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Asháninka

From our first village partner of Cutivireni, we’re now working with four Asháninka partnerships in Peru’s Ene Valley, supporting these indigenous communities to develop sustainable livelihoods and protect rainforest from encroaching threats.

The Asháninka partnership is located across the Ene Valley. It is one of the biggest coca-growing areas in Peru, exploiting the areas and routes influenced by the Shining Path’s presence in the area during the 1980s and 1990s. The area is known to have high childhood malnutrition and poverty rates.

One of the largest indigenous groups in South America, Asháninka territory is found in the forests of the Central Amazon region of Peru and in the State of Acre, Brazil.

The Asháninka language belongs to the largest language family in South America. The ratio of verbs to nouns in the Asháninka language is about four to one and is strongly correlated to legends, such as when determining gender for animals, it depends upon whether the animal was believed to be male or female when they were human, before they transformed into their animal state.

A central theme to the Asháninka way of life is “good life” or “Kametsa Asaika” which is based on eight principles relating to culture, food and land security, harmony with nature, peace, sustainability, health, education and representation.

Where we work

Partnership Stats

Location

CENTRAL PERU

Location

Threats

LOGGING, MINING

THREATS


population

2,960

POPULATION


types of animal sheltered

8,157

SPECIES OF ANIMAL SHELTERED


Endangered Species Protected

19

ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTED


Asháninka

“The Forest is life for us”

Julián Quispe Carbólico, Tsimi President

Ashaninka

Our Ashaninka Project in central Peru is working alongside 15 villages to form a shield to halt the advance of logging and protect millions of acres of pristine rainforest.

  • Location Central Peru
  • Threat Logging, Cocaine
  • Livelihood Focus Cacao, Coffee
  • Population 2,151
  • Visit project
Lubutu

Our first project outside of the Amazon is working with 5 villages in eastern DR Congo to form a buffer for two neighbouring national parks.

  • Location DR Congo
  • Threat Mining
  • Livelihood Focus Agroforestry
  • Population 12,900
  • Visit project
Awajun

Located in one of Peru's worst deforestation hotspots, we're partnering with 6 Awajun villages to defend their vunerable forest.

  • Location Northern Peru
  • Threat Logging, Extraction
  • Livelihood Focus Fish Farms, Seed Jewellery
  • Population 2,213
  • Visit project
Gadaisu

Helping three villages turn down the off of a palm oil contract to prevent 140,000 acres of primary forest being converted into monoculture

  • Location Papua New Guinea
  • Threat Palm Oil
  • Livelihood Focus Coconut Oil
  • Population 270
  • Visit project
Hunstein

Strengthening the capacity of six villages in PNG's Highlands so they are best placed to make decisions on the future of their forest.

  • Location Papua New guinea
  • Threat Logging
  • Livelihood Focus Smoked fish, eaglewood resin
  • Population 1,975
  • Visit project
Orangerie Bay

Of all the drivers of deforestation, palm oil is the worst. An ecosystem that has taken millions of years to evolve is destroyed in a matter of days.

  • Location Papua New guinea
  • Threat Palm Oil
  • Livelihood Focus Smoked fish, eaglewood resin
  • Population 1,975
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