Education  Peru Project #11211

Intercultural Education and Permaculture

by Alianza Arkana Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified


Serving over 300 indigenous people, our unique Intercultural education and permaculture initiatives in Shipibo indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon combine Western and traditional indigenous forms of knowledge in order to provide high-quality education that strengthens cultural identity and empowers indigenous youth from an early age. The teaching of traditional agricultural and forestry practices provides regeneratively grown and nutrient rich food sources for Shipibo communities

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Schools in indigenous communities in Peru offer poor quality education with insufficient resources, unmotivated teachers, and few classes. The curriculum places little value on indigenous culture, causing many indigenous youth to lose their language and customs. Additionally, food insecurity and malnourishment are serious problems due to unsustainable agricultural and fishing practices, and schools do not prepare students or the community to confront these issues, essential to their survival.


We are working with Shipibo University students, teachers and elders to not only provide a high-quality Western education, but also use experiential learning methods to teach Shipibo young people about ancient agricultural practices, medicinal plant knowledge, traditional art and music, nutrition, human rights and more. We are also running personal development workshops to help young people develop their self esteem and leadership abilities.

Long-Term Impact

Our diverse intercultural education and permaculture initiatives have already created visible results and engendered high praise from community members, neighboring schools, and the Regional Government. We aim to replicate the program in more Shipibo communities across the Peruvian Amazon by offering training programs in intercultural education and permaculture for other Shipibo communities based in our flagship project in Santa Clara.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


Description of permaculture project in Santa Clara
Work with mothers and girls
Community engagement
Two new projects

Organization Information

Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
Website: http:/​/​​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Paul Roberts
Pucallpa, Ucayali Peru

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