We have co-produced three programs in South America and Southeast Asia.
Through local partnerships, we foster meaningful dialogues between youth, their families, local and regional governments, and academic institutions.
From short films to street art, stop-motion animation, web design, and photography - participants in our one to six-month programs learn through situational activities targeting language, skills, and knowledge necessary to ascend as empowered authors of their life stories. We prepare youth to access new opportunities that contribute to their personal growth, cultural heritage, and region's biodiversity.
LOCAL PARTNER: LOBITOS CINEMA PROJECT
DATES: September 2014 - Current
The Lobitos Cinema Project (LCP) is a platform creating spaces for community development of the participatory audiovisual arts along the northern coast of Peru. LCP is an open space for connections between local communities and vultures interested in education through creative media arts education. The vision is to generate a new idea of development through storytelling, listening to the community’s voices, and seeing through their lens to create a sustainable future together.
In Lobitos, we also run our Women & Water program, a gender-responsive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project for a healthy coastal community. Through participatory audiovisual arts, in addition to water sports and wellness workshops, this program engages local daughters and their mothers as key agents in water management while building inner to outer strength. We strive to promote local mothers' and daughters’ participation and leadership capabilities as stewards of positive change for greater gender equity and social-ecological resilience.
MANTA is Vietnam’s first and only official sailing school that promotes human and environmental health via water sports. MANTA takes fishermen off endangered habitats and over-fishing, translating their existing ocean instincts to water-sports coaching and climate change survival skills. This alternative livelihood program is supported by large groups of schoolchildren and corporates.
Enable by a Fulbright research award in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and a grant from National Geographic, with MANTA's support, Coast 2 Coast facilitated PhotoVoice workshops with local fishing families that focused on the social and ecological impacts of low fish availability on the wellbeing of Vietnamese small-scale fishing villages. The data collected was used in part to support the development of a participatory monitoring tool for the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines). The SSF Guidelines are the first international instrument dedicated entirely to the immensely important small-scale fisheries sector. They are the result of a long and intensive global bottom-up consultative process.
LOCAL PARTNER: A LIQUID FUTURE
DATES: October 2018 - April 2019
A Liquid Future is a grassroots not-for-profit organization providing free educational programs for isolated island communities in Indonesia, striving for a balance where increasing surf tourism is impacting their lives and culture.
Sharing knowledge and ideas leads to the best outcomes for the challenges communities are facing today. A Liquid Future uses collaborative knowledge as a tool to adapt for the better for people and the planet. A Liquid Future’s core principles are connection and collaboration, which are the foundation of open communication.
Created in response to their wants, needs, and dreams for their region, a Liquid Future works with these local communities to make sure they play their role in shaping their region’s future for the benefit of the communities, the environment, and the visitor.