BENEFITING: Nourish International
Chapter: Wellesley College
Partner Organization: Arajuno Road Project
Project Description: The Wellesley Chapter’s partnership with the Arajuno Road Project will aid in the creation of a community center and support community health programming in a culturally and ecologically diverse rural area of Ecuador!
Project Details: The Arajuno Road Project (ARP) supports rural communities located in a unique area of cultural and ecological diversity. There are 14 nationalities in Ecuador, seven of which live in the area surrounding ARP. One hectare (2.5 acres) of land in this community has more species living in it than in all of North America. The Arajuno Road was built to create access to an oil well and to connect the small city of Puyo to the Ecuadorian Amazon. This road has complicated natural resource management and relationships. The Arajuno Road Project serves the communities that live along this road.
Our admiration of ARP comes from their dedication to working in partnership with these communities and their attention to the richness and complexities of their land and people. We believe their projects are prime examples of initiatives coming from a need expressed in the community and performed in support of those community members. Our Chapter is partnering with ARP to provide the organization with resources and opportunities to build capacity for these vital initiatives.
Your donation will go towards our Project in partnership with ARP this summer. The Project has two primary focuses: aiding in the creation of a community center and supporting the community health program. The community center will be an important nexus for ARP activities. It will give the organization greater technical capabilities as well as serve as a space for increased programming, including community development initiatives and increased food production. The community health program works with community health promoters, trained residents of the area who balance traditional and Western medicine to provide assistance to those in their community. They have struggled with finding the appropriate resources to address problems like water security and nutrition; this Project will assist in resolving what community health promoters have identified as key community health problems.
We hope you’ll consider investing in this partnership between the Arajuno Road Project and the Wellesley College Chapter of Nourish International!
About Our Partner: The Arajuno Road Project was originally created in 2008 to support schools and improve the opportunities available to the children living along the road. They have done so, improving infrastructure, learning environments and achievement. ARP was attentive to the needs of the community beyond schooling, and has expanded into working on community development and conservation programs. In addition to their work in the schools, which now includes youth development programs, school gardens, and nutrition, ARP has eco-clubs, reforestation programs, community mapping and zoning programs, and community health partnerships.