At its heart, Hoja Nueva is an organization for the people- particularly the people that call the Piedras home.
Contrasting with many conservation plans that separate human development from nature, we acknowledge the vital interactions between people and the environment and how one influences the other. While one of our goals is to safeguard the forest from unnecessary destruction, we also aim to ensure that our neighbors and friends enjoy the greatest standards of living available to them.
The community of Lucerna is currently home to about sixty people, all of whom have recently emigrated from the Andean region of Peru. Hoja Nueva’s programs are all cooperative- we only become involved in aspects of the community that we are requested to. Proper waste management and a lack of education are the two main deficiencies that have been identified by the community and we plan to help provide solutions to positively influence the health and wellbeing of Lucerna’s citizens, particularly youth.