SVSF activities are humanitarian and pragmatic, without any link with political, religious and economic interests. Institutional philosophy suggests that development aid in the Amazon implies implementing programs that do not ask for anything in return.
SVSF specializes in working in the imposing conditions of tropical primary rainforests, the specificity of which provides a wide spectrum of variables that condition and qualify human activities.
SVSF activities in the Amazon are put into practice with the mutual consent and participation of the Village Council of Elders of Amazon Nationalities, which is the legitimate and ultimate expression of governance in accordance to the cultural rationale of Amazon communities.
PROGRAM 1: AMAZON RIVER AMBULANCES, MEDICAL AID & FOOD RELIEF.
With average mortality rates reaching 80% over the last 25 years and given that 86% of the Rainforest residents suffer from conditions of extreme poverty, evidently the provision of medical aid to the Indigenous communities, with special emphasis in pre and post natal care and young children, constitutes the foremost of all our priority projects.
SVSF implements 16 clinics, four times a year, for the Cofan, Secoya, Siona and Aguas Negras communities. An international and national team of Doctors and nurses coordinate all medical activities, including food aid for the most vulnerable patients.
PROGRAM 2: MONITORING OIL
Medical files of SVSF patients suggest that there is a clear link exists in-between oil pollution and various medical conditions. SVSF monitors all oil wells and production pools, which drain directly into the rivers and lakes utilized by the communities.
PROGRAM 3: REFORESTATION & RAINFOREST PROTECTION
Within the Amazon Reserves for Peace, SVSF implements numerous experiments in reforestation of tropical hardwoods, bamboo and palms that constitute the three principal layers of primary rainforest. The indigenous communities participate actively in this process, which empowers them to implement similar projects in their ancestral lands. Particular emphasis is given to the supply of food provided directly by endemic species and to the short cycle trees which provide medicinal plants, raw materials utilized for handicrafts, tools and other products utilized within their cultures.