The Yanomami, an indigenous people in the northern Amazon rainforest, were attacked by illegal gold miners several times in recent weeks, leaving several people wounded and two young children dead. With tens of thousands of miners still illegally occupying their land, the threat of continued violence remains.
In addition to our core activities, Rainforest Foundation US takes on topical projects that address critical challenges for rainforest protection.
Rainforest Foundation US has joined forces with the Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and Amazon ally organizations to provide direct finance and support to indigenous communities facing COVID-19.
On August 31st, 2014, four Asheninka leaders were killed by illegal loggers. Rainforest Foundation US is supporting their families as they seek justice. Learn more and follow the #JusticeforSaweto Campaign.
RFUS and Regen Network have partnered with the indigenous community of Buen Jardin de Callarú in Peru to pilot a blockchain platform that will drive direct financial support to the community for protecting the Amazon rainforest.
On the heels of a recent survey of indigenous communities in Peru revealing widespread unfamiliarity with COVID-19 and hesitancy about the vaccine, RFUS has teamed up with indigenous partner organizations on a multilingual COVID-19 awareness campaign.
An article in Forbes describes the work of Betty Rubio Padilla, president of the Federation of Communities of the Middle Napo and Curaray and Arabela River Basins, to stop deforestation in her territory. RFUS trained Betty’s community to use satellite technology and deforestation alerts in order to quickly detect and respond to illegal incursions.
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