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. Since then, a Provincial appeals court as well as Ecuador’s Supreme court have ratified and confirmed the ruling. We now have a unique opportunity to help the Waorani ensure that the government complies with the ruling in order to protect their lands, uphold indigenous rights and scale this model to defend indigenous territories across the Amazon.
100% of your donation will support the Waorani in their urgent effort to protect their rainforest homeland and our climate. 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 and demand government compliance with the court ruling and respect for indigenous rights.
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.