Peru: Bond with kids in the Amazon

Adopt-A-School Along the Amazon

Peru: Bond with kids in the Amazon

amazon adopt a school program

Perhaps our closest partner in Amazon preservation is CONAPAC, a Peruvian non-profit organization which International Expeditions helped to establish. Their mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards — the people living life in the endless ebb and flow of the Amazon. Their centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.

For two decades, CONAPAC’s Adopt-A-School program has provided a foothold into river villages, giving us an opportunity to bring teachers and community leaders together to promote community health and environmental education. More than 120 schools in 55 river villages participate in this program, which provides books and school supplies to nearly 4,000 students and teachers in our partnered rainforest communities.

When Adopt-A-School first started in these villages, more than 30% of the parents could not read and sign the contract to acquire school books for their children. Now, the program is reaching its second generation and literacy rates are much improved. But the school supplies are just the first step in this innovative program.

In order to participate in the program, community leaders and parents must work together to meet basic guidelines, such as committing to send their children to school and providing front-line resistance to illegal logging. Additionally, CONAPAC conducts annual workshops for the parents, teachers and community leaders in participating villages, where the topics covered include nutrition, clean water, family violence prevention and, of course, environmental issues.

HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

As little as $50 provides a yearly package of school supplies and books per child, while $425 will bring the Adopt-A-School program, including supplies and workshop, to an entire school!