“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” – Brundtland Report, 1987
X-Ray 10 working on building sustainable housing in Arenilla, Nicaragua
For Raleigh International sustainable development is about our work in partnership with local people. Supporting their efforts to improve their standard of living. Bringing in low cost technologies such as biogas ovens, gravity fed water systems and composting toilets. Enabling communities to access basic services such as water, sanitation, education and energy. Using resources that are renewable. And working with local governments and organisations to improve conservation efforts in protected areas.
Raleigh’s philosophy is based on a commitment to work together to improve people's lives without destroying their environment. Working to this philosophy in everything. Raleigh demand the same from all teams of volunteers who help make this work happen. All of the projects provide a lasting sustainable benefit.
The permanent in-country staff and operations team have spent months and years within Costa Rica and Nicaragua developing relationships. Julian, Country Director, Pedro, Country Programme Manager, Simon, Country Expedition Manager and Keiner, Host-Country Venturer Coordinator ensure Raleigh Costa Rica and Nicaraguas work is sustainable and ongoing. They develop relationships with communities, local NGOs and government departments. They recruit and train our local young people as part of the team. They listen to what is needed so that we they can plan and provide projects that are successful. For this generation and the next.
This work wouldn't be possible without the work and funding of Raleigh’s volunteers and supporters, whose commitment is vital to continuing Raleigh's incredible and valuable work in sustainable development.