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

Two New Projects: The ‘Small Two-Women-Wandering Clinic’ and ‘Lastenia’s Book’

In March 2016, we began work on two exciting and important initiatives, which are a continuing unfolding of the work we have been engaged in here for over five years and an indication of the strength of the relationships we … Continue reading Two New Projects: The ‘Small Two-Women-Wandering Clinic’ and ‘Lastenia’s Book’

Initial Strokes: Art and Environmental Consciousness with the Youngest Generation of Shipibo Children

After completing a series of murals with the children of the Shipibo urban community of Bena Jema on their elementary school, the teachers of the preschool next door came to us with an interest in a mural for their building … Continue reading Initial Strokes: Art and Environmental Consciousness with the Youngest Generation of Shipibo Children