Green Villages are established in regions away from the big cities, and offer a pedagogy that is specially tailored for Youth living in rural communities. In the future, each new country in which LP4Y operates will benefit from several Training & Development Centers, and at least one Green Village.
A Green Village is an ecovillage built using natural and traditional building methods that respect the environment and aim at a circular economy. A Green Village is a home for the Youth and for the supervising team, and the infrastructures are made available to the local community.
Each month, the Youth organize activities designed to raise awareness within the community. Soon, all Green Villages will be equipped to organize events to raise awareness about environmental protection and the professional integration of Youth.
CALAUAN - PHILIPPINES
The Green Village of Calauan is situated at a relocation site where more than 12,000 families from the slums of the capital have found refuge. The lack of infrastructure and isolation make living conditions very difficult.
In 2020, after 4 and a half years, the construction and development of this unique ecovillage built entirely from bamboo, were completed. A tremendous job accomplished by nearly 300 Youth and 20 artisans, rediscovering the traditional techniques of bamboo construction and the use of natural local materials.
The center has been closed since the summer of 2020, but the maintenance and security of the center have been carried out in total autonomy by a team of 3 local community members, with coordination from a Catalyst working remotely. In anticipation of the transition to the new Green Village pedagogy, all the Youth in the program achieved professional integration in June 2020 and the new batches are awaiting the project relaunch.
In 2021, a new team of Catalysts will join the field as soon as the situation allows, welcoming up to 240 Young women in this exclusively female program, to revive and develop the ecosystem in order to make the Green Village Calauan an Entrepreneurial and Sustainable Center that will be the place of reference in the Philippines.