For more than 30 years the RAINFOREST FUND has supported the indigenous communities of the world rainforests through its empowerment approach based on the right of indigenous peoples to determine the nature and use of resources that come into their community, through direct grants or when impossible through a local NGO.
Indigenous people are invaluable partners in solving many of today complex problems such as climate change, biodiversity preservation, sustainable management of natural resources. Land rights are the very fabric of their culture, as land is not only the source of their economic livelihood but the thread uniting their spiritual, cultural and social identity.
We believe that long-term and flexible support for community organizing, legal defense and political advocacy to support land rights, vision and self determination is crucial for sustaining social change.
This is why, this coming year we will continue funding the indigenous communities in need of help following our philosophy based upon DIRECT HELP, DIRECT GRANT, and we call on concerned people to help us achieve our goal.
Thank you to all
Dr. Franca Sciuto
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