Our mission

Our mission

To support indigenous peoples and organizations in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the revitalization and strengthening of their cultural systems, particularly the education and health systems, for the improvement of their current life situation.

Our starting point is where health, culture and nature meet and interact interdependently.

HOW WE WORK

Since august 2018, we support the organization of the Kichwa Nation from Pastaza, "Pastaza Kikin Kichwa Runakuna" -PAKKIRU, in Ecuadorian Amazonia, with the design of their "Life Plan", particularly relating to the program called "original health and education".

our team

We are a group of people with training and experience in the fields of indigenous health, first response health care, biology, anthropology, administration and civil engineering. Our team is integrated with three kichwa indigenous members and two non-indigenous members, three women and two men.
Didier Lacaze

Didier Lacaze

Executive Director, Intercultural Health Programs

Luis Canelos

Luis Canelos

Communication Program

Victoria Velasco

Victoria Velasco

Territory Program

Rosa Canelos

Rosa Canelos

Women, Families and Territories Program

Diana Tanguila

Diana Tanguila

Economic Entrepreneurship Programs

The Sacha Warmi Center

The Sacha Warmi Center is the headquarters of the Sacha Warmi Foundation. It is located on the road between Puyo and Macas (25 km) in the province of Pastaza. Its facilities serve for meetings with leaders of the Board of Directors of PAKKIRU and other groups, training workshops for indigenous health agents, cultivating and processing of medicinal plants, as well as the regeneration of ecosystems and reforestation. The Sacha Warmi center is a center of reference, documentation and information on indigenous health and traditional medicines in the Amazon.

Our programs

We support the programs and projects proposed by indigenous populations regarding the recovery of traditional knowledge and practices, in order to strengthen their cultural systems and help improve their health and life conditions in general. They are organized into four lines of action: 1.) Education, 2.) Promotion Cultural Sensitization, 3.) Participative Research, 4.) Conservation Economy

Projects

We developed our projects together with communities based on deep dialogue and reflection processes. We call this "participatory action research". Projects can only be successful if there is a clear awareness and a full commitment by communities and project teams. The role of the Sacha Warmi Foundation is to facilitate, accompany and support these processes.

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