Development of Education & Community Centers in the Manu Biosphere Reserve CREES Foundation
Our History Since 2003, CREES Foundation has worked with local communities and government to improve the sustainable livelihoods of people living in the Amazon. Our work with local communities has involved 3 main areas: • Development & reconstruction of community and educational infrastructures • Capacity Building & training programs • Educational outreach programs
Success to date Development & reconstruction of community and educational infrastructures Beneficiaries: 220 students, 15 teachers and 5 families. • Reconstruction of Student Housing Block (Salvacion) • Refurbishment of Computation Classroom (Salvacion) • Provision of computers (Salvacion) • Complete refurbishment of 2 classrooms (Salvacion) Capacity Building & training programs Beneficiaries: 85 students, 45 teachers and 78 families. • Provision of fulltime educational specialist to develop government curriculum. • 2 environmental education books & teacher manuals • 5 annual workshops • Specialized skills learning (English Language) Educational outreach programs Beneficiaries: 120 students, 15 teachers. • Weekly Outreach programme (15 students) travels to Manu Learning Centre
The New Challenge Because of the success of our work, we have been asked by surrounding communities to work with them in improving their educational and community centers. From 2008 - 2010, CREES aims to complete the first stage of our work, the development and refurbishment of all community and education centers along the Alto Madre de Dios (approx 15 centers in total). The following stages will be started at each educational and community centre once its infrastructure has been revitalized. The scale of our involvement now requires a much larger financial investment, how much will depend on how successful we continue to be at representing and raising money to fund these initiatives.
To create a quality education and community spaces within rural communities. To provide students, parents, teachers & governments the educational and sustainable tools for improved development. To create sustainable communities that work together for a joint future. Our General Objectives
Our Specific Objectives • Repair & Rebuild physical infrastructure providing a safe and hygienic space for the provision of education. • Provide equipment and tools for the enhanced education of the students. • Provide a balanced diet and provisions against malnutrition. • Develop capacity building and training programs for education professionals. • Involve community members and parents in the education and personal development of the children.
How we work? CREES Foundation, goes beyond just working with communities, it pairs them to global partners who are interested in developing long term relationships. By finding a development partner CREES can provide local communities not only a potential source of continual funding but unite people from different background and realities. Local involvement is key to the success of our work, all the physical labor and as much of the building materials are sourced locally. Education is also a key part of the experience for workers, students, teachers as well as parents.
Complete Rebuild of Community Centre & Restoration of Education Centre Project Story: Aguanos is a typical poor rural community in the Amazon. Houses lack running water and basic facilities. The majority of children suffer from malnutrition and consistent illness. Their education centre floods during the rainy season badly damaging the infrastructure and contents. Due to the poor conditions, the number of students who attend the school has reduced some 40%.
The Project Project Stages: Building of Flood defenses Rebuilding of Community Centre Refurbishment of Classrooms Construction of new Bathroom Complex
The Project Project Stages: Provision of Water supply Installation of Waste system Restoration of Sports grounds Installation of new recreation area. Building Interconnecting walkways
The Project (contd..) Total Funding Requirement: $15,000 USD Project Start Date: 15th August Project Length: 35 days Funds Solicited: $500 USD (Ministry of Education) $500 USD (Regional Government) $500 USD (Municipal Government) Global Development Partner: South Bank International School Funds Provided: $1,500 USD Remaining Funds needed: $12,000 USD CREES Foundation accepts donations starting from $50 USD and as large as contributors can make.
What we need? CREES Foundation needs to raise the remaining funds by the 30th of August. These funds will purchase the following: • Building, Roofing and plumbing materials • Bathroom Appliances & Fixtures • Furniture & Fittings • Educational Books & Materials • School Supplies • Dietary Provisions (Breakfast and lunch) • Professional Educators & Health specialists • Instructors & leaders of community development programs
Contact US • International Donations 5/6 Kendrick Mews London SW7 3HG Tel: +44 (0) 207 581 2932 • Quinn@crees-expeditions.com • Peruvian Donations • Calle San Miguel 250 • Cusco, Peru Tel: +51 (84) 262433 • Armando@crees-foundation.org