Since the start of the year, we have only been able to hold two meetings with the Farmacia Viva Indígena Committee. The reason for this is simple: flooding. The rainy season in the Amazon usually lasts from December through March. As a result, Paoyhan becomes entirely flooded – which jeopardizes the hygiene of the community, as the compost toilets also become flooded. Further, the rainy season reduces the community’s mobility.
Nevertheless, many community members of Paoyhan were in Pucallpa in January, for the annual Shipibo football championship. We were therefore able to kickstart the year by organizing a meeting with the Committee in Pucallpa.
Our second meeting took place in early March in Paoyhan. The water levels rendered it impossible to visit the project site. We therefore used this meeting to plan our respective short term and medium term tasks. One of the short-term tasks is cleaning the project site, after the water levels drop.
In the meantime, we are helping the Committee to update their internal regulatory documents, we are finalising the project logo and we are preparing the upcoming project management training workshops. We are also researching the scientifically recognised medicinal properties of the plants identified on the project site. The project logo will be screen printed on shirts – so the Committee can use them as uniforms.
Thank you for your support! Lack of significant funds prevent us from moving forward at the speed we would like. Which is why we are so grateful for your support – no matter the size of your contribution, it is helping us bring this wonderful project to fruition. You are contributing to the conservation of ancestral knowledge, the protection of the Amazon and the empowerment of an indigenous Shipibo-Konibo community.