The Rainforest School and Kindergarten Sachawa: How We Initiated the 2023 School Year
Welcome to the latest updates from the Rainforest School and Kindergarten Sachawa, where we celebrated the ceremonial launch of the new school year.
The beginning of the school year
Children and teachers of Sachawa initiated the school year with a special ritual - ceremonial application of an infusion made from tobacco leaves to their eyes. This traditional Kichwa practice serves to ground, calm the mind, and enhance overall concentration. Tobacco is considered a sacred plant, used for special occasions, and for purifying the body, spirit, and mind.
Teaching About Medicinal Plants
Sisa, one of Agustin's sisters, is a dedicated educator at Sachawa School, where she imparts essential knowledge about the medicinal treasures of the rainforest. These invaluable plants play a pivotal role in treating a wide array of conditions, including fevers, flu, rheumatism, various injuries, and even snake bites. Sisa instills in the children the importance of approaching these plants with respect and seeking permission before harvesting. In their most recent lesson, the children were introduced to the remarkable properties of rainforest nettle, lemon, mururé, kojojó, de tortuga, and cacao.
Exploring the Preparation of Medicinal Energizing Drink: Chicha de Chonta
We also delved into the preparation of chicha de chonta (Bactris gasipaes), an indigenous fermented palm fruit beverage cherished by native communities during their celebratory gatherings. This revitalizing elixir is a powerhouse of energy, abundant in calories, vital minerals, vitamins, wholesome fats, and essential amino acids. Rooted in time-honored tradition, not a single fragment, including the peels, can touch the ground during its preparation, as any such contact could compromise the drink. This practice also imparts to our children the valuable skill of concentration.
Progress of the Rainforest School Sachawa
The Rainforest School and Kindergarten Sachawa is progressively broadening its academic horizons, where children not only delve into specialized knowledge but also partake in conventional school disciplines, encompassing biology, mathematics, English, art, and physical education.