COVID-19  Peru Project #46798

Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers

by Instituto Chaikuni
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Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers
Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers

Dear friends,

Thanks to you, our efforts to provide relief to the Shipibo healers and local workers of the Temple, Shipibo Rao, and Niwe Rao Xobo in Peru continue. Here in Peru, a strong second COVID wave hit between March and May. The central and northern Amazon region, including the Shipibo nation, were once again heavily affected.

On June 3rd, some of our Shipibo team met together in the Plaza de Armas in Yarinacocha, near Pucallpa to discuss the crowdfunding campaign. Many of them couldn’t make the meeting as they are located in villages up and down the river Ucayali. Maestra Laura, Maestra Anita, Maestro Segundo, Maestro Damian, Maestro Richard, Clementina (one of the cooks), and Manuela (one of the herbalists) all expressed deep appreciation for the support that they have received throughout the pandemic.

The campaign funds have been critical for them all, covering food expenses and some medications for family members with COVID. Several of them said that the support has basically saved the lives of some of their family members and young children.

The team at Niwe Rao Xobo also met on June 9th to share their appreciation to all who have supported them by donating to the campaign over the course of the pandemic. Maestra Ynes, together with Denis, Lila, David and the rest of her family all shared how deeply grateful they are and touched by the level of help they have received during the difficult times they have all faced over the last year.

This profound gratitude is also shared by the local staff of the Temple, expressed by the management team (translated from Spanish):

"Finding out that we could no longer work at the Temple and had lost our income in the midst of the uncertainty due to the pandemic was a very difficult situation. However, having the support of the friends of the Temple gave us a light of hope for our family to make it through the pandemic. I thank the donors with all of my heart for supporting us in this way.” - Jose Castaneda

"I felt that [the donations] alleviated the economic worries that arose throughout the pandemic, and felt so happy that the Temple did not abandon us and even looked for allies to support us through the difficult times. It is a gesture that will remain permanently in my mind and in my heart. Thank you GlobalGiving and all of the donors for contributing to the well-being of our family, especially when we need it most.” - Irma Videyra

"When they told me that operations needed to close and we would no longer continue our work, I did not know what to do or where to turn. When we heard that they had donations for each of us, I was happy, relieved, and grateful, because with that support I was able to cover some of my expenses and better organize myself to face the quarantine. It's good to know that in difficult moments, the Temple, to which I have dedicated my time and effort over many years, gave me a hand to get ahead. Thank you!" - Levi Estela

And expressions of gratitude from the Lopez family (from Niwe Rao Xobo and the Temple, translated from Spanish):

"I want to thank the Temple, Chaikuni, and all of the donors on the part of the whole team of Niwe Rao Xobo for the donations that we were given. Thank you, a thousand times, thank you! We are very content and happy that we have received these donations. Thank you for thinking of us, for remembering us, and for this we thank you so much! Thanks to these donations, we were able to sustain our lives and families during this pandemic and it also made it possible for us to visit and support the sick and to share what we have with others in need so that they could feed their children. Thank you so much!" - Maestra Lila (Daughter of Maestra Ynes)

"I am very thankful for this donation that was given. Thanks to this, we could support ourselves and our families, and buy food and medicines. Thank you, I am very content, thank you!" - Diana (Daughter of Maestra Ynes, Cook)

"We are very happy and grateful to have received 5 donations from the Chaikuni Institute. We feel very content in this moment - without this support we would not have been able to maintain our center and our business, and this support also helped to sustain our family. On the part of Niwe Rao Xobo, thank you very much!" - Carlos (Son of Maestra Ynes, Medicine Cook)

"From those of us who live here at Niwe Rao Xobo, I want to give thanks for the donations that we received. Thank you for this gesture, and with this support we were able to procure many basic necessities, and to help others. Because of this we are very thankful at this time. We hope to continue receiving support so that we can also continue to support those around us in need. This is a very critical time, and there are many in need. Thank you very much for this support." - Hernan (Brother of Maestra Ynes, Onsite Manager)

"Firstly, I want to thank the Temple of the Way of Light, Chaikuni Institute, and all of the generous donors. I am the one in charge of receiving these donations, and we have shared these donations with the whole family of Niwe Rao Xobo. I express the gratitude of our whole family; Maestra Ynes, Maestra Lila, Maestra Laura, Maestro David, and all of the workers of Niwe Rao Xobo. Thanks to these donations we have been able to procure the supplies and medicine that we needed for the pandemic. We have passed through a very critical time - we never thought that this kind of situation could happen. Thank you for helping us to maintain our center, and for the support to maintain all of our workers. We hope that more support will come, as we have many needs at this time.. Thank you for your good hearts to support people that need it." - Denis (General Manager)

Many of the Temple healers have also been taking part in an important initiative being run by ASOMASHK (the association of Shipibo Onanyabo (healers)) over the past few months. Supported by funding through the Chaikuni Institute, a team of up to 21 Onanyabo have been visiting local villages around Pucallpa to provide shamanic and plant based and western medications to local Shipibo people, who have essentially been abandoned by the local health authorities throughout the pandemic. The donations raised in the emergency relief campaign have enabled our healers to stay strong, well fed, and support many others during these challenging times.

The Temple is planning to reopen at the end of August. All of the healers and staff are excited to return to work and to their mission, providing deep healing, at a time when it is needed more than ever before. However, we still have two and a half months to go and all funds contributed to the relief campaign have been disbursed.

We request your continued support of this campaign through August, so that we can continue to provide this crucial relief over the coming months until our staff and healers can return back to work!

