When Cool Earth first partners with a community, we help them to set up a bank account and administrative board to manage the partnership. It is essential that the village is able to spend Cool Earth funding according to the needs of the community as a whole. That means fair, transparent and inclusive decision-making.
The first thing that many villages decide to buy is a boat to evacuate medical emergencies and transport goods and building materials. Other popular choices for investment are medicines, school supplies and tools.
We’ve taken a look back over the past five years of our Asháninka project to look at what our partner villages have invested in.
“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THE MONEY CAN BE SPENT HOW WE SEE FIT; EMERGENCIES, EDUCATION, HEALTH, EVERYTHING. THE MONEY COOL EARTH GIVES US, WE ARE SHARING WITH ALL THE ANNEX VILLAGES AND SO WE SUPPORT EVERYONE.”
Julián Quispe Carbólico, Tinkareni Village
Eight community meeting houses have been built. They are vital hubs for village wide decisions and hospitality.
Seven rainforest schools have been built and two more have been renovated. Almost 80% of children now attend school in improved facilities. All of the schools built with community funds have been equipped with stationary, books and all the educational materials they need.
Three medical outposts have been built in annex villages, meaning 72% of the population is now within one hour of medical care.
Six communities have purchased boats, which provide a vital transport link along the Ene and Tambo rivers.
The village of Camantavishi built 11 houses for its poorest residents.
Community members who had no birth certificates or ID used Cool Earth funds for their registration. This enabled them to access medical care, health insurance and other state services.
In Cutivireni and Parijaro, the communities bought mosquito nets for everyone, and as a result the incidences of malaria have decreased by 60%.
Clean water has been supplied for Cutivireni and every single house in Coveja.
Primary school age children underwent a programme of treatment for parasites at school.
No fewer than 55 lives have been saved through emergency evacuation to hospital.
Nine villages in our Asháninka partnership have received micro-credit loans for small-scale sustainable agriculture investments. And households across the project have received small household grants to help with essential items.