We hope you are all well in these unexpected times.
Yoxan Manuela, Delia, and most of their extended families are in good health and remain with high spirits. However, Delia's daughters and her son-in-law, who live in the city near both Manuela and Delia became sick, but are now recovering.
Meanwhile there has been a report that many in their home village of Paoyhan have become sick. Delia's elderly father Pascual has also been sick with dengue fever, but we have received word that he is slowly recovering and has been receiving support from Manuela and many others.
It is reported that more than 60 Shipibo-Konibo people have died of the virus, though numbers are suspected to be higher. More deaths and cases continue to rise in the Ucayali Region of the Peruvian Amazon and within the Shipibo-Konibo and many are quite sick. It is an extraordinarily devastating time for many Shipibo-Konibo communities and families.
The prices of medicines have increased drastically, some report even twelve times the original price and oxygen is a hot commodity with prices quintupling, people are literally gasping for air in the lungs of the earth. Meanwhile, communities have been sharing their knowledge about medicinal plants, specifically matico, that appears beneficial for respiratory illnesses and has seen positive results for those with the virus. Manuela continues sharing her wisdom and advice throughout her communities, encouraging the burning of ajo sacha and other bitter plants to keep the illness away.
Manuela and Delia are now unable to receive any exchange for their healing work. As the global crisis continues on, it is unknown when people will be able to travel to Peru to sit and receive healing from her. This jeopardizes her and Delia’s ability to provide for their families.
Please support us in raising funds for Manuela, Delia, their extended families and the Jakon Rate family for their basic needs of food and any medicines for the next six months.
As you may know, Manuela and Delia are the sole providers for numerous family members, and we hope that this fund will be able to cover the needs of nearly 50 people for the next six months.
We know that this is a very challenging time for many, and many of us are in situations without jobs at this time. However, if you are in the position to give, please know that it would mean a lot to Manuela, Delia, their families and for their future.
Irake icha bires. Thank you so very much.
With love and immense gratitude.
Manuela Mahua / Jakon Rate comes from a long-standing and well-respected family lineage of Shipibo-Konibo healers from the lower Ucayali region of the Peruvian Amazon. Born in 1947, she has more than 50 years of experience working with medicine. She began apprenticing with her father at age 13.
Today she heals and teaches, to both Shipibo and foreigners, and she continues to strengthen her samá, observing multiple periods of dieta throughout the year to learn more and keep her healing power in balance. She has a vast knowledge and understanding of the natural pharmacy and is very open to sharing it with those who are willing to make the commitment to carry on the tradition.
Manuela is an incredibly generous and positive force. She is a great-grandmother and the sole provider of her family and a beloved and respected teacher to her many students.
Delia Mahua Perez / Soi Sama, is a renowned Shipibo-Konibo midwife who learned the trade from her maternal-grandmother at the age of 17. Delia is Manuela's first-cousin and the daughter of Pascual Mahua, a deeply-respected healer. Since she moved to Pucallpa a few years ago, Shipibo women from her home village of Paoyan still call her when it’s time to give birth looking for her help, some even travel a day’s worth boat ride to reach her in Pucallpa. Manuela brought Delia on to assist in the preparation of food and medicines for their healing work. Delia's care, kindness, and beauty touches all those she meets and she is truly a tsiri ainbo, a stunningly beautiful woman, one who always does what is right. She is a great-grandmother and deeply cherished.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” said Miguel Hilario-Manenima, a local university professor, who said Pucallpa’s public hospitals had shut down and speculation had quintupled the price of an oxygen cylinder. “We feel abandoned by the central government and ignored by the local government,” said Hilario-Manenima, an indigenous Shipibo-Konibo leader.