This month saw our first major contribution from an international company with Bupa, a British based health care company sending out a total of 120 staff volunteers to help build a new health center in a small community called Miraflores outside of Quito.
The volunteers have all raised money to fund the centre for the next 3 years whilst Bupa have paid for the construction and the costs of sending the volunteers. The project is being coordinated with the help of the Martha Estrella Foundation here in Ecuador.
CanopyCo will be able to plant a hectare of forest with the contribution, offsetting around 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The first volunteers to visit the site helped with brick laying, mortar making and the like to get the first walls up, as well as some ad hoc teaching with the locals, but a lot more detail can be found on their blog at http://communityconnections.bupa.com/
Thanks again to Bupa for their contribution to CanopyCo and their even bigger contribution to Ecuador’s rural communities.