Two years ago, one in five Ashaninka children were malnourished. Food gardens were becoming less productive due to long El Niño seasons, and logging activity upriver had decimated fish numbers. So, the communities asked Cool Earth for advice.
We brought in Edgar Ambrocio, a nutrition expert with more than 25 years’ worth of dedication to agriculture and capacity building. Edgar has been back and forth to every village in the partnership, explaining how to grow new vegetables, raise chickens and bolster the traditional diet of manioc when bush meat and fish are scarce.
Edgar is helping families’ food gardens yield the protein and the vitamins that every child needs to grow, saving children and the rainforest.
From a start-up bakery to the JODAN group, business is booming in PNG thanks to investment from Cool Earth.
In the midst of this hive of activity is an exciting new business venture, the STALIE women’s sewing group. This recently registered cooperative has approximately 20 members.
Alusi is the women’s representative on the Wabumari committee responsible for supporting groups like STALIE develop businesses and income generating ideas. Working towards the sustainable livelihoods that keep the forest standing.
This year, the Lubutu partnership has reduced fuel wood consumption by more than half.
Following the successful construction of 225 energy efficient stoves, Cool Earth’s Lubutu partners have reduced the risk of respiratory diseases, particularly for women and children. We already know that the best rainforest custodians are those who rely on it for their survival. Lowering the amount of fuel wood needed means community members can rely on the forest’s natural resources in a more sustainable way. Now, this oven-ready idea is spreading through the community. Volunteers in neighbouring villages Babogombe and Bando have decided to build their own kitchens and energy efficient stoves.
In the Awajún community deforestation, and contamination from chemicals have meant fish numbers have diminished where waters were once teeming with this protein-heavy food source.
Due to several setbacks this year, including escaping fish fry and the lack of good water sources for breeding, Urakusa’s fish farms haven’t advanced as well as the community hoped. But, in true Awajún style, Huaracayo have offered to give a helping hand, everyone mucked in to get the project off the ground.
Huaracayo’s fish farms are going swimmingly thanks to Bernado, one of Cool Earth’s greatest assets and the man behind the breeding centre. Alongside Cool Earth’s Local Coordinator, and fish farming extraordinaire, Josue Morales, Bernado has successfully managed to ensure that the carp in the breeding centre is big and healthy.