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Youth Leadership for Conservation

Art Medium: Mural Painting and Letter-writing

Partner:  Fundacion Mundo Azul

Location: Quetzalito, Guatemala

This Binational project united youth from Guatemala and Honduras to develop solutions to the pollution of the shared Motagua River, which carries waste into their coastal communities and into the ocean. Through this CAP, a dialogue was opened between the two neighboring countries to build citizenship among youth regarding their participation in solving environmental problems that affect their communities.

Through penpal letter writing, youth in the two communities shared the problems they witnessed in their communities related to environmental pollution and also brainstormed ideas together to reduce the water contamination. 

As a culmination of learning, youth in both countries painted a final mural to educate their respective communities on environmental preservation, waste disposal, and the importance of marine habit and health.

"The activity that I liked the most was when we made the letters and drawings for the children of Honduras, because through them, we were able to see that it's not only us children in Guatemala that are affected by the heavy pollution, but they are as well." 
-Dairín, Participant


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