Working with Indigenous Youth Partners to Regenerate the Peruvian Amazon

By Charlotte Biren – Communications Coordinator Project planning in pairs It’s a cloudy Saturday morning here in Yarinacocha, and our three Santa Clara Volunteers eagerly await the arrival of the Santa Clara Youth Association. After two months of getting to know the Youth Association and gauging interest in community led intiatives, the volunteers decided to bring everyone to Yarinacocha to host a workshop on Project Design and Planning. These past months, the volunteers and youth have spent time together discussing community needs, evaluating potentials for alternative economic opportunities, and observing the interests of the youth in terms of project creation. The Youth … Continue reading Working with Indigenous Youth Partners to Regenerate the Peruvian Amazon

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

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