Alianza Arkana (www.alianzaarkana.org) is a Peruvian-based non-profit working in the Amazon with the Shipibo people to help regenerate indigenous communities, provide sustainable livelihoods through permaculture projects, promote hygiene and well-being through eco-sanitation solutions, advocate for environmental and social justice, strengthen Shipibo cultural identity among the young and help revitalize the richness of Shipibo culture through high-quality intercultural education.
THE AMARU FUND
The Amaru Fund is founded by Rebekah Shaman, a London-based shaman with over 20 years of experience working with master plants in the Peruvian Amazon. Since 2013 Rebekah has been facilitating and leading ceremonies around the world. The Amaru Fund was created as part of Rebekah’s Ashaninka Cacao fair trade business, with the intention of giving back to the Amazon by supporting indigenous peoples and grassroots movements to protect the largest tropical rainforest in the world.
Amazon Watch supports Amazonian indigenous peoples in the defense of their ancestral territories and the protection of their environment. For over 20 years, it has supported local peoples in emblematic indigenous struggles, including the Achuar of Peru’s Pastaza river basin, the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in Ecuador, the Munduruku of the Brazilian Amazon, and the U’wa people of Colombia.
CATAPA vzw (Technical Academic Committee of Advisors For Environmental Problems) is a Belgian non-profit and volunteering organization established in 2005. It works around sustainable development and alternative globalisation, with a focus on the extractive issues in Latin America. CATAPA operates through awareness raising, networking, research, lobbying, exchange programs and supporting farming communities that are threatened by multinational companies in countries such as Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
Inspired by indigenous wisdom since 2001, Empowerment WORKS is a nonprofit and global sustainability think-tank in action harnessing the power of collaboration to empower local solutions for a thriving world. EW engages a cross-sector network of Partners in Empowerment (PIE). In the world’s economically challenged communities, EW’s asset building approach, 7 Stages to Sustainability (7SS) honors local heritage, and promotes sustainable livelihoods with the exchange of vital skills and technology in order to turn local assets into global health, economic and environmental solutions. The Chaikuni Institute works within EW’s framework.
GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects grassroots nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. It is supported by a network of implementing, corporate and institutional partners. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised over $261 million from over 590,000 donors for more than 16,000 projects.
LIECHTENSTEIN DEVELOPMENT SERVICE
Founded in 1965, The Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) provides official development aid on behalf of Liechtenstein’s government and is a private-law foundation of the people and government of Liechtenstein. It works especially in rural regions in the fields of education and rural development, giving priority to gender issues, social justice and the environment in all respects.
THE PLATFORM EUROPE PERU (PEP)
The Platform Europe Peru (Plataforma Europa Perú – PEP) is a network of 16 European NGOs that was created in 2005 with the aim to increase coordination of advocacy toward European institutions and the European public on the topic of human rights situation in Peru. PEP’s partners are several of the most known Peruvian NGOs and their networks specialized in human rights, mining, sustainable development, rural development, indigenous people and climate change. Chaikuni is a member of the PEP.
Putumayo vzw is a Belgian nonprofit organization that has been supporting initiatives of indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon since 2002, mainly in the areas of intercultural higher education and strengthening of indigenous organizations. In 2014 the educational Sui Sui Program was set up in collaboration with FORMABIAP (bilingual and intercultural teachers training). This program aims to empower indigenous youth, enabling them to defend their rights and manage their territories sustainably, in accordance with the principles of autonomy and self-determination.
Radio Ucamara is an indigenous media based in the city of Nauta in the Loreto region in the Peruvian Amazon. Radio Ucamara started in response to the needs of the indigenous Kukama people of the Ucayali and Marañon rivers, and the broadcast radio station develops projects to reinforce indigenous empowerment, revitalize language, and sustain cultural traditions. These projects include managing the Ikuari School for elders to teach the Kukama language to children, producing music videos, and hosting radio programs in Kukama on essential issues in the community.
TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY SERVICE
Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) is dedicated to providing community members with the tools necessary to create sustainable, environmentally healthy communities by educating individuals on health concerns and implications arising from environmental pollution, empowering individuals with an understanding of applicable environmental laws and regulations and promoting their enforcement, and offering community-building skills and resources for effective community action and greater public participation. Its goal is to promote environmental protection through education, policy development, community awareness, and legal action. Its guiding principle is that everyone, regardless of race or income, is entitled to live in a clean environment. For more, visit: (www.tejasbarrios.org)
WATER DEFENSE COMMITTEE
The Water Defense Committee is a collective of organizations and independent members defending the Amazonian environment. It was founded in 2012 with the participation of various civil society organizations, including indigenous organizations. The Water Defense Committee notably worked to block oil extraction in the Nanay River and succeeded as oil company ConocoPhillips Co. withdrew from the area. Today, the Nany is once again under threat as oil company Gran Tierra Energy Inc. attempts to initiate oil activity. Since 2013, the Water Defense Committee has also been working to denounce and monitor illegal deforestation by Cacao del Perú Norte S.A.C. in Tamshiyacu.