One of the first thing many of our visitors notice when arriving in the Dominican Republic is the amount of trash in the streets. Environmental sustainability is not a priority, as people have many other concerns and there is little education done on environmental impacts. However, many people here are bothered by the trash and the pollution and want better solutions.
Project Esperanza works with international volunteers to create sustainable construction projects that help the community and the environment. For example, we have built eco-compost toilets, which turn human waste into sustainable fertilizer.
We also provide educational workshops for students and community members about reclycling and teach them how to make different things out of recycled products (trash cans, jewlerly, etc.) We collect bottles for reclycing as a fundraiser for the community.