Grow and Cook: A Never Ending Cycle

In many parts of the world, people buy their food products in either neighbouring markets or supermarkets. While we usually give the price of products a high degree of importance, we rarely stop to think of where the products come from. We are often more preoccupied by the economic value of the products than the process required to deliver our products (e.g sowing the seeds, harvest, transport etc). Historically, the Shipibo people of Santa Clara have produced their own food and thus only needed to buy complementary products from external sources. Nowadays, many factors, such as climate change, over-fishing and … Continue reading Grow and Cook: A Never Ending Cycle

Getting to know our Roots and Ourselves – Continuing to plant seeds of change with the youth of Paoyhan

This September 2018, after a very successful Hip Hop workshop, we continued our youth work in the community of Paoyhan. This time, we had fun by engaging in confidence-building exercises, and made an exciting excursion to the new “Farmacia Viva” project site, to connect them to their traditional medicine knowledge. After an incredibly successful Hip Hop workshop with three special guests from Lima, a beautiful spark was lit in Paoyhan. A clear moment of “before and after” happened, where after 3 intense days of songwriting, performance, instrument-playing, an evening show, movie nights, stencil-making, and screenprinting, the children and youth of … Continue reading Getting to know our Roots and Ourselves – Continuing to plant seeds of change with the youth of Paoyhan

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