For more than 9 years we have worked with members of the Ese’Eja communities of Palma Real and Sonene in Madre de Dios in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. We have worked mostly with the women artisans, their teachers and students.

 

We have offered conservation education programs for kids of the local schools and those programs are run in collaboration with educators and participants of the international education training programs run at our center. We have hosted several groups of Ese'Eja school children and their teachers and we have also visited them in their school and have learned from them. 

A group of women artisans also teach our craft workshops as part of the cultural and educational activities we offer to our visitors and participants of our training program.  

Today people in these  communities are also suffering due to COVID-19. Given the lack of resources, reduced government assistance, and the distance from urban areas the impact of this pandemic has been really brutal for them.

 

We at Hacienda Herrera-CECCOT (HHC) are joining the local and international efforts to help more people in this region, and reaching out to our Peruvian and international community to ask for help to support the families of the Palma Real and Sonene communities.

We are starting this Emergency Relief Fund and we hope that you can help us to achieve the following goals:

  • US$10 will supply COVID-19 reusable masks for 10 people.  Our goal is to hire local women to make a minimum of 1,000 cloth masks for members of the Palma Real and Sonene Ese’Eja communities

  • US$35 will supply a bundle of food and cleaning supplies for ONE family for a week.  Our goal is to provide at least one care package with nutritious food to the Palma Real and Sonene for each Artisan women families and communities (about 135 families). 

With this help, we will be also providing an income to women in Puerto Maldonado, as the reusable fabric masks are made locally  with proper materials and health specifications. These are the same women who work with us making bird bags, mosquito nets and other handmade items that we use in HHC. 

Distribution of all goods are done using proper safety protocols and in coordination with the local authorities and the Native communities Federation (FENAMAD acronym in Spanish). 

Huge THANKS for your support. Your donation today will make a world of difference to these vulnerable communities in the SE Peruvian Amazon. 

 

See a photo gallery of our interactions with these communities below

Educators from Earth Expeditions and students from Palma Real after a fun day of science learning
Dance with the students
Basketry lessons
Supervising the work
Seeds and materials for the craft lesson
learning to use fibers for crafts
Seeds and supplies for craft lesson
Engaged in the work
Kids being kids at their school
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