Amazon Pueblo Project Survival
Team Member: maryann blaisdell
EVENT DATE Dec 21, 2014
Benjamin Angulo wrote -
Thank you to all of our past supporters. We are on our way to achieving many of our goals!
As a result of excessive rot, the repairs to our buildings have cost over twice of what we expected. In addition, we are installing new metal roofs, gutters, and applying paint and wood preservatives to prevent this from happening again. As a result of these expenses, the project is out of funds. I am donating as much money as I am able to cover many of the additional cost. We now need your financial help to continue our mission!
Through the efforts of our donors and volunteers we:
- have built a dock used daily by the villagers to swim, wash clothing, fish, arrive/depart on boats, and simply to enjoy the river
- have provided health care to over 100 people
- have provided English classes to over 30 adults and 50 children
- will provide continuing legal, governmental, and business advice to the village mayor and people.
Our upcoming projects include:
- formally incorporating the village
- finishing the dock
- connecting the dock to a pier system
- repairing and expanding the village’s power grid
- rice cultivation
- and ultimately –cacao (chocolate) cultivation, processing and exportation.
Four years ago, on December 26, 2009, I first visited the Amazon as a tourist. I met Gustavo and his family. Two years after that, following a university class, I made a website in an attempt to tell the world of the needs of La Libertad. I made two other trips to the village in 2011.
After these trips, with the support of three friends from my hometown high school, we founded the Maine-based non-profit corporation Amazon Pueblo. The mission of Amazon Pueblo has ultimately evolved into helping the community to develop sustainable, socially conscious business. Rather than just give the villager’s things that they need (water filters, bathrooms) we are striving to help them have employment that will allow them to buy the things that they need. We also give them advice and guidance on the issues and problems which they face. Rather than just giving the villagers a “fish”, we are teaching them to “fish”.
Our organization, Amazon Pueblo, also strives to be sustainable and self-sufficient. We do not want to be continually asking people to give money to support our efforts. We are slowly starting to receive funds from renting our extra rooms for the volunteers to eco-tourist. We need help as we are getting over the start-up hump!
We hope to eventually receive income for the management support that we give to the village businesses. This will allow us to grow. As the project continues, our vision is to expand our services to all indigenous village of the Colombian Amazon.
Please, help us to achieve our mission!