2017 has been another interesting year for the LATA Foundation team – We continue to be be inspired by the amazing work of the grassroots projects we support. Konojel, the women’s co-operative restaurant project we supported in San Marcos on Lake Atitlan, has become self-sufficient, and the subsequent English lessons have been well received. Read more
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Abriendo Mentes which means ‘Opening minds’ in Spanish is a small community-based project founded in 2009 which aims to empower individuals from two rural coastal communities in Costa Rica through innovative and engaging education programs and activities including English and computer lessons, Zumba classes and lacrosse.
RELEASE THE SQUIRREL MONKEYS!
Five orphaned squirrel monkeys have been successfully released back into the wild in Costa Rica! Our partner, Kids Saving the Rainforest, have reported on their successful release of the endangered and recovered squirrel monkeys back into their natural habitats!
Picalor House is an educational charity working in the small town of Oropesa and other villages in the surrounding rural area 25km outside of Cusco, Peru. The charity offers a comprehensive afterschool program in academic and non-academic subjects, along with helping the children with their homework, which takes the burden off the parents.
The Sabor del Sol (Taste of the Sun) is a micobusiness benefiting a cooperative of eight indigenous women which is overseen by the Konojel Community Center in the village of San Marcos on the shores of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. The project uses new solar technology in the form of a solar dehydrator and solar oven which has been loaned to the project to produce healthy dried fruit snacks, sundried tomatoes and granola with seeds roasted in the solar oven. The co-op has a very small shop at the restaurant where they can sell their dehydrated goods and seeds and, with our help, have opened a tourist cafe to fund the daily lunch programme. Our continued support will provide English lessons to the community and expand their cafe service with the ultimate aim of becoming self-sustainable.
Nuevas Esperanzas’ agroecology programme uses model farms to tackle food insecurity on the Telica Volcano. The model farms demonstrate natural ecological processes to utilise available land and water resources and promote yield. This project aims to develop tourism infrastructure on the volcano to benefit local people, a significant number of which live under $1 per day.