BENEFITING: SYNERGIA LEARNING CENTER
Finding the Good is a high school and Gap Year semester program where young people learn about, experience, and document viable solutions to the problems we are facing globally. Since 1994, we have taken young people to Baja California, Mexico, to learn in a different culture and place, and to get to know our closest neighbors. In 1999 we traveled to Bahia de Los Angeles on the Gulf of California and met sea turtle researchers Antonio and Bety Resendiz. We developed a wonderful friendship and have had some of our most memorable adventures there.
In November of 2013, we started a documentary film on a remarkable project that combines eco-tourism and wildlife conservation to help sustain the rural economy of Bahia de Los Angeles. Antonio is deeply involved in this project because he can’t imagine a life that isn’t about making life on earth better – for sea turtles or humans. What matters is what is right in front of him, waiting for him to act. By creating meaningful, sustainable work in an area that is hard hit by the declining ocean fisheries, the people there can start to address issues of extreme poverty, and turn it around. It is a small project, involving about ten families, but it has the potential to positively affect the whole region.
We are heading to Bahia de Los Angeles on November 12 for two reasons. One, to capture the footage we need to complete the Big Horn Ram Project documentary film. We will be bringing lots of supplies with us – food, gear, equipment, classroom supplies, and other items that will help build the project into a sustainable business. And two, several weeks ago the village suffered a terrible shock when Hurricane Odile ripped through the region. Many homes were lost, including three palapas at Campo Archelon. Antonio doesn’t even talk about the palapas – he is too focused on getting the project up and running, and he is adamant that it generates income and does not rely on outside help indefinitely. We are asking for your help in this “start-up” phase.
In addition to supplies needed for hurricane relief, we are helping to provide a reliable vehicle, a Suburban 4x4 to be precise, so that tourists and travelers can get to the remote ranches and big horn sheep habitat in relative comfort. Sometimes all that stands in the way of success is something simple and basic that most of us take for granted everyday. Yet it can be the very catalyst that can transform vision into reality, poverty into prosperity.
Tom and I believe in this approach so much that we are putting our personal funds on the line and purchasing the needed supplies to help with hurricane relief, and to get us down there so we can help, and also to purchase the Suburban for the Ram Project. We are asking for your help. Your tax-deductible donation will go to the kind of support that effects real change and helps people to start their own businesses so they can be the ones to turn around and help or employ others. We’re all part of the same network. Sometimes we give, sometimes we receive.
Any amount will help. We are especially reaching out to those of you who have had the great good fortune to learn from the genius of this passionate sea turtle researcher; who have been to Bahia de Los Angeles and have seen firsthand the effects of overfishing on a village that relies on a sustainable fishery; who have a place in your heart for one of the last wild places in North America and the remarkable people who somehow manage to survive there.
Thank you SO MUCH for helping to make a positive difference. Our collective small gestures will generate many ripples.
Debra and Tom