Created out of the dreams of the previous government, the new settlement of Mahogany Heights was supposed to represent new hope and a new life for Belize City dwellers whose impoverished living conditions left them struggling to survive. A bureaucratic mess up regarding land rights and a change of government later, the now dilapidated village has an air of ghost towns past. Over the past 5 years resident nurse, Rachel Vega, has set out to singlehandedly change this.
Nearly 40% of Ecuadorians live in rural areas where poverty rates are double those in urban centres. Since access to often impossible, how will rural Ecuador break this cycle?
Whilst visiting the Galapagos for work trip in late 2014 I discovered some astounding plans for development.
Hidden deep in the forests of central Mozambique, tourism beckons for struggling communities in the Chimanimani Forest Reserve. Local NGO, MICACA, is working on this and other sustainable livelihoods in the area.
Getting to used to life on an island 1000km from the Ecuador mainland where there are more sea lions than people!