In 2011, Eco Cuba Network was approached by a group of professional women who had read Jeanne Lemkau's recently published book, Lost and Found in Cuba and were interested in traveling to Cuba to research for themselves the aspects of Cuban society that Jeanne's book addressed – from the Cuban woman's point of view. Fourteen women and one man (a social welfare professor from the upper Midwest, the husband of a woman in the group) joined us for that tour.
This customized tour is designed to facilitate interchange between U.S. and Cuban women who are actively involved in the promotion of sustainable development in both our countries — in agriculture and food distribution; in mental and physical health care; in renewable energy and energy efficiency; in environmental protection; in social welfare and community development; in education; in small business; and of course, for women who work in organizations that promote women's issues and rights. And most of all, how it all fits together from an ecological point of view!
We will be researching all fields relevant to human well being and sane, humane economic and environmental development, and how the women working in these fields coordinate their services toward the benefit of women and humankind.
According to one of the women participants, "It is our hope to begin a productive interchange between the women of our two nations, as we work together, for sane and humane policies in our two countries, for the well being of our planet, our world and our two peoples."
For more information about this tour, please email Pam Montanaro and/or call: 510-649-1052
Program Highlights may include:
- City tour of Havana and Old Havana with a focus on sites of sustainable development
- Federation of Cuban women
- Cuban Institute for Sex Education, CENESEX
- Foundation for Nature and Humanity
- Cuban Department of Natural and Traditional Medicine at the Ministry of Public Health
- Alamar Organiponico and Farmers Markets
- Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Institutes, NGOS and Schools
- Family Doctor Clinics
- Public Schools and Day Care facilities
- Biosphere Reserves and Cuba's Protected Areas
- Cultural activities
- Small group meetings according to interest
Round trip air fare, Cancun to Havana
Double room accommodations
Two meals per day
Full program with professional guides and translators
Transportation in Cuba (with group)
Cuban health insurance as required by law