Alto Don Diego Community Action Board
Our local partner, Alto Don Diego Community Action Board, is a social organization that serve the indigenous communities of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern Colombia, and are focused on community development and increasing access to education. Members of the Board include a local teacher, an environment and ecology professor at the University of Santa Marta, artists, musicians, and program development specialists, that work directly with the community.
Located on the site of an ancient Tayrona city, Taironaka Ecolodge has preserved the archeological remains that include stone paths and terraces and serves as the location for the community project. The Kogui indigenous community (approximately 1500 people, with 1000-1200 between the ages of 3rd and 11th grade) that live in the highlands come down from their mountain home twice a month for cultural programs including music and art. The current school is in town where it is noisy, busy, and lots of congestion. The old classroom building in Taironaka has plenty of land to do outdoor and cultural activities and is much more conducive to learning.
In partnership with the Alto Don Diego Community Action Board, we will help the community with the restoration necessary to revive the old community classroom. Our collaboration will result in the materials and labor needed to bring the classroom back into use–and returning youth to the area for cultural workshops. The project may include painting, roof repair, updating bathroom facilities, and more.
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