Sacha Warmi Muskuy
The Sacha Warmi Center, in Ecuador, supports the preservation of indigenous health care methods within the local communities.
“We support the revitalization of their cultural systems, especially relating to health and traditional medicine, as well as the preservation of their natural resources, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of peoples in the Amazon.”
To that effect, Sacha Warmi trains indigenous healthcare workers, creates communication initiatives between western healthcare agents and local indigenous practitioners, and assists in the creation of audiovisual material cataloguing medicinal plants and their uses.
Additionally, Sacha Warmi supports an association of Quechua midwives to promote the accessibility of healthcare and reduce infant mortality rates, and provides western-trained Ecuadorian medical students with immersion opportunities to facilitate intercultural learning and increase the respect of indigenous cultures.
Rosa Canelos making a presentation at the Shamans's Congress in Tena.
Rosa Canelos with Kichwa couple in Sarayacu.
Kichwa women's workshop on oral traditions
Young Siekopai (Secoya) people Jimmy and Ribaldo filming school children during their visit to the medicinal plant garden created by a Siekopai woman, Fanny Piaguaje (left) in the village of Sewaya, on the Aguarico River. The videos produced by Jimmy and Ribaldo on the traditional uses of medicinal plants will soon be distributed to the 5 Siekopia villages in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon to encourage their own people to give a new value to some of the most important medicinal plants.
Didier making a presentation last May to the professional staff from the Health Center in the Siekopai village of San Pablo, on the Aguarico River.
Didier making a presentation on Intercultural Health, last May, to the Organization for the Defense of the People Affected by the Texaco Oil Spill (UDAPT)
Organization for the Defense of the People Affected by the Texaco Oil Spill (UDAPT) Presentation