As the year draws to a close we would like to list our twelve major achievements for 2017 in the key and overlapping areas of: working with communities; eco-social justice; work with young people.
1. We continued our work in the permaculture project with the community of Santa Clara, adding another one hectare to the now six hectare reforestation project. We have worked with the primary school to develop educational gardens. To read more see:
2. We have worked closely with the newly-formed youth association in the community of Santa Clara helping them to strengthen their association.
We helped them obtain a grant for reforestation and for the cultural revitalization activities they wanted to develop such as learning traditional songs and dances. Our volunteers ran a project planning workshop for the youth association helping them develop their ideas and plans for initiatives they want to take.
3. We continued our work in eco-sanitation in partnership with UNICEF, creating organic, dry, double-vaulted, compost bathrooms for every family in the community of Nueva Betania.
4. We offered a two-day workshop on climate change in the community of Paohyan which led to a discusion of further work that we will be involved with in this community.
5. Our innovative and highly cost-effective mobile intercultural health clinic treated over 200 patients in three communities.
6. We worked with the community of Nueva Saposoa to enable them to have their forest classified as a recurso turistico and to have solar panels installed in each house in the community.
7. We worked with researchers on Masters programs at Yale University and the University of Stockholm to build links with our indigenous partners and thereby enable them carry out their research on palm oil plantations and climate change respectively.
8. We hosted a three-day workshop to teach video-editing skills to young people involved in two local indigenous political organizations.
9. We continued the fifth year of our work with young Shipibo women offering two five-day personal development workshops:
10. We continued to use the creative arts, notably hip hop, in our work with young people
11. We obtained a grant from the Endangered Languages Fund to begin work on a new Shipibo/English/Spanish dictionary.
12. As part of our desire to have closer links with indigenous organizations, we started to share our office space with a new indigenous NGO called ARIAP (Asociación de Raices Indígenas de la Amazonia Peruana) and are developing a program of work with them which includes a radio program to support language revitalization.