We are located in eastern Ecuador, part of the huge amazonas area. Here, one find almost exclusively native Ecuadorians, the ” idigenous ” who are making approximately one third of the country’s total population.
Shamanism , the herbal medicine and the essential belief in the power of nature, form the basis of life. Snapping rivers, waterfalls and the often impenetrable jungle with its diversity of plants and wildlife, such as boas , caimans , wild cats , monkeys and much more characterize this area and people’s lives.
The around 40 families of Jactun Yacu live in simple houses, mostly cobbled together out of boards, almost all without running water, let alone a toilet. In these simple dwellings live up to 15 people all under one roof. Here we find the homes of our children and young adults.
The family planning for the Kichwa has no limits. Therefore, having 10-12 children is completely normal. Work opportunities and basic education is rare. The lack of future prospects causes alcoholism and the loss of traditional family structures and the loss of identity. Consequences are poverty, malnutrition and diseases, which are meanwhile common part for the families who are living in the jungle. Who are suffering most, are the children.