Keeping Communities Healthy
International Expeditions, the World Leader in Nature Travel, has spent three decades in the Amazon, developing deep relationships with the people who live so close to the rainforest. Now exploring more than 20 countries worldwide, International Expeditions remains dedicated to preserving the natural habitats of the places they visit and a passion for preserving and improving life for the people in those communities. Water treatment plants in the heart of Peru are just another example of the conservation initiatives IE has helped to fund.
International Expeditions believes that every person should have pure water, and the health and conservation benefits are enormous! The simple water treatment plants IE has built in Santa Teresa, Irlanda and San Jose de Paranapura, Peru (and the many more we have planned for future construction) provide up to 10,000 liters of clean drinking water each day.
By building simple water treatment plants in the Amazon, International Expeditions and its guests are addressing a vital health issue, providing up to 10,000 liters of clean water for villagers whose only water source has been the river. In these three villages with more than 500 people, including more than 125 school-age children, that means parasite-free water to drink, brush their teeth and cook with every day! Boiling is the only other way to get clean water, requiring harvesting of trees to build and sustain a fire.
International Expeditions’ goals for providing water treatment plants in the Amazon reach beyond just providing for clean drinking water:
- Build water treatment plants in coordination with villagers
- Conduct two-day workshops on clean water, where villages are taught about the importance of clean water for good health and community prosperity
- Foster economic benefits to the village, who can sell the excess water produced
- Help villagers learn to use pure water as an ingredient in making jams and marmalades from rainforest and to bake breads, suitable for selling to neighboring communities
- Decrease need in river communities to log and harvest trees from the rainforest
Each treatment plant costs between $4,000-5,000 and only four days to build with help from the community. The cost includes both workshops and training for the village. There are 240 candidate villages in need of such a plant, and International Expeditions plans to partner with guest contributions to build as many as funding will allow.
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