Investing in the future of the Amazon
When people discuss saving the Amazon Rainforest, the conversation is about the trees and animals. We sometimes forget about people that live there. The population of the Amazon Basin in Brazil is over 18 million people. Many of them live in big cities like Manaus, the capitol of the state of Amazonas. A tiny part are isolated indigenous tribes and a big portion, but often the most ignored are semi-isolated villages like the ones on the Xeruini River Preserve. Those villages are remote and are provided very little support by state authorities, relying in many ways on people like us for a better way of life. On the other hand, the success of our fishing and eco-adventure operations depends greatly on the commitment of these villages to us and our vision: avoid commercial fishing, monitor the rivers, prevent illegal logging, hunting and so many other destructive activities that could easily solve these people’s problems in the short term but leave them living in a wasteland. That’s why we celebrate every time a turtle hunter turns into a fishing guide or a logger into a camp manager. Rob Anderson and his friends, anglers and supporters have been giving very special attention to a number of villages like that. The success of these actions can be witnessed in our brand-new operation – “Labirinto da Tartaruga”.
Many of our guests bring beautiful gifts to village kids, fishing guides and camp staff and very often they ask us what we should bring. As we’re in touch with the villages all the time. We know what they need most of all and what they might not have access to even if they go to a big city like Manaus. That is why, we launched a line of products for sports, education and personal use, with a hope to help raising a new, well-educated and healthy generation that will know what is best for the unique place they call home. Not only the gifts you buy go to the villages but also the profits are invested in the preservation of the Amazonian rainforest, rivers and its people.