Welcome to the University of New Mexico (UNM) 2013 Peru Project Blog.
This year, the UNM chapter will be continuing our partnership with Project Amazonas, a Peruvian non-profit organization dedicated to serving the communities and natural environment of the Amazon Rainforest, and local Peruvian communities in the Loreto region, to continue working on the construction of a health clinic on the Rio Orosa in the Peruvian Amazon. We began working on this project last summer, and I encourage you to visit our past blog posts to see what we accomplished. This year, our chapter has raised $8500 for the project and we will begin actual construction on the facility. This clinic is essential because the nearest government-run health clinic lacks basic supplies and is often inaccessible for long periods of time due to the variability of river levels in the area. This clinic will serve approximately 1500 people in nine communities (Comandancia, Santo Tomas, Nuevo Israel, Santa Ursula, Puerto Fujimori, Santa Rosa, San Pedro de Orosa, Pobre Alegre, and Nuevo Paucarillo) in one of the most remote and isolated regions on the planet. Improving healthcare among the various communities will help raise the standard of living and also help alleviate many of the hardships associated with daily life in the jungle region.
We have 6 team members this year: Aurora, Brie, Destiny, Olivia, Sam H., and Sam W. Each week you will hear from a different person as we progress through the project. Due to the remote location, however, blog posts will be posted once we return to the United States in June or July.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Nourish-UNM chapter for their hard work, support, and dedication this year. This project would not have been possible without them.