That’s why we created the Ipatse Futures Project. Dedicated to protecting, improving and sustaining the lifestyle of the Kuikuro community, its goals are to:
- Provide dependable clean drinking and bathing water;
- Create dependable fisheries and improve water quality; and
- Build the Kuikuro Cultural Center that will promote ecological integrity, public health and green technology, as well as cultural preservation.
The vision for the project came from Kuikuro Chief Afukaka and all aspects of the project are conducted with oversight by Dr. Michael Heckenberger (Associate Professor, University of Florida) with a focus on generating sustainable income for the Kuikuro. The Pennywise technical assistance and planning program will provide ongoing support by creating formal partnerships between indigenous organizations, local government, foundations and other stakeholders. Together we will help to ensure sustainability for the Kuikuro for generations to come.