The Adventurists have just celebrated raising £500,000 for Cool Earth. That’s pretty bloody impressive. What’s more impressive is what that means for the Asháninka.
Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership is located in the Ene Valley, Peru, one of the world’s most at-risk rainforest areas. Money raised by Adventurist teams goes directly to the Asháninka, putting them back in control and making sure they don’t lose their forest to illegal logging and coca production.
Here’s how the community have invested their money over the past five years:
When Cool Earth first partners with a community, they 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.
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.
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.
In Cutivireni and Parijaro, the communities bought mosquito nets for everyone, and as a result incidences of malaria have decreased by 60%.
Clean water has been supplied for Cutivireni and every single house in Coveja.
No fewer than 55 lives have been saved through emergency evacuation to hospital.
Nine villages in the Asháninka partnership have received micro-credit loans for small-scale sustainable agriculture investments.
Now if that isn’t worth adventuring for, we don’t know what is.