I'm writing to you today outside of a small town named Tamshiyaku, located in the Amazonian jungle of Peru. Filtering through the screen windows are the sounds of birds chirping, dogs barking, insects humming and motors sputtering as boats make their way up and down the Amazon River. Every once in a while I can hear the eerie sound of whistling drifting on the still air and I wonder what type of bird makes that noise. When I've asked a number of different people about this sound and why the dogs bark occasionally in the night for no reason, I've been told casually that it's from the ghosts that stroll along the river banks as they walk to and from the villages.Read more
"Have you seen a doctor for this?" "No." "Have you ever seen a doctor?" "No." "Never in your life?" "Never in my life." The first time I had this conversation, I was speaking with a 39 year old man in the village of Villa Monte Siani, a community located about 5 hours by speed boat from Iquitos, Peru. I quickly learned that medical attention here was rare, and many medical concerns went untreated.
It’s always planting season for APECA! When the roosters crow and hens make their chatter, anxious to get their day going, it is still dark. It seems that way, when I first open my eyes, but then the faint light of the ‘madrugada’ is enough to show the outline of forest against the sky outside my screened window. The birds, monkeys, frogs, crickets sing as the background to the hungry hens and the rain droplets ping a percussion section on the tin roof.Read more
The Association Promoting Education and Conservation (APECA), grassroots in the beginning, started as a floating health clinic growing into a comprehensive Ministry of Health.Read more