Under our mission of supporting initiatives that grant children and young adults access to integral education that focuses on a reflection on and care for the environment, we support Fundación Origen in the construction and implementation of the School of Arts and Crafts, a project that is a part of the Agroecological School of Pirque, whose educational approach is sustainable coexistance between children and the environment.

Fundación Origen seeks to revise present educational and developmental models to propose new paths for future generations. Their rethinking vision stems from environmental issues in a world where shortages of food, water and financial crises have left humanity in a state of uncertainty. Their purpose speaks of the following: “Contemporary society has left many people adrift from development, generating immense distances and frustrations. Prejudices, exclusion of minorities (which in reality are a majority), and a lack of compassion for human suffering tend to be the root of the different expressions of violence resulting particularly in socially vulnerable sectors of the world and that in turn affect all of mankind.”

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Fundación Origen’s Garden patch

Presided by Mary Anne Müller, Fundación Origen believes that beyond relieving symptoms, the key is to stop the causes: “We see for example how funds have been assigned to fight crime instead of seeking effective ways of inclusion through appropriate and hopeful according to the reality of each human being. We repeatedly hear about the fight against poverty, against drugs, and against violence and crime, yet these initiatives rarely consider a person’s inner world and complex context, which go beyond what statistics can show. We know that we are living in the decisive moment to act and stop the damage we are producing in our environment, but our egos and greed lead us to always place the responsibility on the others. Despite having many good intentions, the sum of our actions often perpetuate the conditions that cause the suffering of all beings.”

For this reason, as active members of society, the members of this foundation are committed to take responsibility in participating and proposing new forms of coexistence that can uproot the causes of the imbalances of our society. They seek to develop projects from equable reflections, from the real desire to end the suffering of all without exception, from the commitment to work and propose concrete actions for changes to take place, relying on the potential of each being to achieve it.

Fundación Mar Adentro joins this vision supporting the School of Arts and Crafts, a project that is part of the Agroecological School of Pirque, whose educational approach is sustainable coexistence between children and the environment.


In our mission to support children and young people to access a comprehensive education, focused on reflection and care for the environment, we are supporting Fundación Origen in the construction and implementation of a School of Arts and Crafts, a project that is part of the Agroecological School of Pirque (Escuela Agroecológica de Pirque - EAP), whose educational approach is sustainable coexistence between children and the environment.

The Agroecological School of Pirque was created in 1991 by Mary Anne Müller to provide an inclusive education to vulnerable teenagers between 14 and 18 years who had been excluded from other schools. The model of the EAP has two pillars: education for peace and sustainable education, with an agroecological training that allows students to graduate with complete high school studies and a technical degree in sustainable agriculture.

In order to increase the employability possibilities of the young graduates and promote their entrepreneurship, a new school is being built within the EAP’s premises, dedicated to developing Arts and Crafts, which will train students from the EAP and external students. This new school will have two houses: one for the School of Ceramics and the other one for the School of Crafts.

The idea of the School is to provide concrete tools to students so that they may develop their talents and learn skills that will enable them to live with dignity, within different alternatives: ecobuilding, solar energy, plumbing, electricity, ceramics and now cooking through an alliance with chef Carlo Von Mühlenbrock, in which he will market the products made in the Foundation in his restaurant “Carlo cocina”.

The training provided by the School of Arts and Crafts seeks to:

  • Strengthen the young people’s employability through skills training;
  • Train future entrepreneurs to improve their present quality of life and income to continue their studies;
  • Offer ceramic workshops rescuing traditional techniques in order to create opportunities for young people with artistic talents;
  • Provide opportunities for inclusion and equity to young people and adults with learning difficulties.
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