supporting indigenous people of Brazil
The current president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has been bringing huge catastrophes to the indigenous people of Brazil as well as talking about selling big chunks of the Amazon to private cooperation.
The future health and welfare of humanity will be determined, to a great extent, by the fate of the rainforests. Tropical forest plants serve as vital resources for the eradication and prevention of diseases, but we could easily lose these plants as well as the traditional knowledge that can unlock their potential if tropical ecosystems and indigenous cultures are not preserved intact
By giving a donation you are helping to preserve the culture of the indigenous people in Brazil, which has a crucial global impact for healing medicines and for our own fellow human beings survival in the face of mass deforestation and the damage of the lungs of the world by logging and gold mining. One day we, or our family, may require healing from a vital plant found in this part of our world.
This project is about humanity coming together and truly supporting ancient cultures to thrive. If the indigenous people thrive, we thrive, if they don't survive, we don't survive. They are the guardians of what is left of our forests and they are the guardians of ancient forms of healing. By helping the indigenous people, we are also helping our children and future generations.
For thousands of years, indigenous groups have made extensive use of the materials contained in the rainforest to meet their health needs. Forest dwellers in the Amazon, for example, use around 6,500 different plants to treat their ills. Shamans were the first medical specialists in indigenous communities, and their traditional methods are known to be effective in treating both physical and psychological ailments. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the people in developing countries still rely on traditional medicine for their primary health care needs.
Without money, access to, or faith in modern facilities, indigenous people depend on shamans, herbal healers, and rainforest plants for their survival. Shamans also play a crucial role in helping scientists to discover the potentials of plants. As one scientist has said, "Each time a medicine man dies, it is as if a library has been burned down. There is much yet to be learned from indigenous people, yet their individual and cultural survival is seriously threatened as modern loggers, miners, multinational corporations, and farmers invade and decimate the forest that is their home which they care for.
In supporting this project, you are having an immediate and direct impact on the survival of many indigenous tribes in Brazil. The projects are carefully selected by the co-founders of the Planetary Healing Centre and the Edinburgh Shamanic Centre.
With this project we are helping preserve endangered cultures and also saving the lives of a people who have lived for thousands of years teaching humanity about living in harmony with nature. When you tell other people what you have contributed to, you can raise your head with pride that you are making a significant difference to the ecological health of our world.
With deepest gratitude,
Claudia Goncalves and Mark Halliday