Location: Pikin Slee, Suriname
In 2003 woodcarvers of the Saramacca maroon village of Pikin Slee on the Suriname River initiated the Totomboti foundation, named after the Amazon woodpecker. Armed with creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, Totomboti has evolved into a unique movement to cultivate the forest and the Saramaccan culture. Totomboti uses the maroon’s century old craftsmanship and forestry knowledge as a tool to create local employment, social cohesion and restore the nature-based philosophy that has been at the core of Maroon cultural identity. As said in their tongue; A busu no musu habi en keba– There should be no end to the rain forest.
Arrival at the Pasensie Ecolodge makes the 5.5-hour journey from the capital entirely worth it. It is beautifully situated on the river banks, and managed by Jackie– a soft spoken, warm and welcoming woman. Pasensie is essentially a family-run hotel; an extension of Jackie’s domestic life with a colorful parade of villagers passing by each day. The rooms are modest but well maintained, and the cooking is simple but tasty. Pasensie often lacks electricity, because of the difficulty in securing fuel for the generator. Thankfully, the evening darkness harbors a pleasant surprise; a star-filled sky covers the lodge like a blanket.
How do you think an investment in renewable energy could help Jackie and the village of Pikin Slee?
Environmental Impact: Potential for reduced C02 emissions through the displacement of kerosene and petrol lamps
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