Fix a Roof, and Save a Culture
Organized by: Kenneth Farmer
Most of us don't know what it is like to not be able to go to school when it rains. For Colombian Wiwa indigenous children, a little rain means no class and when there isn't any class, they can't practice their dying language or learn more about their withering culture. There are only 13,000 Wiwa left in Colombia and only 60% of them speak their indigenous language Damana because of a lack of indigenous schools to teach the language. The small school in the Wiwa indigenous community called Wimake needs a new roof and two United States Peace Corps volunteers teamed up with the Colombian nonprofit organization Ribunduna Tayrona to give these children the opportunity to photograph their community and culture from their own unique perspective to use their photographic art to revamp their community school, guaranteeing not only an educational future, but a space to transmit and protect their culture.