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Adopt-A-School 2014 was a big success!

Volunteers came from around the world to help implement this year’s Adopt-A-School Program deliveries and our new clean water program for AAS classrooms. This was a tremendous effort, but one that promises long term, sustainable results—literacy and clean water for overall health. The first team started work on March 29, assembling 200 kits of Sawyer PointONE™ water filter system materials—plastic buckets, taps, filters and hoses, along with related cleaning and educational materials. Delivery of books and school supplies began on March 31. During the following six days, over 100 schools, with 3,500 teachers and students, received their supplies for this year.
2014 Adopt-A-School volunteers
Pre-treating the river water
For each classroom, we also brought a wooden stand and a Sawyer PointONE filter system kit. Volunteers set up and demonstated taking unprocessed water directly from the river and putting it through the filter system. Adults and children were intrigued and quite satisfied with the transformation. After one hour of pre-treatment to separate dirt and sediment, filtration produced crystal clear, clean and safe drinking water. Everyone who drank the filtered water agreed that they liked its taste and appearance. Our volunteers filled their own water bottles, demonstrating their high level of confidence in the filter system.
Starting the filtration process
Ready to test the clean filtered water
The Amazon and Napo Rivers were not as high this year as they had been the last two years, which meant that most deliveries could be made at the village schools and community centers. Only a few deliveries were accomplished on boats. As is done every year, each community prepared a celebration to greet the volunteers, Peruvian Education Department representatives, and CONAPAC staff. With the chance to host on their own land, they really outdid themselves this year. There was a lot of singing and dancing during the presentations, as well as speeches and introductions, and special meals were served afterwards.
A year's school supplies in their hands
Classroom materials for Kindergarten
Recognition of the community leaders
3rd grader receiving a school packet
CONAPAC staff will continue visits throughout the year to support teachers and students in the classrooms. The good news is that the Sawyer PointONE™  filter is simple and easy to use. Students as young as 10 years old should have no trouble producing clean drinking water on a daily basis. Thanks to our donors pitching in to fund the purchase of these systems, we were able to accomplish our goal of supplying every AAS village classroom. Every one of our students now has the benefit of clean water every day.
A warm welcome
Traditional dances
Little dancers with their AAS packets
A school supply packet for the teacher
The second Adopt-A-School team arrived on April 5, in time to join the first team assembling the donor thank-you packets that contain letters and artwork from the schools. This team then delivered supplies and filtration systems to the last four communities on their first work day. Most of the rest of their week was spent at the Amazon village of Pucallpa, working with residents to rebuild a gazebo, paint the Kindergarten building inside and out, and build bookcases, community trash cans, and garden fencing. They played games with the kids and did a variety of craft projects with them, along with face painting, manicures, and a volley ball game. The last day was spent at the CONAPAC Amazon Library, rebinding old books and processing new ones for the collection.
Construction of the gazebo
Painting the Kindergarten
Classroom art actiivities
Processing books at the Library
We want to send out a great big thank you to our many volunteers this year—who hail from Canada, Australia, Mexico and the USA—and to Explorama Lodges and The Detroit Zoological Society for all their efforts and the many in-kind contributions they provided. We couldn’t do it all without this tremendous help. Also, a special thank you to Mr. James Humphrey from Grandville, Michigan, Pastor Gale Hendricks from LifeSource Fellowship in Denver, Colorado, and Ms. Frances Gatz from Environmental Expeditions in Silver Spring, Maryland. Without these donors, the Sawyer classroom project would not have been possible in such a short time. In less than 6 months, we were able to develop the idea, plan and organize, and then implement it in full during the Adopt-A School-deliveries.
"Souvenir of Juancho Playa, Río Napo"
"Thank you for your friendship"
We now hope to move on to smaller communities--where centralized water plants would not be appropriate--by bringing the Sawyer PointONE™ filter and bucket system into individual family homes. Many community members this year were interested in finding out more about obtaining and using the systems. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck, CONAPAC can yet complete its goal of providing access to clean water in all 55 partner river communities by the end of 2015.



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

Your gift of $150 for each filter system helps 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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