We are proud to announce that Jesmarly, a participant of the Rainforest Fund-supported Niños de Amazonia program, has graduated from the University of Iquitos in Peru. Jesmarly, from one of the most desolate areas in the Peruvian Amazon, dreamt of receiving a university-level education. With support from the Rainforest Fund and Niños de Amazonia program, [...]
Ines Hinoyosa, Director of Comunidad Viva in Bolivia, has written this letter thanking Rainforest Fund for support and guidance over the past 10 years. The women’s cooperative, Cheque Oitdedie, is a group of women artisans who have grown in strength, capacity, determination and resilience.
“I had traveled by car, plane, boat and foot — more than 100 miles from conventional civilization — to reach a place where the old ways have not been forgotten, where local people interpret the world through their dreams and the forest spirit known as Arutam is said to inhabit the mighty kapok tree.”
ClearWater, Rainforest Fund’s partner in Ecuador, documents the process of community visits throughout the region and the importance these visits have on the movement for clean water and indigenous rights. This post originates on ClearWater’s blog: http://www.giveclearwater.org/2014/02/visiting-homes-clearwater/
In 2014, RFUND is once again partnering with longtime friend COMMUNIDAD VIVA of Bolivia in support of women artisans who sustain themselves and their communities by weaving bags, tablecloths and other goods from the native Bromelia hieronymi (garabata).
Re-imagine democratic decision-making with a “landscape approach” that includes individuals with diverse backgrounds and occupations to generate the best policies for a community – participants need not be an elected member of government to voice their interests and be heard!