Project AQUA

European cooperation to share best practices

The AQUA project is an initiative funded by the European Commission that promotes cooperation between European associations to share best practices. Through key action 2 of the Erasmus plus program, the project brings together four European entities from different countries: Portugal, Spain, North Macedonia and Cyprus. In AQUA Project, our goal is to foster cooperation between European associations to share best practices. Through funding from the European Commission and the participation of entities from different countries, we seek to strengthen collaboration and knowledge sharing. We are proud to be a small-scale partnership within the Erasmus plus program. Our partnership is composed of four European entities from Portugal, Spain, North Macedonia and Cyprus. We work together to promote cooperation and exchange of experiences for the benefit of our communities. Its part of the key action 2 of the Erasmus plus program, specifically the small-scale partnership (KA210). Our objective is to foster collaboration between European partnerships to share best practices and improve the quality of projects funded by the European Commission.

Project 2022-1-ES01-KA210-ADU-000084653 

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SI CANARIAS It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the training of people at risk of social exclusion. It has worked on projects with immigrants to provide them with basic skills to obtain employment.

DOTS is coordinating the long-term European Solidarity Corps project “All4One”, in which four Volunteers who come from Italy and Spain help the local community confront social problems. Additionally, DOTS agreed to implement the ESC program and other volunteer projects in the city in cooperation with the Municipality of Portimão. DOTS established a strong network of relationships with the local realities of civil societies involved in the confronting different social problems, such as hunger, poverty, drug addiction and social inclusion. We are also supporting the Youth Centers of Lisbon and Portimão. In particular, DOTS is cooperating to promote the participation of young people in volunteer activities, both locally and internationally. Improve the Youth participation is also the goal of another project, whose DOTS team is currently responsible for an Action Plan of the municipality of Cascais.

The Gama KPS organization aims to: – Achieve a solid level of social, economic, psychological and civic skills and abilities to support programs. – Provide support and solidarity actions to beneficiaries (children, elderly, vulnerable families, marginalized youth). – Attract and collect additional resources to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Macedonia (organizing/participating in charity events and campaigns). – Participate in ecological and emergency relief training to improve youth resilience and assist in some critical situations. – Work observation activities: the “behind the scenes” of the headquarters of the Gama KPS entity.

PlanBe is focusing on the personal and professional development of its members and volunteers. With the objective of Promote the development of our local communities, as well as internationally, among others we implement the following activities: – Organization of seminars, workshops, conferences and training at the local level, in educational centers and centers. municipal on environmental issues, art, agriculture and youth, social inclusion, entrepreneurship, cultural heritage, music and dance, traditional crafts. Participate in local festivals and exhibitions for youth, environment and professional development. – Support for non-formal education – Erasmus+ promoter for KA1 and KA2 projects, the European Solidarity Corps hosting volunteers, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, Eurodesk opportunities for young people.

PlanBe, Plan it Be it Local Activities

‘Buy Local’ Workshop

The “Buy Local” workshop, organized by PlanBe as part of Project AQUA, served as a catalyst for promoting community engagement and fostering sustainable practices among its six participants. Held on July 1st at the OXI market in Nicosia downtown, the event aimed to raise awareness about the benefits of purchasing locally sourced produce and reducing food waste. In collaboration with the Zero Food Waste Initiative (ZFWCY), participants delved into discussions on the environmental impact of food waste and explored strategies for conscious consumption. A visit to the local market provided firsthand experience and interaction with vendors, emphasizing the availability of zero-waste options. Witnessing the initiatives of ZFWCY in diverting edible food from landfills further reinforced the importance of responsible consumption. The workshop’s success was evident in participants’ increased understanding and commitment to supporting local businesses and promoting sustainable food practices, highlighting the potential for positive change within the community.

‘Roots of Change’ Workshop

The “Roots of Change” workshop, organized by PlanBe, Plan it Be it, under Project AQUA, exemplified a proactive approach to environmental stewardship and community engagement. Taking place on October 13th, 2023, in Pedoulas Village, the event brought together 16 participants eager to make a tangible difference in their local ecosystem. Through a combination of non-formal education and hands-on experience, participants gained insight into the environmental benefits of tree planting and learned practical techniques for nurturing saplings. With the support of the Mayor of Pedoulas, the workshop fostered a sense of shared responsibility for local conservation efforts and underscored the importance of community-driven environmental initiatives. As participants reflected on their contributions, a commitment to continued engagement in sustainability efforts emerged, signaling a promising step towards a greener and more resilient future for Pedoulas Village. This collaborative endeavor highlights the transformative power of collective action in fostering environmental awareness and driving positive change at the grassroots level.

‘DIY Water Filter’ workshop

The “DIY Water Filter” workshop, part of Project AQUA and facilitated by PlanBe, Plan it Be it, served as an educational platform for youth to comprehend the importance of clean water and filtration techniques. With 16 participants divided into 4 teams, the workshop spanned 3 hours, immersing attendees in a hands-on exploration of water filtration principles. Using readily available materials like plastic bottles, sand, gravel, activated charcoal, and cotton, participants constructed their own filters, engaging in discussions about filtration concepts and testing their creations. The session culminated in a reflective wrap-up, empowering participants to apply their newfound knowledge to advocate for clean water practices within their communities. By fostering understanding, practical skills, and a sense of empowerment, the workshop equips youth to actively contribute to environmental sustainability and promote clean water initiatives.

Green Thumbs: Cultivating Water-Wise Community Gardens’ Workshop

The “Green Thumbs: Cultivating Water-Wise Community Gardens” workshop, organized by PlanBe, Plan it Be it, aimed to empower participants with practical skills in sustainable gardening while emphasizing the importance of water conservation. Held in the Pedoulas Village, the workshop engaged 16 enthusiastic participants in a comprehensive session led by professional gardeners. Through hands-on activities, participants learned about rainwater harvesting, mulching, and efficient irrigation methods, gaining insights into how these practices can conserve water and nurture flourishing gardens. The workshop fostered a sense of environmental responsibility and community engagement, empowering participants to champion sustainable gardening practices within their communities. As participants shared their reflections and commitments towards practicing sustainable gardening techniques, it became evident that the workshop had inspired a collective dedication to preserving vital water resources and fostering a more environmentally conscious community.

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