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Above left: Water water everywhere, and not a drop to drink...A local community's only source of "clean" water". The well in this picture is 15' under water during the 6 month-long rainy season. Natives are forced to drink unfiltered river water, causing months of intestinal illnesses.
Above right: Patricia, our staff nurse is preparing gift boxes that contain one year's worth of medications for the communities of the Uatuma.
We run expeditions with a purpose, this is why we are here.
Simply put, every decision we make must pass through the filter of our Core Values.
Respect the Resource
Contribute to the Resource
Protect the Resource
Exploration without Exploitation
Respect our Relationships
Communities, Customers, Crew : We Need Them, They Need Us
Nomadic Waters is committed to offering the finest and most unique fishing adventures in the Brazilian Amazon while making a difference in the local native communities with which we work. How? In addition to our own professional crew, we also hire local community guides to work with our guests. They are an integral part of our operation, and are like family to us.
Instead of paying "Indian Fees" like other operations, we prefer a project-based strategy each year that funds much needed infrastructure in the local villages. Past projects have included permanent clean-water solutions, sanitation solutions, and construction of a community brick oven.
The photograph above depicts a very common issue among the local jungle communities. The well in the background is this village's only source of clean water. Only accessible to during the low water months of the Season, this well us under 15 feet of water during the remaining 8 months of the year. Forced to drink the river water during high water months, these communities have the very difficult choice: Burn precious fuel to boil their water or risk getting ill from all the microscopic life from the river. "Roughly 85% of the illnesses we treat in these villages can be traced back to water-borne contaminants" says Dr. Steve Wheeler of the University of Louisville, a man who has spend decades treating the local villages in our region.
Working closely with groups like The Bucket Ministry, one way that we can contribute to our local communities is by funding sustainable clean waters solutions. These solutions are long lasting (20 years if properly cleaned) and are not reliant on outsider's assistance to work.
In 2018 we experimented with installing fixed satellite communications in one of our local communities. For the first time, this will provide emergency communications to a medical facility that would otherwise be a 20 hour boat ride to reach. If this project is well received by Community leadership and proves to be self-sustaining, we will consider additional installations among the other villages in the area.
We were invited to explore a new series of lagoons last Season. Knowing that we had already spent our Community budget for the year, the village elder asked if we could help them next year with a project. It is constant work to keep the tall grass from growing close to their village. This sounds so simple, until you hear the rest of the story. There are "3 step" snakes that live in that grass. Trimming the grass by hand with machetes is dangerous, and children are often playing near the edges. As our guests heard the request, we all pulled together our extra cash and purchased a very nice Stihl weed wacker. Again, this sounds like such a simple and easy solution. For us it was a $600 purchase divided by 10 guests, plus the fuel back and forth to get the item. Easy, but you have to remember the context. These villagers have no funding to pay for such an extravagance, and no fuel to run their boats to a city larger enough that sells such an item.
In 2019 we provided clean water solutions by Sawyer/the Bucket Ministry, 12 months worth of medications, diesel/gasoline, and 6 months of food to a total of 7 villages and 7 smaller communities inside the Uatuma.
Have more questions? Feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to tell you more about our operational Core Values and our goals for this area.
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