Posted by Miguel Juanez On December - 5 - 2017 0 Comment

We at FWOP are building solid and important partnerships between AWOW, Rotary International, CATIE Institute, and Southwest Airlines. This past October, FWOP held a Summit at CATIE in Costa Rica and a video was created which can be viewed on FWOP’s You Tube channel.

Recently, the NT Daily of the University of North Texas wrote an excellent article on the summit. You can read it here: http://ntdaily.com/unt-future-without-poverty-members-learn-about-ecotourism-at-world-summit-in-costa-rica/

The FWOP delegation was being trained in the town of Mollejones to be folkloric dancers

 

The pictures  was taken on our visit to Mollejones Community where CATIE assists locals in establishing viable rural sustainable tourism and connect them to a growing registry of important cultural sites. Our students and volunteers were asked to join into the spirit of the event. The picture was taken after a successful “interpretation” of a folkloric dance with the local children that erupted in laughter and smiles from everyone.

Picking peppers as part of the sustainable gardening in Mollejones

It was a long time in the making but this family finally secured the funding to build a greenhouse through cultural tourism backed funding.

Cultural tourism is where you visit a community with a goal of learning about the people.

“Values”

They loved having us, and we loved visiting.

AWOW and the Lewisville Rotary Morning Club in Texas ( with FWOP and SWA support) created a pre-summit  and  a Dental out-reach project in Barrio in San Jose. The focus was preventive dentistry.

As a result of the Summit,  a Technology Training Center was established at the Sustainable House on the grounds of CATIE ,  a plan to secure funding for expanding the existing rural sustainable tourism network that consists now of four communities and finally, initial plans were made for the next Summit to be held in Nashville, Tennessee.   Various field schools from various universities and high schools are planned to go to CATIE to reinforce our initial steps to reduce poverty and expand sustainable business development.

The picture above shows a small air monitoring device developed by UNT and it is being powered by the Solar Shelter Kit system. I will be on display into the Technology Training Center.

At the Summit FWOP formally announced a new initiative – BUY ART FIGHT POVERTY — to assist artists and raise funds to support  to expand initiatives related to solar lamps for education, clean stoves to reduce pollution, and clean water across the global.   Take  a look at www.buyartfightpoverty.org and send us artists of all ages to the website.

FWOP Nashville had visit from film team recently from Southwest Airlines . Focus was the upcycling of used leather from the seats changed out for airplanes. Veteran jobs are being created in Nashville and St Louis. Some leather has been integrated into activity programs in assisted living facilities.  The FWOP and afflitiates have managed to clean out tons leather used seats from the SWA warehouse in Dallas.

Here, the team discusses viable options for FWOP and how we can take our organization and partnerships to the next stage.

On the final morning we met to map our plans for Costa Rica , Nashville and beyond. More information to come.

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