Jicaro Island Ecolodge was built on the premise of sustainability. When translated into our daily work, sustainability means that we always try to minimize the environmental impact of our daily operations, while actively contributing to the local community. Through our sustainability activities, we aim to improve the lives of our neighbors and help them realize a more vibrant future. In order to insure the sustainability of our initiatives, We provide training and education to the communities who are charged with caring for the new infrastructure. Further, we ensure that sufficient funds are maintained in a reserve account in order to provide the maintenance and repair of any new equipment. Jicaro is currently focused on two main initiatives centered on education and sustainable food.
Jicaro and its staff is quite active and really takes the concept of sustainability very seriously.
In collaboration with US-based 501c3 Earth Equilibrium, Jicaro has developed a community-based outreach program focused on the support and implementation of educational projects that encourage sustainable community development.
Padre Nello School is located just a short boat ride away from Jicaro on the mainland shores of Lake Nicaragua. Approximately 88 children attend Padre Nello School every day, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am until noon. The school has just 4 classrooms: one which is used for kindergarten and the other three for elementary education. Each classroom is used to instruct two different grade levels simultaneously by one teacher.
One of the primary challenges to providing clean water at Padre Nello is the fact that the school does not have access to any form of commercial energy service. Therefore, the goal of our water filtration project is to introduce a clean technology which utilizes energy generated by solar panels.
In addition to providing energy for the new water filtration system, the solar panels will also power a small network of lights and outlets the classrooms as well as the community health center! Not only will this project facilitate classroom instruction, but also the ability for medical professionals to operate vital equipment needed during medical exams. This project has been exclusively funded through the generous donations of our Jicaro guests!
The water filtration project was created out of necessity for safe drinking water for the children who attend Padre Nello School. There is currently no access to clean drinking water at the school, so children and teachers are forced to use lake water for all of their daily activities.
Once installation is completed, the water filtration system will benefit not only the children and teachers at the school, but also the approximately 600 people living in the surrounding community! People in this community currently rely almost exclusively on expensive bottled water for their daily consumption, so this project will have significant broad-ranging impacts for Las Isletas.
This project has been exclusively funded through the generous donations of our Jicaro guests! If you want to support with this community project you can do it by delivering your donation during your check out in Front Desk or alternatively online via the Earth Equilibrium website. The Community will thank you, your contribution will be part of the change in their lives.