The Shipibo people need your help!
Due to the rapid and uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities along the Ucayali river in Peru, businesses have closed their doors and left the people unable to afford masks to protect themselves and their families.
The Shipibo are one of 14 Indigenous tribes in the Peruvian Amazon basin and CSEE has worked closely with a large, extended Shipibo family, to sustain their shamanic traditions and pass on wisdom to the younger generations.
In the fall of 2019, CSEE was able to support a small business within the Shipibo community by providing a high-quality sewing machine and other materials needed in order to create tote bags. These beautiful tote bags are now being sold through the CSEE shop page with the proceeds supporting local Indigenous artists and their families.
This small business has responded to the needs of the community. With years of experience as a sewing and textile expert and school teacher, Any F. recently completed a test run of 400+ masks that were distributed to residents for free.
In partnership with Henry and Any - two Shipibo residents living between Pucullpa and a neighboring village - we are asking for your support so Any can produce hundreds more durable, triple-layered masks and to continue to distribute these masks at no charge to the men, women, and children in the area.
Please make a donation to support the well being of our Shipibo community in Yarinacocha.
We thank you in advance!
Center for Shamanic Education & Exchange
*Contributions exceeding the campaign goal of $3,500 will be used for additional masks as needed, to support the local community in protecting themselves against COVID-19, and may also be used to fund other CSEE projects in the Shipibo community such as the Kurin Metsa Shipibo Apprenticeship Project