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Indigenous Residents of Lima's Cantagallo Shantytown Confront an Uncertain Future by Bear Guerra

The pueblo joven, or shantytown, of Cantagallo sits atop a former landfill in Lima, wedged between a freeway and the Rímac River. Founded in 2000 by roughly 15 indigenous Shipibo families who were part of a mass exodus of Amazonian immigrants pushed out of their communities by logging, illegal mining and infrastructure development in the Amazon Basin, Cantagallo grew into an important center of indigenous identity and culture in Peru’s capital — an example of how an indigenous community could navigate urban life without losing its roots.

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Personal Essay: How a Small Town in Peru Reminded Us to Enjoy the Journey by Bear Guerra

So far, work trips with her in tow to Oklahoma, Washington D.C., Thailand, Panama, and Ecuador have gone as smoothly as we could have hoped, despite the occasional jet lag, flight delays, missed naps, mosquitoes and humidity we’ve encountered along the way. Until our two weeks in Peru.

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New Urgency to Reform Education in Latin America by Bear Guerra

Seeking better schools, Latin America  – the world's most unequal region – is trying models like Teach for America. Their findings may prove a great example to follow for deprived public schools across America. Co-written with Whitney Eulich for The Christian Science Monitor with support from The International Reporting Project.

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A Boon for Indigenous Women in Cañar, Ecuador by Bear Guerra

Our latest collaboration took us to Cañar, in the Ecuadorean Andes, to see how decades of migration had transformed a traditional indigenous farming community. As it turns out, not surprisingly, women are benefitting most. This story was supported by the International Reporting Project.

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