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The Heart of Everything: Jungle Mamas – Changemakers in the Amazon
The following documentary was produced in partnership with the Pachamama Alliance, a global organization with roots throughout the Amazon rainforest. The film chronicles their Jungle Mamas program, which combines the best traditions and practices of midwifery and obstetrics from the western world while simultaneously valuing the best practices of Achuar motherhood in an effort to save the lives of mothers and newborns during birth.
What does Jungle Mamas do?
The Achuar call the Jungle Mamas program Ikiama Nukuri, which translates to “Women as Keepers of the Forest”. The health and well-being of mothers and newborns is directly connected to the well-being of communities and forests. Thus, the mission of the Jungle Mamas Program is to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality by empowering women and communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon to ensure safe births, the health, and well-being of the Achuar nation.
Why is Jungle Mamas important?
Jungle Mamas is an exemplary organization showing how women are using community driven practice to make an impact. Through a collective vision, both women and men of the Achuar nation dreamt into existence, Jungle Mamas, whose goal is to combine the best traditions and practices of midwifery and obstetrics from the western world while simultaneously valuing the best practices of Achuar motherhood in effort to save the lives at birth of mothers and newborns. It is through the collaboration of men and women that the Achuar have been able to help one another and therefore ensure the health and well-being of their people and therefore the Amazon Rainforest. Girls Thinking Global has chosen Jungle Mamas as their first documentary as we believe they are an exemplar in the field of using sustainable, culturally relevant practice to empower women and girls.
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We encourage you to a host screening of the documentary with your students, friends, colleagues, family and anyone you think would be interested in learning more about Jungle Mamas and the important work they are doing in the Ecuadorian Amazon. To assist with the screening, we’ve created a Screening and Conversation Guide.