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Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association

by Alianza Arkana
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Empower Indigenous Youth Activist Association
Shipibo woman participating in our workshop
Shipibo woman participating in our workshop

We organized a 3-day dynamic workshop in the urban shipibo district of Bena Jema about women's health. The topics included STDs, Cervical Cancer, Menopause, and Contraceptives. The workshops were truly intergenerational and exciting. Our partner, Shilpa, founder of The Aseemkala Initiative, supported this workshop and helped us kickstart our work in Bena Jema. We are grateful for her support and hope to continue the work. 

At the end of our workshop, the mothers requested a PAP campaign, which is now on the works. We are striving to get solid local organization and support to continue to deliver more workshops, train community health workers, and organize the respective health campaigns. 

See how our workshop went here! https://youtu.be/tLU15G4vUpo

Girls and our volunteer Inga
Girls and our volunteer Inga
Our shipibo nurse Silveria explaining anatomy
Our shipibo nurse Silveria explaining anatomy
Our partner Shilpa, explaining cancer
Our partner Shilpa, explaining cancer
Mothers and young girls learning about condom use
Mothers and young girls learning about condom use
Youth participate in intergenerational workshop
Youth participate in intergenerational workshop

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Children drawing deforestation and illegal logging
Children drawing deforestation and illegal logging

This past weekend, we partnered with UNICEF to deliver our first youth workshop in the shipibo community of Nueva Betania. Through art and music, we engaged the youth in a transformative experience that unleashed their creativity and stimulated their consciousness. Our workshop was intergenerational this time. This means that along with youth, children were allowed to participate. Creating intergenerational spaces is crucial, as young children rapidly absorb information and are able to engage with their older peers.

The children were definitley the stars of the show. From producing very poignant sketches about deforestation, overshifhing, and pollution, to creatively dramatizing these problems and their solutions, they definitely reflected their complex knowledge of the environmental issues at hand. 

The youth's passion for music was also reflected. We brought quenas, guitars, charangos, horns, and flutes, and everyone was trying to learn. This only strengthens our vision of integrating more art and music into our work. 

Sharing music at night
Sharing music at night
Painting our own shirts!
Painting our own shirts!
Musical children :)
Musical children :)
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Alianza Arkana

Location: Yarinacocha, Ucayali - Peru
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Project Leader:
Macarena Arias
Yarinacocha, Ucayali Peru
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