Education  Peru Project #43836

The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!

by Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon Inc.
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!

Dear ASA supporters,

A new year is here, and we enter it with fresh energy and a sense of hope and anticipation! Here in Peru things are looking more promising in regards to Covid-19 with vaccinations already happening, and at Finca Las Piedras life is slowly returning to some level of normal.

As you know from our previous report, we finished 2020 with two great accomplishments in our environmental education projects. Through the online program “A Minute with insects” we continued educating local kids about insect biology until November, the end of the school year here. Our book “Milli’s Misadventures” (Spanish version) is also officially out, and you can find the online version and the audio book here. Up to date, more than 800 copies have been distributed and other hundreds of online copies have been downloaded by kids in Peru and the rest of the world through our alliance with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER). Of particular note were more than 200 copies delivered to indigenous children living in the buffer zone of Manu National Park, one of the most remote and biodiverse places on Earth. We have plans for this book to reach even a greater audience, so stayed tuned!

Since we are back to having our regular team, we have resumed almost all of our research activities at the station. We have even been able to resume our resident program for undergraduate Peruvian students to learn about research on butterflies and moths. We have selected to highly motivated young women to join us for this program for 2021. They come from two different regions of the country and will stay with us for 10 weeks. This resident program is one of the very few opportunities undergraduate students in Peru have for career development in field research with insects with expenses fully covered. Each of last year´s residents, for instance, will be lead authors on three peer reviewed publications. They are putting the finishing touches on their publications now and a few will present their work at upcoming research symposiums. We are proud of their hard work and look forward to continuing to support Peru´s next generation of biologists.

We couldn´t be happier for the way this new year has started, but we know that while the economy is still not fully recovered, there will be challenges ahead for us and our work in Peru. We thank you for being there for us always and for your continuous support to protect the Amazon rainforest!

 With immense gratitude,

 Geoff, Johana, & the entire ASA team

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Dear supporters of ASA

It is hard to believe it has been a few months since our last report! Here at Finca Las Piedras we have been working hard to reach a new sense of normalcy. Although challenges remain and many former plans were changed, we have accomplished things we did not think were possible just a couple of months ago. This would not have been possible without your unwavering support, so thank you!

Last time, we shared with you our struggles about the course of action to take with our environmental education project for the year. In August we started “A Minute with insects”, an online program for kids ages 6-9 based on a series of short videos, where they learn about insect biology. This program is shared through different social media platforms to elementary school teachers, other educators, and the general public. As of today, we have developed 12 videos that reached over 3,000 people, including more than 30 local teachers. We will be continuing this project by releasing weekly videos until the end of November, the end of the school year here in Peru.

In addition to the “A Minute with Insects” program, we have also worked on the co-production of “Milli’s Misadventures” (Spanish version), a vividly illustrated children’s book about a royal flycatcher who is learning how to catch butterflies in the Peruvian Amazon. The author and illustrator, Allison Stoiser, is part of the ASA community. This book is a collaborative effort with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), a local NGO we have been partnering with for several years now. We are extremely excited to get this book into the hands of thousands of children in Peru and around the world. “Milli’s Misadventures” (Spanish version) will be free to download, there is also an audio book for you to follow along. We are officially presenting the book this Friday October 30th, so keep an eye on our social media platforms for more!

 This year has been difficult for all of us, but we have never lost hope because we have your amazing support.

 With immense gratitude,

 Geoff, Johana, & the entire ASA team

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Dear supporters of ASA,

We hope you are staying healthy and safe. These past few months have certainly challenged us all in many ways, but we are grateful to be able to continue working towards protecting the Amazon rainforest.

Our research on butterflies has continued as planned thanks to our dedicated staff and your financial support, and we have recently made some very interesting discoveries that we will share very soon. As you know, we focus a lot of our work on insects, including how they maintain the delicate balance of the Amazon and may help it recover when it is damaged by people. We are excited that our long-term research efforts are proving us with key insights to develop strategies that can improve the Amazon's resilience, especially now that the annual fire season is once again upon us.

Sadly, our environmental education efforts have not been quite as successful this year, mainly since schools are closed for the entire academic year that in Peru runs from March to December. Reaching children safely has been incredibly challenging in our remote Amazonian region, but we are being creative and currently we are developing online activities. We will have more to share about this in our next report. The materials that we have already developed for this year's environmental projects will be saved until 2021, when schools hopefully will be back open.

These are just a few of the things we are busy with and, as the year continues, we are optimistic that we will still be able to accomplish a great deal. Our organization is certainly facing many challenges, but we are hopeful because we have supporters like you! Thank you very much for being there for us, and for helping us to continue to fight for the Amazon during these difficult times.

With gratitude,

Geoff, Johana, & the entire ASA team

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Dear all,

After the incredible success of our fundraising campaign last year which gave us our permanent spot in GlobalGiving, we wanted to thank you again and update you on how things have been. As you know, our work focuses on insects in the Amazon, with one part related to research and the other to education. Your donations are helping us continue this work!

For our research project, we’ve been able to fund three residency positions focused on butterflies and moths. All three of them are Peruvian undergraduates. Our program offers them the ability to come here and learn lepidoptera research techniques while also contributing to the work we do. We are also happy that we’ve been able to get new equipment including everything we use for collecting butterflies and other insects. Our current interns are using these materials and we’ll be able to continue researching throughout the year. A plus is that our lab looks much nicer now!

In terms of the environmental education project, this year we are focusing on butterflies and moths.  We’ll be guiding children through a series of activities showing the life cycle and ecology of some of the most incredible butterflies you can find here. So far, we have almost finished the creation of all the art and educational contents for the project. We’ll be printing all the materials by April and start working with schools in May. This year we hope to reach 1,500 kids, all thanks to you!

So here at ASA, we’d like to give you massive thank you for all help! Without you we couldn’t have done any of it and we hope that you will be able to continue supporting us.

With immense gratitude,

Geoff, Johana & all the ASA team

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