In the past members of the community would help one another work the land and pass all the 'kunukus' in the area. This meant people had more contact and made sure to take care of each other. Nowadays, the new generations stay inside watching tv and playing computer games, they are falling behind and lack the healthy lifestyle that their elders did have. We work to change this tendency by motivating kids to go play outside more, we show them how fun the outdoors is!
Bonaire has a history of farming. People used to grow crops on their own land. The conditions on Bonaire meant they used all their creativity to catch the water and protect their crops. Today, we make sure to teach the kids these traditional farming skills along with new more modern methodologies, like permaculture, that help grow crops inarid climates like Bonaire.
In the past the people would eat from their own land, hunt or catch or traded food with each other. Either way crops were home-grown and a lot healthier than today. We try to teach the kids how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and then show them easy and healthy recipes that they can prepare themselves at home.
It’s very important to us to get young kids acquainted with entrepreneurship. We use the examples of our elderly, showing kids how to make traditional products and explain them how they could then make money out of them. The kids can then sell their products during the cultural event “Nos Zjilea”.
In our Bonairean culture it’s very important to celebrate with lot’s of music, dancing, eating and drinking. The harvest season is closed by dancing the Simadan together.