My Life’s Biggest Surprise Love: The Amazon Jungle
Updated: Mar 31
I knew I had to help. Love has exploded out of my heart for these jungle people. After spending months in the jungle the last three years, a love affair has ensued deep within me, that comes as a huge surprise to me.
See, I travel to the Amazon Jungle to work with the Shamans and Plant Medicines. As a survivor and thriver of multiple autoimmune disorders, I found myself deep within the Peruvian Amazon Jungle to find treatments for my illnesses. It has been a long journey indeed, if I were to travel to this remote region of the world, seeking ancient mysteries and working with traditional healers.
I never, ever thought I would find myself traveling to this region of the world. It was not on my vision board, nor was it on my list of places I longed to travel. No. The Amazon was a place I was happy to see on TV, and that was about it.
Many in my life were surprised, and judged my decision to travel to this place and partake in something few Americans know much about. In Latin culture, alternative medicine and traditional healers are a real thing. They know it works. They know it is a wonderful complement to the most recent form of medical treatments - Allopathic medicine (that means Western Medicine).
Not only was the medicine surprising to me, the love that curated within my experiences in healing, developed over the many trips I’ve taken to this stretch of the river. Over the years, I have developed a strong bond with the people of this part of the world. They have served me selflessly, always ensuring I had what I needed during some harrowing experiences of healing. The level of love and care I have received, opened my heart to the beauty of the jungle and her people.
The level of service I also received from the Shamans working with and for my health, has left me with an even deeper love for this place. The commitment to healing me has been unprecedented and so welcomed in my life. For, I have searched and searched and searched for healing.
One of the biggest blessings in my life has been distributing essential items to the village adjacent to Lakshmi Eco-Lodge, which is like a jungle hospital to me, and where many employees live that assist me on my journey. The children of this village live in incredible poverty. The level of impoverishment along the river is astounding.
I have seen poverty in many places around the world. Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico and some neighborhoods here in the U.S.. In many places, poverty is more common than not. In actuality, over 700 million human beings on this Earth live in what is called, “Multi-dimensional poverty”, meaning:
*Extreme Food Scarcity
*Lack of Access to Clean Water
*Lack of Educational Needs
*Lack of Medications
*Lack of Employment and Opportunity
The village I have spent the most time in during my travels to Peru meets those requirements. Many of the employees of the Lodge live in that particular village, doing their best to provide for their children. I have grown to want to help in their efforts.
During my February 2020 visit to this faraway land, I went deeper into the village to view their water and sanitation facilities. The water system is broken, and not working. The families are drinking water from the river, which has an enormous amount of contaminants such as bacteria, parasites, chemicals from mining, human waste and more.
They struggle just to survive and feed their children, much less provide safe, clean drinking water. Upon learning of these precious people and their children that are resorting to drinking from the river, I knew right then and there that Mom’s House must and would build a clean water system for the village. We also needed to add enrichment programs to this village, the Shaman’s village and the other villages nearby.
Since covid began, we have done our best to provide food supplies to these villages, although much more is required to bring proper nutrition to these children. Receiving the images and videos of children eating a meal is what keeps us going and inspires us to keep working to end childhood poverty, hunger, and other struggles they face.
When we decided to bring Mom’s House For Children to Amazonia, I needed to learn quickly what the needs and emergency assistance these villages sought. First and foremost is food and clean water. They are also in desperate need of medical supplies, health care products and basic essentials for living. The need is enormous.
As we built our South American team, with Nancy Orth leading the way as our Regional Director, I understood the needs of the children even more. I was so saddened to learn that most children in this region do not have the required uniforms or school supplies to attend school, so they don’t. There is no accountability system set up in this part of the world, so there is very little incentive for the children to go to school.
We decided that education is the next priority after clean water and food assistance. What we are excited to bring to these children in an enrichment program, whereby Mom's House provides uniforms and school supplies to every child in need, so they will go to school. We are also instilling a feeding program for school days. The children will receive breakfast and lunch every day they attend school. We are thrilled to have the support of the village elders and community to assist us in this effort!
I have always known that to give is really to receive. I have always enjoyed spreading cheer and goodwill everywhere I go in life. Nothing compares to the fullness in my heart by helping some of the most destitute regions in the world.
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“The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.” “Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.”