Bakeranobaon Txama

What We Do

The Santa Clara Youth Association was established in 2016 after a strong collaboration between Santa Clara and Alianza Arkana in the permaculture and reforestation projects. By establishing the Youth Association, the young peoples in Santa Clara expressed their needs and worked to ideate regenerative solutions, short term and long term, with our team here at Alianza Arkana. Our work in project planning and development encouraged the members of the Youth Association to think of economic alternatives with environmental focuses in their community.

Various project ideas include the creation of a school of traditional Shipibo art and cultural center, development of ‘bionegocios’ like a sustainable fish farm and an ecological chicken coop, and the continuation of the reforestation project to create economic value for medicinal and native plants being harvested. More recently, we collaborate with the Youth Association of Santa Clara to plan educational workshops and technical skills trainings to support professional and personal development.

Why working with the Youth is important?

Santa Clara is faced is the lack of economic opportunities which causes migration into urban centers for work. Youth recognize the need to create income-generating projects that also respect traditional ways of living and value ecological sustainability. There is much value that comes from sharing technical skills and providing mentoring. When we work with the Youth Association of Santa Clara, we enact our values of facilitating self-sovereignty of Shipibo communities and challenge notions of dependency communities associate with international NGOs. Our value comes from building relationships and transferring information to those who are motivated to make use of this resources.