During their stay in Nichare, Dyan and Arturo learned of the struggles that the village health workers of the tribe were facing due to lack of education and resources. They learned of the astonishingly high rates of infant mortality in the tribal communities; calculated to be over 20% at the time and one of the highest in the world. Malaria, Dengue fever, and venomous snakebites were also common. Dyan, Arturo, and the village brother and sister nurse team of Dennis and Aurora Caura made a decision to start a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization with the intent of providing education and material support to the community health workers throughout the Caura River Basin.