21 May Festival of Water
by: Pilar Bernal
On Saturday, May 11th, we celebrated the Festival of Water in the community of Puerto Jiménez. The event began with an opening parade, in which the students carried signs with messages promoting conservation awareness and the responsible use of water resources and were accompanied by a happy band of students from Puerto Jiménez Technical High School.
Students from more than six different schools in the Osa Peninsula participated and entertained themselves with plays and presentations by other students. The ICT’s Jacinto Basurilla show drew laughter while at the same time instilling in its participants respect for pets and environmental responsibility. The students of Escuela La Orquídea (The Orchid School) of the Palo Seco community surprised us with their play “the droplet of water”.
Many students participated in the art contest with the theme “Water, source of Life”. For this they created projects, models and very creative drawings representing the importance of this valuable resource for all living things. There were prizes for the best work–the students from The Orchid School won the first prize trip to Caña Blanca Wildlife Sanctuary.
About 30 people, from officials of the Osa Conservation Area to administrators of ASADAS, to members of the Communal Front for the Golfo Dulce, to representatives of the Municipality of Golfito, to Non-Government Organization representatives to neighbors of the Puerto Jiménez community attended the forum “The real situation of water resources on the Osa Peninsula”. These individuals knew about the latest studies of the bodies of water of the Osa Peninsula, the impact that runoff is having on whale populations in the Golfo Dulce and about the Legislative Agenda of Water and its scope towards the access to water as a human right.