Holiday Programme for kids in the Intag-Valley, Ecuador
Intag is a rural area in northwestern Ecuador, with large remnants of cloudforest, an ecosystem that belongs to the planet's 20 hotspots of biodiversity.
Most of the 15.000 inhabitants farm for a living.
In the main village, Apuela, there is a free, public library, the Casa Palabra y Pueblo (House of the word and the people), that offers a three-week holiday programme for children in March.
Every week will contain a day of handicrafts (recycling workshops, dreamcatchers etc.), a day of physical activities and sports play, a swimming lesson in the local thermal pools, a special excursion (Orchid-park, Archeological sites) and a special guest. Examples of this include an indigenous storyteller, a man that creates natural instruments and local firefighters and nurses that will teach the basics of first aid.
The aim of the holiday programme is, among others, to enable children to enjoy their vacations and get to know their diverse Intag region and thereby value their own culture and nature.
This is especially important in an area threatened by deforestation and mining - 85
% of the land in Intag has been set aside for mining. The Casa Palabra y Pueblo has always campaigned against mining.
Most kids come from poor farming families, which means that they cannot afford the cost for materials and entries on their own.
Therefore the Casa Palabra y Pueblo is looking for some financial support the make the programme possible.
Without a holiday programme, they would help their parents with daily work on the farm.