Projects in the Rainforest Amazon
Eda has been a shaman and social activist for 30 years and is very aware of indigenous issues. Her experience teaches her to keep focused on main issues related to children, elders and sacred territories. Bilingual education, public health and conservation are her priority.
She is based in San Martin, in Northeastern Peru where the Indigenous population in which she works is primarily located there in the Cordillera Escalera mountains, a majestic and luscious cloud forest. Her love of and her deep desire to preserve ancient forests and cultural identity has helped her to develop skills and engage the global world as an ally.
She is involved mostly with Shawi People, one of the most excluded tribes from San Martin. Alongside indigenous leaders Eda is primarily focused on formal bilingual education, community health, rainforest protection and strongly engaging local authorities.
Formal bilingual education is essential in developing new skills among youth. They learn how to demand that their rights are a part of national government decisions. Public health services are not formally brought into indigenous villages. Children are extremely exposed to disease and the rate of tropical infections is much higher than other areas. Deforestation is another big issue that indigenous peoples deal with permanently.
Related to these topics, Eda has been working with Impact A Village to fund projects since 2014 and with Rainforest Action Network since 2020. These projects support the primordial necessity of building primary care services in those villages which have being aggravated by the pandemic.
Projects with Shawi Villages
Eda works very closely with talented Shawi teachers and health technicians to supervise health conditions among these children and improve education. Eda’s work in these areas has been very active since 2020.
Grass-root organizations are the key to empower indigenous people and improve life conditions for future generations. These partnerships provide proper ways to deal with current challenges in addition to bringing a sustainable livelihood into the Shawi villages.
Eda’s dream goes far beyond what has already been accomplished. She wants to bring leaders to experience first hand the importance of protecting ancient knowledge and share their deep connection to Mother Nature in a time of global disasters.
Eda understands that preserving Indigenous cultures and pristine ecosystems will contribute to save the planet, while expanding global efforts is very important to support indigenous populations and upcoming generations. Reciprocity is in permanent motion.