Letter from Eda Zavala about Progress with Shawi Tribe in Peru

Dearest Lisa,

I just want to share with you my last visitings to the Shawi villages. It was very intense hiking many hours, talking with the leaders, children and families and see directly all their efforts to being considering into the regional formal educational program. It represents a lot of work and logistics but I realize that the most important role that Impact A Village and I are doing in these long two years is that we opened an incredible opportunity for our beloved indigenous children to approach to the “formal society” and government and that thanks to our work we created an incredible chance for the government to be really inclusive and operate regarding a quality cross cultural bilingual education.

Impact A Village does not only improve rural school conditions related to materials, furniture and logistic aspects. Impact A Village contributes tremendously to improve quality education. Our presence has been a key to introduce to each others, indigenous people, teachers, directors and local authorities to make possible new and positive ways regarding and directing the future of these kids whose main component is Education. We did it before and we do it now reinforcing and working together and being co-creative. My last meetings with Indigenous People, teachers and leaders in their communities and with directors and local educational authorities in the city showed me that and I am so proud of our work and our team. We are building an incredible opportunity for Shawi People and we get there thanks to Impact A Village and you.

I just want to express my profound gratitude to you and ImpactA Village and your incredible support to Shawi People. Leaders and teachers are very aware about that and they feel happy and content because they see that your lovely goes directly to their children who represent Hope.

Please extend my gratitude to all ImpactA Village bord of Directors and let them know that I stand and honor their lovely support.

Thanks so much again and wishing to you and ImpactA Village a very happy holidays.

With Love and Gratitude,

Eda

Eda Zavala, Curandera From Peru Speaks for Impact a Village

 

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Eda Zavala, a curandera from Peru visits U.S.

Eda Zavala, a curandera who works in the Amazon region of Peru gave an inspiring talk in the Granite Bay home of Impact a Village board member Lisa Wade. On August 21, 2015, over 30 people were in attendance as Eda spoke about the needs of the indigenous communities deep in the Amazon Jungle. She discussed the importance of working closely with the village elders to determine the optimum way to address the needs of their community. Eda described how Impact a Village successfully worked with the Shawi tribe to provide for desks and chairs in their remote schoolhouse in the Amazon.

Community event with Eda Zavala from Peru

Community event with Eda Zavala from Peru

Impact a Village funded the purchase of the desks and chairs, and the village children helped transport the furniture by canoe on the river and on their backs hiking to their school house. “Good communication and working together with mutual respect is the key to completing projects successfully. One desk, one school, one village at a time,” says Eda.

 

ImpactAVillage – Day of Giving May 5, 2015

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Make a donation to ImpactAVillage on May 5, 2015 and double your impact!

May 5, 2015 is a special day all across the U.S. On this day, every person is invited to donate to local non-profits they care about. Nationwide initiatives such as Give Local Now, Give Local America and Big Day of Giving are supporting local communities by encouraging non-profit giving on May 5, 2015. Impact a Village is proud to join the efforts on this day with a special fundraising campaign with matching contributions. Every dollar you give will be matched dollar-for-dollar on this day by the President of ImpactAVillage. Your donations will make double the impact on May 5, and all donations are tax-deducible.  http://www.impactavillage.org/day_of_giving.html

Impact a Village is a 501(c)3 non-profit in the Sacramento area that supports healthcare and education in communities around the world. Current projects include Movement as Medicine in Sacramento, the Malek Primary School in South Sudan, the Khmer Hands School in Cambodia, a village school for the Shawi Tribe in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, a school in Rogena, Kenya, and the Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice in Thailand.

Your donations make a huge impact, and we appreciate your support. Make a donation May 5, 2015.

ImpactAVillage Day of Giving – May 5, 2015

ImpactAVillage Day of Giving – May 5, 2015

ImpactAVillage is a Supporter of WeDay

ImpactAVillage was a proud supporter of We Day – California at the SAP Center, San Jose on February 25, 2015. Over 15,000 youth earned their way into #WeDayCalifornia by performing local and global acts of service. We Day is an initiative of Free The Children. It is a movement of our time, empowering a generation of young global citizens through an inspirational event and year-long educational initiative. Learn about ways to get involved at http://www.impactavillage.org/get-involved.html.

