Dear Good Project supporter,
I recently returned home from our most recent expedition to Yanomami territory, Venezuela. In the last month, I was hospitalized twice for malaria and spent many weeks recuperating my strength and health. I am back at the Good Project headquarters collaborating with our team in drafting a full expedition report. We are eager to share the knowledge gained, lessons learned, and moments cherished.
One of the objectives of this expedition was to bring Yarima back to the United States for a visit. Unfortunately, we were unable to begin this process due to complications that reflect the Venezuelan economic crisis. However, we are not giving up. The Good Project team is regrouping and reworking our strategy in safely bringing Yarima to the US.
I had the honor of being part of a tremendous international and intercultural team comprised of scientists, medical personnel, government functionaries, military officials, private enterprises, Yanomami leaders and villagers, missionaries, and volunteers. Together we saved a life, healed the sick, conducted research, built trust, and established partnerships.
We worked together towards our mission in…
supporting the education, healthcare, and preservation of the Yanomami people from intercultural and participatory perspectives and educating the public on the unique, dynamic way of Yanomami life to increase cross-cultural awareness, and promote the protection of indigenous rights and their ancestral lands.
…as well as embodying our vision of…
the Yanomami empowered to have complete agency, self-representation and self-determination in navigating through their ever-changing globalized world.
This expedition was filled with challenges and triumphs that imbued us with deeper respect and awe for the resilience, strength, and fortitude of the Yanomami people. They face many adversities that include, but not limited to, the invasion of illegal gold miners, devastating epidemics, limited access to basic healthcare, disruption of education and schooling, and cultural degradation. Mounting international efforts are working towards helping the Yanomami. We are proud the Good Project can be a part of that effort. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. We have begun preparations for the 2019 expedition and look to you to help us achieve our goals. Please standby for the full expedition report.