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Easter Island/Rapa Nui

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN POLYNESIA

Making A Difference In Polynesia

ABOUT EASTER ISLAND (RAPA NUI)

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui as it’s also known as, is one of the most remote inhabited islands on Earth, situated in the South Pacific over 1,200 miles from its nearest neighboring island, and over 2,000 miles from the mainland of Chile. Its economy is heavily reliant on tourism, which has taken a major hit during the COVID pandemic. As such, the community has turned to accelerating efforts to create a more self-sustaining socioeconomic model.

We are proudly partnered with Toki Rapa Nui and the Municipality of Rapa Nui.

LOCAL GOALS
• Plastic waste reduction
• Promote or restore cultural heritage
• Promote circular principles
• Raise awareness about plastic pollution
• Accelerate self-sustaining initiatives and local economy
 
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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LOCAL PARTNERS

Promoting a comprehensive education for young people, protecting them from social violations, giving them creative tools to express their emotions, educating them in environmental care and urging them to deeply value their endangered culture and language-based socio-environmental programs.

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Municipalidad de Rapa Nui

An internationally recognized as a world heritage leader, working for the self-sustainable development of its community. They strive to lead Rapa Nui to a future of total integration of economic development and social equity in favor of living culture and preservation of their ancestral heritage. 

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OUR PROJECTS

In partnership with Toki Rapa Nui and the Municipality of Rapa Nui,
we are focused on the following efforts:

ECO SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOR YOUTH

The Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts gives FREE classes to more than 100 local students per year. They provide instruction in classical areas including piano, violin, cello, orchestra, and ear training; and in more traditional areas such as ukulele and Re o Riu (ancestral song). They are the first 100% self-sustainable music school in Latin American and Oceania. 

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING

Most food items are brought from continental Chile at a high cost. To counter this, Toki has developed an Agricultural Program on a 1.5 hectare piece of land that they sow using both ancestral farming techniques and the help of state of the art technology. They grow traditional crops and others intended for mass consumption, which are then sold on the island as a means of creating income for the school, with some crops donated to feed community elders.  

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CULTURAL PROTECTION

Toki is working to rescue the Rapanui language and cultural traditions. Their workshops encourage children and adolescents to engage with the spoken word traditional Rapani activities: ukulele, re’o riu (ancestral song), takona (body painting using ancestral technique, ori (Rapanui dance), hoko (ancestral dance) and maramarama tupuna workshops.

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Plastic waste reduction and increased sustainable and dignified jobs for women.

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Sea Turtle conservation, beach cleanups, youth education, green market, plastic reduction programs and economic support.

CHILOE ISLAND, CHILE

Ocean and forest conservation, beach cleanups, youth workshops, cultural programs, tree plantings, and research.

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Shoreline and forest litter cleanups, tree and sapling plantings, and eco workshops with kids and adults.

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Reef and coastal cleanup programs, youth education, sustainability awareness events and plastic reduction efforts.

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