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.
Dec 3, 2014

Murals, Elder Education, and Nutritious Food!

Youth artists in Shipibo community of Santa Clara
Youth artists in Shipibo community of Santa Clara

In October this year, we took our intercultural education program another step forward by starting to work with the Shipibo community of Santa Clara. This community is geographically close to other communities in which we have been working and enables us to connect together permaculture projects in all these communities, which is part of our overall vision of landscape regeneration in this area.

Activities have been initiated in Santa Clara that we have successfully pioneered in other communities:

  • Working with a group of mothers to teach them about nutrition by cooking a healthy meal together once a week for all 50 children in the community
  • Having our Shipibo permaculture expert working with the children in the community school to teach them principles of sustainable agriculture through cultivating fruit, vegetables and medicinal plants on land close to the school
  • Organizing workshops in which elders in the community teach the children aspects of the traditional culture (for example stories, songs and crafts), which are in danger of being lost.

The work in Santa Clara has been greatly helped by Lucy, one of our long-term volunteers living in the community. That has enabled her and us to better understand the needs of the community and gain their trust. Through the relationships that she developed with the local children, and the involvement of an artist friend of hers, she was able to facilitate the painting of two beautiful murals on the outside walls of the local primary and kindergarten schools.

We are very excited for the coming months, as the rainy season arrives and the kids will be getting their hands dirty planting lots of trees in the Permaculture Living Classroom.

Kids eat healthy lunches in Grow & Cook project
Kids eat healthy lunches in Grow & Cook project
A completed mural in Santa Clara
A completed mural in Santa Clara
Sep 11, 2014

Double Your Dollar for Education in the Amazon!

Shipibo Young People at School
Shipibo Young People at School

Dear Friend of the Amazon,

I would like to invite you to participate a unique opportunity to have a huge impact in the lives of indigenous youth in the Amazon: all new & recurring donations made to our project before midnight on Wednesday, September 10th will be matched! 

Indigenous youth in the Shipibo communities we work with have a constant need for support to continue their educations. Our program combines the best of traditional wisdom with modern knowledge to help these young people strengthen their cultural identities while increasing their access to education and sustainable livelihoods in the future.

Double your impact today by supporting culturally-relevant edication initiatives for indigenous youth in the Amazon!

With your help we will:

  • strengthen cultural identity and empower youth with innovative education programs in schools and communities
  • teach traditional agriculture and forestry practices to provide regeneratively grown and nutrient rich food to students
  • revitalize knowledge about medicinal plants, art, music and dance
  • work with young women and girls to raise self-esteem and teach about women's health
  • give university scholarships to indigenous young people

You can make this, and much more, possible by becoming a recurring collaborator with this project today and making your impact count two-fold! Make sure you select "monthly recurring" when you make your donation, as only these will be doubled by a generous supporter.

Why wait?! Share this opportunity with your networks now! 

In Solidarity,

Paul & the Alianza Arkana team

Kids with Alianza Arkana volunteer
Kids with Alianza Arkana volunteer
Sep 10, 2014

Double Your Dollar for Justice in the Amazon!

Indigenous women on the front lines
Indigenous women on the front lines

Dear Friend of the Amazon,

I am writing you with a special invitation to double your impact for justice in the Amazon. A generous individual with a commitment to global change is matching all new & recurring donations we receive on this project within the next 24 hours!

Your commitment to become a recurring supporter would greatly strengthen this sustained movement for justice in the wake of more than 40 years of severe oil contamination. 

With your help, we will: 

  • hold key congresses of indigenous women in affected communities to strategize and grow this movement for justice
  • help indigenous women travel to the COP20 People's Summit on Climate Change to tell their stories to the world 
  • bring indigenous federation leaders to negotiations to demand accountability, action, and solutions

Will you help make all this a reality? Become a monthly supporter today and double the impact of your dollar!

Be sure you select "monthly recurring" when you make your donation, as only these will be matched, making your act of kindness count two-fold. 

This offer only stands until midnight on Wednesday, September 10th. Don't wait! Please share this opportunity with your networks now! 

In Solidarity,

Sarah & the Alianza Arkana team

Quechua leader speaking truth the the press
Quechua leader speaking truth the the press
Oil in the Amazon remains with no clean up
Oil in the Amazon remains with no clean up

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