My name is Kristian and I hope, with the help of some generous people, to be able to return to Peru in the spring of 2014. The organization that I would like to travel with is called CONAPC and they run a program called "Adopt-a-School". I have included a little bit of the description below. This orangization is very important to me, I have been lucky enough to travel with them twice, and have seen the joy and hope that comes from things that we in America often take for granted, education and school supplies. As a former teacher and current social worker, I have seen the change that can be made from even the possibility of a higher education, which is exactly what this program provides. It provides a chance for the children of the remote villages along the Amazon River, who may never have the chance due to lack of money, resources and understanding, to gain a greater knowledge of the world and therefore help to further educate and improve their community from within. I have started to save money in order to be able to attend this trip in April of 2014, but like I said, I am a social worker and am scraping by as is. I would love to be able to return to a place I love, provide funding and support to this great cause, and spread the love that I have for school!! <3
Since its inception in 1990, CONAPAC (Conservacion de la Naturaleza Amazonica del Peru, A.C.) has continually evolved to meet new challenges from the purchase and protection of primary rainforests to the implementation
of mini-water treatment plants for clean drinking water to Amazon and Napo River com- munities. Beginning in 1993, CONAPAC’s primary focus and commitment has been the Adopt-A-School (AAS) Program. The program started in just 10 schools, providing books and school supplies to rural student populations. During our 2012 delivery, we served 99 schools in 58 different communities. Approximately 3,500 students and teachers benefit- ted from the supplies. In order to facilitate these deliveries and provide accommodations for volunteers, drivers and guides, Explorama Lodges provides logistical support and donates lodging and meals for all participants. Without their support, the Adopt-A-School program would not be possible. Over the years, many friends have been made through the Adopt-A-School Program, and thousands of young people have been given the opportu-
nity to learn more about the world around them.
Teacher and Community Leader Workshops
One of the programs we are most proud of is our ongoing teacher and community leader workshops. The ability to bring teachers and community leaders together for an opportunity to learn new techniques and teaching strategies focused on environmental education is essential to broaden our goals of environmental awareness. Each year, four three-day workshops are hosted by various river communities. Attendance is required for all schools in the AAS program.
Community Water Treatment Plants
CONAPAC has initiated a number of pilot programs in an effort to improve the lives of the river community residents. This has been accomplished through the generosity of our international do- nor base. Since the inception of the clean water program in 2008, CONAPAC has built community water plants in 28 villages along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Usage rates have increased each year as awareness is raised through water education programs and consistent monitoring by CONAPAC staff members and volunteers. In addition, a partnership has been formed with the University of Colorado graduate program. Each summer, graduate students and professors conduct an annual audit of the sys- tems. They provide invaluable support and expertise in maintaining the highest level of service to jungle residents as they transform their lives from dependence on unsafe river water to reliable access to clean, safe, purified drinking water.