It was our goal to purchase two new boat buses in 2016, supplying 45 students from four communities with safe and reliable daily transportation to a regional high school and/or kindergarten.
Challenges and Obstacles
As was a brand new project, we had to assess the scope of how many buses it wood take to provide region-wide access to high school and kindergarten. We are starting with two with the intent to scale up as needed!
In increasing the availability of safe travel to schools, we hope to lengthen the duration of every child’s formal education both before and after primary school.
SAFETY COMES FIRST
There are many reasons why traveling by boat bus is safer than dugout canoe. With roofs to protect students from daily downpours and a motor to combat the often-aggressive current of the river, combined with the reliability that a larger craft provides, a boat bus is truly the safest way to traverse the Amazon!
We have worked with CONAPAC and the Detroit Zoo for years, supporting their Adopt-a-School program in order to provide funding and supplies for village schools in Peru. We are now collaborating with them to make both early education and high school accessible so that every child receives the full education they deserve.