@ImpactAVillage team at #WeDayCalifornia at SAP Center, San Jose – Feb 25, 2015

@ImpactAVillage team at #WeDayCalifornia at SAP Center, San Jose – Feb 25, 2015

ImpactAVillage is a Proud Supporter of #WeDay

ImpactAVillage is a Proud Supporter of #WeDay

Lisa Wade, President of ImpactAVillage and actress Marlee Matlin at #WeDayCalifornia

Lisa Wade, President of ImpactAVillage and actress Marlee Matlin at #WeDayCalifornia

Letter to Deng Jongkuch from a Student at Medway Middle School

In February 2015, Deng Jongkuch spoke about his story as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan at the Medway Middle School in Medway, MA. The event was inspiring to 100s of students. Sophia, one of the students at Medway sent Deng this wonderful letter:

Deng, 

Thank you so much for coming to our school. Your presentation was amazing, and you’re really funny! You’re very inspiring. I hope you find our donation helpful. Thank you!

Sophia, Medway Middle School
Medway, MA

Letter to Deng Jongkuch from Sophia, a student at the Medway Middle School

Letter to Deng Jongkuch from Sophia, a student at the Medway Middle School

 

An Interview with Lisa Wade

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On January 18th, 2015, Lisa Wade, President of ImpactAVillage and Camille Enes, President of Student Council of St. Michael’s School in Carmichael were interviewed on News10 in Sacramento. They discussed the importance of inspiring youth to get involved to support local and global causes.

Video of News10 Interview

Lisa Wade of ImpactAVillage and Camille Enes of St. Michael’s School Interviewed on News10.

Lisa Wade of ImpactAVillage and Camille Enes of St. Michael’s School Interviewed on News10.

Special Evening to Inspire Our Youth to be Change Agents of the World – Wed Jan 21st, 7pm

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ImpactAVillage is proud to host a very special event In the Granite Bay home of Lisa Wade, President of ImpactAVillage on Wednesday January 21st, 7-8:30pm. Craig Kielburger, the charismatic co-founder of the international charity “Free the Children” will give an inspiring talk to empower youth to change the world. All are welcome at this free event including parents, teachers and children.

Craig Kielburger – Co-founder of Free the Children

Craig Kielburger – Co-founder of Free the Children

Craig, who is a New York Times best selling author and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN and 60 Minutes, will speak about We Act, an educational program that empowers youth to become active local, national and global citizens.  A special guest is Deng Ajak Jongkuch, a Sudanese refugee  who has overcome hardships of war to make a difference in the world. Laura Lyon, board member of ImpactAVillage and Director of Advancement at St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael will discuss her school’s involvement in community service and global awareness.

“We are thrilled to see the We Act program expand into the Greater-Sacramento area. Since 2007, youth involved in We Act have achieved remarkable social change raising $45 million and volunteering 14.6 million hours for more than 1,000 local and global causes. I can’t wait to see the impact the students across the Greater-Sacramento area will achieve.”  – Craig Kielburger, co-founder Free The Children.

Please RSVP to lisafwade@gmail.com in advance to guarantee a spot for you and your guests. Address and gate code will be provided with your RSVP acknowledgment. For more information, see http://www.impactavillage.org/events.html

ImpactAVillage Donates Tables and Chairs for School in Amazon Jungle of Peru

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Recently, ImpactAVillage provided funds for tables and chairs for a remote school deep in the Amazon jungle. 138 children from seven Shawi villages walk 8-12 hours to a rustic cabin used as a school.  The school didn’t have desks or chairs, and ImpactAVillage funded the purchase of the desks and chairs for the classroom.

Eda Zavala, a trained anthropologist and healer from Peru, worked closely with the Shawi people to help purchase and transport the tables and chairs via canoes and trucks. Eda helped the tribes balance modern education with ancient culture and languages.

http://www.impactavillage.org/indigenous-projects-in-peru.html

Desks and chairs for Shawi Children in Peru

Desks and chairs for Shawi Children in Peru

Chairs and Desks delivered by boat

Chairs and Desks delivered by boat

11-Year Old Student Collects $5000 in Donations for ImpactAVillage

Makena Taylor, an 11 year old from Trinity School in Menlo Park, California was inspired by Deng’s story when he spoke at her school in March, 2014. Makena was so moved to help that she wrote  letters to her family and friends asking for donations to ImpactAVillage to support education projects for communities in need. She hoped to raise $1000, but she collected over $5000 in donations from 50 people. Wow! Congratulations Makena!

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