Reports from Planet
Eco-Ecuador Project 2014
Ecuador Program Director
Planet Drum Foundation
November 5, 2013 - February 5, 2014
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We ended 2013 with visits to the greenhouse from several more groups of
students from the Sathya Sai and Montufar schools. The children thoroughly
enjoyed the visits. Some of the younger groups of kids were actually the
most knowledgeable during the lecture portion of the workshop and
enthusiastic doing the hands-on work.
||Orlando instructs students from Sathya Sai on
|Students transplant Mandarina trees.
With help from the groups of students at the greenhouse, we were able to
reach our goal of producing 8,000 trees at the greenhouse. 36 different
native species were propagated. Half of the species and production totals
were fruit-producing varieties.
||Sathya Sai students are quizzed on how much
they know about native flora and fauna in the region.
|Students inside the greenhouse learn about how
to grow trees.
Cabo de Hacha and Amarillo seeds were collected.
||Orlando holds up an Amarillo seed that was
collected from a single tree that had an excellent production this
year at the Saiananda nature park.
One morning was spent inspecting a possible revegetation sites behind the
Sathya Sai school.
||Orlando overlooks a hillside that is a
potential revegetation site.
The end of the year typically marks the end of the dry season and the
beginning of the wet season. This year was similar, although the wet season
had a little bit of a slow start in the Bahía region. As such, we've begun
focusing our energy on distributing trees to communities, partner
organizations, and anyone who is interested in helping the environment by
planting and caring for native trees.
|CNEL workers pick up trees at the greenhouse
for distribution throughout the Manabí province.
In late December, CNEL (the national power company) came to pick up 987
fruit trees that were distributed to multiple different communities in the
region. In rural areas, where new electrical infrastructure is being
constructed, each household received one or two trees for planting. The
trees were of varieties that are well adapted to each area and were
specifically requested by community members, so they should be properly
cared for. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to visit some of the
communities to meet personally with the different residents and see where
the trees were planted.
||Sathya Sai students receive native trees from Planet Drum for
Just before Christmas, we held a small tree donation campaign of our own
with the students from the Sathya Sai and Montufar schools who participated
in revegetation workshops. Each student that visited the greenhouse got to
request a tree to plant at their house. We took orders from each class and
then delivered the trees to their schools for each student to take home. 153
trees were delivered to students at the Sathya Sai school and 102 at
|Sathya Sai students with their Planet Drum Christmas trees.
||Students at the Montufar school also took home trees for
In early January, Global Student Embassy picked up a truckload of trees
(330) for planting as part of their reforestation efforts with international
volunteers and local workers. Two truck loads of trees (250) were sent to
land owners in the Rio Muchacho community.
|2013 Planet Drum volunteer Kath and friends deliver trees to the
Rio Muchacho community.
In January, we also continued to transplant more seedlings to bottles for
the 2014 production since there are seedbeds of Guayaba, Tierre de monte,
Guachapeli, Mandarina, Naranja, Pomarosa, and Guava de Machete that are
ready. We'd made contact with the administrations at the Vicente Hurtado
(private) and Miguel Valverde (public) schools about taking groups of
students to the greenhouse for workshops. They were very receptive to the
idea, particularly the teachers, who think that this is a fantastic
opportunity for the students to learn and experience something new. So far,
two groups from Vicente Hurtado and one group from Miguel Valverde have
visited the greenhouse.
||Orlando talks compost to a group of students from the Vicente Hurtado school.
|Students fill bottles with reutilized plastic bottles with soil
for transplanting trees.
||Students planting Guava de Machete seedlings.
We will be talking with many more schools in the area about collaboration
this year as well. And since schools will be on vacation from March through
April, we will look into working directly with local community groups to see
if there is interest in doing workshops, too.
Aside from distributing 2013 trees and producing new 2014 trees, we will
also design and plant a few revegetation sites ourselves with help from a
couple of new volunteers who are arriving in early February.
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