BENEFITING: RAINFOREST FOUNDATION INC
BACKGROUND: The Yanomami people of Brazil remain relatively isolated, living in communities deep in the forests of the northern Amazon. In 1992, the Brazilian government recognized their lands and designated a 37,000 square-mile territory. This is an area the size of France, covered in rainforest rich in biodiversity.
PROBLEM: Despite their remoteness and the success they enjoyed in having their lands recognized, the Yanomami continue to face pressure from ranchers, gold miners and others. They also are facing series issues regarding access to quality healthcare.
WHAT WE ARE RAISING MONEY FOR: The Rainforest Foundation is supporting an innovative training program designed to prepare a group of young Yanomami leaders to be effective advocates for their people and effective leaders of their new Yanomami organization. This project provides hands-on leadership, advocacy, administrative and financial training. All things that are critical for the Yanomami to defend their land.