LIVE WEBINAR

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. 

"We're on the verge of a genocide due to the lack of attention from governments and national health services. Thank you, brothers and sisters from across the planet, for supporting this Amazon Emergency Fund."
GREGORIO MIRABAL
GENERAL COORDINATOR, COICA
"There has never been a greater urgency to support indigenous communities across the Amazon. Indigenous people are struggling to protect themselves from COVID-19 while continuing to safeguard the tropical forests that the world needs to fight the worst impacts of the Climate Crisis. Now is the time for everyone, individuals and organizations, to come together to support indigenous peoples who are absolutely essential to rainforest protection and whose lives and cultures are at risk."
SUZANNE PELLETIER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RAINFOREST FOUNDATION US
"The Amazon Emergency Fund helps to bring much needed resources to indigenous Peoples across the Amazon. In many of our communities there is not adequate food, medicine and personal protective equipment. The fund is making a significant impact in meeting these needs."
MICHAEL MCGARRELL
POLICY OFFICER, AMERINDIAN PEOPLE'S ASSOCIATION (APA)
"In solidarity with Indigenous peoples and forest communities, who protect the Amazon and climate, we are responding to these crises via the Amazon Emergency Fund to stop the destruction and potential ethnocide. Now is the time to show our support and solidarity! Please join us!"
LEILA SALAZAR-LOPEZ
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AMAZON WATCH

THE AMAZON EMERGENCY FUND IS HELPING TO BRING THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES AND SERVICES TO FOREST PEOPLES:

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS & EVACUATION

PROTECTION & SECURITY FOR FOREST GUARDIANS

FOOD & MEDICAL SUPPLIES

URGENT COVID-19 PREVENTION & CARE

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY & COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

$ 0
FUNDS DISBURSED TO COMMUNITIES

OUR IMPACT

Since May 2020, AEF has supported the distribution of emergency resources and services to approximately 54,350 people in 9 countries across the Amazon.  To learn more about AEF’s strategy and impacts, read our latest program overview (ENG/ESP/POR). 

BRAZIL

COIAB - Coordenação das Organizações Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira

COLOMBIA

OPIAC - Organización Nacional de los Pueblos Indigenas de la Amazonia Colombiana

PERU

AIDSESEP - Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana

GUYANA

APA - Asociación de Pueblos Amerindios de Guyana

BOLIVIA

CIDOB - Confederación de Pueblos Indígenas del Oriente Boliviano

VENEZUELA

ORPIA - Organización Regional de los Pueblos Indígenas del estado Amazonas

SURINAME

OIS - Organización de los Pueblos Indígenas de Suriname

FRENCH GUIANA

ECUADOR

CONFENIAE - Confederación de las Nacionalidades Indigenas de la Amazonia Ecuatoriana

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