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CONAPAC Activity at the Nuevo San Juan Community
Earlier this year, AAS volunteers helped to build a new school kitchen and bathrooms in the community of Nuevo San Juan. As this was during high water season the construction was challenging. However, as the year unfolded and the water receded, this school project was completed by community members and a visiting service project group - Amazon Rainforest Workshops’ Educator Academy 2015.

Below are photos of the school and beginning construction of the new kitchen in April and of the newly improved facility months later.
Government Strong Child Program
The Peruvian government has a program called the Qaliwara (a Quechua word meaning “strong child”). This is a supplemental food program that provides all school-aged children a hot breakfast and lunch during the school year. It also focuses on cleanliness through proper food preparation and frequent hand-washing. Each community organizes the parents to prepare and serve this food on school days. Most communities do not have a kitchen space or any kind of appropriate setting other than the classroom in which to cook and serve these meals. Some even cook outside on the ground under a low shelter. This was the reason for constructing a school kitchen at NSJ. On a recent visit we found the mothers' meal preparations in full swing and the kids more than ready to eat. We asked the moms if the kids like the food. They said, yes, but they eat too much! It’s certainly a great enticement for kids to want to be in their classrooms.

Below are photos of the old outdoor kitchen and the new kitchen and pantry.
We hope to build more of these school kitchens through our community service projects and our Week #2 Adopt-A-School volunteer program. If you’d like to donate toward the construction of a new kitchen, you can do so any time at the link below.
We’re still in need of water treatment plant sponsors for 2016. Only $350 a year will support one village water plant and go a long way toward improving the quality of life in the community through the consistent consumption of clean drinking water.

CONAPAC's James Pasmiño presents at an Adopt-A-Drop Water Plant Maintenance Workshop.
New Water Treatment Plants
In cooperation with the municipality of Indiana, we are building a new water plant in Timicuro I and are rebuilding an old wooden water plant in the community of Santa Victoria. Both will be made of concrete and our CONAPAC water filtration system will be installed. These projects were made possible by Adopt-A-Village-International funding through CONAPAC.

Below are photos of CONAPAC's water treatment plant concrete tower construction, this one at the community of Primero de Enero.
Think of CONAPAC on #GivingTuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

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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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