Felipe Velasco, Director at Fundación Montecito
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SueTy is a model to increase affection, participation and awareness, designed to be fun and creative, combining transmedia storytelling, in which children will also be introduced to various art forms.
Apolinar's Wren is an endemic bird in Colombia with a decreasing population trend, in the brinks of extinction. We want to help reverting it, by providing a new approach to environmental education in a rural school at Lake Tota (main location of its habitat), as a pilot with a potential to be spread out.
SueTy stands for whisper of the bird, in our ancestral Muisca language.
What we do?
Along its 9-month timeframe, it uses transmedia storytelling for 5 topics with a mix of music, drawings, stop-motion, and birdsong to increase awareness, aiming for better practices and increasing participation. SueTy will also fulfill the lack of music & art education in the area.
Why we do it?
As the largest lake in Colombia, Lake Tota provides drinking water to 400.000 people, is home to 171 bird species (10 are endemic, including our target-endangered Apolinar's Wren), and has a rich cultural history. Despite this, the past few decades have seen Lake Tota increasingly polluted by expansion of agriculture, fish farming, and urban runoff, which have already pushed two endemic species to extinction. Impacts to Apolinar's Wren habitat are severe and frequent, by lack of awareness.
Our targeted species
Apolinar's Wren - Cistothorus apolinari
Endangered (EN) / Critically Endangered (CR), according to IUCN¿s Red List
Fundraising initiative at GlobalGiving: http://goto.gg/43861
Umbrella project from Fundación Montecito, to protect it at Lake Tota: https://a1.abctota.org/