Nicaragua Archives - Earth Charter

Youth-led Earth Charter activity day in Nicaragua

9. Eradicate poverty as an ethical, social, and environmental imperative.
a. Guarantee the right to potable water, clean air, food security, uncontaminated soil, shelter, and safe sanitation, allocating the national and international resources required.
b. Empower every human being with the education and resources to secure a sustainable livelihood, and provide social security and safety nets for those who are unable to support themselves.
c. Recognize the ignored, protect the vulnerable, serve those who suffer, and enable them to develop their capacities and to pursue their aspirations.

A group of Reto Juvenil Internacional’s volunteers organized an Earth Charter activity in Nicaragua, community called Rocha. Rocha is a community located 45 minutes away from Tierra Blanca; 5 min driving up to the end of the road and around 30 – 40 minutes hiking. It is formed by 31 families dedicated principally to the agriculture.

First the Reto Juvenil volunteers studied the Earth Charter and then brainstormed what are the challenges in this community and how could they be addressed.

The volunteers came to a conclusion that this community has challenges with nutritious food. The families do not integrate fruits or vegetables into the meals and the land is not being used as efficiently as it could be.

Thus the volunteers considered it to be useful to explain the importance of the variety of food in the meals. They also considered that it would be important to cultivate vegetables and fruits in the community, considering the community’s challenging location and thus a lack of possibilities to find these important products.

On March 24th, 2010 Reto Juvenil volunteers invited the community’s children to the school to participate in different types of activities. The volunteers presented illustrations on plants’ growing process and explained the importance to take care of the newly started garden. After this the volunteers and children cleaned up the area around the school.

The volunteers report that the children seemed to understand the importance of taking care of the vegetable and fruit garden that the volunteer group had initiated to the community’s school. These students will be responsible for taking care of it. In addition they believe that the kids also understood the value of keeping their environment as clean as possible.

The Reto Juvenil volunteers and children cleaned up the area around the school.
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La Salle, Central America and Panama, embraces the Earth Charter

On December 7th, 2009 a small meeting took place at La Salle University in San Jose, Costa Rica, with the purpose of signing a collaboration agreement between La Salle Distrito de Centroamérica and Earth Charter International. With this agreement, La Salle commits to disseminate and use the Earth Charter in different ways within its educational institutions (primary and secondary schools, universities and higher education centers) in the Central American region. The collaboration agreement was signed by Otto Armas Bonilla, Provincial Inspector; Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of the Initiative and Brother Oscar Azmitia Barranco, Rector of La Salle University, as honor witness.

La Salle Central America and Panama involves 30 educational institutions (schools and universities). We hope this agreement will evolve into a fruitful cooperative educational relationship. 

The La Salle Institution was founded about 300 years ago by St. John Baptist de La Salle and is now established throughout the world. The Brothers give themselves to the education of children, young people and also mature students. Worldwide they are present in 82 countries, (involving 80.000 educators and more than 5.000 Brothers) and have more than 1000 teaching establishments where 1.000.000 students are educated. For more information about this institution see

See the video of the signature here.

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