COVID-19 IN THE AMAZON
"STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINES"
This live event begins with a 30-minute program followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. On-the-ground reporting will highlight how our fundraising efforts have provided critical support to Indigenous peoples combating COVID-19, and how together we can (and must) continue this work. Speakers include: Gregorio Mirabal, General Coordinator, COICA; Atossa Soltani, Founder, Amazon Watch; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Executive Director, Amazon Watch; Suzanne Pelletier, Executive Director, Rainforest Foundation US; Tabea Casique, COICA.
A GLOBAL ALLIANCE STANDING WITH THE GUARDIANS OF THE RAINFOREST
RAPID RESPONSE GRANTS FOR URGENT PREVENTION AND CARE, FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES, EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS AND EVACUATION, PROTECTION AND SECURITY FOR FOREST GUARDIANS, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
100% OF INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO INDIGENOUS
AND FOREST COMMUNITIES FACING COVID-19 IN THE AMAZON
COVID-19 IS QUICKLY SPREADING ACROSS THE AMAZON BASIN, THREATENING THE LIVES AND THE FUTURE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND TRADITIONAL FOREST COMMUNITIES, THE GUARDIANS OF THE FOREST.
Amazonian communities face multiple threats as the pandemic spreads across the forest, including increased violence, high levels of morbidity and mortality, a lack of access to healthcare and protective equipment, food scarcity, lack of income and environmental catastrophes including increased deforestation, oil spills, fires and floods.
For over 500 years, indigenous peoples of the Amazon and across the Americas have faced invasions and loss of their ancestral territories, ethnic and socioeconomic discrimination, and the constant threat of physical and cultural extermination resulting in displacement, disease and genocide.
Now, indigenous peoples – particularly the elders, wisdomkeepers and those living in voluntary isolation – are gravely at risk by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditional forest communities are similarly threatened, including riverine communities, quilombolas, rubber-tappers and other populations who defend the forest with their lives.
A GLOBAL SOLIDARITY CIRCLE
The Amazon Emergency Fund (AEF) is a newly-formed coalition of 30+ indigenous Amazonian federations and non-governmental organizations working in partnership to deliver humanitarian aid to communities impacted by the novel coronavirus in the Amazon basin.
We work by combining resources and collaborating to direct rapid response grants to indigenous and forest peoples and grassroots organizations in the Amazon who have called the global community to show our solidarity during this emergency.
THE AMAZON EMERGENCY FUND IS HELPING TO BRING THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES AND SERVICES TO FOREST PEOPLES:
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS & EVACUATION
URGENT COVID-19 PREVENTION & CARE
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY & COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
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