Palm oil, oil and gas company activity is increasingly affecting Shipibo-Konibo communities on and around the Ucayali river - one of the main tributaries of the Amazon in Peru. Support educational workshops and professional development opportunities to equip them with the skills necessary to defend their rights and make more informed decisions regarding sustainable economic development.
The Shipibo-Konibo people are currently facing several challenges created by the current economic system and climate crisis. Such challenges include massive deforestation, pollution, disease, poverty and an alarming loss of vital ancestral knowledge. The Shipibo-Konibo people are currently learning how to overcome these challenges, but still lack all the necessary knowledge and tools to do so effectively.
Our objective is to offer the opportunity for the Shipibo-Konibo peoples to become trained, in areas such as permaculture, education, eco-social justice, leadership etc, so that they can empower themselves and their community. Such education opportunities will give them the tools to become the Shipibo leaders of change! The hope is that they will lead beneficial and sustainable initiatives and aid in the economic and social development of their communities.
Once people are equipped and educated they can create sustainable and long-term change for their communities. The only way in which this change will become sustainable is when the Shipibo are the leaders of their own destiny. The objective is for the Shipibo people to break the bonds with the colonization and patriarchy and become the visionaries of their own future.