Rancho Bienvenido November 2010
We are almost there for funding on this project. I can’t tell you exactly until we receive the next month’s disbursement but many hundreds of dollars in donations to this project were received from the generous employees of Hewlett Packard here in Latin America.
The photos in this progress report really tell the story of Rancho Bienvenido. LRFF and the Maleku tribe created the Maleku Tribal Council within the original rancho, held ceremonies for that purpose and to entertain the sponsors of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor, Sole Technology. Even at that time the rancho was in need of much work, notice the plastic to cover the deteriorating roof in the first photo. It has burned down this past year, second photo, and the Tribal Council needs a place to meet.
In the past few months the Maleku Tribal Council has made much headway in their work to recuperate their territory. One farm was successfully returned to them and another two farms are in process. I’m sure that the next time you hear about this project it will be built and in use by the Tribal Council. Just in time now that their dream of recuperating their lands is coming true.
Rancho Bienvenido after fire in summer 2012
Bienvenido Cruz Castro, President Maleku Council
Angel Silva, Co-founder and secretary, MTC