Sustainable Roots Goes to Galapagos!
We are Sustainable Roots, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable development. We work in the community of Cosanga, Ecuador. Our projects are many and varied, but the shining star of our work is our English class for students over 12 years of age. This class not only teaches English but gives our students a place to dream and build community together. Every year we take our hardest working students from this class on a trip around the country.
We have the habit of telling our students that anything is possible. So when we asked where they wanted to go for their 2015 trip and they responded “GALAPAGOS!”, we simply couldn’t say no. We did however make some demands of our students in return for the trip. We asked for 90% attendance to class and 80% attendance to community service days. Seven students responded with over 1800 hours of class time since September 1st and a collective 340 hours of community service. These kids have earned a trip to Galapagos, and now we need your help getting there.
An average Ecuadorian family earns $5,760 per year (http://data.worldbank.org/country/ecuador), and a trip to Galapagos costs around $1500 per person. As you can see most Ecuadorians will never have the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands.
Marjury, Jhonny, Anthonny, Johanna, Juber, Brandon, and Alison can’t wait for the moment when the airplane takes off and we depart for this trip. The light shines in their eyes as they chatter excitedly about the experiences they will have. They have worked all year to earn it, now all we need is your help to get them there.