Individually we are a drop. Together we are an ocean.
The concept of community development is rooted in empowering local community members to support a common cause. Our projects are centered around meeting the needs of locals, while also preserving the natural environment around us. The community is the driving force behind this project and as such it is important to prioritize initiatives which support it.
At the same time, it is necessary to recognize our role in this community and the lessons we can take away from people. Through our project we hope to gain as much knowledge as we are able to share.
Examples of community driven initiatives:
Provide economic opportunities (artisanal crafts, construction, tours, etc)
Educational opportunities (conservation, agriculture, etc)
Providing training (first aid, construction, tourism management, etc)
We saw a growing need for more conservation and education in this area, and came to the realization that community-based initatives were the strongest and most sustainable solution. By intentionally including local people in our project, we cultivate a connection that can continue to thrive. When nature is valued by both locals and visitors, initiatives are easier to implement and more likely to continue. Conservation is not something that can be done overnight nor by the hands of a few.