November 1, 2021

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Mia Smith

COVID19 Response: Direct Aid to Families in Quixaya

Thanks to generous contributions from our donors & the dedicated efforts of CEPC Toliman on the ground, we were able to provide emergency food aid and sanitary supplies for the Mayan community of Quixaya as they endure a devastating outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

June 28, 2021

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Mia Smith

Joining the GreenCheck Community

We are excited to announce we have been selected to join the inaugural cohort of the GreenCheck Network! GreenCheck is a climate action network run by passionate students from Yale-NUS university in Singapore.

March 18, 2021

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Mia Smith

Solar Technology Part 2: Solar Oven

This solar oven doesn't need gas or electricity. It cooks food by concentrating solar energy! We used the solar oven to make a delicious rice, using ingredients dried in the solar dehydrator.

March 16, 2021

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Mia Smith

Solar Technology Part 1: Solar Dehydrator

This low tech solution can dry herbs, fruits, and veggies without any electricity. Drying helps produce last longer for families. Plus, farmers get better prices for value added products (like herb mixes and dried fruit) than selling harvests straight out of the ground.

March 2, 2021

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Mia Smith

Compost Toilet

We built a dry composting toilet for the community permaculture center. This is an ecological solution that treats human waste without using water. This means we don't waste clean drinking water to flush toilets. We also we don't contaminate the local river with our wastewater.

March 1, 2021

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Mia Smith

COVID Supplies

To help fight the spread of COVID-19, we dropped off sanitary supplies at the permaculture center (masks, disinfecting alcohol, and soap). As COVID-19 spreads through the community, all of our workshops and educational activities have been put on hold. While we can't hold activities in groups, we've decided to respond to the pandemic by providing emergency food aid to the families in our community most in need.

December 15, 2020

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Mia Smith

Community Chicken Coop

We built a community chicken coop! The first harvest generated $600 in profit which was reinvested back into the project. The profits were also used to build a small home scale chicken coop for a family in need. This is a great example of how donations to CIELO are used to increase food security and independence for local families.

November 23, 2020

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Mia Smith

4000 trees in our nursery

We planted over 4000 trees in our nursery. These seedlings will grow bigger in the nursery until May, when they will be planted in the ground in our food forest. The varieties include soursop, avocado, citrus, cacao, yuca, passionfruit, morera, and quixtan.

September 30, 2020

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Mia Smith

Community kitchen

We built a community kitchen! The community kitchen is currently being used for workshops on food processing and nutritional cooking. All workshops are taught by local indigenous leaders & focus on native ingredients, like amaranth. The kitchen will also be used to produce locally made artesanal products in the future.

May 29, 2020

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Mia Smith

Nutritional Amranth for Kids Under 5

We fed 64 kids with a 3-week nutritional amaranth program during the COVID crisis. Guatemala continues to be among the countries with the worst malnutrition in the world.

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