Why is our work important? because climate change is real and resiliency and preparedness are best practicies for island, coastal and all ecologically vulnerable communities
In September 2016, leaders of Cubanakoa Foundation and the Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity (FANJ) signed a Memorandum of Agreement inspired by mutual interest in developing and promoting collaboration. In this relationship, members of the organizations agree to promote the work in their respective institutions thereby permitting the development of:
Preserving historical, scientific and cultural documentary heritage
Fragile and mountain ecosystems
Sustainable community development
Water and ecological drainage
Ecological agriculture and permaculture
Food security and sovereignty
Coastal and bay areas
Desertification and drought
Environmental awareness and education
For such purposes, the Parties may develop the following, among other actions:
Guided visits to the FANJ and to different permaculture groups.
Interchanges of ideas regarding techniques of tropical agriculture, environmental protection and cultural sustainability.
In historic centro Guanabacoa, the two organizations will share office space across from the Museo de Guanabacoa on the famous Calle Martí. The office will also serve as a multipurpose community art cafe and environmental conservation and entrepreneurial training center.
Aloha Cuba! Peace, Hospitality, Sustainability
In response to U.S. President Barack Obama’s call to engage American citizens with citizens of Cuba in “people-to-people” relations, The Cubanakoa Foundation is orchestrating a People-to-People International partnership between the cities of Honolulu, Hawaii and Havana, Cuba. Furthermore, investigations are underway to build bridges of peace and cultural connectedness between the communities of Waianae, Hawaii and Guanabacoa, Cuba where findings of linguistics connections, agricultural techniques, crops and artistry bring to question the possibility of a pre-colonial period connection. In March 2016, leadership of Cubanakoa helped to arrange for the visit of Polynesian Voyaging Society's Hokule'a. Hokule'a is in her third year circumnavigating the planet, visiting coastal communities along her journey to share Hawaiian culture and ideas of good practices for sustaining islands and coastal communities.
GUANABACOA CENTER FOR CULTURE & SUSTAINABILITY
In partnership with the Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity, the Paulina Pedroso Education Center for Understanding Sustainable Living is being planned on 7 - 10 acres of agricultural land in or adjacent to the municipality of Guanabacoa, Cuba. The center, named after Tampa cigar worker and Cuban patriot Paulina Pedroso, will have examples of traditional vernacular and ceremonial architecture from the Caribbean and Pacific Islands using available local materials and bioclimatic architecture, in order to reduce consumption of high-input materials, reducing the ecological footprint of the buildings. A percentage of the terrain will remain as the original ecosystem within 20 years, two acres of good forest will become heritage for the future. Some of the activities that will take place at the center include youth leadership and conservation education, cultural exchange programming, organic and permaculture gardening training and production of value added consumables that will be sold with proceeds used to sustain the center. The Paulina Pedroso Education Center for Understanding Sustainable Living is one of several intentional communities being planned in areas between Cuba and the Caribbean, Hawaii, South Pacific and Southeast Asia in order to fulfill the missions and visions of the Antonio Nuñez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity and the Cubanakoa Foundation.