We are proud to announce that EcoLogic Field Technician José Domingo Caal has been awarded a grant for young leaders working to protect the environment!
Through its Joke Waller-Hunter Initiative, Both ENDS, a Dutch organization, awards grants for education and training to young people in developing countries who work for environmental nonprofits and show potential as future leaders. Of Maya K’ekchi’ descent, José Domingo was born and raised in the Sarstun region of Guatemala and has worked in support of EcoLogic’s efforts in this region for six years. When told of the award, José Domingo said, “I am very grateful to EcoLogic for making this opportunity possible. This is a new dawn for me and I will work hard to take full advantage of it!”
EcoLogic nominated José Domingo as part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen the capacity and expertise of our regional partners and collaborators. José Domingo’s optimism, commitment to his community, and communication skills make him an adept promoter of sustainable livelihood practices. We are delighted that he has earned this recognition!
The award will contribute to his leadership development, making possible a one-year intensive English-language program. English proficiency will allow José Domingo to better help and represent our local partner in Sarstun, the Mayan Association for Rural Wellbeing in the Sarstun Region (APROSARSTUN), an organization founded and run by students and recent graduates of the innovative Mayan school, Ak’Tenamit. English language ability will mean that APROSARSTUN will be able to pursue more funding opportunities independently, manage relationships with funders directly, and better represent their communities when dealing with international businesses and other interests. Congratulations, José Domingo: We’ve no doubt that soon we’ll be hearing from you regularly in Spanish and English!