Abya Yala Fund supports
|Indigenous self-development is distinct from typical development
schemes in that it places the values of community cooperation, equitable
sharing of benefits, local autonomy and harmony with the natural world at
the core of all community improvement efforts.
The follow two projects typify indigenous self-development initiatives.
Abya Yala Fund requested and received a $30,000 grant from Public Welfare
Foundation in Washington D.C.; half for AYF general support and half for
Amazanga Institute. A grant from Share our Strength, will enable us to provide
an additional $14,500 to Amazanga Institute. This scientific research center,
initiated by the Organization of the Indigenous Peoples of Pastaza, resists
oil companies' attempts to gain access to indigenous resources and land by
documenting the importance of protecting these ecosystems and indigenous
livelihoods. The Amazanga Institute catalogues and researches the biodiversity
of the Ecuadorian rainforest and develops sustainable development practices
using traditional indigenous methods and knowledge. (
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Abya Yala Fund provided technical support in proposal writing and resource development in preparation for FIOB's all-day forum (5/11/96) for primarily Oaxacan Indigenous women on domestic violence, alcoholism, AIDS and community-building. The forum was held near Fresno, CA, where there are dense settlements of Mixteco, Zapotec and Tr'qui people from Oaxaca. In March 1996, Abya Yala Fund obtained a grant of $960 from the Resist Foundation for this project. Abya Yala Fund made an additional grant of $600 which ensured the success of the project.
Other AYF-funded projects
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