There is a beautiful new water education mural within the Carlo Bravo schoolyard. The vivid colors, familiar objects, graphic depiction of how water cycles eternally, are precious in a school yard which is otherwise – just a hot slab of concrete approximately two acres square. Our new water education mural transforms the schoolyard space. The mural is huge – approximately 160 square meters.

Created and funded by Leslie Warren, Director and Founder of International PEACE Projects* and Jairo Sandino, with help from Linda McCrary, Nancy Bergman and Amy Bushnell over one week in late February, the mural explores the water cycle and the concept on “Watershed” in a whimsical and scientific way.

Already teachers are using the mural to teach science and environmental concepts, art and it is creating curiosity and wonder among the many thousands of students to attend Carlo Bravo School.

With normal weathering, this amazing mural and all the benefits it accrues to school children and teachers will essentially disappear in three years. Despite the fact that we used professional mural paints imported for the project, sun and rain will fade and wash away the mural until it is gone.

UNLESS!!! We can create a shade structure over the mural that will protect it from rain and sun. The shade structure will extend the life of the mural for 20 years and more. It will endure as a teaching tool, inspiration and sense of wonder for children for decades with simple protection by a roof.

Will you help us preserve this work of art and this outdoor education resource for students and teachers?

We estimate the cost of the shade structure at $5,000.00. This seems like a lot, but it must be structurally engineered because it will rise above a mural approximately 60 feet high and project out approximately 60 feet while covering a wall area approximately 150 feet long.

If $500 people gave $100, we’d have it “covered”.
If 1000 people gave $50, that would get it done too.

Any way you cut it, we need a lot of people to give a little or a lot to get this shade structure in place before the rains start in May.

How can you give? The mural was funded by International PEACE Projects (IPP). IPP has a web site (www.internationalPEACEprojects.com) where you can make your donation securely through PAYPAL. Please share this request for donations with all of your friends in the ex-pat community and together we can preserve this wonderful resource for Granada’s children.


Leslie Warren internationalpeaceprojects@gmail.com