Our Work

We work primarily with rural and urban-fringe Shipibo communities in the Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon. Each program is guided by the personal and collective needs of our community partners, their visions for community wellbeing, and are run by the communities themselves, in order to generate sustainable livelihoods for families.

The main focus of our work is centered on well-being – through improving access to economic opportunities, health and education – to ensure sustainability and promote self-determination. Thriving people make a thriving rainforest, and vice-versa.

Regenerative Permaculture and Agroforestry

‘Regeneration’ is a process of renewal, restoration, and growth that makes organisms and ecosystems resilient to changes, fluctuations, and disturbances that leads to the recycling of creative and spiritual energy.

We use the term in all of its meanings to inform and describe our best practices approach to healing the Amazon Rainforest through solutions that are good for not just the people, but also the flora, fauna, and ecological services of our planet.

We see the issues that the Shipibo and other indigenous Amazonian communities face, and the difficulties the Amazonia faces, as opportunities to cultivate better ways of living together as a whole.

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Shipibo Youth Empowerment

Shipibo youth posses the unique opportunity to be guardians and builders of the future for their people. This is why, through our Shipibo Youth Empowerment program, we hope to strengthen cultural identity and leadership, challenge discrimination, and cultivate a worldview founded on self-respect, respect for others, and respect for the Earth to ensure healthy and sustainable livelihoods.

We started by providing sexual health and female empowerment workshops, in collaboration with our partner NGO, Girls for the World, with young girls from the Shipibo community of Paoyhan. We have since then used art-based healing exercises to help the youth improve their self confidence and decision making abilities. Moreover, we have been mentoring the Santa Clara Youth Association since 2017 to enrich their educational and economic opportunities through youth exchange field trips, and workshops focusing on cultural revitalization, leadership and project management.

Overall Program Goals:

1. HEALTH:
Lack of proper health services, information, and comprehensive sexual education lead to many barriers for a healthy lifestyle for both children and teens. We seek to provide comprehensive sexual health education for all genders, partner with the local health services, and strengthen community organizing to improve health outcomes.

2. SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND GENDER EQUALITY:
We aim to use art therapy techniques to enable the youth to better process their feelings, so as to help become fulfilled and healthy individuals. We have also organized workshops on cultivating self-esteem, setting healthy boundaries and exercising non-violent communication in order to overcome gender-based violence and stereotypes.

3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Indigenous youth face huge barriers to access higher education and employment. Most of them do not finish high school, or are forced to leave their communities to work in exploitative and low-paying jobs such as palm oil plantations or other agribusinesses. We believe that there is a lot if economic opportunity for them in their communities but they first need to build skills. Thus, we offer skill-building workshops and internship opportunities so they have the tools to create economic opportunities for themselves.

4. CULTURAL REVITALIZATION:
Youth do not learn medicinal plants, nature skills, or other artistic traditions that are an integral part of their identity. To address this, we conduct workshops with elders and experts on the history and rights of indigenous people through a critical and decolonial lense, as youth need to know first and foremost WHY this loss is happening. Moreover, knowing their history, and the origins of their resilience and oppression helps them understand how to address root causes to their problems.

5. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION:
Indigenous peoples are the most affected by extractive industries and climate change. Moreover, they are also the ones who are the protectors of the environment. However, many lack the access to environmental education and rights as indigenous people, and are easily targeted by those in power. It us our goal to enable the youth and children to be well-versed in the current environmental issues facing them, as well as the regenerative solutions needed to safeguard the health of our planet.



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Intercultural Health

Shipibo communities face huge barriers to access proper healthcare and disease prevention. Moreover, traditional medicine knowledge loss has left communities dependent on under-resourced government healthcare services.

In our Intercultural Health Program, we work with Shipibo trained nurses, government health workers, community organizers, and traditional healers to empower Shipibo communities to take charge of their own health and healthcare rights, by bridging access to government resources, medical knowledge, and traditional medicine practices.

We started our health work by providing sexual health workshops for young girls and promoting a mobile health clinic featuring a western midwife and naturopath and a Shipibo plant medicine expert. In 2018, we executed a successful women's health workshop in the urban community of Bena Jema. This led to the organization of a PAP smear campaign and a plant medicine workshop, focused on gynecological health in the community. We have continued to replicate this kind of work, strengthening community organization and involvement.

Program Goals:

1. EDUCATE:

Provide comprehensive medical workshops for both urban and rural communities in relevant health topics and patient rights.

2. BUILD CAPACITY:

Provide in depth capacity-building trainings for both community health workers and our Shipibo staff.

3. IMPROVE ACCESS:

Improve access to medical services through health campaigns, bridging the communities’ needs to government resources, and through our mobile clinic.

4. VALUE ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE:

Honour traditional medicinal knowledge through plant medicine workshops in collaboration with local healers and our mobile clinic.

5. RESEARCH:

Collaborate with researchers in the health field through participatory action research and the monitoring and evaluation of our programs.



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Cultural and Knowledge Transmission

Increasingly, Shipibo peoples from communities are migrating to urban centers across the country. In attempts to seek socioeconomic opportunities, Shipibo migrate and often assimilate into the national culture. With this, Shipibo language, traditions, knowledge, and other elements of maintaining identity are lost over time. 

We aspire to conserve and value Shipibo ancestral knowledge and facilitate its dissemination to the next generations. We collaborate with indigenous organizations, provide educational workshops, and focus on linguistic studies to promote Shipibo traditions within a relevant context for every generation of Shipibo peoples. 

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Eco-Social Justice

The interests of people and the planet are bound together and mutually depend on each other. Violations of human rights are found wherever environmental and ecological devastation occurs. Eco-social justice recognizes this relationship and affirms that environmental and human rights are indivisible.

We work to raise national and international awareness about environmental issues in the Amazon to end and remediate pollution, deforestation, and other forms of unjust development that weaken indigenous communities and their ability to live on their lands.

Do Something

The world needs the Amazon and its people. Join our alliance and replant deforested land, build sustainable economic solutions, strengthen Shipibo cultural identity, support indigenous youth and promote intercultural healthcare.