From July 6th and 16th, five Alberta Youth entered the BOSAWAS Biosphere Reserve via the Coco River, along with ACGC and Change for Children staff, representatives of CFCA’s partner organization Centro Humboldt and the President of the indigenous territorial government of the NW region of BOSAWAS. (photo courtesy of ACGC)
The youth visited indigenous communities and learned about subsistence agriculture, indigenous rights and biodiversity. They visited rice fields, cacao plantations and vegetable gardens set up as part of CFCA’s Food Security Project.
They learned how to make chocolate from cacao seeds, helped to distribute eco-stoves and even learned about how hard it is to haul water to the village houses from a mountain stream. Indigenous leaders spoke to the youth about the effects of climate change on their traditional territories and livelihoods.
Tony Zelaya, who visited us in Canada last fall and is the recipient of CFCA’s first scholarship for the indigenous students of BOSAWAS is also travelling with the tour and he has made lasting connections with the Canadian youth. The adventure continued ininto NW Nicaragua where the youth visited Change for Children’s water project, distributed eco-stoves and inaugurated a recently drilled well with the drilling machine that the project purchased in early 2013.