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Temple of the Way of Light and Chaikuni Institute

 

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Dear donors,

We send warm wishes and a heartfelt thank you from the healers and local workers of the Temple, Shipibo Rao, and Niwe Rao Xobo for your generous donations to our campaign in the past year. It's been a very challenging time and these funds have been vital to those who have not been able to carry out their work since March, 2020.

We are now seeing the COVID situation becoming critical again worldwide, and restrictions that were previously eased or lifted are tightening again in many countries. The loss of income for those in the Amazon who work in plant medicine with mainly foreigners has not returned, and it is not looking like it will in the months ahead.

While our best prediction for when we will all be able to resume our work is in June, our intention is to extend this relief campaign to allow the donations to our beloved healers and local staff to continue until we are able to open our doors again.

Your support is still very much needed in the months to come.

If you have the means right now, please consider making a new or recurring donation to support the Shipibo healers and local workers from the Temple, Shipibo Rao, and Niwe Rao Xobo today.

Every donation makes an impact!

With gratitude,

Chaikuni Institute & Temple of the Way of Light

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Dear friends,

We are awed and honored by your continued support of our Emergency Fund for Shipibo Healers & Local Workers relief campaign, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Your donations have been absolutely vital to the local staff and Shipibo healers from the Temple, Shipibo Rao, and Niwe Rao Xobo during this difficult time. So far, we have made disbursements totaling 4,500 soles to each of the 80 individuals in need, are preparing for the next disbursal, and will continue to distribute all donated funds as long as we have your support through the campaign. 

With borders in Peru slowly opening to travelers from select countries in South and Central America, we still await word on plans to open borders further. This means that the impacts felt from the shutdown of international tourism continue to be felt by many.

Our best prediction for when we will all be able to resume our work and retreats is March of next year, and our intention is to extend this relief campaign to allow the donations to our beloved healers and local staff to continue until that time.

Therefore, your support is still needed.

If you have the means right now, please consider making a new or recurring donation to support the Shipibo healers and local workers from the Temple, Shipibo Rao, and Niwe Rao Xobo today.

Thank you again for your alliance and support of those who practice and protect the ancient healing traditions of the Amazon!

In solidarity, 

Chaikuni Institute & Temple of the Way of Light

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Dear friends,

Wow! Thanks to your donations, we've now surpassed our initial goal of $80,000! 

Amidst the heightened energies and hardships being experienced by many people and communities in the past few months as a result of COVID-19, and now with a spotlight on the pervasive pandemic of systemic racism, you have helped create a spark of hope with your contribution to the healers and workers who serve the healing of our global family when it is so urgently needed. We are humbled by how the community has responded to support this initiative with such generosity and compassion, and extend our deepest gratitude to you on behalf of all of the recipients.

As a small token of our appreciation, we are excited to share with you an ikaro sung by Maestra Ynes Sanchez to heal and cleanse our planet and its people in response to what is happening in the world right now. In addition to her work at the Temple, Maestra Ynes is the matriarch of her family center Niwe Rao Xobo, and the mother of Maestro Jose Lopez Sanchez of the Temple and founder of Shipibo Rao.

Ikaro for COVID-19 from Maestra Ynes Sanchez

Some Realities Facing the People of the Amazon

What we are all experiencing these past months has been challenging in a myriad of ways, and for some of us and for some communities, the impacts have been highly detrimental. 

The unfortunate reality across the Amazon basin is that, apart from eco, mainstream, and medical tourism, lucrative job opportunities are most often limited to ecocidal industries such as corporate agriculture, petroleum extraction, logging, and mining, which cause extensive damage, destroying ecosystems and harming the health and well-being of the earth and its inhabitants. Many workers may have no other option than to seek employment in these harmful sectors unless they receive support through this crisis. 

Another reality is that many people in the Amazon have stopped living from the land and rely almost entirely on income to buy food. Food packs and financial aid from the Peruvian government are reaching very few people and the very real threat of widespread famine is already present and is increasing on a weekly basis. With sombre predictions for the Peruvian economy for the near future, it will be extremely difficult for most people in the Amazon to earn any income.

Let’s Keep Our Support Coming!

We have now distributed 80% of your donations to the healers and workers at the Temple, Niwe Rao Xobo, and Shipibo Rao and the next distribution is planned for the end of this month. 

Although the number of infected cases in Iquitos and Pucallpa is now dropping, the economic crisis is becoming increasingly dire as the weeks pass. The need for us to continue our efforts in this campaign beyond our initial goal has been made clear and we have now increased our goal to $100,000. This will allow us to increase the amounts we distribute to each individual, continue to provide critical aid, and cover a portion of the cost of living for them and their families until October when we plan to re-open the Temple.

Over the last month, five of the Temple healers became ill, probably with COVID-19. It is difficult to know for sure due to the inaccuracy of the rapid tests that are available in Peru, and also because none of the healers want to go to a clinic/hospital and prefer to work with medicinal plants to treat themselves. Their treatments have been successful and we are very relieved and happy to share that they are all now recovering. 

As the healers have so patiently helped us to see over the years, remembering our solidarity and unity is a vital practice for our wellbeing and growth, both individually and collectively. Thank you again for your alliance and support of the healers and workers who practice and protect the ancient healing traditions of the Amazon. 

Please consider continuing to support them through this time with a monthly donation, and help us spread the word about the campaign through your channels, networks, and conversations! 

With much appreciation, 

Your friends at the Temple of the Way of Light, Niwe Rao Xobo, and Shipibo Rao

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Instituto Chaikuni

Location: Iquitos, Loreto - Peru
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Matthew Watherston
Iquitos, Loreto Peru
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