One of the researchers with the Earthwatch Institute Amazon project sent me an update on how The Friends Project donation of $300 for health-care and wildlife management initiatives has been used in the very remote village of Nueva Esperanza. There are 190 people here and no services.
*installing screens on windows of homes to help prevent malaria.
*buying plastic sandals for children ages 3 to 12 to protect their feet.
*building a metal screen around the latrine at the small school, for sanitation.
There’s still $40 left. Tula says they will use it to buy plastic buckets and chlorine, to teach villagers a safe and simple way to sanitize river water that they use to drink and cook.
Malaria’s a huge problem here, because villagers rely on the forest and river for water and food.
Photos of the work coming.
Here is a link to an article about spending time in Nueva Esperanza and with a family on the Yavari River that I wrote for my newpsaper: