Justice After 40 years of Oil Contamination!

by Alianza Arkana Vetted since 2012 Top Ranked Site Visit Verified


Finally the Quechua people of the Pastaza River in Peru have received national attention to the environmental and social devastation caused by 40 years of oil activity. Congress has just announced the results of recently conducted environmental tests in the area, signalling unprecedented levels of contamination that in some areas exceed 222-382 national water quality standards! The Quechua now require legal representation to demand health care, environmental clean-up and fair compensation.

total raised
monthly donors


40 years of oil activity has brought complete devastation to the Quechua people. A once pristine environment of immense biodiversity has been destroyed by crude oil and toxic chemicals. There is now no clean drinking water and few safe food sources, resulting in life-threatening disease, especially among children. Now, government studies reveal unprecedented levels of contamination, and the Quechua need legal and financial support more than ever to stand up against the oil companies.


With the recent release of these test results, there is an incredible opportunity to ensure that oil companies don't continue "business-as-usual" and that the Quechua people can finally live oil-free after 40 years of injustices. Your support will help hire professionals to conduct environmental and health impact studies, provide travel and logistical support for indigenous leaders, sustain legal efforts to end oil activity in the area, and ensure proper monitoring and oversight.

Long-Term Impact

Your help will have significant long-term benefits for the people of the Pastaza. With proper legal and economic support, the oil company will be held liable for its actions and the Quechua will receive the health care, compensation and environmental clean-up they deserve. Further, in 2015 the government plans to license the area once again to oil companies, leading to many more years of oil activity. We are calling for a moratorium on oil activity in this area to put an end to this injustice.


Quechua Protest
PlusPetrol Spills Again!
PlusPetrol Under Fire!
Government Testing of Pastaza

Organization Information

Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
Website: http:/​/​alianzaarkana.org/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Matthew Watherston
San Juan de Bautista, Maynas, Loreto Peru

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Alianza Arkana that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.