Natacha Poggio

Yasuní: our rainforest, our life.

Grant Awarded: $47,905

Yasuní, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, is a tropical rainforest in Ecuador and one of the world’s most biologically diverse places on Earth. Located at the crossroads of the Andes, Amazon, and the equator, not only is Yasuní an area to be environmentally preserved, but it is also a place that indigenous communities call home. This integrated multimedia campaign will support La Poderosa Media Project's ongoing conservation education activities and its vision of transforming communities one story at a time by engaging Waorani children to share their own narratives of environmental stewardship. Elements of the project include a traveling exhibition of posters illustrated by Ecuadorian artists, online content, short documentary videos, postcards, and an informational children’s book illustrating the stories of wildlife in Yasuní, and its unique ecosystem created by design students at the University of Houston-Downtown.