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TFN Lands in Latin America

Congratulations to our friends and colleagues from the Community Foundation of Colonia in Uruguay for organising the first ever TFN event in South America. Those who attended the July event in London will remember we hosted Florencia Roitstein from the ELLAS Women and Philanthropy Programme in Argentina and Andrés Thompson from the Community Foundation of Colonia in neighbouring Uruguay. Florencia and Andrés joined forces to organise the event on the 6th of November, which was attended by around 100 people including a representative of the UN, the Dean of the University of Colonia, the Mayor, business leaders and grassroots organisers. 

The three projects that pitched at the event included an initiative to educate people about the need to use water wisely with a focus on Colonian hotels; another to reduce the use of plastic bags by using a reusable bag produced by the association of rural women of Colonia, and finally a project linking tourism and the community in Colonia through the creation of an app with the support of the Hotels Association.

In true Latin American style, the event featured some creative and highly effective innovations which we loved hearing about.  For example, Napoleon and Gardioles who led the crowdfunding session prepared boxes with funny presents to award the first people to donate. The boxes included a pumpkin, chorizo, and a hat, to name a few funny prizes, and three local restaurants donated a dinner for two which were awarded randomly to people who gave to each of the three projects.

The event raised USD$2,500 which is very impressive considering the average salary in Uruguay is $8,400 (compared to the UK of $35,640), and which will go a long way to funding the start-up of the three projects.

Florencia described the event as “Super, happy and very much in the Latin style”, and Andrés says they will definitely do it again next year, so if you’re thinking about a trip to South America in 2019, let us know!

Good luck to partners in Palestine, Brazil and Albania who are all having first events in December. News of those events to follow!

See photos from the night here

Eugenie Harvey​, TFN International Director

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