CEASPA – Panama
Raising Awareness for Ngabe Rights
CEASPA’s goal was to inform the villagers of their rights to preserve their way of life and to have a negotiating voice with the corporate representatives. OMPT supplied CEASPA with a dozen projector kits and video production kits that have successfully improved the efficiency of spreading awareness of the issues they address.
CEASPA reached out to OMPT and asked us to come to Tole, Panama in early January of 2012 to conduct a three-day workshop on the fundamentals of a pico projector and video production. CEASPA’s objective for using videos was to teach civic engagement to a group of people living in a mountainous rural area of northern Panama. These indigenous Panamanians were being faced with several large corporate interests bringing mining operations and tourism to the region.
Videos made with locals after an OMPT workshop
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- Project Year: 2012
- Discipline: Civil Engagement
- NGO Partner: CEASPA is a non-profit, non-government organization based in Panama that promotes civic engagement especially around issues regarding the awarding of hydroelectric rights to build dams on rivers, mining rights, and the sale of coastal real estate for large resorts. Their goal is to reach out to individuals in rural Panama and motivate them to find their voice in their community. Two ways they measure their success is by the number of individuals who attend meetings and the frequency of their participation and the number of questions asked at meetings.