In 2010 the Trust worked in conjunction with CONAPAC (Civil Association for Conservation of the Peruvian Amazon Environment) to set up water treatment plants for communities living along the Amazon river near to Iquitos. This was in response to the local communities having to take water from the rivers and streams for drinking, and as this water was often contaminated this resulted in high levels of illness and malnutrition, particularly among children. Each plant now produces 10,000 litres of clean water a day and even the most traditional villagers are now drinking the treated water.
In March 2016 the passengers and crew aboard the Saga Pearl II raised money to fund the construction of two community kitchens in partnership with CONAPAC, to enable the delivery of a government feeding programme for around 100 children. As at 1st June 2016 one kitchen had been completed and the other was nearing completion, which means by the end of July 2016 all children within the two communities will be able to access the programme and receive a daily nutritious meal as a result.
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Community queuing for fresh water supplies
Lovely fresh water!