Jaci was born and raised in upstate New York to an American mother and a Brazilian father. She earned a Bachelors degree (BA) in Psychology and a dual Masters in Social Work (MSW) and International Studies (MA). Jaci worked as a community organizer in Denver for over 5 years and then went to Washington DC to lead an immigrant rights campaign. After politics in DC, Jaci left the US to live simply and focus on International development. She worked for an NGO in Peru for two years and then moved to Brazil to finally learn Portuguese and start a new NGO called ETIV do Brasil.
Dear Ana, ETIV do Brasil is a very young organization and we have only planted mangrove seedlings in areas next to our NGO where they were destroyed by the previous posada owners. All that was left was dead black roots from many years ago. The fishermen told me that after chopping down all of the trees, they would continuously go out at night to kill any new ones that may have started to grow as well. Luckily, two new posada owners in front of the river are now partnering with us to support the restoration project and once the seedlings are planted they are growing wonderfully because the natural conditions are perfect; It was just humans that kept destroying them for the view of the river. Therefore, we created a powerpoint sharing all of the benefits of the mangroves and created a compromise where we are only planting white mangroves right in front of the posadas, since they are smaller, and we will be trimming them a bit (almost Bonsai style - but not nearly as dramatic) so that they will grow out more than up, so not to completely block the view for the posada owners. What you are doing looks much more technical and labor intensive, but has the potential to have a huge impact on a vast space of area! I have visited El Salvador twice as I used to be on the board of directors for Project El Salvador several years ago. As a brand new NGO on a shoestring budget, I don't know if we will be able to bring our youth to El Salvador, but since I have other connections there as well, I would love to go back again - especially with even more purpose! Please do keep in touch. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck and best wishes! Jaci
It looks like the review section is ending soon, and I am not sure if we will be connected the same way afterwards. Feel free to connect via email at email@example.com. Best wishes and good luck on your proposal! Jaci