i2P has a mission of educating and inspiring with an end result of EMPOWERING young people to complete their own Extraordinary Acts. Students, classrooms and schools from Expedition Amazon joined together for a common goal; a goal to raise enough funding to complete the construction of a school that will serve 100 children in the community of Taquara, in the Flona Do Tapajos.
Since October 20th of this year, rain has halted progress of the school's construction. As of late the weather has been cooperating, giving locals the ability to return in constructing the school. Below are photos of materials arriving for construction & locals working on the school (even the KIDS are helping out!!!).
Expedition Amazon participants were provided with a challenge to help i2P do some incredible work that will have life-changing qualities. Together students, classrooms and schools followed through and achieved something truly EXTRAORDINARY!
Today we left Taquara and upon our departure one of the villagers showed us their customary jewelry made of coconuts and jaguar teeth; he gave the Youth Ambassadors small coconut rings. We hiked about 4 km to another village where we were treated to fresh cashew juice that tasted cold, sweet and nutty. In order to continue on our expedition we had to cross a small river which had wild boars on the other side. After a brief re-supply we entered into the deepest jungle yet.
There were several hard climbs, and hours of grueling terrain but our hard work was rewarded with a campsite under the canopy. We hung our hammocks around a fire where we were able to make dehydrated meals. We fell asleep listening to the loud jungle noises which were created by insects and howler monkeys. Although we were in the area with the greatest density of jaguars, we were accompanied by Brazilian jungle army whose knowledge of the area made us feel more at ease. It was another exciting day!