The Peruvian Amazon Jungle is home to thousands of people striving to create a better life for their families. Over 70% of the population falls within the government guidelines of extreme poverty, and educational levels are amongst the lowest in Latin America. People die daily of preventable diseases and lack of access to health care.
Selva in Action, a project of the Peruvian American Medical Society(PAMS), is currently working with 8 villages in the Amazon “selva” (jungle). The focus is on education and empowerment, and the development and implementation of a cooperative for the purpose of addressing their health care and other life sustaining needs. The villages are located on the Rio Momón, a short distance from the Amazon River in Northeastern Peru.
For the past 5 years, volunteers from the U.S. have travelled to Iquitos and into the jungle every 3-6 months to conduct medical expeditions, provide health and leadership education, and network with local government agencies, other non-profits, and business leaders.
A local project coordinator provides education and assistance to the Cooperative village leaders and members on a year round basis.
“To develop a self-sustaining cooperative that improves access to health care, promotes health and education, and creates economic development opportunities for the people who live along the Río Momón in the Peruvian Amazon jungle”.