SIREJ would like to thank CIPCA, the indigenous women cusieras (cusi harvesters/collectors) in Momené community located in Guarayos Territory, and Arminda Uramungar who is a representative of the Central de Mujeres Indígenas de Momené for this beautiful video. Thank you for taking a moment to share with us this video and welcoming us into your community.
SIREJ raised funds last summer to help alleviate some of the negative health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Funds were divided equitably across four indigenous peoples of Bolivia (Ayoreo, Guaraní, Guarayo and Monkox/Chiquitano). A number of communities benefited from the funds including Urubichá, Yaguaru, and Lomerio which is composed of 27 communities represented by CICOL (Central Indígena de Comunidades Originarias de Lomerío) a local indigenous organization. SIREJ and CIPCA, a local Bolivian NGO, worked together to deliver the donations to the Momené community. With the funds, the community chose to purchase uniform tops with their company logo on them.
We have received alarming news from our contacts in Bolivia. Reports of four deaths within less than one week and widespread infection in 70% of the communities. Local organizations are helping but we are told that it won't be enough and that the communities need our support. Our student organization is trying to raise funds to send to CEJIS, a local indigenous organization helping to combat COVID-19 and distribute resources to affected communities.
If you'd like to donate funds, offer other resources, or join in the fundraising efforts in some way please message us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the following indigenous organizations listed below. You can also learn more about COVID-19 and how it's impacted the indigenous communities in Bolivia by following CICOL on Facebook @monkoxlomerio and APCOB on Facebook @apcobolivia . You can also visit the website of CEJIS at www.cejis.org .
Centro de Estudios Jurídicos e Investigación Social (CEJIS)
Oficina Nacional: Calle Alfredo Jordán # 79
Telefono: (591) 3 3532714 (oficina)
CENTRAL INDÍGENA DE COMUNIDADES ORIGINARIAS DE LOMERÍO (CICOL)
Facebook page: @monkoxlomerio
Facebook messenger: m.me/monkoxlomerio
Our mission is to work collaboratively with indigenous communities in Bolivia, both in person and remotely, to support indigenous rights, environmental justice, gender empowerment, sustainability and autonomy. Through doing so, we will support and uphold sustainable life-ways and communities, gender empowerment and equality, environmental protection, and indigenous rights and autonomy.