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The Changing Climate of Empowerment

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Annual Report 2010

"I
come
to
all
of
the
 community
meetings
and
 workshops
because
I'm
 learning
how
to
maintain
 my
water
system,
and
we
 can
see
with
our
own
eyes
 how
the
project
is
going."

 ‐Maria,
Nuevo
Paraiso



Supporting
Community
Projects
 In 2010, Amazon Partnerships Foundation made significant progress toward increasing awareness about climate change by developing community relationships and empowering indigenous communities to bring their conservation projects to fruition. Our unique model focuses not on community participation but ownership, increasing the likelihood that communities will sustain their own results.

More
About
Our
Innovative
Model
 At
the
invitation
of
communities,
we
begin
with
a
presentation
of
our
documentary
Life
and
Breath,
which
 chronicles
Kichwa
communities'
concerns
and
solutions
for
addressing
climate
change
as
well
as
the
basic
 science
behind
the
issue.
We
use
the
documentary
to
catalyze
a
discussion
among
community
members
about
 the
climate
crisis
and
its
underlying
problem:
how
to
protect
natural
resources
and
satisfy
urgent
human
 needs
for
economic
opportunity,
better
health,
and
education.
 
 In
follow
up
workshops,
we
teach
community
members
how
to
assess
their
assets,
problems,
and
ideas,
then
 design
project
proposals
that
reflect
their
priorities.
For
winning
proposals,
we
provide
up
to
$2,000
in
 financial
support
plus
one
year
of
intensive
workshops
in
project
implementation
and
evaluation,
during
 which
we
teach
communities
how
to
complete
project
plans,
record
and
analyze
data,
and
measure
progress
 toward
benchmarks
they
set,
and
their
own
results
qualify
them
for
follow‐on
funding.


Promoting
Environmental
Leadership
 Raising awareness about the climate crisis is the first step toward raising a new generation of local environmental leaders, who will need even greater skills and creativity than their predecessors. In 2010, we launched a pilot environmental curriculum project, conducted public forums about climate change featuring our groundbreaking documentary Life and Breath, and helped connect local youth with students from the U.S. so all could gain a better understanding of why we must protect the Amazon.

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Results


presentations, public forums, and educational events. Filmed in Kichwa with English and Spanish subtitles, our documentary has been included in national teacher training programs and was selected for the Venice, California Green Screen Environmental Film Festival. Teachers from eight high schools participated in our pilot environmental curriculum program reaching approximately 200 students. We also coordinated with OneWorld Classrooms to help 50 elementary school students in the U.S. and the Ecuadorian Amazon learn more about each others' culture and environment through video conferencing and art exchanges.

We conducted more than 60 workshops on project planning and implementation for 11 communities, seven of which submitted winning proposals for rainwater catchment systems, reforestation, composting toilets, and organic cacao cultivation. Four year-long projects impacting approximately 350 men, women, and children began in summer of 2010:

Lessons
Learned
 Because we work continuously with communities, our understanding of the challenges and opportunities is constantly evolving. In 2010 we noted the positive impact a strong sense of community can have on the outcome of a project. The more families believed that their individual success hinged on the success of the entire project, the higher the rates of workshop attendance and follow up. Communities that did not have a strong group identity did not tend to participate as actively. To help strengthen community cohesion, we have implemented new tools and activities for 2011 to help communities recognize the value in collaboration for everyone.

52 families installed rainwater catchment systems which provide clean drinking water without impacting fragile ecosystems 4 families and 1 school built composting toilets, which prevent groundwater contamination, prevent emission of methane gas, and produce organic compost Communities planted 260 native hardwoods, fruit trees, and bamboo More than 12,000 viewers in Ecuador saw Life and Breath through community


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Looking
Forward
 At the end of 2010, our board approved three new projects to run through 2011. Through these projects, 32 families will install rainwater catchment systems and plant 160 trees, and 36 men and women will receive training in organic cacao production and build three greenhouses. We will evaluate and expand our environmental curriculum program and continue building institutional partnerships to extend our reach.

"I
say
thank
you
a
thousand
 times
for
this
rainwater
 catchment
system.
Before,
I
 didn't
have
any
water
on
my
 farm,
and
now
I
do.
This
project
 has
helped
me
so
much."

 ‐Marcelina,

 San
Pedro
de
Chimbiyacu


Photos:
Pg1:
Distributing
trees
in
Shiwa
Yacu,
building
composting
toilets
in
Palma
Amazónica,
the
Yumbo
family
with
their
rainwater
catchment
 system
in
Campana
Cocha
(credit:
David
Barnes),
flora
of
Tamia
Yura
forest
reserve.
Pg
2:
Cacao
workshop
in
Canambo,
video
presentation
in
Sinchi
 Runa.
Pg
3:
Grefa‐Yumbo
family
and
their
composting
toilet.
Pg
4:
Rainwater
catchment
system
in
Nuevo
Paraíso.






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Financial
Data
for
2010
 2010 EXPENSES

Total Income: $60,615 Total Operating Expenses: $55,825 Total Operating Income: $4,790 End of Year Net Assets: $9,716

2010 INCOME


 
 
 
 Special
Recognition
of
our
2010
 Major
Donors:


Board of Directors (Served in 2010) Susan King, Co-Chair Sue Sivyer, Co-Chair Stella Klemperer, Treasurer Rahul Joshi, Secretary Patricia Bowman, Member Mary Fifield, Founder & Executive Director

Memisa Global Fund for Community Foundations Comité Ecumenico/Fondo Ágil Anonymous family foundation (California) German Development Cooperation Stella Klemperer Regina Mushabac and Fritz Klemperer Rahul Joshi and Patricia Bowman Susan King

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Amazon Partnerships Foundation 2010 Annual Report