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By protecting the Amazonian rainforest we maintain the quality of the whole planet. Protecting the sacred land of Indigenous People affects far more than just the people who live there. It will benefit all of humankind, now and in the future. Many Amazonian villages are attempting to accomplish this awesome task to protect their land, on which their ancestors have lived for thousands of years.
Eda is fighting for the rights of many indigenous communities, focusing primarily on 9 Shawi villages in the San Martin Region in the North-Eastern region of Peru. Her work it to help Indigenous communities preserve their identity and territories, and offer future generations an opportunity to develop skills to thrive in the modern world.
Eda leads a program in cross-cultural education in conjunction with Impact A Village. She will soon be collaborating with Rainforest Action Network on a conservation and environmental program that offers formal, bilingual education to Shawi Children.
The broad goal of these projects is to reinforce a cross-cultural, bilingual education in order to safeguard culture, indigenous knowledge and wild biodiversity. The goals focus on training bilingual indiginous teachers, both men and women, so they can raise awareness about the importance of preserving their culture, ancient knowledge, and values while continuing to live in harmony with nature. Children and youth will keep their identity and cultural richness, while at the same time have access to modern educational standards and services at a primary school level. Community leaders, parents and teachers are empowered to be involved in these projects and protect future generations.
About the Shawi People
Shawi people are located in the dictrict of San Martin, located in the buffer zone outside the Cordillera Escalera. They live surrounded by beautiful cloud forests, still pristine and unpolluted. The ancient knowledge of rainforest biodiversity contributes to the health of the modern world, but is threatened by illegal timbering and invasion of these territories. Increasing education may be the only way to prevent he destruction of Shawi culture and the forests.
Conservation and educational efforts require working directly with officials from local and regional governments, this requires advocates have training in working with bureaucracy as well as technology to document health, educational and environmental issues. Bilingual teachers are strong allies in preserving the amazing heritage of Shawi villages, one of the most traditional and beautiful Indigenous tribes in the region.
Nine villages are involved:
Nuevo San Martin
Santa Rosa de Alto Chambira
Shawi San Jose
San Manuel de Nashatauri
Santa Rosa de Matador
In these communities, a cooperative of assorted people take part in the ancestral system of caring for people, and lands. Men and women are in charge of collecting medicinal plants, fruits and seeds to feed their families. Bilingual teachers represent the connection with the western world and assume both indigenous and western knowledge. Both forms of wisdom are necessary to empower the next generation.
These children will grow with ancient knowledge, the experience of the energy of nature and the universe that teaches them the meaning and interconnections of each singular being. Passing this wisdom on to new generations is an essential and integrated part of community life. Sharing it with the world- in a systematic and scientific form- is a recent indigenous initiative that can potentially strengthen their culture and rainforest preservation for the future.
On behalf of the villages, Eda has been associated with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, as well as other organizations like International Indian Treaty Council, Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network, and Impact A Village.
These initiatives reveal a strong and growing awareness of the complex issues indigenous villages face. It is imperative that villagers be more connected to the modern world to share their knowledge and protect their lands.
Eda understands clearly that preserving the Peruvian rain forest is also for the benefit of the entire world and that expanding golbal efforts is very important to support unique biodiversity and genuine people. The plants, animals and people are ONE together and we need to work cooperatively to avoid the daily destruction of the rain forest. Together, we can protect this beautiful and vital resource.
SPECIAL RAINFOREST ALERT!
Drilling for oil and gas on our sacred lands is a very extended and profound threat. The beautiful and pristine sacred forests, the head waters of the river basin where pure, crystalline waters feed the waterways and woods, the incredible biodiversity of plant and animal life where scientific observations have identified medicinal plants and species yet to be documented and studied……All will be forever and irrevocably changed if the plundering of the Peruvian rain forest continues.
How You Can Help
Immediately, we need donations: Go to DONATE.
Give some financial support to 9 Shawi villages where indigenous teachers, families and leaders want to move forward and bring better conditions of education into their communities and break down the inaccessibility to meet them and speak to potential allies and the government.