TULUM, Mexico – In a world where small actions can lead to monumental change, there still exist individuals committed to doing good for others and, in the process, making a positive impact on the environment. The latest testament to this dedication is the unveiling of Tulum’s first-ever plastic school. Read on to learn more about this remarkable project.
In 2019, the Mom I’m Fine Project was launched, a philanthropic initiative aimed at constructing schools using recycled plastic. The driving force behind this endeavor is Belgian influencer Jonathan Kubben, renowned for his social media content featuring the tagline “Mom I’m Fine” and his globe-trotting adventures, as well as his global speaking engagements.
Over the years, Jonathan Kubben has shifted his focus towards humanitarian activities, transforming his once-trivial tagline into a meaningful philanthropic movement, as mentioned earlier.
Motivated by a burning desire for change, Kubben founded his own clothing brand to make the initiative tangible. He also turned to the well-known crowdfunding platform GoFundMe.com, seeking support and solidarity from people worldwide to join his cause. His inaugural project: the construction of Tulum’s very first plastic school in Quintana Roo.
After several years of hard work, the Mom I’m Fine Project, in collaboration with Los Amigos de la Esquina, a local non-governmental organization, and the support of thousands, achieved their goal – the creation of Tulum’s first plastic school, a boon to both the local community and the environment.
According to a video posted on Jonathan Kubben’s official account, in 2020, they secured the necessary permits to commence the construction of the school in Tulum. Finally, on January 12th, the project was completed. To bring this vision to life, over 100,000 plastic bottle caps were utilized to create artistic installations, alongside tons of plastic collected from beaches and various locations.
“We set out on a mission to build the first Recycled Plastic School in Latin America, a space where children could learn art, sports, and well-being for free. There were many challenges along the way, but with your incredible support, and the amazing Mom I’m Fine community, we managed to overcome them. The goal was to make this happen without any political party or brand trying to exploit it for publicity. It was a challenge, but we made it a reality,” read part of the social media announcement regarding this remarkable eco-friendly project.
As previously mentioned, this is Tulum’s inaugural plastic school, the first of its kind in Latin America. It will offer free education to children and serve as a beacon of sustainability, with the promise of more such schools in the near future, benefiting both the younger generation and the environment.