Over the last few days, you may have noticed a group of volunteers cleaning our area beaches. This group of 40 locals call themselves “Grupo de Voluntarios de La Peñita” and their goal is to clean the beach in La Peñita, as well as the rivers, creeks and some of the streets in town. Each day, 20 people volunteer in the mornings from 6-9am, and another 20 in the evenings from 2-5pm. This will continue during the 12-day vacation period from December 26-January 6. This group is being supervised by a team of 5 people, all of whom report to Regidora Guillermina Dueñas Joya. In addition, there are 80 volunteers in Rincón de Guayabitos and 41 working in Los Ayala.
The project is called “Programa de Limpieza de Playas Nayaritas La Peñita, Guayabitos y Los Ayala” and it is organized by SEMARNAT, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources.
According to the SEMARNAT website, they began the program to support local efforts in the cleaning of 89 beaches in 32 municipalities in 12 states, under the theme “Conservemos nuestras playas limpias” (or “Keep our beaches clean”). The goal is to contribute to the conservation of these areas during this holiday season. It is estimated that the program will generate 3,600 temporary jobs and greatly benefit tourism, service providers and the surrounding towns. The project has been very popular among local people because it allows them to make some extra income to support themselves. Volunteers get paid $56 pesos for each 3-hour shift, which helps pay for water and a meal.
The beaches included in this project are located in Colima, Campeche, Chiapas, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan and Guerrero.
Thank you to Donna Steensma for making us aware of this project, for Carole Francoeur for sending us information, and to Alicia Mojica for submitting photos and for always being willing to share information.
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