Aug 10, 2017

Praying for a Miracle--2017 Summer Report

Bushmen Healer in the Miracle Cave of Kuruman
Bushmen Healer in the Miracle Cave of Kuruman

Mobile Addictions Treatment Program for the Khomani San Bushmen

Summer 2017 Project Update

 

 

Dear Donors,

 

As always, we are very grateful for the ongoing and generous support we receive from you, which makes our work with the Khomani San Bushmen of the Kalahari possible.

 

The situation is dire. If more isn’t done soon, we stand to lose the oldest humans on earth as well as their significant knowledge of the earth and the stars, making this work all the more critical.

 

Last month, we brought two Bushmen healers to two sacred sites in South Africa so that they could make offerings and prayers for their people and for the work ahead. These two sites included the largest natural fountain in the Southern Hemisphere and the Wonderwerk (“Miracle”) Cave, a 150-million year old cave filled with ancient petroglphys. These areas are about a 6-hour drive from the area in which the Bushmen now live, but the lands are considered sacred to the Bushmen; the prayers were very powerful. While we don’t know yet what the outcome will be from these prayers and offerings, we are hopeful that these steps will help open the way for the work ahead.  

 

South African government funding for assistance programs for Bushmen recovery and healing has dwindled or disappeared. As a result, we have used some of our funding to help support an auxiliary social worker, who will travel to and meet with community members in the Kalahari twice a month. It’s not much, but it is a start.


Additionally, we have begun interviewing potential addictions counselors for Phase III of the Mobile Addictions Treatment program, which will include a 40-day on-the-ground treatment program for up to 20 Bushmen. This is the crux of our work ahead and it’s the piece for which we most desperately need your support. We hope to launch this Phase in Spring 2018, and with your help, we believe it's possible. Please help us create a miracle.

 

Thank you again, Donors, for opening your hearts to support Bushmen in reclaiming their health and identity. 

The petroglyphs of the Miracle Cave
The petroglyphs of the Miracle Cave
Bushman Elder praying for his people
Bushman Elder praying for his people
Bushman Elder in the Miracle Cave
Bushman Elder in the Miracle Cave
Ancient Bushman Petroglyphs
Ancient Bushman Petroglyphs
Aug 9, 2017

Jaguars Continue to Guide Our Work--Summer 2017

Global Big Cat Alliance

Jaguars Continue Guiding Our Work

Summer 2017 Report

 

 

Dear Donors,


Thank you so much to each of you who have so generously supported our work with the Global Alliance for Big Cat Conservation, work which is guided by the ancestors and the spirit of these big cats. We are so close to reaching our goal to support the Big Cats thanks to you! 


This quarter, we continued our work in supporting the Jaguar through our work the Yawanawans, one of the last remaining intact indigenous communities in Brazil. After WISN sent an international anti-poaching and security expert down to the Brazilian rainforest last Spring (reported on in our Spring 2017 report), we worked side by side with the Yawanwans to develop a grant proposal/ plan that will be submitted to large scale international donors (attached).


Poaching and land encroachment remains the biggest threat to Jaguars in the region. Based on the recommendations of this international security expert, WISN was able to assist the Yawanawan community with funds to construct a command post for their anti-poaching efforts. The Yawanawans will also purchase anti-poaching supplies such as boats and radios, and will undergo anti-poaching training that will be led by the same international security expert. This is anticipated to take place in January or February of 2018.

Strength in Numbers

We also conducted meetings with a conservation organization based in Mexico City, which has purchased a large swath of land in the North of Mexico for Jaguar conservation. They are expanding their lands to include lands West of Mexico City. What they lack in cultural understanding of the indigenous communities that share their traditional lands with the Jaguars, they make up for in their scientific and conservation expertise. We will be linking up this organization with the Yawanawans at a meeting in January to strengthen the Big Cat Alliance network for Jaguar conservation. Their aim is to ultimately create a corridor of protection that extends from the rainforests of Brazil through Central America and up to North America. We believe that together, they can achieve this goal.
 

And together, with you, we can do all that we can to help them in these efforts.


Thank you again, Donors, for your continued support with this project.


Attachments:
May 15, 2017

Visit to the "Miracle Caves" --a Project Update

Bushman Elder on the Kalahari Dunes
Bushman Elder on the Kalahari Dunes

“We should all get together and take hands to experience peace on earth and to also respect the earth. And to also give the earth the respect she deserves. And to draw from the strength of the earth and to revive this very strong spirit so that everybody can see that it is their saving grace.” Lys Kruiper, Bushman Elder

 

Dear Donors,

 

We are very grateful for the ongoing and generous support we receive from you, making our work with the Khomani San Bushmen possible. We have some news to share with you this month about our work in the region.

 

First, we were able to bring two Bushmen Elders to one of the oldest Bushmen Caves in South Africa.  These Elders are among a very few remaining traditional healers in their community, and they are the bedrock for their community, taking in numerous children whose family members drink or are ill due to the effects of alcoholism or domestic violence. They also care for their own extended families, and often end up feeling very isolated and in despair over the state of their people--who have been forcibly removed from their ancestral lands to lands with no water, where liquor is often sold for cheaper than water. The purpose of the visit was to bring these Elders to the "Miracle" cave to have an opporunity to make offerings and prayers for their people and for the Mobile Addictions Treatment work ahead. This was their first visit to the Caves and they shared that being in this ancestral Cave brought them much-needed inspiration and hope for their people.

 

We were also able to facilitate a meeting between the Bushmen and the last remaining South African high Sanusi Elder who is half Bushman. This 95-year-old Elder has not been well enough to meet with many who visit him, but the visit between him and the Bushmen Elders lasted over an hour and seemed to rejuvenate and inspire hope.

 

After the prayers in the Cave and the meeting with the high Sanusi, new developments have begun to open for our work ahead. Several new potential individual and organizational donors have come forward, and the momentum for this work is building. We will be having meetings with a number of potential donors who are interested in this work over the course of the next few months.

 

And in June, a WISN team member will be traveling to the Kalahari to meet with the graduates of the Community Addictions Treatment program held last May in the Kalahari to learn from and work with the Bushmen on the next phase of our work together. We will report on this and any other new developments in our next report.

 

Thank you so much, donors, for your ongoing support, and thank you for sharing this project with friends, colleagues, and family who might be interested in supporting the Bushmen reclaim their health, power, and identity.

 

“These three holes in the sand that you see represent three directions. The one in the East reprehends the light; the one in the South represents water. The one in the north brings peace and happiness. This gathering that brought this knowledge forward was a gathering to bring peace to earth. We on earth do not know who we are, where we are from or what we want.”  Isak Kruiper, Bushman Elder 

Bushman community
Bushman community
Waterless lands the Bushmen were forcibly moved to
Waterless lands the Bushmen were forcibly moved to
Bushman Elder on the Kalahari Dunes
Bushman Elder on the Kalahari Dunes
 
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