Working with indigenous communities is a wonderful experience. Whether you go as an NGO or a Social Enterprise, you are called to blend in a totally different culture and contribute with your own knowledge and with your own view of the world.
Although it is a life changing experience, it’s full of challenges driven by the clash of cultures, the amount of interconnected problems that these communities face and the inherited poor social and environmental work done by others.
In this article I want to share an inspiring project, I had the opportunity to film, with Shipibo people, in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. It’s a project developed by the NGO Alianza Arkana in Santa Clara, a Shipibo village near Pucallpa.
It’s overwhelming the amount of challenges these communities are facing… Here’s an idea of some of the problems:
As Alianza Arkana did, it’s imperative to understand the overall picture of what an indigenous community is facing and carefully balance the efforts in tackling the different challenges. Even though it is done with a lot of iteration and adaptation, it really helps to engage the community and embed the project into it’s core.
This is definitely a slow process that changes from community to community. I like to think that there are already tools available to help anyone in this process. But before moving there, I’d like to ask you:
I would love to hear your opinion! Thanks! 🙂