Meet Maruja. A Panamanian by birth, raised in the United States. She returned to Panama and decided to stay captivated by it’s natural beauty. She currently lives in Paritilla, Los Santos.
Compromised with the conservation of the natural environment and having the objective of reforesting the region where she lives, she decided to impulse the creation of the Environmental Committee of Paritilla with the help of Peace Corps Volunteers. The Environmental Committee’s main objective was to give the community information about environmental education. A place where the community could talk about the importance of nature, it’s conservation, and giving the natural resources good use making them sustainable.
The committee decided to build and open a community tree nursery, giving the locals the opportunity to receive a bit of income by selling the seedlings they produced, and giving them a sense of union, and teamwork within the community.
Currently, Maruja is the Environmental Commitee’s fiscal, she is in charge of organizing, Support, motivate, and supervise the members, giving the necessary tools for the proper function of the community tree nursery.
One of her dreams is to plant a row of trees that form a pathway that communicates the school with the center of the community so that the kids can have shade when they walk back to their houses.
Maruja is the administrator of the Info Plaza Paritilla, which is an information center for the community. She and her husband have made of this Info Plaza one of the best and most complete centers of Panama.
She is part of the Pro Eco Azuero Eco Artisans, where she has been very motivated to learn and teach other techniques on how to produce crafts and other products with natural fibers, and seeds. She has been a great motivation for others to join the group and work towards sustainability in Azuero.
Maruja is a great example of our people in Azuero, always willing to colaborate, very service oriented, dedicates to the well being of her community, and comitted with the conservation of nature. A true model for others to follow.
Maruja Quirós, Eco Artisan, teacher, and environmental advocate of Paritilla.
Home is the place that creates a sense of calm and safety that people look for to live. This is exactly what this house represents for The Azuero Eco Foundation. This is the place that shelters the hope of building a greener Azuero, the place where tons of ideas on how to continue to restore the region’s habitat are born.
This compound holds the Azuero Eco Foundation office ever since it started. It ish ere where all the planning of our projects take place. Here, we receive people that is looking for information about environmental topics, it is a refuge of environmental knowledge. Every friday, this becomes a school for the Pro Eco Pelaos, one of our environmental education programs. For more information about this and other programs we host, visit our webpage: www.proecoazuero.org
January the 3rd, was a great day for our organization, as Edwina Von Gal, founder of the Azuero Earth Project, now the Azuero Eco Foundation, believing in our environmental efforts, has officially donated the house to our organization. Edwina Von Gal was the creator of this space, she dreamed that this compound would host such a commendable project.
In memory of her late husband, the house is now named: “The Jay Chiat Environmental Learning Center”.
Born in Brooklyn and trained in communications, Jay Chiat became one of the most influential advertising executives of the 20th Century by combining innovative, challenging ideas, with a great sense of style. He pioneered the viral campaign and open office plans. He championed diversity in the workforce. He made the 1984 Super Bowl commercial and Think Different Campaign for Apple.
His inspiration and generosity helped to make the founding of Azuero Earth Project, and construction of its offices possible. With some luck, perhaps even a little of his radical thinking and unconventional spirit can live on here.
The learning center also has an outdoor area, perfect to host art workshops, Eco Artisan meetings, environmental education presentations, among others. The patio has been named: THE MIRIAM WOSK ART PATIO, in memory of Edwina’s Von Gal great friend and artist, Miriam Wosk.
Miriam Wosk 1947- 2010. An artist who worked in mixed media, paint and collage and even jewels, Miriam’s talent, joy and love of nature exploded off her canvases. Born in Canada, she moved to New York where she worked as an illustrator and drew the first cover for Ms. Magazine.
She was so much in demand, she moved to California to focus on her art and it was there that her paintings became her primary work. She was an early supporter of PEA and we look forward to many young artists being inspired by her work on the patio.
To see images of her work and a film about her vision, go to www.miriamwosk.com
For the Azuero Eco Foundation, it is a true privilege to have these extraordinary facilities that are at the complete disposal of anyone who wants to learn about habitat conservation and want to work for a more sustainable Azuero. We want that The Jay Chiat Environmental Center, becomes a community house, where knowledge is shared, and a spirit of harmony with nature can be sensed. We want this place to be the place where new ideas and visions are born to make Azuero, the place we all dream about.
Malvaceae > Apeiba tibourbou
Peine de MonoCortezoPeinecillo
Semi-deciduousNative to Azuero
- Tree of about 40 to 100 cm of diameter and 15 to 30 meters tall.
- Its inflorescence is in clusters or subtermal panicles with few flowers.
- Capsule, equine and discoid fruit. The characteristic fruit looks like a sea urchin due to the thin and flexible protuberances.
- It is a Pioneer tree of rapid growth and can be employed in restauration of bare áreas by natural succesion or artificial propagation.
- From it’s seeds we can obtain a very useful oil to avoid hair loss. It has been employed for spasms and rheumathoid.
It takes about six months for the fruit to mature, that’s why they stay in the plant until June or July.
Always have in consideration the “The three R´s rule:” Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Remember there is waste that never disappear from planet earth. Try to maintain a healthy, and clean environment for you and your family.
A22, 28 JAN, 5, 7, 12, 14 FEB
Voluntary day in Azuero Eco Foundation
B15, 17, 24 JAN, 13 FEB
Tour to Cuenca 124, Cucula, Nanzal, Quebro, etc.
The Jay Chiat Environmental Center Donation
D8, 10 JAN
Meeting with Tonosi IPTA
Workshop of seeds
Workshop of seeds in Azuero Eco Foundation
McGill PRISM workshop
J9, 16 FEB
Kite workshop in Pedasi