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The impoverished people of the Amazon desperately need your help. Your donation will provide medical and dental care to over 5,000 people a year, purchase medicines and supplies, bring clean water and other essential needs, and make sustainable improvements in this remote corner of the world where the poor are too often forgotten.

Amazon Promise founder Patty Webster:
CNN Hero and Caring Award Recipient

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Patty Webster Caring Award for two decades of dedication to the Amazon

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You can also visit the Amazon Promise store at the

 Shamans Market,

where you can find beautiful, one-of-a-kind, collectable, handmade jungle crafts, artworks and jewelry created by the people we serve in remote Peruvian rainforest communities.

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Home Stories You know you are in the Amazon when ...

You know you are in the Amazon when ...



  • It gets dark at 6:10 pm
  • The river water is so brown that you think you are swimming in coffee.
  • There are hungry mosquitoes trying to bite you through your pants, shirts, and socks.
  • There are tarantulas, flying cockroaches and gigantic spiders as large as your palm that are waiting for attack.
  • There are flying fish when you are riding in a boat when it is pitch dark @ 6:30 pm.
  • There are chiggers in the villages that have nothing better to do than defecate in your skin.
  • There is a possibility of being robbed by a monkey.
  • Your clothes take 4 days to dry and if they do, they are already moldy.
  • You eat rice and beans every day.
  • There are trees in the middle of the river and you take a boat over them praying to God that you don't sink the boat.
  • You collect enough jungle bling for your family and your entire city.
  • You go to bed at 8:00 pm because you are so exhausted from the hot sun during the day.
  • You pray for a rainstorm at lunch time because it refreshes the air.
  • A Coca-Cola never tasted so good.
  • You can swim with pink dolphins in a river and Amazon river mud is the new spa treatment.
  • You have to take a shower in deet just to walk out of your hut.
  • There is a tower that looks over the entire jungle canopy and the sunrise is the most beautiful view you have ever seen.
  • Jose the jungle man is making monkey sounds and goes Caiman hunting any chance he can.
  • You eat fried platanos every day but in different shapes.
  • You can boat and canoe down river without even paddling.
  • You can see the shaman and he will put a protection over you and your family.
  • The children in the villages hang on you like you are a celebrity.
  • There is a film of dirt that remains on your skin no matter how many showers you take.
  • A nap in the hammock is all you look forward to after a long day at the clinic.
  • You get beaten horribly at Casino.
  • Your alarm clock in the mornings is the conch shell and the screeching of Pepe the parrot.
  • The clean water tastes like chlorine.
  • The people are the most amazing people you have ever met.
  • You wish you could describe the beauty of the jungle to all your family and friends.
  • The work crew will carry fifty pound medical boxes on their shoulders and head for long distances.
  • The crew always holds your hand when you get off the boat.
  • You have to make sure not to celebrate too early when the boat starts because it is bad luck.
  • You pee off the boat when you are in desperate measures.
  • A drunken man comes and serenades you at 9:00 in the morning.
  • Bagging vitamins is actually therapeutic.
  • Wearing the same pair of pants for two weeks is not so bad.
  • You give English lessons to Dr. Alex, Nolberto, and Ricky and laugh every time they say unbearable with a head/butt movement.
  • Donate money just because you don't need it compared to the people in the villages.
  • Raise money for a patient and attend his funeral.
  • Run to house calls for patients who don't have the strength to walk to clinic.
  • You want to cry every time you see a starving patient that can't support his family.
  • You feel like there is no other place that needs your love and resources more.