It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the final destination for the fundraising work that Retracing Routledge accomplished in 2014. The Easter Island Foundation manages a scholarship fund (thanks to the work of Marla Wold), and with the amount that was raised, a new bursary has been created and awarded to Rapa Nui student, Francisca Martinez Pakarati. Francisca will be able to continue her education thanks to everyone’s donations and support of the project.
The official news came just days ago, when the Governor of Rapa Nui released the names of the students receiving the scholarships: “Francisca Martinez Pakarati is studying Environmental Engineering at the Instituto Profesional DUOC UC in Valparaíso. Her goal is to improve local knowledge using new technologies. She would like to participate in multidisciplinary teams with local institutions, adapting technical knowledge to the special conditions of Rapa Nui. Her future projects will focus on recycling, seawater pollution, and teaching the island’s children how to care for their environment. She believes the greatest challenge to Rapa Nui today is to develop a sustainable tourism industry, because the tourism is the most important economic resource, and the number of visitors is unbalanced with the local resources. For that reason, environmental impacts are greater than the internal capacity of the island. The key to this problem is education.”
The work of Retracing Routledge continues in 2015 with preparations for an exhibition about the project, which will be held in Darlington’s Crown Street Gallery, in the UK: November 28th, 2015 – January 14th, 2016.
In the mean time, if you happen to find yourself in Manchester, England in the next few months consider checking out a special exhibit at Manchester Museum exploring the culture of pre-historic Rapa Nui: Making Monuments on Rapa Nui: The Statues from Easter Island, April 2 – September 6 2015.
More news on Retracing Routledge to follow in the next few months!
Happy trails, or as folks say on Rapa Nui,