Grandmother Support: Providing Essential Nourishment and Care
In the heart of our community, some elderly women have spent a lifetime nurturing families, yet now find themselves alone without a support system. These resilient grandmothers, often living in isolation, struggle to meet even the most basic of needs. Our project aims to extend a helping hand to these unsung heroes. We believe that every elderly woman should have access to a plate of nourishing food each day and essential groceries to sustain them. Through this initiative, we strive to ensure that these grandmothers are not forgotten, that their daily sustenance is secured, and that they experience the care and dignity they truly deserve. Join us in making a difference in the lives of these remarkable women, providing them with the comfort and support they need in their golden years. Together, we can create a brighter and more compassionate future for all.
Restoring the Amazonian Heart in the Sibundoy Valley
Throughout history, indigenous communities in the Amazon have faced two major challenges: colonization and destructive farming. Using single-crop farming, cutting down forests, and chemicals have led to a massive loss of 85 million hectares of Amazonian forest.
One place where this is happening is the Sibundoy Valley. Here, most of the land (83.8%) is used for raising livestock, and only a tiny 3% is set aside for protecting the environment. This has changed the local ecosystems and how people live.
We aim to improve things at OIOC (Regenerating Ancestral Land, Wisdom & Culture). We're working to bring back the native forests through reforestation and revive old-fashioned ways of organic farming known as the Traditional Jajañ Chagra. This way, we want to honor the wisdom of our ancestors and protect our natural world.
Dignified Shelter, Community Resiliency Initiative
Casa de Luz
Securing Shelter for Sibundoy’s 40 most vulnerable Kamëntšá families. Rebuilding homes for Sibundoy’s 40 most vulnerable families will ensure that no Kamëntšá child lacks a dignified roof over their head. Your donation will fund community-led efforts to secure the basic human right to adequate shelter.
Poverty and the basic needs of 40 families in our Kamentsa community are a stark reality. Harsh colds, rains, and floods affect children, women, men, and the elderly. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have rebuilt eight homes with the generous support of the CSN organization from the United States and individuals who have rallied behind this noble cause. Yet, more families are still yearning for a dignified roof over their heads. We humbly implore you to stand with us in support of this endeavor.
Ancestral Art as Healing Project
Reviving Ancestral Art program is a tribute to the resilience and wisdom of indigenous cultures. By nurturing the artistic talents of our children, we safeguard their cultural memory, promote healing, and empower them to be strong advocates for their heritage. Together, we can ensure that the flame of indigenous culture burns brightly for generations to come.
Join us on this inspiring journey towards memory, healing, and empowerment.
With the Moschikma Oico after-school program, we aim to create an artistic space for the children of the Kamentsa indigenous community, where they can engage in ancient artistic practices that help them connect with their indigenous essence, their land, and the memories encoded in their genes. This initiative continues our commitment to strengthening Indigenous Self-Education, a mission led by the Indigenous authorities of Sibundoy.
Sharing Ancestral Wisdom with a Global Audience
Ancestral Echoes: Indigenous's Living Legacy
Document and Preserve Ancestral Wisdom, Share, Revitalize the Community and Inspire Positive Change: offering a holistic perspective on living in harmony with nature, addressing mental health concerns, and fostering balanced relationships between individuals and communities.
COMPLETED, ONGOING PROJECTS
Kamentsa Community Health Support
This Health Clinic project combined traditional medicine and allopathic/bioenergetic/functional medicine offered by a Colombian physician, Dr. Franco. This program was envisioned by Taita Juan as a way to bring quality medical care to his community. We supported 60 elders with health needs.
This initiative has insure for 7 years that under resourced Kamentsa children receive a gift on Christmas. This has been a longstanding cause that we have supported. Thousands of children have benefitted over the years. and we hope to continue this support every Christmas.
Mercedes Agreda, an indigenous leader, spearheaded, with the support of CSN and other organizations, the initiative of weaving dreams with the children of the Kamentsa community. This endeavor aimed to safeguard and nurture the memory and legacy of art, traditional farming, and the native language among the children of the Kamentsa community.
Seed of Life Project
1000 families benefited from receiving vegetable plant starts and seeds.
The project successfully distributed: 8,000 veggie starts, 1500 kilos of corn and 500 kilos of beans.
The contiuty of this project will provide orginc agriculture skills and a organic market for the community to sale their products.