Fundacion Amigos del Choco - AMICHOCO

Amigos del Choco Foundation is an environmental NGO that fosters the sustainable use of natural resources and the improvement of life quality of the people of the Colombian Choco bioregion. We do this through the implementation of productive projects, communication and environmental education and capacity building initiatives; linking local communities with the national and international community.
Feb 16, 2012

The sun always shines after the storm

On November 2011, the rainy season hit Colombia with all its strength; it affected its inhabitants all over the country, specially the farmers. Chocó was not the exception; the heavy rain made all the rivers levels grow, the Atrato River flooded the fields where the beneficiaries from Puerto Conto, Vigía del Fuerte and Bojayá had grown the native species.

During the first days of the floods they were concerned because things that were very bad shape, nevertheless day after day they kept visiting the greenhouses and helped to rebuild them. Those were tough days for the beneficiaries and their families, however they stood together with great optimism. They lost a lot, but didn´t lose everything, among the crops the water didn't touch, their spirits remained intact.

We want to share with you a video, where Gilberto Moreno, the responsible for the greenhouses maintenance, shows us the damaged caused by the floods:

Here we are in Puerto Conto, Bojayá, at the greenhouse we built and where we planted the seeds for our forest parcels. Here we have planted species like borojó, jagua, mil pesos, cedro, etc, this is murrapo, and this is borojó. As you can see, during the rainy season the river reached very high levels, it’s been a long time since the last time it happened, the water swept through most of what we had sown. Gilberto Moreno, responsible for the maintenance is going to explain us the damages: My name is Gilberto Moreno, i´m the person in charge here. The rainy season affected us, it caused great damage, the river reached almost two meters high, and we still have mud and garbage dragged by the current.  Every day I came to clean and fixed the broken pots, everybody did the same; no matter how many species were lost, thanks to the effort we could save a lot of them.

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Jan 12, 2012

Come and see how far we have advanced!

the children chose their own representatives
the children chose their own representatives

2011 was such a great year; we had the opportunity to create a place where our children could dream a world of their own. Parents, teachers, and especially the boys and girls from Turbo worked together through all the year and used their imagination to create all the things that Children´s Land needed, including an office!   

With their own space, and once they decided by themselves how Children´s Land will be organized, the learning process started. The first subject the children chose was recycling, all they learned they have tried to implemented in their homes, at school and in their community. This is only one part of the big plan, soon the boys and girls will know a lot and will be able to protect their land, their environment, their planet.

Even we’re happy with the work done so far, we are aware that is necessary to keep improving our skills to give the children the best. Having that in mind parents and teachers gathered up to design strategies that could help us to motivate the boys and girls, the young people, and even the grown-ups. This planning meeting was also used to raise some ideas about the work to do during this coming year. 

Our biggest wish is that every child, parent and teacher feels the importance that each one brings to the project and that over time the children learn the importance of care and protect our planet!

recycling campaign poster
recycling campaign poster
TiNis office
TiNis office
recycling campaign poster
recycling campaign poster

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Nov 30, 2011

We're growing!

current status of the plots
current status of the plots

The achievements of beneficiary families in Puerto Conto, Vigía del fuerte and Bojayá have managed to spark interest in other communities in Medio Atrato, who are helping us to restore spoiled areas of forest.

10 families from the La Isla de los Palacios community stepped up to the challenge, setting up plots in Opogadó River where they will work for chance of a better income and to reduce pressure on the region’s rainforest and ecosystems.

They began their work full of enthusiasm and with high expectations.  Each family is now familiar with the land that they will be working on, has corn seed and the necessary means to start sowing it. They were also very attentive to the guidance provided by the technical team; so everything is set!

It’s rewarding to see the snowball effect that this initiative is having: if more and more people join the project, more hectares of forest in the Chocó Bioregion will be restored through the efforts of its own inhabitants.


current status of the plots
current status of the plots