Page 43 - 2019 Sustainability Report
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   Gran Tierra en Mi Vereda
On weekends in San Martín, one can find magic tricks, singing, dancing and comedy bringing joy to different neighbourhoods across the city. This is the Circo Magico, conceptualized and produced by a group of youth from the city who use the circus to teach young people community-building values.
The Circo Magico is one of the activities sponsored by GTE through Gran Tierra en
Mi Vereda (Gran Tierra in my Neighbourhood), a program which strengthens relationships and understanding through recreation, community service and cultural exchange.
In 2019, thousands of people participated
in the program in Middle Magdalena Valley and Putumayo.
Providing Information about Water and Geology
In May 2019, GTE partnered with the
non-profit Colombian Association of Geologists and Geophysicists of Petroleum (ACGGP) in a campaign to share knowledge with communities in the Putumayo and Middle Magdalena Valley regions about important issues surrounding water and hydrocarbon production.
ACGGP delivered workshops about earth sciences and answered questions about the oil and gas industry, including GTE’s existing and proposed projects. Many were held in rural areas where access to higher education is minimal. In total, 44 workshops were held, with nearly 600 people attending.
IlovetoseethejoyinkidswhenIdo magic tricks. Even from a young age I’ve considered myself an artist, and this program has given me an outlet to express my art and bring happiness to the audience. We create a language of respect & solidarity.
Sergio Andres Lazaro,
Member of Circo Magico
      Once we are able to educate people about the technical topics, the response in the community is powerful. We find that people really care about their land and territory and all they want is accurate information so they can make better decisions about how to manage it.
Flover Rodriguez,
Executive Director, Colombian Association
of Geologists and Geophysicists of Petroleum

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