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Water Operator Workshops


This month we completed our 2014 Water Operator Training Workshops. They were hosted by three different communities along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Almost 50 operators attended and increased their knowledge base. We were delighted to welcome five women as operators, two in the same community. They turned out to be excellent students and really know their stuff. Our topics this year were: review of system design and operator responsibility, proper community record keeping, correct technique for balancing pH levels, group problem solving, and hands-on assembly of replacement of water filters. Thank you to the Saga Charitable Trust for their donation for water monitoring, which included the operator training workshops.
 
Sawyer Classroom Project Update

We have been working on our goal of placing a Sawyer PointONE water filter in every classroom this year. The filters have been ordered. One hundred of the wooden stands designed by 2013 AAS volunteers, Ken Peterson and Todd Bergsman, have been built. Water buckets have been purchased. A teacher training workshop is scheduled for the first of March. Delivery of the stands will start this week. We have enough donations to cover 154 classrooms but are short 46. The cost for each is $150. If you are interested in helping us reach this year’s goal to furnish all of our AAS classrooms with clean water, please make a donation for a classroom or two. As always, you can donate via our website to our donation site at the Detroit Zoological Society, tagging your gift for the Sawyer project.
 
The Field School Gives Back

Young people from The Field School in Washington D.C. arrived this month to see the rainforest, learn more about its various inhabitants (human and animal), and give a gift of service to the jungle community of 28 de Octrubre. The group painted the entire kindergarten building, along with all the tables and chairs. A smaller group helped paint colorful ecological signs to be posted around the community, and another group helped add screening material to the windows of the Kindergarten to reduce the entry of mosquitoes and other flying insects. The hard work was followed by a lunch of Juanes, a favorite local dish, a tour of residents’ homes, a lively game of soccer, and finally a dance around the humisha--a local way of celebrating. It all ended with a huge downpour of rain and everyone soaked to the skin—They loved it! Thank you, Field School, for your contribution to our CONAPAC partner community.
 
AAS 2014 Volunteer Round Up

There is still time to sign up for this year’s Adopt-A-School deliveries—but not much! We have six openings for the first week, but, unfortunately, none for the second week. We have volunteers coming from all over the U.S., including Hawaii—Don’t miss the fun!

To see what our volunteers love about their work, go to:
http://www.conapac.org/vol_pix_2013.html

If you have an interest in joining the group, please contact Claire Lannoye-Hall, our volunteer coordinator at the Detroit Zoo.
 


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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