EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROJECT:
Roel Flores Agustin
Roel (Vichy) is the youngest child of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. He is currently the youngest CSEE scholarship recipient. We are excited to announce that Roel has now completed his degree in Business Administration and Finance, and graduated with exceptional grades! Budgeting and financial planning are not part of the ancestral culture of the Shipibo.
Susy Flores Agustin
Susy was admitted and enrolled in the most competitive University Tourism degree program in Lima. Susy’s goal is to build a viable and sustainable shamanic tourism business for the Shipibo.
Walter Flores Agustin
Walter is studying botany and environmental sustainability. He studies living things, including medicinal plants in the rainforest and the principles of reforestation. His aspirations are to develop a world class, sustainable botanical garden on family land in his home village on the Amazon. He plans to teach reforestation and sustainability practices...
Katty Lisett Murayari Flores
Katty is the eldest grandchild of Enrique Flores and Herlinda Agustin. She is a law student, has four years left in her program and will spend the last two years in Lima at an advanced level of study. She is a Highest Honors Student – in the top 1% of her class, a single mother and has taken on a more difficult course load that will help her attain a doctorate degree.
Juan had to retake many classes but was able to complete his final thesis which was on the Preservation of Shipibo Culture and receive his teaching certificate. Juan had to take his first teaching job a two day boat ride away from his village, his wife and his 6 children. In March 2011, Juan was able to secure a teaching job in his own village, located across the street from his house! With Juan’s arrival at the village school, they were able to celebrate having teachers that were 100% bilingual because all the teachers are native Shipibo. The students speak Spanish and Shipibo, learn traditional Shipibo design and learn the value of preserving their culture. Check out our pictures of our visit to Juan’s classroom in October 2011.
Henry Flores Agustin
Because of Henry’s experience living in Lima as well as his education, he has helped the other villagers open bank accounts, manage finances, organize business ventures and has become a positive influence and leader in his community.
Pasquel Flores Agustin
Pasquel was funded by CSEE to study for several years with the famous artist, Pablo Amaringo at the Pablo Amaringo School of Art in Pucallpa, Peru before Pablo’s death. He has 2 years left of a curriculum that will give him a certificate to be an official teacher of art. CSEE currently supports his weekly classes and related expenses of $200 per month.
ORPHAN EDUCATION PROJECT:
HERLINDA LEGACY PROJECT:
CSEE has embarked upon the first phase of the Herlinda Legacy Project. The goal of this project is to produce an archive of Shipibo healer, Herlinda Agustin Hernandez, singing her most powerful ceremonial healing songs, also known as icaros. The creation of the archive will require the translation of hundreds of hours of audio which was recorded before Herlinda’s death in 2010.
For the Shipibo tribe of the Amazon jungle, the word Inca refers to their ancient ancestors, and according to Shipibo legend, many of their cultural traditions and shamanic wisdom was gifted to them by the ancient peoples of the Andes. In their ceremonies and songs the Inca are always called upon for help, healing and wisdom. Many of the healing plants used in traditional Shipibo medicine are also said to have come from the Inca. Most Shipibo only dream of visiting the power places of legend in the Andes such as lake Titicaca and the high mountains that are the...