Amazon River Monster Project – Smarter Every Day 147

Hey it’s me Destin. Welcome back to Smarter Every Day. Every December it’s a tradition for me to make a video down here in Peru about an orphanage project I’ve been working on. Specifically it’s with Not Forgotten and I make the video every December because I want people to vote for Not Forgotten on the Project for Awesome website. This year I’m not just gonna update you on the orphanage. Apparently there’s an Amazonian river monster project that I’ve been a part of that I didn’t know about. So today let’s go check out the orphanage then I’ll tell you about river monsters. Let’s get Smarter Every Day. If you’re new to this project just know that for several years some friends of mine have been working to build an orphanage in Iquitos Peru because it has one of the highest rates of abandonment in the world. With your support, last year we completed the first phase. Check this out. There’s one major difference this year from last year. Look closely, you’ll see it. There’s kids.. all over the place. [laugh] We have an operational orphanage in Peru. It’s a big deal. Cause these guys are not on the streets. The system in Iquitos is so saturated with abandoned children, specifically boys, that as soon as the paperwork and licensing to setup the homes was complete, over a dozen boys were immediately accepted. These kids are hilarious. And for some reason they really love making zombie faces. Traditional orphanages work like this. You get somone to build a really big building that can house a bunch of kids and then you hire a couple of workers to run the place and provide for the physical needs of the children. Not Forgotten is different. The focus of the entire structure is a father and a mother. As boys enter the home they become brothers and the entire house becomes a family. The boys are given stability by consistent love from parents. Let’s meet the families. Meet Merry and Moises. [spanish] (Destin) Many families interviewed for the position of house parents and these were among the first selected. They’re super patient, they laugh a lot and in just the short amount of time I spent with them I could tell they’re doing this for all the right reasons. One of the coolest things to me is that they have dinners with family, like a family unit. So we’re disturbing dinner. This is dinner time at Moises’ house. [spanish] OK one of the host parents, Isaac is a music teacher and he’s about to play for us. [music] [applause] Alright, check this out. Somebody saw the video last year and sent in an anonymous donation to give the kids transportation to and from school. So they use the van to bring the kids here to school. It’s a public school but it’s privately funded, which means it has really cool stuff like a library, a computer classroom, there’s a wood shop, there’s also a place to learn about cooking. We factored in the cost of a psychologist to periodically visit the boys to make sure all their emotional needs are being met. Also if the boys are having trouble with any subject at school they get special tutoring from a private professor that comes to the home to make sure they don’t fall behind. Education is key, and for me this is one of the most important parts. Just listen to how excited these boys are to be learning English from Isaac’s wife, Ruth, their mother. [excited interactions] So one of the cool things about this place is that these guys have their own rooms. And they’re very proud of them. So we’re gonna get a little tour of the room. Can you show me? This is Jack, he’s gonna tell us about his space. [spanish] It’s your bed. [spanish] Yeah, your closet. [spanish] Your drawers. Yeah. Closet Closet? [spanish] Escritorio, Si. Bueno. [laughs] He tried it in English and said it was his closet. Perfecto. So Rodbin is trying to catch the river monster. So he’s got a hook here. This is for the fish? If you visit the meat market at Iquitos you’ll see pig heads, alligator tails, and even turtles which I didn’t see coming. One of the most common foods is called the arapaima. It’s one of the largest fresh water fish in the world. Three years ago the local director of Not Forgotten, Jean, released six of these things into the pond in hopes of some day using them to feed children at the property. I’ve heard the locals call these things paiche but I’ve never actually seen one. So it looks like Rodbin has caught a paiche. Let’s go check it out. You serious? Look at that thing. That thing is huge! OK we’ve found the river monster. This is a paiche. They’re gigantic. Look at that. Holy cow. I’m going in with the river monster. I’m gonna pick it up. Holy cow. Oh my gosh. You’re gonna get this picture right? It’s like a dinosaur. Here we go. OK, I don’t wanna hurt him. Look at the slime. Pick it up one more time? You’re gonna get a good pic? Alright, so people think that we’ve been working on an orphanage down here. We’re actually raising huge river monsters. You want to touch it? Look at the kids. Yeah you touch it? Alright let’s get him back in. I hope you enjoyed this episode of Smarter Every Day. If you enjoyed it, please consider going to the Project for Awesome website and voting for Not Forgotten, but more importantly if you’d like to partner with us please consider going to You can go there, you can help us offset the operating costs. We’re trying to save abandoned children and give them a stable environment to grow up in. I think it’s a really good thing. I support it heavily. I’ll leave a link right over here. You can click it. Go consider helping us offset our operating costs for getting kids off the streets. It’s a good thing. I’m Destin, you’re getting Smarter Every Day. Have a good one. [spanish] Alright. No paiche were harmed in the.. Oh wait, we’re eating it! [laughs]

100 thoughts on “Amazon River Monster Project – Smarter Every Day 147

  1. Jermia from River Monster got hit in the chest by that fish and he hasn’t bee right since then.

  2. i can't help but to imagine those wonderful children trying to scrape out an existence on the streets . this is amazing !

  3. Man, you made me cry. Not fair 🙂
    I love children, the thing you guys are doing is out of this world. Wish I could support.

  4. I tip my hat to Destin on an honorable decision on helping the innocent. I believe if humanity would just try something honorable every day, we would be a place and a united one. Keep up the great work.

