When Regal Springs arrived in Honduras, empty schools immediately caught the attention of company staff. Regal Springs worked to re-open or build schoolhouses in the area. Now these schools teach an environmental curriculum covering land and natural resource preservation.
One of the programs most relevant to each year is the program “Fish For Trees” (Pesces por Bosques), in which we involve the participation of children, teachers, parents and the wider community in the protection of forests. In the months of January and February 2011, the Aquafinca team delivered backpacks and school supplies to 76 schools in the communities of “Embalse El Cajon” and 17 schools from Lago de Yojoa.
In 2005, Regal Springs began Educatodos a program in Honduras for adult education that helps employees and non-employees alike earn their elementary and high school diplomas. We support this program by building classrooms and paying a portion of teacher salaries. Over the past years, 1,200 adults have received their elementary and high school diplomas. In 2011 alone, we invested $17,000+ in this successful project.
A pre-school education project together with the Fundacion Ferema started in 2010 at our Honduran site. Regal Springs provides financial support for this program, while Fundacion Ferema provides the school curriculum. Our goal for 2012 is to fund more of these programs in the 100 villages around the areas where our company operates in Honduras.
In some of the remote areas where we operate in Indonesia, children often suffer from limited access to education and quality teachers. Regal Springs offered financial incentives to encourage teachers to stay in the villages. In 2010, 14 teachers received direct financial support from Regal Springs. In Java, we also make donations to the area primary school and several orphanages.