“Our lands are being invaded, our leaders murdered, attacked and criminalized, and the Brazilian state is abandoning Indigenous peoples to their fate with the ongoing dismantling of environmental and indigenous policies.” -The Association of Brazilian Indigenous Peoples
Paulo Paulino Guajajara was murdered during a hunting trip with a friend in the Araribóia reserve on Friday by a group of five loggers working illegally in the area. The murder is one of a string of losses for Brazil’s indigenous communities, as miners and loggers make more and bolder incursions into Indigenous territories and other protected areas. " -Manuela Andreoni and Letícia Casado
We must react with clear strategies to protect the land and the people of the Amazon. Amazon Hope joins together the specialists most intimately engaged with the Xingu and the diverse indigenous peoples who call it home. It aims to jointly consider the current crisis – the hardest hit portion of the Amazon – and communicate its vitality and importance to interested partners, potential donors and the public.
Through Amazon Hope, scientists, artists and indigenous leaders are working to devise solutions. The creation of a southern Amazon indigenous “firewall,” will be used as a tool to protect the lands, forests, waters and cultural heritage. Technology will empower indigenous people themselves, who constitute a veritable army of committed individuals, zealously looking for solutions to defend against the decimation of their lands and livelihoods.
Pennywise is pleased to announce our newest partner in positive change - Kantora Action for Green (KAG)! KAG is a registered environmental nonprofit organization in the Gambia that seeks to educate and empower young people to act towards caring for the environment through sports. They use the power of sports to bring young people together to actively participate in the rehabilitation of the depleting vegetation in the Kantora district of Upper River Region in The Gambia.
Our thoughts are with the people of Haiti and SOIL, our grantee partner there, as that nation confronts an economic and political crisis. Access to water, food, electricity, fuel and transportation have all become a challenge. Schools are closed and supplies at hospitals are dangerously low. For families already struggling to get by on a day-to-day basis, the challenges caused by dramatically increased costs for basic necessities are unspeakable. People from all walks of life have been in the streets almost daily for weeks calling for accountability and political change in the face of an uncertain future.