OUR COMMUNITIES: TENA, ECUADOR
Tena, located five hours east of Quito in the Napo Province, has a population of ~20,000 people living in small, rural communities. The area is in the heart of the Amazon basin, an incredibly vast system of rivers and tributaries that eventually find their way to the Amazon River. The Napo province differentiates itself from other poor regions in Ecuador because of its disproportionately low access to healthcare, non-existent transportation infrastructure to and from many communities, and poor educational resources.
Timmy works with multiple communities around Tena including, Jatun Yaku, Capirona, Llushianta, El Calvario, Mushuk Alpa, Campanacocha, Galeras, Pucachicta Pivichicta, and Santa Monica. Many of these communities are located along the Napo River. Community sizes range from 100 to 800 inhabitants and the majority of inhabitants are Kiwicha and Spanish speakers. Most community members work in agriculture.
OUR PARTNERS: SUMAK KAWSAY WASI
Sumak Kawsay Wasi is the provincial arm of the local government in Napo. They provide support during medical service trips with an odontologist, psychologist, health promoters, and Kichwa translators. Timmy refers patients to Sumak’s physical rehabilitation providers and Sumak supports Timmy with transportation services to and from hard to reach communities.
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