Category: Projects

Forest93 x UNICEF take climate action by sharing awareness on Suriname’s plastic footprint

The cooperation between Forest93 and UNICEF started in 2022, a year after UNICEF initiated the Plastic Footprint Suriname project. The project is aimed at establishing mechanisms to support (young) people to take climate action by reducing their various types of footprints effecting climate change, especially their plastic footprint. The activities under coordination of Forest93 Ambassador Christio Wijnhard aim to stimulate climate friendly behaviors through active engagement sessions in schools and community platforms. The Plastic Footprint Change Agents (all between 18-25 years old) developed their own awareness materials, which they use in their workshops for schools. Distribution of posters to schools throughout the country and the…

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Fresh vegetables from the Tiny Food Gardens at children’s homes

In February 2023, we were suprised with a donation of SRD 318,430.00 by the Fernandes Bottling Company. They had decided to donate the proceeds of the 2022 Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan fundraising to Green Growth Suriname, the mother organisation of Forest93. Forest93 Ambassador, Christio Wijnhard, was overjoyed to accept the cheque. He used the budget to continue the ambassador's own social project: Tiny Food Gardens for children's homes. Training and placing of the Tiny Food Gardens at the children's homes Selected children's homes in various districts received tiny food gardens to grow vegetables and spices for their kitchens. The food gardens were produced by Tiny Gardens…

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Dringende oproep om Suriname groen te houden

Keep Suriname Green is de dringende oproep van groene organisaties in Suriname om Suriname samen groen te houden. De zorg voor de natuur is immers een taak van ons allemaal.  Ondanks dat Suriname nog steeds het meest beboste land ter wereld is qua bosbedekking per persoon heeft Suriname belangrijke zaken nog niet in orde om ook het meest beboste land te blijven. Dat baart zorgen voor de toekomst. Hoewel de Republiek Suriname herhaaldelijk op internationale fora heeft uitgesproken de ambitie te hebben om 93% bosbedekking te behouden, lijkt dit in de praktijk moeilijker waar te maken. Zo is natuurbeschermingswetgeving reeds 70 jaar oud, is er…

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Forest93 receives donation from Fernandes Bottling Company NV

In February 2023, we were suprised with a donation of SRD 318,430.00 by the Fernandes Bottling Company. They had decided to donate the proceeds of the Coca-Cola Christmas Caravan fundraising to Green Growth Suriname, the mother organisation of Forest93. Forest93 Ambassador, Christio Wijnhard, accepted the cheque and will continue to coordinate the mini-food garden project for children's homes. With the donation five children's home will receive mini-food gardens to grow vegetables and spices for their kitchens. Moreover, via a train-the-trainer program, a selection of young people from the children's homes will be trained in woodwork and planting to make these food gardens themselves, and assist…

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Community Tennis Suriname zijn nu ook Forest93 Ambassadors

Na Dean Gorré, voormalig bondscoach van Natio en ex-profvoetballer, Tosh van Dijk, Surinaams kampioen taekwondo en kandidaat Olympiër voor Parijs2024, Jeffrey Vanan, athleet die momenteel in Nederland traint, en Christio Wijnhard, Busi Taki presentator en journalist, als ook Byciel Watsaam, artiest en zanger van de Mama Sranan song, zijn nu ook de jonge tennissers van Community Tennis Suriname (CTS) Forest93 Ambassador geworden. Community Tennis Suriname is een grassroots tennis club in Commewijne, die lokale jeugd liefde voor de tennissport bijbrengt en hen een nuttige activiteit biedt voor hun vrije tijd. Sinds 2011 hebben er bijna 600 kinderen uit de buurten Mariënburg, Ellen, Sorgvliet, Zoelen, en Nieuw Amsterdam tennisles gevolgd als ook deelgenomen…

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FOREST93 builds schools in South-West Suriname

Upon request from the village captains of Curuni and Amatopo, the FOREST93 project initiated the building of multi-purpose school buildings in these two villages in South Suriname. These two small villages are inhabited by people of the Trio tribe, and are amongst the last villages that never received education. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture supports the project, meaning that the government will provide the needed school material and teachers to the two villages. The building process for the schools started in November 2021 with the first phase of selecting and collecting building materials around the village, including sawing of wood for the…

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Mini-gardens for children’s homes

Our Green Growth Champions organised a fundraising in mid 2021 to start mini-gardens for children's homes. This was a welcome initiative in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic where most children couldn't attend school and prizes for healthy food rose. The mini-gardens, or gardening tables, are built by inmates from the country's jail as part of a resocialisation project. Mrs. Lilian Wiebers from Stichting Kari Yu Foundation coordinates the distribution of the tables to children's homes. With the fundraising the Green Growth Champions gathered enough funds to distribute two garden tables to 15 different children's homes throughout the country. The mini-gardens are delivered with plant…

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Forest93 supports Bollie de Otter

Bollie de Otter neemt jong en oud mee op reis door Suriname’s bos Hét nieuwste kinderboek van Suriname is klaar! In ‘De Avonturen van Bollie de Otter’ leren Surinaamse kinderen van Mama Sranan houden. Het eerste boek uit deze boekenreeks komt op 15 december op de markt. Bollie de Otter is het symbool van Moeder Natuur, deze kleine dierenvriend zit vol moed en inspiratie voor Surinaamse kinderen (tussen 4 en 12 jaar) en neemt hen mee in zijn belevingswereld. Hoe kijkt hij naar mensen en hun gedrag? Hoe leeft hij samen met andere dieren? Wat leert hij van hen?  Ook sociale issues komen aan de orde, zoals…

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Dean Gorré, Global FOREST93 Ambassador

Meet our Global FOREST93 Ambassador: Dean Gorré. Mister Dean Gorré is a former professional football player and former head coach of the Suriname national football team, Natio. He will continue his journey by supporting the FOREST93 message worldwide. In this video Dean introduces why he supports FOREST93. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4jq0tZrX-I

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NATIO represents Mama Sranan

The men's national soccer team of the Republic of Suriname, called Natio, qualified for their first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. In July 2021 they have represented Suriname in the USA. The team chose to represent Suriname as the Most Forested Country on Earth. They wore unique shirts with the Suriname flag and FOREST 93 messaging, and voiced this messaging in the many interviews for international press. Although the team created a lot of buzz as the talented newcomer; unfortunately with one win and two losses in the group phase, they did not qualify for the next round. See the FOREST93 commercial, wishing Natio success in…

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