Spirulina for rural schools
Spirulina is a micro-seaweed with unique properties both to environment and human nutrition. This project explores the possibilities of this product to help meet the needs of primary school kids in misexploited rural areas
Please describe what you do:
Within my activity in projects dealing with Exhaust Emission reduction, known as Greenhouse Effect, I got to know the Spirulina, a micro alga with unique qualities for the contribution it offers for the environment as well as for Human Health and Nutrition.
As for the environmental point of view, for its production it uses photosynthesis, absorbing CO2 out of the atmosphere, and it doesn’t need agricultural soils, therefore it can be produced on places that are non-agricultural areas.
As for the Health and Nutrition point of view, it is considered the most complete food in nature, because it contains around 65% in protein, besides iron, calcium, amino acids, and other nutritious substances.
Taking into consideration these qualities and being in touch with European, American and Australian specialists, I have developed a project dedicated to the Fight against Malnutrition. This project includes, in a first stage the application of Spirulina in 3.000 children under the age of 5, and pregnant women under malnutrition in the Province of Corrientes. Well-known Argentinean specialists in Pediatrics and Nutrition have developed the medical protocol that will guide the follow-up of this project. It will be the first International Scientific Study that will be able to test the effect of this Microalga in children suffering from malnutrition in a population of this size.
The project will be carried out also with the cooperation of the Health Office and the Family and Child Office of the Province of Corrientes.
In its second stage, the installation of an Industrial Production Plant of Spirulina is taken into account, in order to increase its production and supply its application in children suffering from Malnutrition.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The possibility to offer a substantial and effective contribution to finish with Malnutrition in Argentina and also in Malawi, Africa.
To awake in others the participation in a dream, that none of them can carry out individually.
The joy of discovering that there are a lot of people and companies interested in joining this dream to make it happen.
The fact that we can prove that we can make the dream come true, no matter how difficult or impossible it may seem. If there is a truthful wish, there’s a way, and unity among people is the best road to reach it.
What is your inspiration?
I’m inspired by the need to GIVE, and the effects of climate change.
Personally, the need to GIVE, but taking into account Conscience at all times, so this action is based always thinking in others, and not only thinking in what I need, in what I lack.
Due to the work I’ve been doing for years now, I know that climate change will exert an effect in Health and in the production of food on a global basis, and unfortunately it will be much faster than what we think. Knowing the current and future need, it inspires me and triggers a sense of urgency to act in a proactive way.
How would you define luxury today? (or) What is, to you, the essence of luxury today?
I would describe True Luxury as “Conscience Luxury”.
I believe that true Luxury, the one we essentially aim at is the result and energy we receive back after doing the actions we perform, and not the other way around. Luxury is not a means to find satisfaction or to feel well, but an effect of what we do. Therefore is also determined by conscience and not only by the action itself. What conscience? The one that shows that what we do affects others and vice versa. That the resources with which we cover our necessities and luxuries are limited, in a form that they can only be used in a sustainable way.
For instance: luxury is to enjoy a trip in touch with nature, to the most beautiful place we can imagine, knowing that we participate in its care and conservation.
Luxury could be to earn all the money we wish for, but doing it through an activity that harms neither people nor resources.
Luxury is to enjoy the company of the people I love, because in that way I also look after the necessities of all people.
True Luxury brings us happiness, but remains within us in a permanent way, not temporarily
Eco-awareness is growing as is social consciousness and the need to be responsible towards our world and its people. What part do you play in this global mission?
I believe there is an important mission, because of the great wish that motivates me. However, I feel I’m just a channel or a trigger so that many others can join us with a common goal.
Personally, my mission is to promote and create conscience awareness in Argentina, acknowledging the value and the responsibility that it needs to develop, consequently, the wish to help the South of Africa
We are linked through invisible threads. Every little thing we do affects others, people and also our planet.
When and how did your project originate?
Its origin is based on my work in the environment, dedicated mainly to develop exhaust emissions (GEI - Greenhouse effect gases) reduction projects.
The project to be developed in Corrientes started by the end of 2007, through a contact between an engineering company and the Province of Corrientes.
Originally, a year before, I had started with the desire to help Malawi, in the south of Africa in a exhaust emission reduction project. While researching I came across these micro algae and its incredible characteristics. As from that moment, I started to contact specialists all over the world who gave the basic knowledge to create this project that today is beginning to see the light.
What continues to be your vision for this project?
The current and future need of food production that will enable us to cover the most vulnerable portion of our population.
My vision is the unity of thousands of people and corporations with a common goal: to eliminate children’s malnutrition in Argentina and in the South of the African continent, and that doing so, it can consequently spread to other countries and regions.
There will be Spirulina Production Plants in Argentina that are created towards this goal and allocate a percentage of its production to this objective. Thousands of people and corporations that “adopt” children by giving them resources to guarantee the supply of Spirulina from pregnancy to at least 8 years of age. I consider this to be very relevant. I develop my creativity to carry out this project. The Passion that moves me is the strongest in years. The decision to do it is unrelenting and it has proved to overcome important obstacles that haven’t set me aside from my goal.
How are your creativity and passion an important part of this project?
I consider this to be very relevant. I develop my creativity to carry out this project. The Passion that moves me is the strongest in years. The decision to do it is unrelenting and it has proved to overcome important obstacles that haven’t set me aside from my goal.
If you were to choose a colour and an adjective to describe it, what would they be?
Personally my colour is Pink, intense and merry. I think I would describe it as cheerful and happy. For the project the right colour would be “Spirulina Green” and I would describe it as natural, whole…
What is the message you wish to pass on?
That we are “one” and we can make any dream come true.
We are linked through invisibles threads. Every little thing we do affects others, people and also our planet. That’s why the joy of others is also mine, and the other way. GIVING and take care of others needs is also doing something for ourselves.
There are no impossible dreams, when there is a true desire, the universe makes it happen.
Name a person or place that has inspired you with their progressive vision.
The Rabbi Haggai Fridman, Head of the Kabbaláh Center in Argentina is my spiritual guide and the place is the Center itself.
I always seek to break free for self-imposed limitations and let my soul to lead me, thus suppressing my ego.
I am a volunteer at the Kabbalah center and I receive the constant challenge of changing the world starting with myself, sharing with people who are also in the same path.E-mail this post