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What Gets Measured Gets Done

Jackmer shyly reads from his book while Dolly leans closely to listen to his careful enunciation. His writing is tiny, but very neat, in his spiral notebook. The blue boxed paper is covered with Roman Numerals on one sheet, math equations on others. Jackmer smiles up at her for encouragement as he stumbles on a [...]

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The Real Angel of the Amazon

Perhaps it was near the end of the day as we were walking up the long wooden planks back to the Tahuayo Lodge, some twelve hours by river boat out of Iquitos, Peru. Perhaps it was when we were sitting with one of the many kids sponsored by the not for profit Angels of the [...]

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The New High School

Jackson Vela, 26, is that kind of youthful, energetic, handsome teacher that young girls crush on. It’s inevitable. When we walked into his classroom he was gesticulating and engaging his class in a discussion about computer science. Dolly Beaver, the head of Angels of the Amazon and wife of Dr. Paul Beaver, who created the [...]

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The Herbalist

Romelia’s house sits on a corner of the large soccer field that makes up the center of El Chino, a modest village on the Tahuayo River of the Peruvian Amazon, twelve hours out of Iquitos by river bus. There is a small , brightly colored flower bed in the front, protected from the chickens with [...]

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The Gift that Matters Most

What’s the best way to bring a gift to a child of the Amazon? That seems like a simple question, but it’s not. Children everywhere love much of the same things, ranging from toys to attention. However, when visiting isolated villages in faraway places, sometimes we have to take care not to create more problems [...]

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The Cost of Illiteracy and Alcohol

A tiny enclosed home sits off the sidewalk that borders the large central soccer field that is the main feature of El Chino, one of a number of small river towns on the Tahuayo River, about twelve hours by river bus from Iquitos, Peru. Deep in the Amazon, these towns were once thriving centers, until [...]

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The Cost of Carelessness

The local shamans of the forest are dying out. Most are in their sixties, as is Adolfo of El Chino, a small village of some 200 people on the Tahuayo River in the Peruvian Amazon. Adolfo, and Pasquala, the ancient shaman and mother-in-law of one of the village’s female leaders, are herbalists, spiritualists and people [...]

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The Artisan Center

As you putter towards Iquitos on the TahuayoRiver,just a few minutes from the lodge of same name, the water is glassy and smooth. Dark clouds loom overhead, the temperature is low for this time of year. The waters are beginning to rise slowly as spring approaches. On both banks there are signs of heavy erosion [...]

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Norma Torres Rojas

Norma Rojas loves to work. It’s in her DNA. Her deep brown skin and high cheekbones declare her strong heritage. She is quick to smile broadly, her back is straight and strong. She’s never known anything but work. Yet once she had a dream to be a nurse. Norma grew up one of the daughters [...]

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Life’s Realities

Robert sprinted down the path in the waning afternoon light frantically searching for Dolly. I could see him over Ruth’s head as she and Dolly were reading her school books. The young man looked desperate. Finally he spotted us, and climbed the stairs, winded. He looked exhausted. Dolly Beaver was his goal. Dolly and I [...]

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