To provide an alternative for the residents of our community to improve their quality of life while maintaining our customs, ancestral roots, and our native language, all directed towards the goal of contributing to the conservation and protection of the Yasuni National Park ecosystem.
Community Needs and Projects
Parents do not encourage their children to study because they do not have the financial resources to pay for transportation either to the school in the town center, or to the high school in the neighboring Santa Rosa Community.
This project hopes to improve the infrastructure of the community school, improve access to both the local school and the distant secondary school, and in general assure that all youth in the community has the opportunity for a quality education.
The goal of this project is to offer another employment option for the members of the community, one that offers relatively good pay and does not require hours of transport. Work at the camp will be on a rotating basis, with the idea of training many members of the community to work at the camp. The project also aims to encourage more small scale organic production of traditional agricultural products to be used in the food at the camp, also providing more income for the community members.
- In 2014, the electric company placed posts and cables to provide service to the commune, but currently only the town center uses this service. Once the installations are completed and meters are placed in the dwellings, electricity will be supplied to 70% of the population. However, many residents will not be able to afford the service.
- There is no landline phone service. Cellular phones are used by those who can afford them, but coverage is poor in some parts of the communtiy.
- There is no drinking water service or any kind. For consumption, rainwater collected from the zinc roofs is used, which descends through a gutter to a plastic tank and is consumed without being treated. Rivers are used for bathing. In summer river water is consumed.
- There is no garbage collection service, so organic garbage (mostly) and inorganic garbage are dumped in vacant lots, hollows or broken terrains.
- None of the homes in the community have any kind of toilet. In the school there is a latrine with a septic tank, but it is not in use.
With the profits from the Mandari Panga camp, we hope to invest in infrastructure improvements in the community to slowly improve all of the above situations, with the goal of improving the health of our residents and better protecting the fragile environment.
Traditional medicine is practiced in the community. For pregnancies, a midwife attends to the mother in her home. In case of snakebites, a mixture of native plants are used including kurarina (Potalia amara), for ajirinri (Zingiber officinale), campyak (Herrania balaensis) and others. Medicinal plants are also used to cure colds, respiratory problems, fever, headaches, stomachaches and soreness.