Nov 7, 2017

Renewed Strength for Bushmen

Lys at a traditional Hawaiian ceremony
Lys at a traditional Hawaiian ceremony

Mobile Addictions Treatment for the Khomani San Bushmen

Fall 2017 Project Update

 

 

Dear Donors,

 

Thank you so much for your ongoing support, which makes our work to bring a Mobile Addictions Treatment program to the Khomani San Bushmen of the Kalahari possible.

 

This quarter, we brought Bushman healer Lys Kruiper to Hawaii to attend a gathering of Indigenous Elders from around the world. Attending Elders included Aboriginal Indigenous Cultural Practitioners from Australia, Arahuaco Indians from the Sierra Nevada of Colombia, several Native Americans, an Aleut from Alaska, and a Kyrgyz Elder and Healer from Central Asia.

 

The purpose of this gathering was to learn from one another, to discuss the state of the world as well as what can be done, and to give one another strength and hope to face situations indigenous people around the globe are confronted with, including addictions.  This was accomplished by having daily council meetings, ceremonies, and more. There was also a break out session where Elders and other attendees discussed what steps could be taken to help solve the world’s current problems.

 

Many in Lys’ community are losing hope. At the end of each day of this gathering, she discussed specific ways and ideas that she planned to bring back to her community. She said she felt strengthened, empowered, and that she realized she is not alone in what she and her community are facing, which gave her hope and courage to move forward.

 

We are looking forward to seeing how Lys’ new knowledge and connections will help both her and her community, and we are ever grateful for your support—financial as well as sharing this story and project with friends, family members, and colleagues, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season ahead.  

Lys and international Elders being interviewed
Lys and international Elders being interviewed
Lys praying at the morning ceremony
Lys praying at the morning ceremony
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.


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