Our mission

Our mission

To help indigenous peoples and organizations in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the revitalization of their cultural systems, especially relating to health and traditional medicine, with the aim of improving the current wellbeing of peoples in the Amazon. This promotes and supports the intercultural dialogue with the health, education and environment systems, together with other public institution in Ecuador.

Our starting point is where health, culture and nature meet and interact in an interconnected and interdependent manner. We also assess and acknowledge the current social, economic and ecological trends that are at the source of many new health problems today.

our team

Our multicultural and interdisciplinary team brings together professionals in the fields of health, biology, anthropology, education, administration and civil engineering, as well as practitioners of indigenous sciences and arts. It is composed of indigenous and non-indigenous members, women and men, in equal proportion.
Didier Lacaze

Didier Lacaze

Executive Director, Intercultural Health Programs

Rosa Canelos

Rosa Canelos

Women, Families and Territories Program

Eleonore Van Wonterghem

Eleonore Van Wonterghem

Project Director

Luis Canelos

Luis Canelos

Communication Program

Diana Tanguila

Diana Tanguila

Economic Entrepreneurship Programs

Victoria Velasco

Victoria Velasco

Territory Program

Thomas Bouchet

Thomas Bouchet

Communication Program

Pakcha Villegas

Pakcha Villegas

Indigenous Peoples in Urban Areas

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 allow carrying out Sacha Warmi's activities, such as holding trainings and workshops for health agents, women, children, cultivating and processing medicinal plants, and reforesting. The Sacha Warmi center is a reference center for studies and information about indigenous health and traditional medicines of the Amazon. Its beautiful surroundings, set amidst a lush and peaceful natural environment, favors reflecting about the value and importance of biological and cultural diversity for the world.

Our programs

Our programs and projects are designed to respond to the needs of indigenous populations, who have requested support for recovering traditional knowledge and practices, for strengthening their cultural systems and for improving their health and well-being. They are organized according to 4 lines of action: 1) training and education, 2) cultural awareness, 3) participatory action research, and 4) sustainable 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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