Painting of the spirit of the plant Chiricsanango
The last three months have been busy.
In addition to our scholarship students returning to classes at their respective universities, and the schools re-opening after the long summer break - after the first round of national elections in early April - we have begun three important new projects.
Two of these projects were featured in a recent blog. See here:
We now have a budget for the book project and funding for it from an individual donor, so we plan to begin that soon, which means we will be commissioning 30-50 paintings for the book from acclaimed Shipibo artist, Latenia Canayo. You can see some photos of her beautiful and interesting work with this report, as well as a photo of the team of people from Alianza Arkana and our indigenous partner organization, AIDI, working on this..
The intercultural health project finished in the urban comunity of Bena Jema at the end of April run jointly by Carolina, a Shipibo expert in plant medicine and Nine, a German midwife and homeopath, and we will be offering the same mobile health service, combining Western homeopathy and traditional Shipibo plant medicine, visiting families in their homes in the adjacent Shipibo urban community of Jon Hocking in June.
The third project is an extension of our scholarship program.
We currently offer a full scholarship program worth around $1000 USD a year for five to six years to six selected Shipibo young people to study at University. We would like to be able to offer more of these scholarships but need people to sponsor these scholarships and recognize that it is a major comitment to fund a student at university for $1000 USD per year for five to six years.
We have, therefore, recently supplemented this scholarship program with a further scheme to pay the university fees for a further four students, who have just started at university this April. University fees here are not expensive - around $100 USD per year! - but our paying them is a great help to the students and their families.
We are also providing these students with additional classes in English and computer skills, as well as a personal tutor. In the attached photo you can see three of the students and their families together with Dr Paul Roberts, Intercultural Education Director of Alianza Arkana, and Antonia Bratzke, a German volunteer who is teaching the students computing.
Lastenia holding painting
Team from AIDI and AA working on book project
Our two health workers attending to an elder
Students and their families with staff from AA