The first Luzeiro boat was inaugurated in July 1931 by the couple Leo and Jessie Halliwell, with the goal of bringing sanitary education and free medical and dental assistance to the needy riverside populations of the Amazon. Several other Luzeiro launches have been built over the last 80 years, serving the needy populations along the many rivers in the Amazon jungle. During these years, thousands of people were directly benefited by the support provided by the boats. In many cases, this was the only way these people could get some medical and dental care.
Currently, the project counts with 3 launches, that cross different regions of the Amazon taking medical and dental care for the riverside and indigenous populations.
This boat operates in the region of the rivers Solimões and Juruá. In this medical launch, lives a commander and a dentist. Do you want to spend your vacations working on it?
This is our fast boat. We take groups to communities that are close to Manaus and want just to spend one or two days doing volunteer work
This is the newest Luzeiro boat and also the largest of all. Our crew on board of this launch works in one of the most needy and isolated regions of the Amazon, the Juruá river. Aboard live a commander, a doctor, and a nurse.
The Luzeiro Project has two health posts, located in strategic regions, which serve hundreds of river dwellers each year. If you are a health professional, be a volunteer at one of our health posts during your vacation.
The Luzeiro Project has a full-time team of commanders, doctors and dentists. These people live for the mission of promoting better health for the riverside population and indigenous people that live in isolated areas of the Amazon jungle. We are also open to receive volunteers, who can exchange their vacation period for a solidary adventure, embark on one of the Luzeiro boats and spend 20 days spreading love and healing to the Amazon people. If you are interested in participating, click on the link below.