(Left to Right) Marissa, Rachel, Claudia, Jules, Kevin, Zummo, Aldrich, and Kim watching the sunset after an unexpected boat adventure on the Rio Amazonia. Thank you to Rionaldo for welcoming us to Santarém.
|Zummo, Rachel, Jules playing with Jesse’s son Gui on the doc awaiting a riverboat ride to see where the Rio Amazonia and Rio Tapajós meet.|
|Naldo, our long time bus driver, invited us to his home to meet his wife, three kids and her 92-year-old grandmother. We were humbled to have met such a beautiful family.|
|This is a Chinese owned soy producing factory and export dock. We were surprised by the amount of international corporate influence in all of Brazil, which we learned about during our session with Davide.|
|The Tapajós River is vital to the people of Santarém. They depend on it for transportation, food, water, and emergencies.|
Rionaldo, an old friend of Jesse and Shawny, took us out on his boat so we could see the two rivers meet.
|Saúde & Alegria is the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that we partner with throughout the projects we do in Anã.|
The first boat trip with Rionaldo as we search for pink dolphins. Although unsuccessful, Colleen was enjoying her time on the boat.
|Peixe (fish) are an important part of the locals' diet. Many fisherman use a water bottle as buoy tied to a long net.|
|Nate works on his daily journal on a bench next to Louro’s motorcycle.|
|One of your typical neighborhood streets of Santarém. The main streets are paved but the side streets are dirt. This is the street our driver, Naldo, lives on. He wanted us to meet his family, including his ninety year old grandmother-in-law.|
Zummo, Nate, Gui, Matt, Julia, and Kim all play soccer during a break before lunch.
The group meets at the headquarters for the NGO that we partner with on our trips. Here we were briefed on the projects we will be working on and the issues in that area.