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.