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CONAPAC and the local Amazon municipal district of Indiana, Peru, have signed their first joint agreement, called a convenio, to cooperate with us in serving surrounding communities with clean water. Up until now, CONAPAC and its donors have gone it alone, looking for financial support and managing all details of the water projects. Now the mayor of this municipality has spearheaded the creation of this important agreement so that community, government, and CONAPAC donor resources can be pooled to better benefit the rainforest residents.
Signing of the cooperative convenio
Offices of the municipal district of Indiana
The municipality has agreed to take over our work of providing water pumps, intake tubes, and conversion of wood water towers to concrete. CONAPAC will handle the installation of tanks, filters, and plumbing—along with assessment, training, testing, and community organization--of these reconstruction projects. CONAPAC now hopes to replicate this agreement in other rainforest towns where government resources are waiting to be utilized for more clean water projects.
Indiana Mayor Janet Reátegui Rivadeneira, with CONAPAC staff members Jaime Acevedo Caceras, Cynthia Smith Snyder, Alberto Vela Nuñez


Each year we talk about our Adopt-A-School deliveries, the volunteers, and the many children and communities that we serve. Rarely though, do we report on how it all happens behind the scenes. Many decisions and orders are made throughout the year prior to each delivery. For 2014, it’s all starting to come together, with less than three weeks to go.
Packed boxes and bags fill our storeroom
All the classroom art supplies are packaged and ready to go
Right now, seven local young adults have been working for weeks to make all the school packets necessary for 4,000 students and teachers. It might not sound like that much, but when you think of sorting, counting, and packing more than 10,000 pens and pencils, 16,000 notebooks, 4,000 erasers and pencil sharpeners, and filling 100-plus bags with a variety of classroom supplies, you can begin to imagine what this looks like. We also have very limited space in which to work, so it a continuous juggle of organization to keep the process moving as efficiently as possible.

The packets--this is just one aspect of the whole process, but one of the most important. The workers have a “recipe” that they use to guide them each year with quantities and contents.
We make four different packets—yellow, red, blue, and white—each for a different grade level and need.

Invariably, we are short or missing something, or some orders don’t arrive until the last minute. This year is no different, but like everything here in Peru, and particularly the jungle, flexibility, ingenuity, and creative solutions are the words we live by. One way or the other, it will all get delivered. Once again, CONAPAC will complete another year of providing books and school supplies to students and teachers of the Amazon Rainforest—our 21st year!
Here's what comes next. These photos are from AAS 2013. It takes several hundred trips up and down to load our cargo.
Everything is moved from our office to the Amazon Queen for transport downriver, along with CONAPAC staff and volunteers.

The hold of the Amazon Queen before--

And after--She soon will be ready to go, with student and teacher packets, Kindergarten toys, balls, paper, art supplies, and Sawyer clean water filter systems, too!



During this year's delivery of Adopt-A-School supplies, our goal is to deliver a Sawyer PointONE™ filter and bucket system, with complete set-up and training, to each of our partner schools. We have 200 classrooms, but are still lacking funds for several systems.

Your gift of $150 for each filter system will help us provide clean, purified water to every child, every day, in every AAS classroom.

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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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