Water Women Reveal Need for Expansion of Our Social Mission

Each time we go to visit the Camu Camu collectors who partner with us on the Rio Curaray in the Amazon River Basin, we learn more about who they are and what they need. On this most recent trip, a new area of need was brought to our attention.

First, though, we are very happy to say that when we met with the Water Women who received water filters and training last March, we discovered that the water filter project is going very well. Each filter serves four families, which is about 20 people. With 14 Water Women, most of the people in the two communities of Santa Maria and Nuevo Yarina now have access to clean water. We even had requests from other women to receive the training and filters. It was wonderful to see the families and their children drinking clear, clean water.

In the eight months since we were last there, many changes had occurred in the community. A huge flood had destroyed the secondary school the year before and, working together in their spare time, the community had rebuilt the school. WWB gave the money to build a large boat that takes the high school students back and forth to their new school, which has become a 49-minute boat ride each way. The new location is on much higher ground where it will not be flooded again. Emily, the chosen leader of the Water Women, and her husband had built a small one room church structure behind their home where people meet on Sundays. New babies had appeared. In fact, the leader of the Water Women in Nuevo Yarina was in labor and giving birth on the very day we arrived.

While we were talking with the people and hearing their news, a new need surfaced. We had brought them gifts in gallon containers of our Chanca Piedra product, along with Cat’s Claw tea, Camu Camu capsules, and Desmodium liquid extract. We entrusted them to Emily who will distribute the botanicals to those with health issues. The women were thrilled with the gifts and kept asking questions about what the herbs were good for. They started bringing up health issues in their families and asking our team which herb would be good for different conditions. For example, one of the women asked if we had anything that would help her husband’s prostate issue. We told her we have Royal Lucraco, which is a desert plant shown to be supportive of the prostate. It can reduce urinary frequency within 5 days and PSA levels in 6-8 weeks. She was very interested and asked if we could bring her some Royal Lucraco next time we come. As we provided them with an impromptu herbal training, we realized that even though these plants grow all around them in the Amazon, most of the people have lost the connection to their traditional herbal knowledge.

Now that we have this awareness, we feel that we must always take our products to give as gifts to the people who collect and grow the medicinal plants for Whole World Botanicals. They may not have access to these healing botanicals in any other way. The Water Women were asking us to bring more of our “medicine” to them. And we will. In fact, we are exploring setting up a non-profit organization that can make Whole World Botanicals products available to the indigenous people of Peru on a much larger scale.

In addition, we have plans in the future to supply our Camu Camu collectors with the seeds of these rainforest plants so they can start planting them in their existing vegetable gardens. We want to help them preserve the Camu Camu for their own use. We learned the importance of this from another community that realized how valued Camu Camu is around the world. They started preparing the plants in forms appropriate for their own use. Some of the botanicals our collectors can grow themselves, such as the Camu Camu and the rainforest plants, but not the Maca root from the mountains or the Lucraco from the desert. That’s where we can help them by supplying gifts of our WWB products.

We will keep you posted as these endeavors progress. Thank you for your continued support of Whole World Botanicals and, through us, the indigenous people of Peru.

Click here to see a slideshow of our 2015 trip to Santa Maria

Puerto Rico Water Filter Project

Dear Beloved Whole World Botanicals Community,

We have all seen the aftermath of destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico on every news channel across America. The storm pushed the island’s 3.4 million American citizens into a desperate humanitarian crisis. Nearly every home across the island at one point was without power, clean water, food, medicine or fuel.

So many of us are very troubled by the fact that two months after this hurricane struck Puerto Rico, thousands of people on the island are still without access to clean drinking water! As you may know, Whole World Botanicals has a formal commitment to help preserve the Amazon Rainforest which is being destroyed at an alarming rate. As human beings, we also have a social commitment to the collectors and growers of our botanicals. Because of this unprecedented emergency in own country (the United States), we have extended our commitment to help people in Puerto Rico who are in desperate need of clean water, by expanding our social mission partnership with Water with Blessings in Peru to include Puerto Rico.

