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Sustainable Water Project Inaugurated

Background

A few months ago we published a post on the foundation of FESTAS. On February 24, 2015, the FESTAS foundation was officially inaugurated.

Objective of the Foundation.

The objective of the foundation is to raise funds to develop educational and research programs in the area of sustainable drinking water production and usage.

Inauguration

FESTAS Inauguration
FESTAS Inauguration

As mentioned above, this project was inaugurated on February 25, 2015 and was attended by many local and international supporters and sponsors.

Sponsoring FESTAS

FESTAS is a private initiative and is sponsored by companies and individuals.  Anyone interested in sponsoring this sustainable initiative should contact the President of FESTAS at festasaruba@gmail.com

Sustainable Water Technology Project

 

Introduction

Sufficient drinking water continues to be a serious problem in many countries around the world. In an effort to alleviate this problem, the FESTAS foundation was recently founded on the island of Aruba. Following is an interview with the founder of this foundation, Dr. Filomeno Marchena.

Who is Filomeno A. Marchena?

FAMs picture Filomeno A. Marchena is the founder of FESTAS. He has more than 25 years  of experience in  seawater desalination     for the production of drinking water. His expertise also encompasses the drinking water conditioning and drinking water quality with reference to both the physicochemical and bacteriological aspects. He holds an MSc-degree in the Chemical Engineering of the Delft University of Technology and a PhD-degree in Technology Sciences of the University of Twenty in the Netherlands.

He is also a guest lecturer and BSc- and MSc-graduating students support at the University of Curacao and the Focal Point of Aruba for the UNESCO International Hydrological Program for Latin America and the Caribbean.

His passion is research and education in Sustainable Water Technology and he has three international patents for innovative seawater desalination technologies.

 

What is FESTAS?

FESTAS is an education foundation in Aruba with the primary objective of generating and managing funds for the whole academic program of the UNESCO Sustainable Water Technology Chair at University of Curacao and for the development of water education program for pre-primary -, primary – and secondary schools in the Caribbean region. FESTAS will also develop agriculture projects to promote sustainable agriculture. The intention is also to establish a research facility in Aruba to support scientific research and academic science in the field of sustainable water technology and green agriculture and zero discharge wastewater treatment and reuse.

The strategy and commitment of FESTAS can be recognized in its mission statement, vision and slogan which are formulated as follows:

The Mission statement:

FESTAS is a trustworthy support and energetic propulsion to improve the Quality of life in especially Small Island Development States through excellent education, science and technological innovation toward green environmental protection and sustainable water cycle management.

The Vision:

FESTAS envisions globally recognition as an excellent strategic partner for education, science and development and application of innovative green sustainable technology providing solutions for goal-directed green environment protection and sustainable use of healthy water for all.

The Slogan:

WE stand for Water Education toward Water Excellence

The education foundation FESTAS is established by Dr. Ir. Filomeno A. Marchena on December 3rd, 2013 in accordance with the Law of Aruba at the notary office of Mr. Dr. Ralph Elias Yarzagaray, civil-law notary of Aruba and is registered at the Chamber of Commerce of Aruba. The statutory legal information of FESTAS is as follows:

Name of the foundation                : FESTAS

Address of the foundation            : Savaneta 225-C, Savaneta

Statutory name                               : Fundacion pa Educacion y Sciencia Technologico di Awa Sustenibel

Statutory seat                                  : Aruba

Foundation number                       : S1356 (Chamber of Commerce of Aruba)

Memorandum of foundation        : December 03, 2013

 

What does the name FESTAS stands for?

FESTAS stands for “Fundacion pa Educacion y Sciencia Technologico di Awa Sustenibel” which means in the native language “Papiamento” of Aruba: “Foundation for Education and Science in Sustainable Water Technology”.

For whom is FESTAS?

FESTAS objective is to promote Sustainable Water education at all the schools and Sustainable Water Technology Science at all universities in the Caribbean Region to promote the production and distribution of healthy drinking water, optimal sanitation engineering and green sustainable agriculture for all in the “Small Island Development States “ (SIDS) in the Caribbean Region.

According to the preliminary information received from the Central Bureaus of Statistics and the Water Companies from the Dutch Caribbean Islands and the Department of Agriculture, Husbandry and fishery of Aruba a total of 75,441 direct beneficiaries can be estimated for FESTAS’ educational and scientific program. This includes about 67,583 pupils and 4,654 teachers at the pre-primary-, primary- and secondary schools and about 2550 active farmers and 184 operators and about 200 students in the Dutch Caribbean. The total amount of schools, colleges and universities is about 324.

 

The ultimate goal is to reach out to all pupils, students, teachers and farmers of the Caribbean and promote student culture diversity.

How is FESTAS funded?

The current marketing and funds strategy of FESTAS is primarily based on sending letters requesting donation to prospect companies, manufacturers, consultants in the global desalination and water management world and foundations supporting globally sustainable water and environmental solutions.

The prospected fund raising companies and agents are:

  • Water Utilities Companies of the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Global Desalination Manufacturing companies.
  • Global Beverage companies.
  • Global Water, environment education and scientific foundations.
  • Global consultancy companies.
  • Government of the Dutch Caribbean Islands.
  • European Union funds.
  • Banks of Aruba and the Caribbean Region.
  • UNESCO.

 

Why should I sponsor FESTAS?

By sponsoring FESTAS every one can give a hand to solve the water shortage problem in the world by starting to increase the consciousness of the importance of healthy water, the conservation and sustainability of it and not to misuse the precious water already at the youngest age. Furthermore you can help FESTAS to reach its intended objective to comply with its driving force and passion which is primarily based on the statement of the United Nations as quoted:

“Problems of poverty are inextricably linked with those of water- its availability, its proximity, its quantity, and its quality. Improving access of poor people to water has the potential to make a major contribution towards poverty eradication”

(World Water Development Report of the United Nations)

Does FESTAS have a business plan?

FESTAS has developed a business plan for 2014-2019 programs with all necessary detailed information of the academic program of the UNESCO Chair Sustainable Water Technology, the education programs, scholarship and the research facility. The Business plan 2012-2019 is available on request.

Who are the current sponsors?

Already some local companies, utilities companies and beverage companies of abroad has committed and promised to support FESTAS, such as: CocaCola Aruba, Polytechnisch Ingenieursbureau N.V., PC-MAC Aruba N.V., Schlumberger Water Services, Inc., Seven Seas Water Corporation, Specialized System Integration (USA), Inc., Nativa Holding N.V., ACE Firm Engineering, EcoVision, C.A.R.S. Automall N.V., Utilities Aruba N.V., Brown Lawyers, Amast N.V., Rotary Club of Aruba.

 

How to sponsor FESTAS?

 Those interested in sponsoring FESTAS can cantact the President of FESTAS at famarchena@gmail.com.  Grants and donations can then be deposited on the current account of FESTAS:

Stichting FESTAS

Fundacion pa Educacion y Sciencia Technologico di Awa Sustenibel

Savaneta 225-C

Current account number: 62626904

Caribbean Mercantile Bank

SWIFT transfer number: CMBAAWAX

Caya G. F. (Betico) Croes # 53, PO Box 28

Oranjestad Aruba

 

For transparency, all sponsors will receive a copy of the yearly financial statement of FESTAS which FESTAS is obliged to deliver to the Chamber of Commerce of Aruba after each financial year. On request the mandatory yearly evaluation report to UNESCO concerning the performance of the Chair will also be available on request to all sponsors.

How to contact FESTAS?

FESTAS can be contacted through the President by a letter or an email or by phone as indicated below:

Name                      : Dr. Ir. Filomeno A. Marchena, President of FESTAS

Telephone             : + (297) 584 0520

Mobile                    : + (297) 594 5644

Email:                    famarchena@gmail.com , festasaruba@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014: What to Expect

Happy New Year 2014

First of all thank you for your continuous confidence during 2013.

I sincerely wish all of you and your loved ones love, peace, joy and health for 2014. May you find direction in this changing world of project management .

 Lasting Relationships

During 2013 I had the opportunity again to work with many project managers/consultants. Many of these contacts resulted in lasting friendship relationships, both local and international, something I really cherish. For me that is the most exciting part of Project Management. I am looking forward to building more lasting relationships in 2014.

Outlook for 2014

Based on the feedback I received from many of you I formulated my Vision and Mission as follows:

My vision is to use my 34+ years of  experience in project management to help project managers and consultants develop their career and  consulting business.

My mission is to achieve this by providing:

  • Training
  • Consulting
  • eBooks
  • Blog Posts

   Training

  • Class room training: The class room training given in connection with International Project Management Day  2013 was a great success. Several suggestions have been received to implement in future class room trainings.
  • Online training: An online course based on my latest eBook is under development. Hopefully it would be ready during 2014.

 Consulting

  • Face-to-Face consulting is given mainly to local project managers.
  • Online consulting is available to everyone and is very popular since it does not involve travel expenses.

 eBooks

The eBooks I write are based on questions I receive from aspiring project managers/consultants. The idea is that the eBooks are for you and by you. All my eBooks are reviewed/commented by my readers. For more information on my eBooks, visit my eStore

Blogging

During 2014 I will continue blogging about project management best practices. Blogging is a very interactive way to serve you.

Social Media

Social media is becoming more and more popular among my audience. Because of this, in 2014 I will be switching to social media instead of email for sharing my blog posts.

So follow me on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn and Google+

 

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PMBOK 5th ed is Out

PMI PMBOK  5th has been released earlier this month.

Introduction

PMI’s stands for Project Management Institute  and PMBOK stands for “a guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”.

The PMBOK describes project management processes that are generally accepted as good practice.

The objective of this blog post is not to present an in-depth discussion of all the changes and enhancement of the 5th edition but to look at the overall changes and emphasize the importance of planning in project management.

Overall Changes

The major changes in the 5th edition are :

  1. The number of project management  processes have been increased from forty two to forty seven
  2. A new project management knowledge area has been added (Project Stakeholder Management)
  3. Some process names have been changed

The five added processes are:

  1. Plan Scope Management
  2. Plan Schedule Management
  3. Plan Cost Management
  4. Plan Stakeholder Management
  5. Control Stakeholder Engagement

The Importance of Planning

The forty seven processes are divided over the following process groups

Project Management Process Groups
Project Management Process Groups

The amount of processes per process group is as shown in the following graph

Processes per Process Group
Processes per Process Group PMBOK 5th Edition

As you can see, the planning process group has the most processes. This reflects the importance of planning in project management.

Four of the five processes that have been added in the 5th edition are in the planning group. This also re-emphasizes that planning remains important in project management.

The PMBOK 4th edition had twenty processes in the planning group as shown in the graph below:

Processes per Group PMBok 4th Edition
Processes per Group PMBOK 4th Edition

Carpenter’s Rule

I have translated the importance of project planning into what i call the “carpenter’s rule” for project management:

PLAN TWICE, EXECUTE ONCE

My father was a carpenter, he taught me to “measure twice and cut once”

Application of the PMBOK 5th ed.

From now on I will be using the new processes and process names on my blog and eBooks.

 Related Posts

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Project Management Process Groups

2013: What to Expect

Happy New Year

I sincerely wish all of you and your loved ones love, peace, joy and health for 2013. May you find direction in this changing world that we live in. . “Change is the only constant in the world we live in“.

 Lasting Relationships

During the past year I had the opportunity to work with many aspiring project managers/consultants. Many of these contacts resulted in lasting relationships, something I really cherish in my work. I am looking forward to building more lasting relationships in 2013.

Focus for 2013

Based on the feedback I received from many of you I formulated my Vision and Mission as follows:

My vision is to use my 33+ years of  experience in project management to help aspiring project managers and consultants to achieve their goals for 2013.

My mission is to achieve this by providing:

  • On site training
  • Online consulting to project managers in all areas of project management
  • eBooks on project management
  • Free support as a follow up on all training, consulting and eBooks.

  Training

I have received several requests for training for 2013. I am busy finalizing an eBook that will be used in all trainings.This eBook is based the project management seminars I have given and on feedback I have received from many of you. Some more information on training

Consulting

The training I provide is general/fundamental. Consulting is a follow up on the training with the objective of tailor making a Project Management Manual for your specific business.  More information

eBooks

The eBooks I write are based on questions I receive from aspiring project managers/consultants. The idea is that the eBooks are for you and by you. All my eBooks are reviewed/commented by my readers.

I hope to add a few more Ebooks to my eStore in 2013.

Support

I will continue to offer support as follow-up on all my training, consulting and eBooks. Support is great enhancement to the value of the eBooks and services I offer. Have a question?

There is a price for the eBooks and services, but the support is free.

Case Studies

Case studies are a great way to close the gap between theory and practice. Last year we ran a case study on project management processes. You can download the complete case study here project management processes case study

My target is to run at least two case studies during 2013.

Finding a Job

Finding a job as a project manager remains to be challenge for many. Getting the often required experience creates a chicken or the egg situation: you need experience to get the job, while you need the job to get experience. The approach I usually take in helping people find a job as a project manager, is to scrape up the little experience they have managing little projects and package it as good as possible and include that in your resume. Eventually all do find a job. I offer a resume rewrite service for a nominal fee of USD 42.50. Read the testimonials on this page. Contact me at victor@victorhuntconsulting.com to rewrite your resume or profile.  .

Students

Many students contact me to review their thesis. This is a spin-off I never anticipated. However, I enjoy helping students and I have to say that some of them have some very interesting case studies in their thesis.

 

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Thank You for 2012

I want to say thank you to all who supported this blog during 2012. Your comments have been very valuable to me. They give me insight in the questions and the areas of interests you have.

Your requests have resulted in me posting case studies on this blog. Case studies have proven themselves to be very good in closing the gap between theory and practice.

It was a pleasure working with all of you.

Thank you once again!

I wish you and your loved ones safe and joyful holidays.

 

New Website

I have upgraded my blog to a website in order to better show my vision and mission after 32+ years of project management.

Vision:

My vision is to use my 32+ years of experience in project management to help other project managers advance and excel in their careers.

Mission:

My mission is to achieve my vision by providing:

  • Onsite project management training
  • Online consulting to project managers in all areas of project management
  • eBooks on project management
  • Free online mentoring as follow up on all training, consulting and eBooks.

 

Mobile Ready.

The new website is also easier to read on mobile devices.

 

Browse around and leave a comment below.

2012: What to Expect

Happy New Year

I sincerely wish all of you and your loved ones all the best for 2012. May there be health and direction in this changing world that we live in. There will definitely be changes in the way we manage projects and interact with each other. “Change is the only constant in the world we live in”.

Focus for 2012

During 2011, I had many interactions with several of you. The focus of this blog for 2012 will be based on those interactions. I think that focusing the content of this blog on the questions and requests I received last year, is a good way to start the new year. Also throughout 2012 I will focus on any new areas of attention that you may bring up. So let your voice be heard.

Mentoring

Mentoring continues to be a hot topic. Many project managers are struggling with certain areas of project management. Some in the area of how to sell project management, others in the area of how to plan and execute their projects. Whatever the case is, the struggle in a certain area is usually over with a few emails and or phone calls.  I have also joined a mentoring group with the intention of becoming a better mentor.

Finding a Job

finding a job as a project manager remains to be frustrating. Getting the often required experience creates a chicken or the egg situation: you need experience to get the job, while you need the job to get experience. The approach I usually take in helping people find a job as a project manager, is to scrape up the little experience they have managing little projects and package it as good as possible. Eventually all do find a job.

Business Start Ups

What does business start ups have to do with project management? It is the other way around. many project managers want to start their project management consultancy. One approached me for advice in starting up a consultancy in July 2010 During 2011 she was able get her consultancy up and running. I became one of her first customers.

Students

Many students contact me to review their thesis. This is a spin-off I never anticipated. However, I enjoy helping students and I have to say that some of them have some very interesting case studies.

Developing Hard Skills

During 2012 I will be giving some more attention to hard skills than I did in 2011. I will be discussing the close relationship between project scope, schedule and budget. This is based on a request I received to discuss the link between scheduling and budgeting (resource loading).

Developing Soft Skills

I will try to find a balance between soft skills and hard skills. Some project managers do not see soft skills as part of project management. The truth is however that you can not manage anything without soft skills.

eBooks

The topics of the eBook I write are based on questions and requests I receive from my followers. The idea is that the eBook is for you and by you. So I will ask your input for a certain topic and I will ask some of you to review the draft. I try to answer all questions related to the topic of the book. Most eBooks also include bonuses that will help you apply the eBook in your work.  All eBooks include unlimited support. There is a price for each eBook, but the support is free.

 Relationships

I am looking forward to successful relationships in 2012. Mentoring is usually just for a few weeks/months, but the relationships outlive the mentoring.  Relationships is what matters. All the best.

 

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