The story about where the thought to start this project came from
The first meeting
with the Arhuacos community happened
in Pueblo Bello in August 2017. They lived, and some still are
living in the
temporary huts on the border
of the city. Their traditional shanties
were literally sweapt out
like in movie Avatar.
Natives did not
even have time to take
pots or other possesion
and were forced to see how their entire property
was destroyed. They were forcibly expelled from their homes. Some
natives do not
even have tribal
clothes on the photo because they have lost
it during eviction and the fabric to
sew new one is very expensive and for many
That evening I contacted my friends over Whatsapp and Facebook and over night they sent more than 1720 euro. For this kindnes I would love to express my sincere gratitude. Thanks to them we were able to buy food and basic hygiene for native people. The only way the authorities and the government took care of them was that after long bargaining they had given them a few dozen mattresses so they would not have to sleep on the bare concrete.
One old gentleman, who did not belong to any tribe, was able to received for expatriet native the temorary permisin to reside in the part of the deserted house (as squaters). Those who were lucky were taken care of by their friends or other community members who did not lost their homes and share it with them. Still, most of them still retained their dignity. Nearly one hundred people lived in that part of the house. This experience was so powerful, that I realized I could not leave it in such sate. This was crucial moment to establish a foundation fund to support indigenous communities in need.
In the garden of the house, they created a "provisional" sacred place to worship the Mother Earth, the oldest Mamo (Spiritual Leader) of this community decided to bless our project (he made pagamento) to manage our best to help continuation of the traditional life of this community.
Another way how I helped during my first meeting was that I bought tribal bags directly from the Arhuac women for my friends, thanks to this women and their families had food for a few weeks.
Mochillas (aboriginal bags) have a great importance to native tribes. They are not just ordinary bags, but into each node woman mentally commit spiritual messages and thoughts. They are a symbol of cultural identity. Each bag has its meaning, using ancient geometric cosmological symbols. These women know perfectly the art of weaving mochil. They wave while walking, or even in the dark. The woman in white in the middle of this photo is very skilled. Pope Francis has the mochil from her as a present, it was chosen during his last visit to Colombia.
Women from one arhuac community have surprised us with a video, where they thank us for purchasing the material which they used to create the tribal bags.
A temporary kitchen where we cooked for nearly one hundred people. Sunday lunch for the whole community was cooked thanks to financial gifts of my friends.
Introducing our intention to homeless aborigins. Many of them are not wearing tribal clothing because they lost it during the incident in 2017, and they do not have the money to buy a white cotton cloth from which they saw the clothes. That is the reason why they wear modern western clothes.
A lot of mothers with children lost their home as well. Despite of the concequences strong will power and the determination to keep living their traditional way of life could be felt. They sew a special kind of mochilla, hangs it around the forehead and carry the baby in it.
This woman is called Patricia, and during my subsequent visit to Colombia I could have hold her baby which was born recently.
Shoping carts full of food purchased for the evicted indigenous community in Pueblo Bello. Our goal is to redeem the land from which they have been expelled back for the communities to achieve their independence. On these fields, they can grow mangoes, avocados, cereals, carrots, potatoes and other foods.
Creating food and hygiene packages for individual families. There are many families who need material support, because they lost their land where they lived and cultivated for many years. However, due to their current situation this option is not valid anymore, therefore, they are forced to buy the groceries they used to grow in the shops.
What joy can make ordinary soap. In their living conditions, it is very difficult to maintain health, therefore, purchasing hygienic products is one of our goals. Another of our goals is to establish sanitary facilities such as latrines to prevent the spread of diseases.
Food delivery to indigenous families
Many of the aboriginal communities live in hard-to-reach areas, therefore it is necessary to transport all the materials and food to the villages carrying on their backs or using mules, which are very expensive for them. Mules also use by mammos to travel to the sacred places in mountain are to do pagament rituals. Terrain is often very difficult, and dangerous, in such conditions the mula is an outstanding help, at least to carry the load. Mulls, but also wool used fot mochila or directly sheep, for native you can buy in our e-shop.
We share joy of bringing food to tribal families. Our guiding principle is that if you do not buy a mochil, never give money directly into their hands. They often do not know their value and many of them can not count or read. Unfortunately, the colonists often abused their luck of knowledge of the monetary value, disgustedly cheat and take advantage of tribal people. That's why we directly buy the things and the food they need. Mamos most pleaded with us, that after food shortage they suffer by lack of the quartz crystals, which they use for sacred rituals pagamenta. You can buy crystal for them in our e-shop.