Learning to Support each other as Women: our experience with the Girls from Bena Jema and Santa Clara

In January, in collaboration with the US nonprofit “Girls for the World”, Alianza Arkana had the pleasure of organizing a five-day transformative personal development workshop for adolescent women at the “Tierra Vida” center, some 20 minutes away from Yarinacocha by boat. The 20 girls from the two Shipibo communities of Santa Clara and Bena Jema who participated in the 5-day workshop had a unique and life-changing experience. The girls who attended the workshop were very active participants, constantly eager to learn about different matters such as sexual and reproductive health, leadership and, the use of medicinal plants native to the … Continue reading Learning to Support each other as Women: our experience with the Girls from Bena Jema and Santa Clara

Working with indigenous communities

Working with indigenous communities is a wonderful experience. Whether you go as an NGO or a Social Enterprise, you are called to blend in a totally different culture and contribute with your own knowledge and with your own view of the world. Although it is a life changing experience, it’s full of challenges driven by the clash of cultures, the amount of interconnected problems that these communities face and the inherited poor social and environmental work done by others. Working in Amazon Rainforest In this article I want to share an inspiring project, I had the opportunity to film, with … Continue reading Working with indigenous communities

Engaging in Eco-tourism and Partnering with the Youth of Santa Clara

We have been working with the community of Santa Clara for over two years now. As our permaculture project there has grown in impact and success, and we have formed increasingly durable and long-lasting relationships with families in the community … Continue reading Engaging in Eco-tourism and Partnering with the Youth of Santa Clara