Hotel Plaza Colón is the only boutique hotel in Granada fully owned and operated by Nicaraguans and although it has been in operation for only 7 years, its parent company MONISA (HACCP Certified), has been the region’s number one employer for almost 50 years.
An agreement with Rainforest Alliance was signed shortly after the Hotel begun operations; since then, we have worked in the implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s sustainability criteria and are Verified by this organization every 2 years.
Our sustainability policy has always been based on promoting the conservation of the environment and its resources, supporting the well being and development of the local community and providing training and promoting individual’s initiatives among our human resources.
We also focus on buying all local produce, employing local tradesmen and providing internship opportunities, implementing recycling, executing water and electricity conservation programs and supporting community projects like: Yo Puedo Leer School, Vida Joven, Casa Lupita and Operation Smile.
ECO SCHOOL PROJECT
Since we started our operation, we had flirted with the idea of starting a community project of our own but were hesitant of our ability to carry it out effectively by ourselves.
In 2009, the opportunity to partner with an NGO and Careli Tours to work in education presented itself and, yes, we took it! This is how Hotel Plaza Colón started the first multi-sectoral pilot of environmental education in a public school in Nicaragua.
The project implemented in Escuela Pedro Joaquin Chamorro located in the community of El Diamante by the lake, lasted three years (2009-2011) and consisted of:
- Providing an environmental educator for all grades in the school.
- Raising awareness about the importance of the environment for everyone and its potential as a source of employments in tourism.
- Implementing recycling & contacting the School with local companies that buy recyclables, thus providing funds to different school projects.
With the support of our clients and partners, we were able to improve the facilities in the school by building new bathrooms and also provided supplies which many of the children could not afford.
Currently we are in search of the new ECO SCHOOL in Granada, but in the meantime we keep gathering backpacks donated by our guests and take them periodically to Juan Diego School located in the Tepeyac community.
WANT TO GIVE BACK?
If you want to contribute or visit the ECO SCHOOL, contact our General Manager and she will give you detailed information on the school needs and the different ways you could contribute to this cause.
There are other organizations in Granada that provide aid for children: