The Journal of Naná our Brazilian volunteer

The Journal of Naná our Brazilian volunteer

Three months ago I bought a book on construction, as almost always related to bio-construction, permaculture and vernacular architecture, wanting to update my collection and knowledge. This time it was the book "Architecture of the Amazon Indians," by Johan van Lengen. One thing that always happens to those who read a very good book, very interesting and written well, is that while you are reading, you feel an absurd need to have that experience, to live it. The same happens when someone tells us something, or sees a movie or hears a song. Anyway, while reading this book endless scenes of construction and reconstruction were in my imagination, but not worth being described. While each page portion and fragment was read, the more the horizons of my mind were reached. Johan says "The Inuit of the snow, as well as several indigenous peoples in the jungle were able to adjust and create environments where they could live. However, to...
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Colombian Dinner Fundraiser a Success!

Colombian Dinner Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped us to set up the event and to everyone who attended.  We raised a little over $2,600 to help the people of La Libertad!  Where you unable to attend but willing to help?  Please visit our website to learn how. Pictured are my aunts Irene and Gloria, to whom I deeply thank.  Without their help we would not have had the event.  We did much planning and cooking!  Here you see the carne asada, grilled expertly by my cousin Mike. I would also like to give a heart-felt thank you to my family Crystal, Rudy, Joan, and Diane for helping to organize, clean, and set up their house for the event. We prepared fried plantain and yuca.  Many people at the dinner ate yuca for the first time.  It is called cassava in English.  Yuca is also used to make tapioca.  It is a high-protein staple of the villagers of La Libertad. Colombians frequently have simple salads of tomato...
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Emeralds and Handcrafts at the Colombian Dinner Fundraiser

Emeralds and Handcrafts at the Colombian Dinner Fundraiser

Join us on June 11, 2016 at 4 pm for a Colombian Dinner in Long Beach, California! We need to raise $6,000!  Are you unable to attend but willing to support the project with a purchase or donation?  Please click here: HOW TO HELP. Theses emeralds are from the emerald district in Bogota, Colombia.  There were all tested for authenticity by using an emerald filter.  The filter detects the presence of chromium, which is found in natural Colombian emeralds.  If there is no chromium, the chances are it is not a real emerald.  Please see our EMERALD POST for more information. First, the emeralds.  Then the handcrafts! And now the handcrafts: Piranha from the Amazon Seed-bead handbag.  This is wearable art.  Each seed must be strung with one hour of taking it out of the pod.  About 24 hours of labor goes into each bag. Iridescent earrings Bloodwood carvings An Amazonian blowgun Natural fiber cell phone cases All handcrafts are made with natural materials and dyes found in and around the jungle village More bloodwood...
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Community Garden in the Village (Huerto Comunitario/Horta Comunitária)

Community Garden in the Village (Huerto Comunitario/Horta Comunitária)

First, I would like to thank Kathy and all the people from the Flannel Shirt Fund for the support that they gave us to make the community gardens possible.  I would also like to thank our volunteers, both from the village (young and old) and our visitor/volunteers from other countries. Vegetables for all The people of the village do not eat vegetables.  Vegetable are not part of their traditional foods.  However, many of the villagers, especially children, suffer from vitamin deficiencies which may be alleviated by eating vegetables.  The gardens will also help to supply more food to supplement their diets.  Additionally, surplus vegetables may be grown and sold in the city or to other villages. Putting in the posts for the compost bin.  The school's cafeteria is in the background. Our partnership with the school We are building the first community garden next to the school.  The school serves the children in grades pre-kindergarten through fifth.  The teachers are very supportive of the garden....
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Amazon Pueblo Colombian Dinner Fundraiser

Amazon Pueblo Colombian Dinner Fundraiser

On Saturday, June 11, at 4 pm we will be holding a dinner fundraiser in Long Beach! If any of our project's friends are in the Long Beach, California area and would like to attend, we would love to see you!  Please send an email to benangulo@outlook.com to obtain a ticket and for directions to the event. Are you unable to attend, but willing to help our efforts?  Please visit us here How To Help. We are starting to sell tickets tomorrow (Mother's Day). Here is a copy of one of the tickets: Amazon Pueblo’s goal for fundraising for this summer/fall is a minimum of $6,000 to cover our operations.  The more we can raise above this allows us to provide more services and business development.  Last year we raised over $8,500 in donations (including money from raffles and donations of goods).  Thank you very much to all of our donors! California Presentation 2015 For this event: We would like people who attended last year’s event and who return this...
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Amazon Pueblo informe anual, en español!

Amazon Pueblo informe anual, en español!

