Rainforest is best protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it.
It’s no surprise that education, health and nutrition are investment priorities for our partner communities.
Education can transform the future of a child, a family, and a community. No matter where our partners are in the world, the schooling of their children is a priority.
Back to School Bursaries Cool Earth has provided families in Milne Bay with a small fund to cover the costs of the new school year with Back to School Bursaries. Lacking simple items such as uniforms and school books can mean children never attend school.
Classrooms Classrooms are built in our partnerships, to ensure that all children have educational opportunities, and to protect students from the elements so school doesn’t stop in the rainy season.
Scholarships Communities often decide to spend Cool Earth’s investment on Scholarship Programmes to cover costs of further education. This includes providing accommodation so that students that live far from school still get a chance at an education.
Living up to 20 hours from the closest hospital puts lives at risk. In some villages, more than a third of families have lost a child.
Emergency Evacuations Travelling to the nearest hospital can easily cost the equivalent of hundreds of dollars from a remote village. Cool Earth provides transport for the seriously ill.
Health Workshops Cool Earth works with local NGOs to train our partnership communities in basic sanitation and nutrition, saving lives.
In Peru nutrition and protein availability was identified as a priority by our community partners. In the Awajun, a household survey revealed that 32% of children were malnourished. Cool Earth has helped to expand and vary the diets of people in the communities, as well as ensuring protein is regularly available. Healthy people make for a healthy forest.
Diet In early 2016, a nutrition programme was designed and rolled out in Asháninkan communities by the health promoters. Food diaries were used to assess the current nutrition levels and a nutrition technician was hired to develop the programme further.
Inga This remarkable tree helps to improve soil fertility and means the community members can grow food in old gardens, improving the quantity of food available while minimising the need to clear more forest.
Protein Cool Earth’s investment means that protein is now more accessible than ever. Animal husbandry techniques are being taught in our Peruvian partnerships to facilitate chickens, ducks and fish becoming part of their staple diet.
SEE SOME COMMUNITY PRIORITY CASE STUDIES FROM OUR PARTNERSHIPS: