Villagers in the rural Amazon rely on the services of a member of their community to provide immediate basic medical care. All communities have a designated health promoter. This unpaid individual has the responsibility of keeping tabs on the health of the community and treating health problems when possible.
All too often, however, these dedicated individuals have nothing to work with other than ingenuity and persistence. $50 will fund a two day training seminar for a health promoter.
"It's a good cause... If it weren't for Project Amazonas, those people in the jungle wouldn't have any help."
"When the new medical ship goes into service, I want to be there. I want to go back. It's beautiful, everything about the Amazon, even what's weird and scary. It's a wild place and the sweetness of those people, their gratitude and all, there's no way to describe it."