The Waorani people, legendary warriors and jaguar shamans, have lived in the Amazon for thousands of years. Today, global demand for oil threatens their way of life and a rainforest that our planet depends on for oxygen, freshwater, medicines and carbon storage. On April 26th 2019, the Waorani won a landmark trial against the Ecuadorian government, protecting 500,000 acres of rainforest from an oil auction and setting a historic precedent for indigenous rights. The Ecuadorian government has vowed to appeal the verdict, but we have the opportunity to help the Waorani defend the ruling: protecting their lands, upholding indigenous rights and scaling this model to defend indigenous territories across the Amazon.
By donating, you will be supporting the Waorani in their urgent effort to defend their rights against the Ecuadorian government’s legal appeal, as well as their long-term battle to protect their rainforest homeland. Here are some examples of what your money can do:
X $25 can fund a day’s work of a Waorani mapper and land patrol ranger.
X $50 will enable 1 Waorani elder to travel from the Amazon to Quito, Ecuador to protest the selling of their rainforest homeland.
X $100 will support Waorani leaders’ travel to forge alliances with neighboring indigenous nations in resistance to oil extraction.
X $400 can provide food and essential supplies for a local Waorani assembly.
X $1200 will support ongoing legal accompaniment for the Waorani.
X $2400 can provide 1 solar energy system for a roadless Waorani family, supporting self-sufficiency and autonomy.