Our Rainforest Family: Linking People Across our Partnerships
Cool Earth's Global Family
We’re celebrating the families that are keeping the rainforest standing in Cool Earth’s partnerships around the globe.
Huber grew up in Ayacucho in the Andes but relocated to Cuti to avoid the iron fist of the Shining Path. Like so many Huber struggled to find work in the rainforest but found work as a logger, he helped to shift the timbers and take them down to Puerto Ocopa for next to nothing. But then he met Mikaela Bustamante, from Cutivireni and everything changed, Huber fell in love. Logging was history.
Isaac had worked driving trucks for a logging company In Cool Earth's Gadaisu partnership. These days, he is working as a biodiversity officer and loves learning more about biodiversity and why it is so important for the rainforest. Whilst driving an ambulance into town Isaac caught the eye of Lelu – now they are dating and his work with the logging company is over.
Isaac Ex-employee of logging company
The Women's Cooperative's
Wendy is a strong, welcoming figure within the Gadaisu village community. She's quite the host, and always has lots of people at her house, cooking and chatting.
Wendy Chairlady of the JODAN sewing group
The ARMANO association formed out of a mothers’ club that used to cook together. Balbina converted the mothers’ club to an artisan committee
Balbina Balbina is the president of the AMARNO association
You can hear Elimata before you see him. He's always singing and playing the guitar. Last year we played Elimata's recordings back to him, he said it was one of the best moments of his life to hear what his music sounds like to others.
Elimata Plays guitar for the local church
When Saul isn't working you'll find him playing the cena flute late into the evening. When the music gets flowing after a cup of masato, the community joins in with some singing.
Saul Coffee technician and flute player
Since Mbake was a child, he has been committed to conserving the Congo's natural resources and serves a member of the conservation team
Mbake Sivha Community conservation coordinator
Basil has dedicated plenty of time in helping maintain what he calls ' unique, rich culture and traditional heritage' of Papua New Guinea. You'll never find Basil without a smile on his face.
Basil Committee Member