The End of Trash Burning for San Luis High School
Project Launch:The topic of global warming has been on the mind of most people in the last few years and Peru is no exception. In the community of San Luis de Cañete, a few hours south of the city of Lima, the youth are somewhat aware of the issue and the affect it has had in Peru. With grant funding from World Connect’s Kids to Kids Program, a Peace Corps Volunteer helped organization a presentation that demonstrated to youth as well as to the community as a whole, what effect they directly have on the environment, and how they can contribute to the solution. To underscore these messages, the issue of waste management was also addressed at the school, along with in-classroom lessons on the subject. Funding supported the purchase of trash receptacles to separate recyclables, trash, and organics, prizes for recycling competitions, construction of a worm bin to demonstrate composting techniques, and teaching materials for fun recycled art project. The lessons learned by the students and the example being set by the school had a tremendous effect on the habits of both the community members as well as its institutions and a meaningful step towards cleaner healthier community.
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