Saludos amigos, familiares y fanáticos de Fundación Amazon Pueblo! Para todos los hablantes de español, lo siento por los errores de traducción.  Si hay algunos lectores por ahí se le gustaría ser voluntario para editar nuestro trabajo en español, por favor envíeme un mensaje a benangulo@amazonpubelo.org. ¡Gracias! Este informe es, en resumen, lo que ha ocurrido durante los últimos 15 meses. También se discute un poco de dónde podemos ir en el futuro. Figura 1 Cómo prepararse para la celebración del aniversario de la localidad. El pueblo fue de 22 años de edad el 12 de marzo. Nuestro trabajo directo en el pueblo La construcción de una balsa y escaleras con los aldeanos La balsa y escaleras de hormigón están a punto de concluir. Una pequeña casa se ha construido en la balsa, que ocupa aproximadamente un tercio de la superficie de suelo. La casa se puede utilizar como una pequeña tienda. En otra sala se construirá y se une a la casa, que servirá como...
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Amazon Pueblo Director’s 2015 – Spring 2016 report: News, volunteers, plans and money (It’s long!!!)‏‏

Amazon Pueblo Director’s 2015 – Spring 2016 report: News, volunteers, plans and money (It’s long!!!)‏‏

Greetings Amazon Pueblo friends, family, and supporters! This report is, in brief, what has happened during the past 15 months.  It also discusses a bit of where we may go in the future. Figure 1 Getting ready for the village's anniversary celebration.  The village was 22 years old on March 12. Our Direct Work in the Village Building a Dock and Stairs with the Villagers The dock and concrete stairs are nearing completion.  A small house has been built on the dock, occupying about a third of the floor space.  The house will be used as a small store.  Another room will be built and attached to the house, which will serve as a storage area for motors.  Half of the floor must be replaced and painted well.  The stairs have been completed thanks to Stephan, a volunteer from Switzerland.  I created a blog post last week.  Hundreds of guests benefited from the dock and stairs on the village’s 22 year anniversary held on March...
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Not the Stairway to Heaven, but to La Libertad!

Not the Stairway to Heaven, but to La Libertad!

At last we are nearing the completion of our second phase of the village raft and stairs!  For what may seem like a small project, it has taken a lot of planning, talk, money, blood, sweat, and tears to get us to this point. Stephan trying his hand at making farina. Thank you very much to our Swiss volunteer Stephan (who was with us during the first phase as well).  He planned, coordinated, and carried out much of the work on the stairs -with the help of some dedicated villagers. This was one of the trunks that was used to build the raft. Thank you also to Alirio the chief (who kept the village on-track), and to Manual and Oskar for cutting the wood and constructing the raft, along with many other villagers. The early days of the raft's construction. Our gratitude goes out to Gustavo and all the others who helped with transportation.  At times they spent over 10 hours in the river during a...
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Health and Needs Survey: Pictures, Patients, and Parasites!

Health and Needs Survey: Pictures, Patients, and Parasites!

Health Survey in La Libertad During the last week in January, 2016, we were grateful to have two volunteers work with us in the village.  Fernanda was from Brazil and Rebecca was from the USA.  They both helped us to collect health, occupation, and needs data. A pan for toasting yucca to make farina Fernanda is a fourth-year med student.  Rebecca is a business consultant.  They arrived in Leticia on the same day.  While in Leticia they stayed in the local hostels Alas Excusiones and Residencia Marina, both located less than a five minute walk from the project's office/apartment. Wagner with the mixing spoon.  Richard in the background with his kids. We went to each house in the village and spoke with the people.  We asked questions about their illnesses and overall health concerns.  Almost everyone in the village was receptive to speaking with us.  Some people talked much more readily, others answered with only yes/no. Wagner, the man in the pictures with a white and...
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Instructions for Buying a Speed Boat ticket from Leticia to La Libertad

Instructions for Buying a Speed Boat ticket from Leticia to La Libertad

(This is a guide for volunteers who need to travel to La Libertad.  Rebecca, a current volunteer, and I made it today.  This explains some of the steps that must be followed to get a boat!) Instructions for Buying a Speed Boat ticket from Leticia to La Libertad To get to La Libertad you must take a speed boat (barco rapido) up the river.  A speed boat (1 hour ride) to the village cost about $18,000COP one way.  The speed boat departure times may be at 8am, 10am, and 1:30pm (the times change).  You must purchase the tickets well before departure time, at least 1 hour before as they sometimes sell out quickly.  You must also arrive at the boat dock at least 30 minutes before departure time. Ticket Offices Perhaps the easiest way to find the “barco rapido” is to go to the Port of Leticia and ask where the barco rapido may be found.  Almost any resident or police person will know where to find it. Go all the way down...
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