By John Anderson

Sani Lodge in Ecuadorian Amazonia has welcomed Auburn Grade 8 students since 2012, and the Sani Community has shared their village, customs and appreciation as well. When another lodge was in financial trouble, retired AMS science teacher Mark Blazis found Sani Lodge, and it has become the comfortable destination for the Amazon trips.

007After her visit in 2012, Nancy Thompson started non-profit Jungle Hearts to help the indigenous people in the Amazon jungle, and a recent working trip this past spring improved some areas of their community including the school. The AMS Amazon trips have always brought donations like school supplies, clothing and medications, but this was the first attempt to add labor and materials for the Sani people. Previously, the group sent computers to the village to help in their educational efforts.

On Saturday night, Jungle Hearts is hosting a fundraiser at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club. Along with the 5:00pm pasta dinner, there will be raffles and a silent auction. The club will also provide a cash bar. The cost is $15.00, and children under 5 are free.

This is a great way to help a wonderful Amazon community and meet some people who have spent time in Ecuadorian Amazonia. Guests may even want to sign up for a future expedition!