A better future for the region’s local people
Lindblad Expeditions supports stewardship efforts in the places we explore, and one way we do that is through the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund. Traveler contributions to the LEX-NG Fund in the Amazon currently support our regional partner, Minga Peru, in its efforts to promote sustainable change for indigenous women and their communities.
Guest donations in the Amazon also support the National Geographic Society’s Early Career Grant program, which promotes future leaders with novel and exploratory projects that span the fields of conservation, education, research, storytelling, and technology. In awarding each $5,000-$10,000 grant, preference is given to projects that directly impact the Amazon or that align with our mission to preserve the ocean, coastlines, and coastal communities anywhere the LEX-NG fleet travels.
Continue reading below for a snapshot of projects we have supported over the years.
In much of the Upper Amazon, radio is the primary way information is disseminated. A twice-weekly radio program “Bienvenida Salud!” (Welcome Health) offers an avenue for local people to learn about critical social themes such as domestic violence prevention, reproductive health, and natural resource management.
Minga Peru invites the most active listeners of its radio programs to become community promotoras (developers) and receive leadership training. The promotoras then share their new skills and knowledge within their own villages, creating a powerful vehicle for positive change.
We support Minga Peru's efforts to establish economic and food security through the development of income-generating projects and workshops on native plant management including growing and harvesting food.
In conjunction with the Artisan Fund, Minga Peru, and By Hand Consulting, we support empowering artisans in the Amazon with training on how to create and sustain craft-based businesses.
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