Bela Vista – “Nós zona, Nós orgulhu” (Our community, Our pride), Praia, Santiago Island (completed)
We work to empower local community groups from urban areas and trigger behavioral change towards safer, cleaner and socially integrated livelihoods. The participatory annual Action Plan for community engagement is being developed. Activities range from local environment clean-up days, workshops on health and hygiene, sports and cultural days to boost communication, interest and social engagement. In collaboration with Integration Centre of Bela Vista and other partners we we developed training programme for unemployed youth to enhance their skills in tourism and hospitality sector such as waitressing, bar and table service, production of arts and crafts from recycled materials.
Eco- School, Praia, Santiago Island (completed)
The Eco-School is a pilot project implemented in the primary school of Bela Vista, Abela. The project introduces a set of activities for children to learn and through play change their attitude and behaviour related to healthy diet, personal and community hygiene and natural environment that surrounds them. As part of the project we organise field trips to introduce young citizens to local and international culture, get hands-on experience of different occupations that they might choose in the future. Together we celebrate national and international days such as International Day of Environment or Water Day.
Capacity building for the self-empowerment of fisher communities in Santiago Island
Together with local fishers we aim to reduce pressure on marine resources to ensure long-term survival of marine species and wellbeing of numerous fisher families. The project aims to diversify fisher income opportunities through the development of sustainable community-based marine tourism ventures coupled with sustainable use of resources and conservation of threatened species and their habitats. To ensure environmental and economic sustainability of the project we aim to develop Market and Business Plans for the small scale community business venture and Code of Conduct for the sea users.