CONNECT KIDS - FROM BAJA TO PORT AU PRINCE
Organized by: Kat Williams
MY MATCHING CHALLENGE -
October 10, 2016
EVENT DATE Oct 17, 2016
Dear Friends: I'm resetting my week long challenge to raise $750 for the Baja Coastal Insitute in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico October 16 - 22nd AND the Fuller Center for Housing affiliate in Haiti where they are working in extreme disaster relief mode.
As many of you know from my Instagram shots, I'm passionate about ocean sustainability and clean up. What a better way to combine this wish than to partner with the Baja Coastal Institute, located at Pulmo Marine Park and with local children?
I'm trying meet my goal of $750 so that I can match what I've raised and donate that to HAITI/FULLER CENTER. We've been getting emails that they are need of food, clothing, water, and will be in need of housing and supplies soon.
Both Fuller Center for Housing and the Baja Coastal Institute is a registered non-profit in both Mexico and the United States. For the past ten years, I have been leading teams in support of affordable housing. While that is a cause I still believe in passionately, I'm beginning a new venture for volunteers wishing to participate in a combination of earth preservation and education.
What I've found on these trips is that many of the local people do not have the means to enjoy traveling easily through their own countries, to sites and areas that we travel thousands of miles for. I want to be able to enable kids to have this experience - much like the Museum of Science trip many of you helped with for my students at DY.
We are a small but mighty group of women and have committed to working with local children in the BCI's Learning Center. The Learning Center is a hub for classes and hands on instruction with a fully developed curriculum. As volunteers, we will be taking kids through a class in the Learning Center, than to the BCI Visitor's Center where will collaborate with the kids on creating meaningful day trips and activities. They will be able to make personal contact with the wildlife and the surroundings we have been learning about. Activities may include snorkeling, baby turtle releases, or bird watching. We'd like to be able to raise enough money for our minivan, meals for the kids and to make a donation to the BCI.
Won't you consider making a small tax deductible donation and helping to build a bridge between your community and the one in Cabo Pulmo - kids, education, the earth... during the festival of Shakti - Mother Earth it is exactly the right time for this type of outreach!! Sending you love, light and gratitude! KAT
From National Geographic: "By the 1990s, decades of destructive overfishing in the waters of the Sea of Cortez left the coral reef at Cabo Pulmo severely impacted. In order to restore and recover the vitality and biological diversity of the reef’s ecosystem, the local community on the east cape of the Baja Peninsula convinced the Mexican federal government to establish a protected area at Cabo Pulmo. The result was a 17,560-acre swath of marine and coastal habitat successfully established as a Marine Protected Area, 99 percent of which is based in the ocean.
Today, Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park is one of the most fruitful examples of marine conservation in Mexico. Fishing was banned inside the park, and local residents, in concert with the Mexican government, helped bring the reef back from certain demise. Today, Cabo Pulmo’s reef is called an “Ocean Miracle,” and it is a great success story for Mexican conservationists."