The Rio Negro is located in the Amazon and has an extension of 1200 Km in the Brazilian territory. Being old and buffed, its course is slower than other rivers in the region, which offers visitors, in their boats, a more detailed assessment of all the beauty of the forest. Along the Rio Negro, are established four towns and various indigenous and mixed-race communities. In one of those, the Gaspar community, a social project was implemented with great importance for the families who live there.
The Vivamazônia School was created by a European couple who came to Brazil. The Scotsman Paul Clark arrived in Jauaperi for the first time in 1984 and was very surprised by the nature and the people he met along the way. This trip was essential for the project’s idea early development. Paul and his Italian wife Bianca Bencivenni started an education and literacy work with the children.
The early structure was quite precarious with few materials like chairs and colored pencils. Traditional books were also not suited for that scenario. To make the project practicable, it was developed a courseware along with the children and a boat was required for their transportation, so they could attend classes. Currently, children in elementary school learn to read and write in a different way, studying about the environment and its preservation, which is very important for the survival of their communities.
A video about Vivamazônia was produced and shows a little more about the work being developed in the region. One of the project partners is Katerre Expedition, whose relationship with the Rio Negro communities is constant. The company has a care and concern in preserving the caboclo (mix of Indigenous Brazilian and European) characteristic of the region, with boats designed for visitors to feel as a part of the forest and be able to experience the Amazon in an authentic way.