Ak’ Tenamit’s project site and many of the communities it serves are located in Río Dulce National Park. The park has been defined as a nationally protected area because of its biodiversity, and we have long promoted ways for local people to live in harmony with the environment. A high percentage of our students come from villages located in and around National Protected Areas
Ak’ Tenamit works with students and surrounding communities to promote income generating activities that support conservation of their environment in contrast to the slash and burn sustenance agriculture which has been the way of life for many years. A great example of this kind of work is the partnership between Ak’ Tenamit and The Reserva Natural de Seacacar Project (https://www.facebook.com/seacacar2017) (will get website link).
How does Ak’ Tenamit promote Environmental and Cultural preservation:
Community based tourism initiatives
Sustainable agriculture and fruit tree production
-Work with the Guatemalan Ministry of Environemnt and Parks to help develop Public policy that facilitates the involmente of rural communities in conservation efforts.
-Offers middle and high school degrees in Rural Well-being and High school degree in Sustainable Tourism
At Ak’ Tenamit, we don’t believe that promoting development and educating young people in indigenous communities should draw them away from their culture. In fact, our work in the Río Dulce region has resulted in a local cultural renaissance, with more young people learning traditional music, dance and spiritual ceremonies.
Q’eqchi Maya culture plays an important role in the curriculum at our secondary boarding school.