We have contributed $1500 to jump start this campaign and invite those of you wanting to make a difference at the most basic level of human need to be a part of this unique opportunity to contribute directly to pay for water filters which will be available to Water Women in the most remote parts of Puerto Rico where aid is not reaching.

For $20 (the reduced disaster rate pricing) Water with Blessings, a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization is presently providing approved partners with an Emergency Filtration Kit for Puerto Rico and other islands. The kit includes the Sawyer PointONE filter with fitments, a 2 gallon emergency water storage pouch, basic instructions in Spanish, training materials and shipping. As long as donations hold out, limited numbers of donated kits will be available for organizations and groups which are able to make acceptable assurances of responsible distribution, training and reporting.

Click here to become part of the solution and donate today.

WWB Helps Peruvian Flood Victims

Peru is having torrential rains and widespread flooding this year. People have died from avalanche or drowning, 115,000+ homes have been destroyed, and many families are living in tent cities. According to the United Nations, 3 million Peruvians are at risk for diseases—especially children—due to dirty, contaminated water.

As part of our social mission to give back to Peru, the home country of our botanicals, Whole World Botanicals has partnered with Water With Blessings and the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, to help empower Peruvian women to provide clean water to their hard-hit communities, and prevent disease and deaths from waterborne illnesses.

Please watch our 2-minute video above for the whole story.

Will you please help us and our partners? Every donation helps bring more clean water to the Peruvians who need it most right now?

December 2015 Trip to Santa Maria

Highlights from our December 2015 Trip to Santa Maria…

2016 WWB New Year’s Card

To our Beloved Whole World Botanicals Customers,

The founders of Whole World Botanicals returned so late in December from our working trip to Peru that our schedule for getting out our annual Holiday/New Year’s Card was completely thrown off! In these chaotic days of accelerated climate change, we wish you a healthy, purposeful, joyous and peaceful New Year! We live in times demanding the full force of our spirit to embrace and transform. Fortunately, we also continue to live in our dailyness, in our place and person-specific circle of meaning, challenge and contentment.

From the beginning, Whole World Botanicals was conceived as a for-profit company with social goals. The mission in Peru—to contribute to the well-being of our suppliers—the growers and collectors of the botanicals which we offer in the marketplace—has always been viewed by us as essential to our business model.

Our New Year’s photo this year is a celebration of the opening of a new phase of our Social Mission, capturing the moment on December 1, 2015, when Viana Muller, co-founder of Whole World Botanicals, meets some of the young mothers from La Comunidad Nativa de Santa Maria. In the absence of sufficient rain water, these mothers are forced to give dirty river water to their children to drink. Whole World Botanicals, in collaboration with the non-profit Water with Blessings, is making available state of the art water filters free of charge to mothers who choose to become Water Women. These Water Women take on the responsibility of providing pure drinking water, not only for their own family, but for three other families in their community.

We first met Santa Maria seven years ago when we asked our Camu-Camu powder processor to take us to a river community which gets cash income by picking the wild Camu-Camu berries which grow on the riverbanks. Santa Maria supplies WWB with the fresh Camu-Camu berries which grow wild along the riverbank of this tiny community.

To see photos of our visit to Santa Maria and to learn more about the introduction of our Water with Blessings project to this community, click anywhere on this e-card to go to the Social Mission section of our website.

With Warm Good Wishes,
Whole World Botanicals’ Founders & Staff

Curaray River Villagers Create Clean Water

Water With Blessings works to equipempower and entrust MOTHERS as agents of clean water and compassion for their children and their communities.

We recognize and build upon the capacity of local people as the solution for their own local need for safe water.  We know that technology alone is not the answer.  Our first step is to empower mothers in service to their communities…and then we equip them with the highest quality filtration system…finally, we entrust them with the role of Water Woman.  Water Women are the secret to our remarkable success in bringing clean water to families in the developing world.

Missioners who serve in the developing world want to bring the blessing of clean water to their brothers and sisters.  As partners for our award-winning program*, they have access to a tested and proven program that empowers them to empower others.

Innovative, highest-quality equipment, combined with an innovative, best-practices program model…for amazing results!

*WWB was awarded a 2014 Award for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health by the Pan American Health Organization Foundation