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For The Future,
Preserve Our Heritage


The Shawi Project is a multi-year partnership between western allies and the Shawi that will allow them to retain their language, culture, and land, while becoming fully empowered in the modern world.

1. Schools and Education

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Short Term - An elementary school in each village, bilingual Shawi and local Spanish classes for 1st to 3rd grade for all students

Medium Term - Fully primary Education for all children to 6th grade, introduction to technology / computers

Long Term - a secondary school built in one of the villages
-Scholarships for students to attend a boarding school in the nearest town (it is too far to walk each day)
-Scholarships for a handfull of the best students to attend a university, and become strong advocates for their people, and our planet.
Path: Continue to partner with the local government and international donors to secure funding for the building of new schools and teacher salaries for already existing schools.

Secure funding for teachers for later grades of elementary education through grade 6 for all 270 Shawi students.

To introduce laptops and technology for students so they can have the same access to opportunity as students in urban schools.
To work with regional government to fund a secondary school in one of the villages so that students from the other villages would be able to walk there and get a secondary education.  Village leaders are discussing which village would be best.

To secure scholarships for select students to attend the main catholic institute in Yurimaguas and for them to stay in town for the five years of High School. ( it is too far to commute ) until a secondary school can be built in the village.  This may be done once all students have access to primary school.

To secure scholarships for students to get college educations and study to be engineers and nurses in Yurimaguas and Tarapoto

Education for permaculture, forestry, pottery, and art will also help the Shawi to become physically and financially sustainable.

While being respectful to the former abuse by westerners we are looking to codify a body of knowledge the Shawi consider essential to include this traditional wisdom and learning in our metrics.  This includes proper tending of food and medicinal plants, managing of the wildlife within Shawi territory.
5 elementary schools have been built and students in those villages have access to up to third grade education
2 schools are under construction
partnership with RAN is helping to secure funding for four more schools.
A pilot program has been designed for solar power to give students access to technology in 2 villages

2. Solar Power and Technology

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Goal: fully functioning Solar power in all 7 villages by 2026
Pilot projects in Nuevo Tocache, Nuevo Ponderosa and Nueva Alianca Villages in July 2021, installing 3 solar panels and getting 3 laptops to train children to use computers

For the Shawi to begin to connect through translators and the blog on this website by 2021, for them to take it over by 2026

Path:  We are looking for funding for the pilot projects in the three village as well as in-kind donations of laptops- preferably all the same kind.
The Solar systems cost $12,000 USD for panels, an inverter, wiring and installation.
Status:  Currently no village has electricity.

3. Medical Clinics and Medical Providers

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Goal: -A medical clinic and trained care provider in each village by 2021

-Revitalization of traditional plant medicines and development of medicinal cultivars for sustainable preventative care treatments
Path for western medical care clinics:
1. Secure funding for 7 more clinics
2. Secure funding for pharmaceuticals to treat chronic stomach and lung infections, purchased from the Regional Public Pharmacy
3. Secure funding to train a health technician for each village to assist with simple injuries, administer antibiotics, pills and tonics.
-Common issues such as diarrhea, cold, pneumonia, wounds from machete and snake bites.
-Determine when a patient needs to get to the hospital in Yurimaguas.
4. Provide money for or in-kind donations of nutritional supplements, especially pre-natal and children's vitamins
Path for herbal medicinal care
1. Assist with providing an herbal Pharmacopia of native plants and revitalization of knowledge demonized by Christian Missionaries.
2. Offer non-native, non-invasive plants that may be of help to make herbal teas and tinctures for preventative care.
3. Offer knowledge of "superfoods," and non traditional foods that may be cultivated to provide additional nutrition.
Current Status and Achievements:
Clinics built- 2
Clinics in progress- 2
Clinics funded- Almost all!

4. Aquaculture

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Goal: a 500 square meter fish pond in Nuevo Ponderosa village, stocked with 2,500 fish by 2021
-A sustainable source of protein for schoolchildren and pregnant women
For Nuevo Ponderosa Village to connect to the Yucanayacu River
1. Hire a local aquaculture expert from Yurimaguas to Tarapoto, a contractor, and several builders to design and oversee construction of the pond.
2. Local men will volunteer as laborers to build the pond.
3. Stock the pond with  2,500 "Boquichico," (native amazonian fish).  Fish can be purchased from the Yurimaguas Amazonian Institute
4. Maintain and sustain the pond.
5. Assist with the development of similar ponds for Nueva Alianza and Nuevo Tocache villages
Fundraising Goals:
The Pond
1. Tools, picks, shovels etc. to build the fish pond - $500 USD
2. Pump to pull water from the river - $1,500 USD
3. Contractor to design the pond and oversee construction - $1,800 USD
4. Contractor assistants, $1,500 USD
5. Meals for contractors, assistants, and volunteer laborers for the duration of the build - $1,000 USD

The Fish
1. 2,500 "Boquichico" native fish, - $700 USD
2. Transport from Yurimaguas of baby fish by truck and river - $350 USD
3. Organic fish food to raise fish to adulthood - $350
4. Stipends to for villagers who will manage the pond. - $300 USD

Total Cost for sustainable aquaculture project to feed 60 Children, pregnant women and villagers
- $11,500 USD
Current Status:  Seeking volunteer advisors and connections within the Peruvian fashion industry.

5. Organic Cotton Production, Weaving, and Clothing Manufacture

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Goal:  farm-to-store production of organic cotton dresses and clothing, with cotton grown, spun, died, and woven on Shawi land, using traditional techniques and modern styles.
1.Hire local agriculture expert to assist with selecting cotton varietals and agricultural sustainability for cotton production
2. Purchase tools for carding, spinning and weaving cotton at a larger scale.
3. Work with someone from the fashion industry to develop patterns that will be popular for modern tastes
4. Develop a sustainable business plan
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Current Status:  Seeking volunteer advisors and connections within the Peruvian fashion industry.

6. Sustainable Forestry and Woodworking

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Goal: To produce quality furniture from sustainably grown and harvested trees on Shawi land by 2023
1. Hire local forestry expert to assess which native trees would be appropriate to harvest and cultivate for furniture making.
2. Purchase tools for tree harvesting
3. Hire local carpenter to train a group of furniture makers
4. Integrate with markets in the Yurimaguas area
Current Status - Looking to connect with local forestry experts.
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