Cooking with Care – Increasing Community Consciousness of Environmental Care

Cooking with Care made a triumphant return in August 2021 to raise $1,725 for Los Peces Cuentan, a small community group working in Córdoba, Colombia. Two FOC members, Chef Carmen Galvis and Chef Jeremy Booth, led a virtual cooking class where they taught participants on Youtube Live how to make Frijoles Antioqueños. Funds raised during the class supported Los Peces Cuentan in delivering workshops based on the children’s book Chico y Proqui, authored by the organization founders, to bring awareness about environmental conservation to kids and families living in and around the Sinú River Basin. 

Los Peces Cuentan delivered 5 workshops from September to November 2021 to different communities that rely on fishing and other aspects of the Sinú River. Approximately 300 children attended the various workshops which used Chico y Proqui, an adventurous tale of two endemic fish combatting local issues such as climate change and overfishing, to demonstrate the importance of civic engagement in environmental protection efforts. Copies of the book were distributed to the schools and community centers where the workshops were held, ensuring sustainable community investment in the conservation of the environment.

Reaching the riverside communities of the lower, middle and upper Sinu River, with the canoe full of illusions, knowledge, and self-recognition, where Chico and Proqui showed each child the importance of conserving natural resources, is a priceless task. Thanks to FOC for making this possible.

– Lenys and Harold.