Piranha Party Fundraiser Success!

Piranha Party Fundraiser Success!

We raised a little under $4,900 during our fundraiser and from donations during the past week!  We would like to give a warm thank you to all of our supporters. Sarah J playing at our Piranha Party Fundraiser, at Trackside Station Restaurant in Rockland, Maine This brings us to a little under $9,000 to fund next year's activities.  The chief things on the horizon are: maintenance and improvements to the village dock and stairs the creation of a small yuca processing plant (our first major business venture with the Association of Fishers, Farmers, and Artisans of La Libertad) maintaining and upgrading our volunteer guesthouse (with the possibility of having solar-powered 24-hour food refrigeration) building a second community garden giving scholarships for up to eight village children to attend elementary school for a year Our new emerald displays The lobster trap rocking chair With the raising of additional funds during the remainder of 2016 (our Giving Tuesday campaign will follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday) we may be able to start...
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52 years later … a ceasefire. Art workshop on peace with the children of La Libertad, Colombia.

52 years later … a ceasefire. Art workshop on peace with the children of La Libertad, Colombia.

This post was originally published by Julio Baron, a volunteer with the project in July, 2016.  It was translated from its original language, Spanish.  The original post my be found here.  Thanks Julio! After more than 200,000 people dead and more than 5 million displaced, in an internal war that destroyed many homes and left many orphaned, the national government of Colombia achieved a ceasefire and negotiated demobilization with the FARC, the world's oldest rebel group. FARC's later objectives were far from a struggle for the rights and freedoms of the population for which it stood during its beginnings in the 60s.  Extortion, kidnapping, murder, disappearances, displaced persons, as well as the business of illegal mining and the drug trade were all in their repertoire of death. Part of a reflection on these issue is to involve the village children to develop the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully, to care for who they are, for their environment and for that which defines...
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52 años después…cese al fuego. Taller de arte sobre la PAZ con los niños de La Libertad.

52 años después…cese al fuego. Taller de arte sobre la PAZ con los niños de La Libertad.

Después de más de 200.000 muertos y más de 5 millones de desplazados, en una guerra interna que destruyó muchos hogares y dejó huérfanas a muchas familias, el gobierno nacional de Colombia logra el cese al fuego y desmovilización negociada con el grupo insurgente FARC, el más antiguo del mundo. Ya sus objetivos estaban lejos de una lucha a favor de los derechos y libertades de la  población como en sus inicios se plantearon, en los años 60. Extorsiones, secuestros, asesinatos, desapariciones, desplazados y también el negocio de la droga y la minería ilegal estuvieron dentro de su repertorio de muerte. Como parte de una reflexión en torno a este tema y parta inculcar en los niños la posibilidad de resolver los conflictos de forma pacífica, de cuidar lo que somos, nuestro entorno y lo que nos define como colombianos, estuve con los niños de La Libertad leyendo y un libro sobre la paz. A través de la lectura del "libro de...
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Art for the Amazon: Painting and photographs

Art for the Amazon: Painting and photographs

We will be having beautiful art for silent auction at our Piranha Party fundraiser this Saturday at Trackside Station Restaurant in Rockland, Maine, USA.  Thank you Julio and Joe! Thank you very much to Julio César Barón, a professional photographer from Bogota, Colombia (and a volunteer with the project) for six photos that he donated for the fundraiser.  We have printed and framed the images.  The dimensions are 18" by 12". This is a link to his website:  http://www.juliobaron.com/. We would also like to thank Joe Rizzo for his donation of a matted print of his painting Ravens.  This is the second year that Joe has supported us at the fundraiser.  He most recently exhibited his work at the Gray Fox Gallery in Rockland, Maine. This is a link to find more information about his work: http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/rizzo-visits-gray-fox-dec-11/1455021 ...
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Preparations underway for the Piranha Party 2016 at Trackside!

Preparations underway for the Piranha Party 2016 at Trackside!

We are getting ready! The 2016 Piranha Party fundraiser is almost here. The location is confirmed, Trackside Station, in Rockland, Maine.  The date is Saturday, September 17, from 4 until 8 pm. Trackside Station Restaurant, 4 Union Street, Rockland, Maine, USA The dining room at Trackside.  Sarah J will be playing to the left of the floor. So what have we been doing to get ready? Printing forms! Organizing materials! The masks are new items for this year. Handcrafts made by the villagers of La Libertad. More handcrafts We have new jewelry display stands. And new for this year, we have gift baskets up for silent auction! Plus many other auction items. And we are getting ready for the raffles.  All raffle tickets also serve as event tickets.  So each entry gives people a chance to win one of our three raffle items. So please mark the date on your calendar and join us to hear stories from the jungle, live music, and to have a great time!...
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Wanted: Items for fundraiser gift baskets!

Wanted: Items for fundraiser gift baskets!

Do you have good, unopened gift basket-like items in your kitchen or house that you would like to donate to a good cause?  Things such as gourmet jelly/jam, honey, coffee, designer soaps/candles, sweets, or other nice gift basket-like stuff are great. All of this is for our fundraiser to help the Amazon Pueblo project on Saturday, September 17 at our Piranha Party Fundraiser! Please CONTACT ME by email if you are in the Rockland, Maine area and I will stop by to pick it up.  For very kind people who are willing to mail it to us, our address is: Amazon Pueblo 13 Sunset Street Thomaston, ME 04841 Thanks! Below is what we have so far. ...
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A picture, a picture!! A photography workshop with the children of La Libertad

A picture, a picture!! A photography workshop with the children of La Libertad

"What is that?", was a common question when I took the stuff out that I brought to La Libertad from my bag.. I can remember their faces and smiles. As always, whenever I announced to the kids some art activity they were eager and active to join me. Their natural curiosity and desire to explore and learn drove them to participate. As the previous workshop about masks, this time wasn't an exception.  Two of the components of the activities I planned were a photography and a video workshop. During the days that I was in La Libertad I was really lucky, because there were no official classes at School.  The children had the time to participate in the workshops during the morning and in the afternoon each day. And of course they were the first to arrive to the class!! Even before me... For photography I decided to use film cameras instead of digital cameras. Humidity was one of the reasons I...
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Talleres de arte en La Libertad

Talleres de arte en La Libertad

Bichos, culebras, anacondas, peligros ocultos e indígenas que no han tenido contacto con la llamada civilización. Esa es la idea que nos vende Hollywood en sus películas y en general la imagen que podríamos tener quienes no hayamos visitado la Amazonía. Pero la realidad es totalmente diferente. Antes de emprender el viaje tuve la incertidumbre de un paisaje agreste y extraño pero lo que me presentó y que me llevé una vez de regreso a la ciudad fueron alegrías, aprendizaje y buenos recuerdos. Como parte del voluntariado, en La Libertad desarrollé varias actividades relacionadas con mi campo profesional: un taller de video, otro de fotografia y dos de dibujo. Estas actividades me mantuvieron en constante movimiento y para ello hice una planeación de los ejercicios antes del viaje, en Bogotá. Y para ello llevé algunos materiales básicos. Pero para que todo esto fuera posible, para que tanto las actividades como mi estadía en La Libertad fuera agradable no puedo dejar de...
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