Our mission is to empower Nicaraguan women living in impoverished and isolated communities to increase their level of education and social skills of their own accord so that they acquire the necessary abilities to enter the labour market in Nicaragua.
Our vision is to provide an income opportunity coupled with school and social education via a sustainable community paper recycling workshop so that women can break the systematic cycle of poverty and change their family’s futures for good and that we as a charity can become self -funding through the paper workshop sales.
In 2012, 10% of the families living on Central America's largest rubbish dump, received a stable income because their mother's were given the chance to do something other than scavenge for rubbish: they learnt to recycle paper with us, and received an income for doing so. In turn their children also stopped working and went to school.
The Earth Education Project (EEP) is a UK Charity providing women who live on a rubbish dump, La Chureca, in Nicaragua with education, social skills and an income opportunity for a brighter future.
Our workshop trains women with practical art skills in recycling scrap paper by hand and to produce one off works of art on cards, books and bags in 2013 we will also be launching jewellery and home decor items. We sell these products to provide education, fair wages, health programmes, food, school support as part of a 12 month programme giving the women the skills to enter the labour market in Nicaragua.
Our products are not like any other staionary or jewellery, they create a new life for the women who make them. You can support us by buying any of our paper products or donating to our programmes.
Our cards are limited edition collections that come out 4 times a year, each is a unique work of art. We collaborate with UK and international artists who donate their designs to develop the skill set and creativity of the workshop.
EEP: more than paper, we empower women to lift their families out of poverty.