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A New Year Has Begun


Sawyer in the Classrooms--As reported in our last newsletter, we had found funding for most, but not all, of our Sawyer Classroom projects. Good news! We have just been advised that the gap will be filled by our funding partner, Amazon Amigos. Frances Gatz, founder of AmAm, has done a great job in soliciting donors on our behalf. On March 29, the 2014 Adopt-A-School program will begin deliveries. This year, in addition to our regular books and school supplies for each student and teacher, every classroom will receive a Sawyer PointONE filter, along with the complete set-up of buckets, instructions, water stand and training. The Adopt-A-School volunteers will help organize distribution and tracking of the systems, plus take lots of photos with kids drinking clean, filtered water.

Setting up a Sawyer system in school
Sawyer system filtration components

Our water monitoring program is also taking shape. We will be organizing a schedule for regular visits to each community with a water treatment system. Periodic testing will be done and, once again this year, we’ll be able to host our comprehensive operator training workshops. We expect most of the operators from last year to attend and have their knowledge reinforced, along with new attendees interested in learning how to properly care for their community investment.



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Each year we host volunteers to help with AAS deliveries and community service projects. Our second week is full, but we have a few openings for the first week. This week is all about school supplies and Sawyer water filter system deliveries. We could use more hands. Please join us. You will need to be in Iquitos, Peru by Saturday, March 29 and stay until Monday, April 7. For more information, click on this link for the details. Questions? Contact Claire Lannoye-Hall at the Detroit Zoo, our USA volunteer program coordinator.



Renilo, Jr., son of an Explorama guide who worked with AAS in 2013, joined our volunteer group to help deliver supplies.

Jolene came all the way from Hawaii to volunteer to deliver Adopt-A-School supplies and set up Sawyer filter systems.

Books for the classroom library from CONAPAC
Happy Kindergarteners in one of our AAS communities carry classroom supplies.

Last year Bev from Michigan said, “Nine trips to the Amazon with Adopt-A-School and looking forward to number ten, in 2014. The kids, teachers, parents and AAS volunteers are some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet. And, the rainforest is absolutely fabulous."
Mike is a long-time donor to one of our Adopt-A-School communities, 28 de Octubre. He's volunteered several years during AAS delivery week.

To meet more of last year's volunteers, go to: http://www.conapac.org/vol_pix_2013.html



To find out all the details of volunteering for
Adopt-A-School week #1, download:
Amazon Rainforest Conservation Expedition Booklet.
Visit our website at: http://www.conapac.org
CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.
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