The Mushuk Llacta De Chipaota Indigenous Community is in the Amazonian rainforest region of Peru. The Amazon rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate, and traditional medicinal plants are threatened along with ancient knowledge of the indigenous healers who live in the rainforest. For these reasons, ImpactAVillage has selected this region as an important area to direct resources. Working closely with Eda Zavala, a trained anthropologist and healer, ImpactAVillage contributes funds to help educate the local indigenous community about the importance of preserving the rainforest and the ancient medicinal plant knowledge and sacred healing practices of the Amazon.
About Eda Zavala, Curandera from the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
Eda, is a spiritual plant healer, a "curandera", from the Peruvian Amazon. She is a direct descendant of the Wari People, a lineage of healers from the Amazon rainforest. Born and raised in a small Peruvian village named Chosica, Eda's parents, unsophisticated and uneducated themselves, strongly advocated for her education. She studied both sociology and anthropology, and completed four years at the university. After her formal studies, Eda went back to the rainforest to assist the indigenous communities' efforts to protect the sacred rainforest, preserve traditional plants, perpetuate ancient healing plant practices, and empower themselves. Eda has worked deep in the rainforest for over 20 years, and her work there continues to this day.
Eda is very active in educating her community about the importance of preserving the rainforest, how people can reconnect to the sacred way of honoring Planet Earth, healing practices with native plants, how and why the rainforest is disappearing at such an alarming rate, the changing lives of indigenous Peruvians and how they are learning to empower themselves. Eda also conducts group and personal healing ceremonies. For more information, see www.edazavalalopez.com