Ben Angulo will discuss his ongoing experiences with the Amazon Pueblo Project during a slide talk Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Rockland Public Library.

The goal of this project is to help the small indigenous village of La Libertad, located in the Colombian Amazon, to live sustainably.

One year after being founded as a non-profit business, the Amazon Pueblo Project is at a crossroads. Through fundraising and volunteerism, it has improved the infrastructure of the village. Now the community wants to go forward with the project — the underused human capital of the village (and region) is seeking the opportunity to work and trade. The resources of the Amazon are great, and the government is encouraging and willing to assist with development. The Amazon Pueblo project will help the village to develop agriculture (plantain and cocoa crops), fishing, and eco-tourism.

La Libertad is an indigenous village in the Colombian Amazon, near the borders of Peru and Brazil. It is only 20 years old, but has grown from 50 to more than 350 people in that time. The villagers live in near abject poverty; however, the hardships that they endure area balanced by the profound beauty and incredible biodiversity of the rainforest.

Learn about the adventures, challenges, dangers, and opportunities for the people of the Amazon. This interactive slide talk is a follow up to a presentation given at the Rockland Public Library 18 months ago.