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Rainforest Partnership seeks funds for Peruvian project

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Via Skype, News 8's Paul Brown spoke with the group's executive director, Niyanta Spelman, who was in Ecuador on her way to Peru.

Austin-based nonprofit Rainforest Partnership focuses on protecting tropical rainforests. The group helps communities in Latin America develop sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation.

The organization's latest project is in the Pampa Hermosa region of Peru. The nonprofit plans to build the infrastructure needed for ecotourism, in turn, providing a source of alternative and sustainable income for the local population.

"We’ve been working with them for two years and we finally just raised enough money to get them started," Rainforest Partnership Executive Director Niyanta Spelman said. "This is our third project actually. Our second in Peru and we have one in Ecuador where I am now."

As part of this latest project, Rainforest Partnership is competing in a special "green" themed challenge sponsored by the group GlobalGiving. Rainforest Partnership hopes to raise $5,000 by Friday in order to qualify for bonus funding totalling $50,000.

"People don’t realize every little bit actually can save a rainforest," Spelman said.

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