Explorama Lodges formed CONAPAC, its sister non-profit, in 1990 in order to purchase and protect primary rainforest and build the Canopy Walkway. In 1993, Pam Bucur, Frances Gatz, and Lee Peavy came up with the idea of the CONAPAC Adopt-A-School Program, prodded by a generous and enthusiastic group of teachers trying to find a way to bring school supplies to children of the rainforest. Since then, as CONAPAC has evolved, Explorama has been supportive every step of the way. Protecting and preserving the rainforest for the people who live here, and for the world, is a top priority for both CONAPAC and Explorama.
In 1999, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) volunteered to be the official CONAPAC Adopt-A-School sponsor in the United States. Not only does the DZS collect funding from all over the world to make the program possible, at no administrative cost to CONAPAC, it also provides a volunteer program to help deliver school supplies to the villages. The Amazon Rainforest Adopt-A-School Program could not function without the tireless organizing, promoting, and marketing of the DZS staff. The DZS is also an important donor to CONAPAC’s programs, providing funds for books, teacher workshops, project oversight, and a boat for village visits.
International Expeditions has been a valued CONAPAC partner since 1991 when both were dreaming about a canopy walkway. And IE employees were there at the beginning, helping to design the Adopt-A-School program. IE continues to make critical contributions to CONAPAC projects, including a boat to visit villages, a staff member dedicated to visiting river communities for project support, books for the Adopt-A-School program, and water treatment plants in river villages.
CONAPAC is so thankful for Amazon Rainforest Workshops guests who travel to the rainforest to lend a hand on service projects in Adopt-A-School river communities. These groups have dug fish ponds, painted schools, planted trees, and provided cross-cultural experiences for river village children. Many of the teachers who participate in their Educator Academy in the Amazon become AAS supporters.
Amazon Amigos is a gift program designed to support CONAPAC and related programs in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. A gift purchase/donation through Amazon Amigos supports community development and self-sustaining micro-enterprises. Amazon Amigos submits donations through the Detroit Zoo.
EKOAMAZON is a nonprofit organization committed to engaging both students and adults in its mission of assisting the indigenous people of Peru in sustaining their communities. EKOAMAZON's primary goals are to support CONAPAC and the Amazon Medical Project.
Adopt-a-Village International's mission is to provide a hand up, not a handout, to break the cycle of poverty in impoverished villages. They partner with organizations in developing countries, such as CONAPAC, to provide sustainable improvements that meet basic human needs and improve quality of life, including potable water. They have provided funds to build community water plants, install household water treatment systems and build school kitchens.
The Saga Charitable Trust is a United Kingdom charity that supports sustainable projects in developing countries that host Saga tours. In 2009, they joined CONAPAC to support and fund water treatment plants for communities along the Amazon and Napo Rivers, providing clean drinking water. Saga has shown its commitment by providing funding for construction, education, and logistical needs. By 2015 CONAPAC has built 32 community water treatment plants, a major number of which were funded by The Saga Charitable Trust.
The mission of International Fund for Economic Development (IFED) isto assist impoverished communities around the world to develop educational programs. Their goal is to enable these communities to become economically self-sufficient through sustainable economic development and educational projects in harmony with sound ecological awareness. They have consistently sponsored our computer program at the CONAPAC Amazon Library, purchasing computers and desks, as well as batteries and an inverter for our solar panel system, providing a major upgrade. In the past, they donated foot-powered sewing machines to teach women in the surrounding communities to sew. This women's group later formed a coop to sell handcrafted goods to generate income for their families.