ACT News

ACT Participates in Suriname’s Annual Children’s Book Festival

Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015

In March, representatives from ACT and a team of indigenous people prepared a booth in the form of a traditional hut for the Children’s Book Festival in Suriname’s capital city, Paramaribo. ACT’s festival theme is “A Journey to South Suriname.”

For the occasion, ACT brought a Trio storyteller from the indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu whose knowledge of traditional medicine is renowned.

The Green Education Kit Arrives in Kwamalasamutu

Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015

On March 11, 2015, ACT’s Katia Delvoye delivered a green education kit to a public school in the remote Surinamese indigenous village of Kwamalasamutu. The kit contains lesson plans and their related materials, including books about nature and the environment in Suriname.

“It took a lot of effort to get these things to Kwamalasamutu,” Katia said. “In recent days, the airfield was closed due to heavy rain. But now the kit is finally there!”

The ACT Rainforest Plant Guide for Children

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015

In March, ACT Education and Outreach Coordinator Katia Delvoye delivered ACT Suriname’s newest publication, “My Plants,” to public schools in Suriname’s interior. During her visit to the villages of Apetina and Kwamalasamutu, Katia distributed this second book in the Junior Park Ranger series and its accompanying poster and educational materials. The book covers the names and uses of local plants.

In the Junior Park Ranger books, Suriname’s national education curriculum is linked to Trio and Wayana culture. In this way, students learn required information about science and the natural world in a culturally accessible manner.

ACT-Suriname Begins Honey Harvesting Project

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In this photo, a Trio man in Suriname extracts honey from a beehive in a log. Bruce Hoffman, Manager for Field Projects of ACT Suriname, is working with the Trio community of Kwamalasamutu on a project to raise stingless forest bees (Meliponidae) and harvest their honey. This non-timber forest product is a valuable source of sustainable income, and is both tasty and medicinal. The practice of raising bees in bee boxes limits the impact on the species from honey hunters and allows the community to slowly increase the quantity of honey produced by splitting the boxes.

Participatory Mapping Work Begins With the Matawaai

Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In February, Rudo Kemper (Amazon Conservation Team), Niradj Hanoeman (ADEK University student), and Keeng Koemoe (an indigenous cartographer from Kwamalasamutu) traveled to the upper Saramacca river in Suriname for one month to commence a two-year participatory mapping project with the Matawaai maroon people. They trained community members in the GPS technology required to map their own land from a local perspective. They also undertook their own data collection, recording Matawaai names for landscape features for more than 100 kilometers along the Saramacca and Tukumutu rivers. In the coming months, the Matawaai themselves will continue the mapping work, and Rudo, Niradj and Keeng will return several times this year to conduct follow-up trainings and collect data.