SUPPORT THE PROJECTS
In Brazil, due to the environmental laws, many economic activities are not allowed in National Parks and what used to be the community’s jobs (like timber extraction, mining and other predatory activities) fortunately, can no longer exist. But what should they do instead? We believe that through Ecotourism, we can bring good jobs to those communities, value their culture and contribute for their children´s future, by working with the forest and not from the forest.
Help us to support the projects that we are currently working with the communities living close to the National Parks and other conservation units in Brazil! With environmental education, handicrafts, sustainable management, medicines, art and culture and others.
Almerinda Malaquias Foundation (FAM)
Was created in 1997 by Miguel Rocha da Silva and Jean-Daniel Vallotton, who implemented an education center for professional education of young people in the Amazon, city of Novo Airão, in front of the Negro River in the Anavilhanas National Park area. With discarded wood from ship building, they taught craftsmen to produce objects and generate jobs. Almerinda and Malaquias, Amazon natives, where the parents of Miguel Rocha and his 15 brothers and sisters. Together they struggled to educate their children and taught them to love the forest. Later, Jean-Daniel´s wife and Miguel Rocha´s daughter, Marta, noticed that the workers used to bring their children to this beautiful place where they work and started the “Children´s Atelier”, which today gives, for more than 130 children, a half period every weekday of environmental education and a lot of love and care.
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Over 20 years ago, Bianca, an Italian and Paul, a Scottish, reached this remote area of the Amazon (Jauaperi River) and decided to do something unusual: they left a comfortable life in Europe to dedicate their lives in the education of riverbank children of the Amazon. As the children´s education, in those parts of Brazil, are taken only until 4th grade, which forces them to go live with other family members in the cities (most of the times in poor conditions) to continue studying, this heroic couple decided to provide formal education until 8th grade, in a very remote area, attending children from communities that would probably end up their studies by the age of 10 years old. Besides the regular education, Paul and Bianca have a strong environmental and social consciousness, preparing these children to deal with sustainable alternatives for jobs and economic resources for their communities.
Facing all kinds of difficulties, this project needs your help to continue educating children in the wild Amazon.
Medicine for the riverside communities: Sobrado and Nova Aliança in the Amazon Negro River
After a jungle survival experience in the Negro River, a German traveller told me that “people need three important things to be able to develop good things: education, health and shelter”. He also told me that he was so happy to learn with his two guides (both natives from the local communities) about their impressive knowledge of the forest, that he would like to contribute with them. For an easy start, he decided to send medicine for those communities, that struggle with the lack of very simple items. Since September/2018 we send a box of medicines to each community every month (according to the local health agent´s list) and you can help to support this project!
We are working on volunteer programs with our partners and will have news about that soon!