When you think of EcoLogic, you may think of the hundreds of rural indigenous communities we work with, the millions of trees they’ve reforested, the tens of thousands of acres of watershed they’ve protected, or the thousands of fuel-efficient cookstoves they’ve built. But who actually makes it all happen on the ground?
Our project technicians (or técnicos in Spanish.) They are the hands and feet, eyes and ears, heart and soul of EcoLogic. Their work is all about listening, collective problem solving, respect, and following through on commitments. I want to introduce you to a técnica who embodies EcoLogic’s values in everything that she does: Severiana.
Who is Severiana? She’s the técnica who since 2012 has been coordinating EcoLogic’s joint project with our partner, the Regional Environmental Collaborative for the Chinantla Region of Oaxaca in Mexico. As an indigenous woman herself, Severiana’s dedication to women’s and indigenous peoples’ empowerment embodies EcoLogic’s mission every step of her day.
Read more about Severiana and EcoLogic’s goals for this year >>
Dear friends of EcoLogic,
Thank you so much for attending EcoLogic’s third annual Turning the Tables benefit. For those of you who made it, we’re so grateful you could join us to celebrate EcoLogic’s impact and come closer together as a community of allies dedicated to a more sustainable, just world. For those of you who couldn’t make it this year, we hope this event summary inspires you to join us in the future! It was a big success not only for us, but for rural and indigenous people in Central America and Mexico—as well as for our caring community here in Boston.
EcoLogic’s third annual Turning the Tables, which took place on October 20th, was a unique and creative evening full of dialogue between concerned citizens who care about the issues that affect people and planet. EcoLogic hosted both core supporters and new guests at the historic Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. The space was thoughtfully decorated with paintings made by artisans in Guatemala, videos relayed from field staff in Honduras, and auction items donated from Mexico, Belize, and beyond!
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At EcoLogic, we love to brag about our amazing interns. With bright minds and unbridled enthusiasm, they bring a wealth of much welcomed, fresh energy to our work. However, we don’t often highlight the brilliant interns that offer the same great ideas and helping hands to our regional staff and our partners in the field.
In Totonicapán, Guatemala, there’s an intern who brings exactly all the qualities and benefits we’ve just described, and has worked with EcoLogic and our local partner, The Natural Resource Council of The Mayors of the 48 Cantones, since early 2016. Her name is Rosario Concepción Morales Tzic.
Rosario was originally linked with 48 Cantones through her program at the University Center of Totonicapán, part of the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Rosario’s original project was to undertake a socioeconomic baseline study of a community in the area with the help and guidance of 48 Cantones. As Rosario mentions in the video, her involvement and role expanded once she connected with EcoLogic Field Technician Fernando Recancoj and became aware of our work. Shortly after, EcoLogic staff and USAC students began to explore their mutual interests and eventually formalized a partnership with the university, so that students in the area could learn about and participate in projects related to community-based conservation.
See more of Rosarios work in Chiyax >>