Para La Tierra's End of Year Fundraiser
Team Member: Joshua York
Many of you know that I got the chance to recently visit Paraguay, South America, facilitating an Earth Expedition there for Miami University. You've heard me share the stories about this country losing 80% of its forests in just the past 10 years. You've seen the sadness in my eyes when I've shared seeing forest fires at night, seemingly as bright as the sun, intentionally set by people wanting to raise cattle on the land.
There are many people in Paraguay that don't understand that they are made of nature, and depend on their local ecology to keep their soil, air, and water clean. Right now, their community is set up so that few get rich while most lose their way of life. The richness of this country, like many others, is being discarded to meet the demand of meat.
I know what you're thinking: We have these issues too, right here in our backyard. But in the United States, we have many resources to turn to, and there are thankfully many educated people in the US that advocate for the resources that keep us all alive. That framework doesn't exist as much in Paraguay.
However, there is hope: Para La Tierra, a non-profit foundation focusing on conservation and education, is gaining traction in this amazing country. Their children’s programs are much like what we see here in the USA. I've been a part of their work during my visit: These people are very effective in what they do, and they make every dollar count!
Today, I am asking for your help: Please consider donating to Para La Tierra this year. They are building a new program in the City of Pilar, and are in desperate need for funding to build infrastructure. This is a chance for you to help build a movement. I promise it will be well worth the investment. Join me in helping to save this part of the planet!
A note from PLT:
Our focus in 2017 will be to expand one of our most successful programs – PLT's Eco-Leadership for Sustainable Futures. This program transforms the way young children learn about the environment. Last year, our on-site club events regularly attracted 70+ children, eager to learn more about their environment. This December we’re holding a graduation ceremony for our two clubs: Defenders of Mother Earth, and Trees of Laguna Blanca. The children have really taken on the role of eco-activists, standing up for the rights of their future environment.
In 2016, PLT received an extremely generous donation – a large house in the southern city of Pilar, where we’re going to establish an educational center. With your help, we’ll renovate the house to make it suitable for our Eco-Leadership for Sustainable Futures program.
How you can help
To get government sponsorship for our program, we need to prove that it works and start making headlines. The move to Pilar is the perfect opportunity to make 2017 the year that PLT changes the face of environmental education. But we can't do it alone. Please help us by donating to our campaign.
As usual with PLT, the dream is big. We're looking to develop a community centre where children and adults can learn about the environment and the importance of conservation.
$5,000 will help us develop of a childrens museum and interactive science space
$4,000 will help us rennovate a few rooms of the house owned by PLT in Pilar, and opening the doors to the Education Center
$3,000 will install a kitchen and other resources we need to be able to run the centre
$2,000 will buy inquiry equipment including a small boat to allow field trips to the Paraguay River
$1,000 will buy resources to fund educational activities on site in Pilar, including black-boards, games and books
Please click the donate button to help us in whatever way you can. You'll get good karma and we'll be forever grateful.