) grazes on the overgrown grass in the small cemetery next to the field. Ceiba trees shade, wind rustles leaves and dries sweat and people head to and from on foot, in cars, on horses and in pailas (truckbeds). This is the place that the organizations Guaruma and Cangrejal Tours call home.
Guaruma is an educational organization run by hondureños in order to offer an education más alla de (in addition to) what they get in school. They provide full and half scholarships for students in the area (communities of Las Mangas and El Pital) to attend public school and provide after-school classes on photography, English, computer skills and environmental conservation. They work with local youth, providing classes and school support (there is a library and a computer lab onsite as well as a live-in volunteer/teacher who does everything he can to make the space available for the community) until the student graduates. As a result of this kind of wrap-around support, many young people come out not just with a quality education but with a desire to support and teach the next generation. One such group of youth created their own tourism cooperative called Cangrejal Tours. We had the opportunity to work with these two organizations for this semi-accelerated week-long workshop.
This round we did something that makes a ridiculous amount of sense and that we will now do in the future: teach the teachers. We held two classes a day with the future facilitators in the morning and the younger students (age 10-17) in the afternoon. Guaruma actually drove to the neighboring community to pick up and drop off youth everyday so that they could attend the workshop. The future facilitators were a mix of recently graduated Guaruma students and members of Cangrejal Tours. We would plan out the afternoon session with the facilitators and assign responsibilities for each individual (Kyle and myself included). The facilitators ended up teaching most of the sessions while we supported and filled in gaps, if there were any. They were in charge of presenting content, classroom management, assessing understanding and pacing the lessons. It went incredibly well!
The last day was a whirlwind of last minute audio and video editing before families and curious community members came out to watch the young ones present their topics and programs. The night ended with an award ceremony where each student received a certificate and was recognized publicly. These workshops were so successful. They were successful because of a dedicated group of individuals that transported kids every day, spent ALL day at Guaruma to prepare and teach lessons, and were truly organized.
Mas información sobre la defensa del Rio Cangrejal contra la represa hidroelectrica
Socialización de los efectos del proyecto hidroelectrico en la cuenca del Rio Cangrejal, La Ceiba, Atlantida Publicado en No al Saqueo