We of Casa Gregorio are very committed to wellbeing and future of San Martin de Amacayacu. On a voluntary basise we are involved in different community projects, which we have often generated ourselves. If you want to know more about what we have been doing for the community for years, please visit Small World Foundation
The main goal of this foundation is supporting the ancestral land claim of roughly 30.000 ha of land in the Amacayacu National Park. According to the Colombian consitution, this land should also be recognized as Tikuna indigenous land or resguardo. The land claim has been ongoing for the last 15 years and will hopefully come to a positive result soon.
Over the last few years, the community´s environmental patrol team (Guardia Indigena Ambiental - coordinated by the Casa´s own José Gregorio Vásquez) has been working towards sustainable land management and community spatial planning. They have also organized multiple waste recollection activities in the Amacayacu river as well as in the community and in the rainforest. An important educational element of their work is to involve children in their activities, thereby hoping to create some environmental awareness. The funding for the environmental guard activities comes mainly from Swiss NGO´s. Recently support also came from the National Geographic Society for their project “Boosting Indigenous knowledge for autonomous Rainforest Design (BIRD)” which aims to focus on the transfer of indigenous knowledge about birds between generations for environmental management. Check @tikuna_birds on Instagram.
Over the last decade, the Small World Foundation efforts have also assured 60 bucket-flush toilet facilities, 48 water tank of 1000L., a pre-kindergarden for 60 children, 11 fish ponds and multiple other contributions to the community of San Martin de Amacayacu.
Naturally, we have the environment in mind with everything we do. Casa Gregorio recycles 95% of its own non-organic waste (and what we collect ourselves in our neighbourhood!) by delivering it bag-by-bag at the Fundación Amazonas Sin Limites in Leticia. They and the Colombian Army ensure it reaches Bogota´s recycle depots. Our organic waste feeds chickens, dogs, trees and many worms! We actively encourage everyone in the community to do the same, because together we can really make a difference.
Casa Gregorio also contributed substantially to the contruction of the two septic tanks in the community, which were mainly sponsored by the European Union through the Amacayacu National Park.
This and many other environmentally friendly policies have given Casa Gregorio Tripadvisor´s Green Leader Award Platinum!
An alliance between the NGO´s Viajelogia (Instagram @viajelogia), Fundación El Hormiguero (@fundacionelhormi), Colectivo Biografos (@colectivo_biografos) and Casa Gregorio has already resulted in more than 15 house fronts being painted with some pretty awesome designs, which makes living in San Martin de Amacayacu extra fun!