In this issue
May 18, 2012 |
Vol. 4 | No. 1
High But Not Dry
2012 Conservation Expeditions
2012 Funding Progress
High But Not Dry
By: Sintia (Cindy) Smith Snyder | AAS & CONAPAC Project Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Adopt-A-School 2012 started out like past years with tons of planning and organizing
over the course of many months. This year began on a particularly good
note as usually we are waiting until the last minute for our
custom-ordered notebooks to arrive in time for the assembly-line
production of student and teacher packets. To make 4,000 packets by
hand takes several weeks, so we like to have everything early. However,
most years they arrive either just days ahead of our appointed delivery
dates or, like last year, a week late which lead us to a frantic scurry
around Iquitos to quickly buy up all we could in the local shops. This
year all the notebooks arrived in December! The supplies (chalk, glue,
markers, etc.) arrived in mid-February. We were on track and felt
certain that everything was under control and we had time to spare.
|2012 Conservation Expeditions|
By: Claire Lannoye-Hall | Curator of Education, Detroit Zoological Society | email@example.com
This year I had the privilege of representing the Detroit Zoological Society on both volunteer conservation expeditions. This marked my sixth trip to the Amazon rainforest, though none has been so rewarding and meaningful. We all knew going down that the water levels were high, so we purchased tall rubber boots, loaded up on insect repellent and awaited the adventures that lay ahead.
quickly realized that the term 'high water' was an understatement as we
made our way down the Amazon and up the Napo River, communities were
completely flooded out and deserted. We prepared for a week of unique
deliveries, much different than what we've become accustomed to over the
years. The efforts that the communities in these remote locations went
through to insure their students received their school supplies was
overwhelming. Canoes were tied up to our boat, submerged trees and
railings as the occupants climbed out much more gracefully than the
volunteers from the States and I could.
Our second group of volunteers finished delivering school supplies to the four remaining communities and then headed to a village high on the banks of the Napo River, San Juan de Floresta. 145 wooden steps, covered by a red tin roof, took us up to the center of the small community. The view out over the river was well worth being winded at the end of the climb. We spent three days repairing and painting a play structure for the children, assisted with tasks related to the building of a new concrete water purification tower and played games and craft activities with community members.
Our final day of service projects was at the CONAPAC library. We sanded down several worn tables and stools, then refinished them with clear lacquer. Children visiting the library helped us, carefully sanding with the grain and rinsing the sand paper before reusing it. The team worked quickly and efficiently, ending with enough time to play games with the children. It's amazing how competitive adults can be when the game "Operation" comes out on the table.
Both groups had ample time to explore the rainforest. We enjoyed the view from the canopy walkway, more than 100 feet above the forest floor as toucans perched near us. We visited the black lake and watched a sloth move through the tree branches, fished for piranha (with mixed success), sat in awe as pink dolphins jumped out of the water around our boats and rested in hammocks, enjoying the sounds of the rainforest.
I asked our 2012 expedition participants to share their thoughts from our adventures this year:
Yan L. from New York (first trip) - I've observed the adaptation and resiliency of local inhabitants to the unusual high water flooding to their homes and fields. I particularly enjoy the wonderful volunteers in our group which make the trip that much more fun. I've enjoy observing the night sky without light pollution in the evenings. I've enjoyed watching wild life in their natural habitats. Most important of all, I've enjoyed being able to make a small contribution to make the community, the children and the Library a little better off after our visit.
Lynn C. from Michigan (first trip) - What an unforgettable, wonderful trip! It was very well organized and I am a stronger person for the experience! I definitely will be back and hopefully bring others to experience the program. Thank you all for sharing a part of your lives with me and with the jungle!
If you're interested in joining us to celebrate our 20th year of Adopt-A-School in April 2013, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
|Current Funding Progress for the 2013 Adopt-A-School Delivery
In 2012, the Adopt-A-School program received more than $110,000 from organizations and generous supporters like you to purchase and deliver school supplies to the rural villages along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. We're looking forward to another successful year with your continued help!
Share the Gift of Preserving the rainforest, one child at a time
By: Claire Lannoye-Hall | Curator of Education| email@example.com
The success of the Adopt-A-School program depends on the incredible generosity and dedicated support of individuals throughout the world, such as you. Consider sharing the mission of the Adopt-A-School program among friends and family by making a donation in their name to support a child or school in the Amazon Rainforest. Donations can be made online at www.detroitzoo.org/adoptaschool or www.conapac.org/donate.html. After donating, please email me directly if you're making the donation as a gift, I have certificates and photos to recognize your contribution.
Working together with: CONAPAC and Explorama Lodges
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