The World Bank Group and Sexual Research Violence Initiative have announced that DB Peru and the University College London will receive $150,000 grant for Gender-Based Violence Prevention in the Amazon of Peru (GAP).
Author of the grant Dr. Geordan Shannon has done extensive research on gender-based violence in the area of Iquitos and the lower Napo River villages, and will be the lead researcher for this project. Dr. Shannon, from Australia, is currently in London completing her PhD and serves as the Medical Director for DB Peru.
Renzo Pena, Vice President of DB Peru, and Jenevieve Mannell of UCL will accept the award in Washington DC in April 2017. The project will formally begin in November.
The Eco-Lodge is now habitable! – The first to stay were the 10 people from the data collection trip – led by Dr. Geordan Shannon. They reported that they loved it. With the help of Cindi Anderson’s fundraising of $900, we finished the entire second floor (took the old one completely off and threw it away), so the first floor has been reinforced and repaired and the second floor is brand new and slightly bigger. Due to Renzo’s foresight, we were able to finish the lodge enough for people to stay comfortably. We bought 12 mattresses, pillows, towels (had sheets), chairs, dishes, pots and pans, screening, had new mosquito nets made that fit the beds, kerosene lamps and odd items. Toilets flush with a bucket of water, but we still need a water pump. People either need to wash in washbasin or go to river. The lodge was originally a wonderful donation to us by Karen Johnson