The Hora de obrar has presented the initiative to improve the life conditions of 15 mbya communities

Indigenous leaders and the Hora de Obrar Foundation team celebrate the launch of Tape Pora. Photo: Mariana Malgay

ARGENTINA-

The Hora de obrar (Time to Take Action) Foundation has presented the initiative to improve the life conditions of 15 mbya communities for the next three years. Leaders of the native communities from Ruiz de Montoya took part, as well as Norma Silveiro, director of Guaraní Affairs and the mayor, Victor Vogel.

On July 17th the project funded jointly with the EU was launched, at the Salón de la Reforma de la Iglesia Evangélica Suiza in Ruiz de Montoya. Tape Pora will reach over 1000 people and will seek to develop the agroecological food production and crafts sale, comprehensive and intercultural education, the access to basic servicies, health and justice from an intercultural, interdisciplinary and feminist perspective.

Norma Silveiro, director of Guaraní Affairs from Misiones expressed, ‘I am very happy. This project is very important for the native communities from this borough and we will work together.’ Victor Vogel, mayor of Ruiz de Montoya, also expressed his support, ‘we are here for you.’

The Delegation of the EU in Argentina congratulated the launching, ‘the Tape Pora Project is the only one out of the 11 projects selected by the EU in Argentina in 2020 to be developed in Misiones. We expect for it to promote the access to rights, dialogue and proximity among the communities and the organisations and institutions involved in the implementation’  said Victoria Giussani, Counsellor of International Cooperation at the Delegation.

On the other hand, the executive director of the Time to Take Action Foundation, Nicolas Rosenthal, explained that, ‘this funding allows us to widen the work we have been doing for 9 years in constant conversations with the communities.’

Tape Pora was selected among 370 projects presented upon the invitation from Human Rights aimed to civil organisations that the EU launched in Argentina last year. It is an initiative fuelled by the protestan foundation Time to Take Action alongside the German organisation Bread for the World.

Among the results achieved in this project it is important to mention the integration of new families to the production of food respecting their ancient knowledge and the process of interinstitutional conversations with the Government, native and non-native organisations to strengthen the access to different rights.

What is the effect expected and over whom?

The Tape Pora project will reach about 1100 people with four main cultural components, from a comprehensive, intercultural and feminist perspective:

The communities will attain a major economic and alimentary autonomy with the development of the agroecologic food and crafts sale.

We will improve the facilities of the Takuapí Intercultural Bilingual Institute and the infrastructure for providing safe water, sanitation and basic services, train native professors and give support for the  comprehensive and intercultural education of children and teenagers with new pedagogical material. Finally, we will work in the access to justice and primary healthcare through the resoration of traditional knowledge.

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