With the United Nations sustainable goals in mind, ESA pursues the following:
Landscaping: within the pasture we promote the growth of native plants to provide food and shelter for Aruba's local wildlife. We try to keep a balance between nature and animal, this means at least 1 acre space per horse, too many horses will destroy nature.We create piles of bushes and try to grow a diversity of local vegetation. Together with a local bee keeper we keep bee hives, insect eating birds and chickens. All animals that help us to manage mosquitos and fly populations without using pesticides. Nor do we use herbicides.
As part of our daily feeding process the horses have access to food 24/7, all natural based food (so no pellets). Our horses have their own natural pasture in which they can roam, walk freely and socialize with other animals and find besides the provided food other food as would they do in the wild. On a daily basis the horses's manure is collected. This natural (and probably mainly organic) compost is given back to the community to fertilize their plants and (home) grown gardens. It can be collected in exchange for a bag of apples or carrots for the horses.
Via education we like to create awareness for a sound environment,so we canreduce the carbon footprint towards the island and specifically towards the national park. At a later stage we will offer interaction with horses, essential leadership and interpersonal skills (confidence), self awareness, and clear communication for children and adults. We emphasize on the interconnection of all living things and our responsibility for taking care of the land that takes care of us (ecosystem).
In building the shed and fencing we tried to re-use as much material as possible: iron found in the cunucu has been re-used to build the main gate, the shed has a re-used roofing. As we are in a developing stage, we encourage people to help us on the concept of living in harmony with our horses/animals and the land. By taking better care of our horses'/animals' welfare and encouraging biodiversity and healthy food, we'll positively contribute to the environment.
As a starting foundationCorporate Governance is important for us. ESA has a qualified board who is knowledgeable and have high expertise relevant to the objectives. The articles of incorporation provide a daily management structure for future employees and volunteers, with defined rules. The long term goals and objectives will be statutory determined through an open dialogue with board, management, volunteers and other stakeholders. The yearly foundation financial and governance ethics are to be reviewed by an appointed certified accountant, whose opinion, including our financial statements, will be published on our website.