Weʼve raised £20,712 to help people in the Amazon (Brazil and Peru)
- Oxford, UK
- Funded on Thursday, 9th July 2020
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Amazonian people need your help!
Who we are:
We are Erika Berenguer, Aoife Bennett, Cécile Girardin, and Claudia Cassidy, Oxford University staff and researchers who work on ecology, territorial politics and environmental conservation. Erika is Brazilian,works for both Oxford and Lancaster universities and has been working in the Amazon for 12 years with local communities. Aoife has been working in the Peruvian Amazon for 9 years, and moved there early 2019 to work at the local university, and engage in social projects. Cécile worked in the Peruvian Amazon, and now works on the ecosystem functioning of tropical forests across the globe, and their response to a rapidly changing climate. Claudia has been working in administration and event & project management at the University of Oxford for over a decade.
We have set up this page to help our much loved and desperately in need Amazonian populations in this time of crisis.
Who we want to help:
The communities living in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon are experiencing severe hardship as a result of the COVID-19 context. Medical facilities have collapsed, and basic-need supplies are scarce, resulting in a ‘medical desert’. Travelling to a hospital can take several hours or even days by boat, and so the patient often dies on the way. Many of the few surviving Amazon hospitals have barricaded their doors to stop the overwhelming influx of infected locals, leaving many patients in the streets to face their fate. Thus, those that survive the journey usually discover that there is no availability of medical personnel, nevermind oxygen, ventilators or ICU beds - and that now they are stranded far from home, and very ill. Thus, it is not surprising that the highest death rates in both Brazil and Peru are in the Amazon region. Meanwhile, governments of both countries have been unable to provide the necessary aid for Amazon people, unwilling to regulate prices of basic medicine such as paracetamol and unwilling to speed up bureaucratic processes even to make health information available in locally intelligible ways.
Therefore, we are raising funds to prevent more people from catching the virus.
We have four core projects:
Posters and leaflets: to provide high-quality, locally intelligible information about the symptoms and prevention measures against Covid. In Peru, these leaflets will alsp include information about how to move towards better self-sustenance, nutrition, and reduced dependence on handouts through fast-growing veg-garden solutions.
Masks: The government hasn’t provided any Personal Protective Equipment to most local communities, so our colleagues on the ground have employed local seamstresses to manufacture reusable face masks. By making and distributing masks locally not only can we offer people protection, but we can also create jobs for 15 seamstresses who would otherwise be unemployed due to the pandemic.
Sanitary packs and Food parcels: Both packs contain essential items to support families to get through the pandemic without having to go into a nearby town. By setting up a local distribution network, the sanitary packs, food parcels, and masks will be distributed to all the inhabitants. This will reduce the amount of travel these rural communities would have to do to purchase these items and allow them to self-isolate. As we all know, the less travel the less exposure to the virus!
Sanitary packs include personal care items such as soap, hand sanitizer, toilet roll, and toothpaste and brush. Food parcels provide a selection of locally-relevant non-perishable food items such as beans, rice, and cooking oil. In Peru, the food and sanitary pack is one pack.
It is time to help Amazonians:
Specifically, we will support four reserves in Brazil and a dozen rural and peri-urban communities in Ucayali, Peru. Both are areas where we have built strong local networks over the years, and so the resources will arrive quickly to the people who need them. In Brazil, these four protected areas were created to support the traditional ways of their local communities. Were it not for these people, this green patch in the Amazon could now been gone. These local communities have defended our planet for decades by keeping the Amazon standing, therefore protecting our world’s biodiversity, storing and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Now it is our turn to support them.
£1/£3 will buy two non-disposable masks for one person (Brazil/Peru respectively)
£3/£5 will print on poster on Covid prevention (Brazil/Peru respectively)
£5/£6 will print one leaflet on Covid prevention and symptoms (Brazil/Peru respectively)
£40 will buy a food and sanitary pack for a family of six in Peru, including relief medicine such as paracetamol.
£8 will buy one sanitary pack to support a family of six for one month in Brazil
£10 will buy one food parcel to support a family of six for one month in Brazil
Delievering the goods:
We have partnered with the Brazilian Agency for Environmental Reserves (ICMBIO) to deliver the good to the communities in both the Tapajós National Forest and the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve. We have been working with ICMBIO for several years and have already conducted small-scale delievery of masks (c. 2,000) and posters (c. 100) in both reserves, including to communities located so far that it takes a 2-day boat ride to reach them. In the case of the Amanã and the Mamirauá Reserves for Sustainable Development we have established a new partnership with the Amazonas State Agency for Environmental Reserves (DEMUC). We will use their current operational infrastructure to deliver the goods, including their boats as most communities are not accessible by land.
In Ucayali we are working with members of the Ucayali support network - made up of key members of society with contacts and capacity for enabling the purchase of goods in bulk (from farms and from warehouses) and for coordinating the delivery to villages and communities. We expect to coordinate getting to the borderlands with military humanitarian aid light aircrafts, and as with the Brazil team, we will need to send to other more remote communities via river. So as not to incur transport costs on funds raised - we are collaborating with local NGO's, the local and regional government agency of agriculture (and others) to get supplies where they are needed. Thankfully, there is a lot of willingness on the ground to collaborate in this transportation effort.
This campaign will have a moving target as sanitary packs and food parcels are a monthly demand from these families. The more is fundraised, the longer we can help these communities to overcome the pandemic.
- 9 months ago
Amazon Covid Relief9 months ago
Dear donors, We would like to thank you for your immense efforts in donating and disseminating our campaign - we have now reached our goal of 20k! This is huge and will certainly have a positive impact on the 5 regions we are trying to help in both the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon. With the first half of the donations we have already distributed masks, booklets, and food parcels in all 5 targeted areas. Updates on the regions and the donations can be found here: https://amazoncovid19.wixsite.com/help Thank you, Erika, Aoife, Cécile, Claudia
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