Regenerate Native Ecosystems to Strengthen Local Communities

Regenerate Native Ecosystems to Strengthen Local Communities

Regenerate Native Ecosystems to Strengthen Local Communities

Since 2010, OIOC has serviced the Sibundoy, Putumayo region of Colombia, under the leadership of Taita Juan Bautista Agreda—a respected three-time chief of the Kamëntsá Nation. With support from international organizations like Circle of Sacred Nature's Indigenous Reciprocity effort, we've revitalized the area's environment, indigenous culture, and community.

We've completed a 500-tree reforestation project, repaired eight homes for vulnerable families, and hosted ongoing workshops on ecology and indigenous traditions, benefitting 1,000+ families. With more support, we'll scale our reforestation & ethnobotanical efforts, and explore sustainable livelihoods aligned with the land and our culture.

Since 2010, OIOC has serviced the Sibundoy, Putumayo region of Colombia, under the leadership of Taita Juan Bautista Agreda—a respected three-time chief of the Kamëntsá Nation. With support from international organizations like Circle of Sacred Nature's Indigenous Reciprocity effort, we've revitalized the area's environment, indigenous culture, and community.

We've completed a 500-tree reforestation project, repaired eight homes for vulnerable families, and hosted ongoing workshops on ecology and indigenous traditions, benefitting 1,000+ families. With more support, we'll scale our reforestation & ethnobotanical efforts, and explore sustainable livelihoods aligned with the land and our culture.

SPONSORS

Circle of Sacred Nature

Alcaldía de Sibundoy

Shanayoy

2023 - Present

$3,900

$3,900
Sponsor: Circle of Sacred Nature
Sponsor: Circle of Sacred Nature

500 trees

500 trees
Planted
Planted

2m x 3m

2m x 3m
Greenhouse Prototype
Greenhouse Prototype

Green Rebirth

Green Rebirth

In 2023, we successfully completed our first small scale reforestation effort. We built a basic 2m x 3m greenhouse, and planted 500 trees on an indigenous reservation neighboring our land. Benito led tree cultivation, Andres and Nico managed field work, and Erika managed the project and outreach. With more funding support, we hope to revitalize and reforest more areas. Church of Sacred Nature, an allied non-profit dedicated to nature, wellness, and indigenous wisdom, sponsored this work.

In 2023, we successfully completed our first small scale reforestation effort. We built a basic 2m x 3m greenhouse, and planted 500 trees on an indigenous reservation neighboring our land. Benito led tree cultivation, Andres and Nico managed field work, and Erika managed the project and outreach. With more funding support, we hope to revitalize and reforest more areas. Church of Sacred Nature, an allied non-profit dedicated to nature, wellness, and indigenous wisdom, sponsored this work.

2022 - Present
Grant: $3,300
Sponsor: Circle of Sacred Nature

Community Clinic

Community Clinic

To bring quality medical care to the community where care is otherwise unaffordable or non-existent, we partnered with Colombian physician and surgeon Dr. Franco Jimenez, to offer traditional, allopathic, bioenergetic, and functional medicines for a Health Clinic Day hosted in our Maloca (community temple). We provided medicines, medical staff, consultations and treatments to 60 community members, investigating the root cause of health issues.

To bring quality medical care to the community where care is otherwise unaffordable or non-existent, we partnered with Colombian physician and surgeon Dr. Franco Jimenez, to offer traditional, allopathic, bioenergetic, and functional medicines for a Health Clinic Day hosted in our Maloca (community temple). We provided medicines, medical staff, consultations and treatments to 60 community members, investigating the root cause of health issues.

Grant: $1,400 x 3
Sponsor: Chacruna Institute

Youth Education

Youth Education

Mercedes Agreda facilitated three educational programs with 14-20 children each, teaching indigenous art and culture, native languages, and traditional farming. A few short decades ago, colonization and bullying impacted how children presented themselves in society: from cutting their hair, to no longer speaking a native language. These programs are a step in preserving access to our indigenous culture, and understanding, protecting, and honoring our cultural identity.

Mercedes Agreda facilitated three educational programs with 14-20 children each, teaching indigenous art and culture, native languages, and traditional farming. A few short decades ago, colonization and bullying impacted how children presented themselves in society: from cutting their hair, to no longer speaking a native language. These programs are a step in preserving access to our indigenous culture, and understanding, protecting, and honoring our cultural identity.

Grant: $800
Sponsor: Private Donor

Grandmother Support

Grandmother Support

After decades nurturing families and supporting the work of the community, grandmothers in our community often find themselves without a support system as they age, living in poverty and begging for basic needs. We’ve spoken with 100+ grandmothers on their needs as we explore reciprocity and generosity with the caretakers of our culture. As funds are available, we’ve made ad-hoc efforts to provide a warm meal, food staples, and basic home repairs.

After decades nurturing families and supporting the work of the community, grandmothers in our community often find themselves without a support system as they age, living in poverty and begging for basic needs. We’ve spoken with 100+ grandmothers on their needs as we explore reciprocity and generosity with the caretakers of our culture. As funds are available, we’ve made ad-hoc efforts to provide a warm meal, food staples, and basic home repairs.

2014 - Present

$19,000

$19,000
Sponsor: CSN, Shanayoy

350+ species

350+ species
Medicinal Plants Cultivated

5m rows

5m rows
Per plant species

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

Over 10+ years, we’ve preserved and cultivated 350+ native medicinal plants with proceeds from Circle of Sacred Nature's reciprocity effort and Shanayoy Healing Center, also operated by us on the reservation. With 5m rows for each plant species, we hope to preserve ancestral medicine traditions, supply plants for clinical study, and offer treatments for various disease.

Over 10+ years, we’ve preserved and cultivated 350+ native medicinal plants with proceeds from Circle of Sacred Nature's reciprocity effort and Shanayoy Healing Center, also operated by us on the reservation. With 5m rows for each plant species, we hope to preserve ancestral medicine traditions, supply plants for clinical study, and offer treatments for various disease.

2019 - 2021

$15,968

$15,968
Via crowdfunding

8 homes

8 homes
Repaired for 24 families

1,000 families

1,000 families
Benefitting from food staples

Land of Origins: COVID Assistance

Land of Origins: COVID Assistance

During the COVID pandemic, we requested help with basic food and shelter needs. Due to Sibundoy’s remote location, lack of government aid, and national regulation forbidding travel, several families lost access to jobs and thus an income to feed themselves.

We rebuilt with the support of CSN and international community 8 homes to rehouse 24 families previously living in unsanitary conditions by an aqueduct. 8,000 vegetable starts, 1500 kilos of corn, and 500 kilos of beans were distributed to 1000+ families, mitigating the food shortage during the 2-year pandemic.

During the COVID pandemic, we requested help with basic food and shelter needs. Due to Sibundoy’s remote location, lack of government aid, and national regulation forbidding travel, several families lost access to jobs and thus an income to feed themselves.

We rebuilt with the support of CSN and international community 8 homes to rehouse 24 families previously living in unsanitary conditions by an aqueduct. 8,000 vegetable starts, 1500 kilos of corn, and 500 kilos of beans were distributed to 1000+ families, mitigating the food shortage during the 2-year pandemic.

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