|KOTA MAMA VIII EXPEDITION - BOLIVIA|
25 August – 12 September 2012The aim is to provide community aid to people in need along the Rio Beni. The area was severely flooded in 2011. The plan is to fly into Santa Cruz from UK. Then next day we fly to Riberalta on a local airline. Here we meet local Rotarians who are helping and buy stores and rations before moving to four villages on the North bank of the Rio Beni.
The water charity 'Just a Drop' have agreed to fund six wells and a filtration system at these villages. Our task will be to monitor the work of the contractors and help install the pipework, distribute school books, reading glasses and do dental/medical work. During this phase we shall move by 4WD vehicles and boats.
The next phase is to drive from Riberalta to the small river port of Cavinas . This takes a day. At Cavinas we shall take canoes for 8 hours up the Rio Madidi to the remote Ojaki village where the water system we installed in 2007 has ceased to function properly because the source has dried up. Our task will be to plan a new system and distribute school books and glasses and give medical/dental aid. We also aim to study the double nosed hunting dogs found in this area and aid a remarkable family of husband, wife and 12 children living deep in the bush. Throughout the journey we shall be listing the birds and wildlife for a general survey.
We then return to Riberalta, fly back to Santa Cruz and disperse.
The team will stay in hotels in towns and each individual most bring a small tent for camping in the field. It will be hot and humid. There may be some rain but it is officially the dry season.
We are especially interested in having a doctor or nurse and practical people in the team.