Why do we need to provide health education in schools and communities?
The basic needs for humans are defined as being food, water, shelter and clothing, with further considerations being sanitation, education and healthcare. Unless these needs are met, we cannot expect people to care about the environment.
How can we expect a mother to care about the survival of an endangered species when she cannot even ensure the survival of her own children?
How can we expect a community to care about the availability of forest for spider monkeys to survive, when they do not even have adequate shelter for their survival?
Unless we first meet the basic needs of the local people, the capacity for these people to protect their environment will be seriously impaired. For this reason, it is essential that any conservation program considers the basic needs of the people in the surrounding area. As a country that is developing and could even be considered to be developed, the basic needs are met for many, however there is a percentage of the population that is still lacking healthy food, appropriate shelter and access to education and healthcare.
How will our program support this need?
The White Hawk foundation will work with schools and local communities to provide health education, and where possible workshops to improve the physical and mental health of the local people. This will include:
1. Education in schools about healthy diets, exercise and key health issues
2. A programme for local women and men designed for empowerment and provision of new skills