What do tires, pitayas and education have in common? The answer is the Casa Llanta Fund, a non-profit which exclusively serves San Juan del Sur.
Casa Llanta translates to “house of tires” in English. The non-profit attributes its name and inspiration from a house in the community of El Carizal constructed out of recycled bottles and tires.
Solar panels collect the sun’s natural energy which is stored and used to power all electrical within the home. Rain water catchment systems take advantage of Nicaragua’s high quantity of rainfall by keeping it in large cisterns, while water reclamation systems process used water and transport it to green houses filled with fruit trees and vegetable gardens. The house exemplifies sustainable construction.
Pitaya Fest is the name of the annual music festival and fundraiser for the Casa Llanta Fund. Pitaya is a dragon fruit native to Nicaragua that is rumored to only bloom on a full moon. The music festival is held annually on a full moon in celebration of this natural wonder.
Though Pitayas are not in season during the festival, the name has grown to receive international recognition as one of the country’s premiere festivals modeling sustainability, art, music and surf. The festival is hosted by volunteers and locals within El Carizal, the community that it supports.
All proceeds from merchandise sales, entry gate and parking tickets to beer and rum sales go directly toward the Casa Lllanta Fund as the founding partner and primary beneficiary of the festival. March 15, 2014 will mark the 6th festival.
So what exactly does the Casa Llanta Fund do and where does the money go? The answer to both questions is education. Here are the key initiatives:
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