Intercultural Education for Indigenous Youth

Jan 22, 2013

January Update

Many thanks to all our supporters who have generously donated via Global Giving. In total we have now raised $9,725 through this campaign.

This money has enabled us to do the following:

  • Begin work on building a fish farm, which is a key part of our strategy to provide nutritive food to the children at the school, many of whom are suffering from malnourishment.
  • Complete the building of an area to raise chickens. Each family has contributed one chicken. The children at the school will help rear these and, in time, apart from providing eggs and food for the school, two chickens will be returned to each family.
  • Support two students on the Agriculture Degree Course at the National Indigenous University of the Amazon to attend a ten-week course on permaculture at the school during their three month vacations.
  • Support the printing of material which is helping to introduce a new curriculum into the school closely linked to the Shipibo culture.
  • Plant an area of fruit trees - some of which are for human consumption and some of which will feed the fish in the fish farm.
  • Construct six new dry compost organic bathrooms for the school, which will provide manure for the cultivation of fruit, vegetables and medicinal plants.

Further donations will be used to:

  • Build a traditional kitchen, combined workshop area and dining room on the school premises where a nutritionist employed by Alianza Arkana will teach the children and parents about nutrition, based on food that will be grown at the school and within the community.
  • Begin to cultivate the additional three hectares the community have donated to the school with cotton that can be used to teach the children traditional weaving skills and further staple food crops such as yucca, platano and dale-dale.

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Alianza Arkana

Yarinacocha, Ucayali, Peru

Project Leader

Matthew Watherston

Iquitos, Loreto Peru

Where is this project located?

Map of Intercultural Education for Indigenous Youth