Planting Hope

“Planting hope” shows one of the fruits of the endeavours made by the Foundation for the Application and Teaching of Science (FUNDAEC) to contribute to the development of communities in the North of Cauca region in Colombia. Through the voices of those who participated in Fundaec’s initial efforts in the 1970s, the documentary demonstrates how scientific thought, spiritual perceptions and traditional knowledge converge in a nurturing experience that elevates the potential that rests in the populations who reside in this region and opens the door to a new dimension of life in the countryside and to the resurgence of hope.

The Foundation for the Application and Teaching of Science (FUNDAEC) is a non-governmental organization, founded in Cali, Colombia, in 1974. For more than 40 years it has been building capacity in various regions so that its population may carry out action and research related to the various processes that make up its social, economic, and cultural life. For every such process, FUNDAEC has endeavored, together with members of local communities, to establish a parallel process of learning, with the aim of transforming daily practices so as to improve the well-being of the entire population.

The processes that have received the most attention over the years and about which a considerable amount of knowledge has been generated, involve education. Similarly, much has been learned in other fields such as agriculture, community organization, and the local economy. The knowledge generated in these fields has been systematized, giving rise to the preparation of a series of education for development programs.

You can also watch the Spanish version of this video here: Labradores de esperanza.

Watch more FUNDAEC videos here on the FUNDAEC Youtube channel.

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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