Alianza Arkana

The Arkana Alliance is committed to raising awareness about the current environmental and social crises in the Amazon; supporting the creation, connection and strengthening of strategic networks and regional and community-based alliances; and inspiring positive change at local, national and international levels to protect and preserve the people, environment, and ancient traditions of the Amazon Rainforest.
Jul 7, 2015

Examples of our last three months work made possible by your support

Meeting about how to operate the new library
Meeting about how to operate the new library

First of all a huge thank you to all those of you who have contributed to this project which aims to finacially support Alianza Arkana in our mission to be forming grassroots alliances to help protect and regenerate the Peruvian Amazon through supporting its indigenous peoples and their customs.

In return for your support we have invited you to our online learning community. We have had two on-line forums for that community - the first entitled 'Social Leadership in an Internet Age' and the second which is just coming to an end on 'Conversation as a practice in Social and Political Change'. Slowly, we are gathering momentum for these online forums. The second forum in particular has generated some interesting conversations which can still be read and commented on.

In the nearly three months since we began this project, donations made on this site have enables us to do the following work in each of our three key program areas of intercultural education, social and environmental justice, and community-based solutions (permacultire and eco-sanitation):

  • Support the construction of a library and a mural in a primary school in the Shipibo community of Santa Clara where one of our volunteers is working.
  • Paint a mural on the wall of the kindergarten school in the urban Shipibo community of Bena Jema together with the teachers and children from the school
  • Set up a one day workshop in the Shipibo community of Poayan about community members' legal rights in relation to the oil and gas company beginning to operate on their territory. At this workshop we gave three presentations, two by Shipibo students working closely with Alianza Arkana from communities effected by the operations of the oil company.
  • Build a small nursery on our office and volunteer accommodation site in the indigenous part of Pucallpa which we are converting into a working model of an urban permaculture site.

Once again many thanks for your support and I look forward to being in contact with you through our learning community site.

Registration for workshop in Poayan
Registration for workshop in Poayan
Bringing the jungle to an urban Shipibo school
Bringing the jungle to an urban Shipibo school
Our volunteer, Fin, building the nursery structure
Our volunteer, Fin, building the nursery structure
Jun 23, 2015

Launch of Pastaza FIlm

Dear Supporters

With pride we share with you that in mid-June we have been able to launch the Pastaza movie at the festival "Green Unplugged" . As you might know the Pastaza movie, a coproduction of the indigenous federation FEDIQUEP and Alianza Arkana, reveals the broken promises and empty words of the Peruvian authorities towards the environmental and human disaster left in oil lot 1AB after more than 43 years of oil production.

The festival aspires not only to witness the current state of our environment—the greater body that has been nourishing the human species—but aspires also to contemplate upon the integral spiritual values that form our relationship with Mother Earth and fellow species. It is not just a festival, but an opportunity to reflect upon our collective consciousness and the present human impulse that is participating in life's creation process. It is an event that hopes to envision what may help us harmonize our living and being - with authentic nature within and without. Check it out at: cultureunplugged.com. If you wish: watch Opening Film .

This is very important to us and the indigenous peoples of the northern Peruvian Amazon. It is a call of attention to the world about a problem that has not been solved at all and remians unsolved in the wake of a new bidding round for oil companies in the same area. Since May 14th, the Peruvian state is offering oil lot 192 on the international market to make sure the country’s most important oil production continues once the actual licence expires end of August 2015.

Business as usual it seems, but before signing a new contract, the state is obliged to respect indigenous rights and to organize a prior consent process. Currently the indigenous people of Fediquep and other indigenous organisations of the area find themselves in the midst of that important dialogue and are discussing the rights and rules for another 30 years of oil exploitation on their territories. They try to make sure the process it is not a mere formality but becomes a real dialogue where their demands for participation, transparency and guarantees are addressed before a new contract is signed. A huge challenge.

With your support we have been able to provide permanent advice and we are finishing an important article on the behaviour of the current company Pluspetrol Norte (publication for beginning of July!). We thank you strongly for that and hope we can continue supporting the indigenous people in their struggle for justice in this part of the Amazon.

Our next actions will be to:

  • Get the Pluspetrol publication printed and distributed to local communities and national and international audience.
  • Facilitate the travel of a big indigenous delegation to Iquitos for mid July when the process is in the dialogue stage.
  • Guarantee national and international lobby work during and after the consultation process.
Jun 2, 2015

Continuing work in the community of Santa Clara

Group of mothers cooking
Group of mothers cooking

The last three months have been busy for us in the Shipibo community of Santa Clara.

At the beginning of April, the children returned to school after their long summer holidays. Also our volunteer, Lucy, returned to live in the community after a short break back home in the USA.

We began once again to offer weekly lunches helping the organization of mothers in the community supplement the food they receive from the Peruvian Govenrnment with more nutritious food and also financially supporting the community by buying food such as fish and chicken from members of the community. We currently cook one meal a week for all the children and young people in the comunity. A new volunteer has recently joined us who has more specialized knowledge in nutrition and she will also be helping in this project by offering weekly classes in nutrition linked to the food the women are cooking.

Additionally, we have been making good progress on developing the permaculture site attached to the primary and kindergarten school in the community. Our Shipibo permaculture technician has been involving the children from the school in the preparation and planting of the site and at the same teaching them about sustainable agriculture. The site is now producing basic food such as yucca, bananas and sweet peppers for use in the weekly meals. Over time more healthy food will be harvested that can be used in the weekly meals.

One other important event occurred in the last three months. Our of our nine University scholarhip students, who we wrote about in the previous report, had his graduation ceremony. For indigenous students to overcome the financial and other barriers to complete a university education is a huge achievement and we would like to congratulate this student and his family for finishing his five year course of studies to be a primary intercultural education teacher, without one single failed class!

School student working on permaculture site
School student working on permaculture site
Our scholarship student receiving his degree
Our scholarship student receiving his degree

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