  5. I knew as soon as he said "orphanage in Peru" that it was going to to be one of those church missionary things where they go around pressuring foreign children to read Bibles. You can bet Bible study is one of the preconditions for living there.

    "Not Forgotten is an organization that is compelled by the love of Christ"

  6. ?????

    The social work you do is wonderfull

    Beautyfull Piraurucum(Arapaima)

  7. Something that has always bothered me is highlighted in this video. Although I certainly applaud anyone who gives their time and resources willingly and gladly to those in need, I've always been dumbfounded by how many of those in need we drive by to get to the airport to fly to exoctic places to help total strangers. Is there something wrong with domestic persons in need? Not exotic enough? What?

  8. This is amazing but wouldn't it be better to spend less money on these children and instead spend the money on more children

  9. This makes me sad. That slime on the fish actually protects it from various harmful things, and when you wipe it off with your oily hands, it harms the fish in many ways.

  10. I like what you are doing down there. My wife and I spent some time down there and they can use all the help they can get.

  11. Did you see one of the boys smeared the slime on his brother ???

  12. Awesome what you're doing there every child is innocent

  13. The arapima gets 10 times the size of that one they coaught

  14. 4 years later this video still shows up in the feed to show us what a curious personality filled with love can do for the greater good.
    Keep inspiring people wherever you are Dustin

  15. If I could be half or even a quarter of the engineer, dad & humanitarian you are Destin.

    The world would be a brighter place.

    I am extreemely greatful I have had the oportunity to watch and experience your videos

  16. Dustin, can you do a video on electric eels next time you are in South America ?

  17. This is awesome I am going to become a supporter immediately, good work Dustin.

  18. Using your IMMENSE powers for good, you are a saint sir:)

  19. Taking up the white mans burden and Smarter Every Day seem somewhat oxymoronic. Sorry, but that's what I think.

  20. Do the kids know what you did for them and how important you are to them?

  21. Dustin you rock man. You're a peoples person with a whacky doodle mind. Keep it up you're making, and the patreons, a huge difference God bless.

  22. Finding yo vote proved to me frustrating, near impossible, I give up
    Btw I’m on a iPhone

  23. One more thing, the video incorrectly labeled, I posted on Twitter but I doubt anyone will view it because of its label

  24. Hey Destin,

    If you ever want to talk about the physics of fish slime, you are looking for a glycobiologist/chemist. Glycobiology is the study of the sugars that decide what our cells can and can't see. They create an essential and fascinating (mucosal) barrier between organisms and their surrounds. Turns out mucus is sugar and I bet the physics is funky.

    Let me know if you ever want to get sweeter some day. (on youtube or @bkell11223 on twitter)

  25. Who downvotes this video? What amazing work you're doing. Having kids of my own, nothing makes me happier than seeing how happy the kids you've helped are. They have a home and people who love them and care about them. Awesome job.

  26. Anyone think of River monsters the tv show with Jeremy Wade when they saw the title?

  27. john 14:18 … flies pass concentration camps in your own country to help people in another country… I mean yea foreign aid is how you avoid mass migrations so kudos for that and I mean it, but on the other hand quoting scripture as you ignore people in your own backyard is kinda missing the point.

  28. Man I freaking legitimately love you man. You make me proud to follow you and the channel.

  29. @6:49 "I don't wanna hurt him"…. They are about to eat him. lol

  30. Instant thumbs up! Your an amazing person Destin. The world need a lot more people like you!

  31. Yes! Please help other countries before helping our own veterans, homeless, and needy people in America!

  32. Hey Destin? do this kids have a telescope there? can we talk?

  33. Ok so:
    youtuber: no
    (freakin) rocket scientist: I wish
    philanthropist: nope
    father: not yet
    christian: yes

    Hmm…. I've got a long ways to go, only 1/5!. I'm 20% Destin, 80% failure =).

  34. Truly an amazing human. Destin may God Bless you and your family richly. If I could get at least within a mile of your super human kindness I will be satisfied.
    You are truly inspiring and motivational my friend.
    Thank you for sharing.

  35. little did those locals know they eating yellow foot tortoises worth hundreds of dollars

  36. 7:24 That little boy in the teal climbing for his life away from that fish!? adorable

  37. Destin isn't just getting "Smarter everyday" but becoming "Kinder everyday"

  38. Incredible achievement. You're a star, destiny. Thanks for what you and your team do, to help these kids.

  39. Awesome vid, but I had one concern/question…
    You said that fish was a non native species released into the river, and they have spread and populated the river…
    Wouldn't that be extremely disruptive to the existing native life in the river?
    That thing would create a whole new predator species to the river and totally mess up the food chain, wouldn't it?

  40. sorry to be 'that guy' but i had to puke a little when Destin was holding the arrowana and then says"I don't want to hurt him," when they just showed the Medieval hook that was going to anchor itself in the fishes stomach so they could pull the fish to shore, later kill it. Yes, i do understand people need to eat.
    But yeah, i'll second that Destin is a severely good guy. yes, the world would be better off with more people like him. …. OR maybe, …. Destin could do an episode on the process used to CLONE him!!! i WOULD TOTALLY KICK IN $1000 TO SEE THAT!!

  41. I lived in peru for 2 years! And I cant forget those kids being so curious about us "white guy gringos" i love peru with all my heart! I miss it and all the time

  42. I remember seen Jeremy Wade fishing for that one, got a head butt to the chest! It was intense!

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