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Juliette Cox

Fundraising for HAY, Brazil to Support the endangered Indigenous Yanomami.

I'm long distance walking, swimming and crafting for The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) because we need to defend the Land-rights of the Yanomami.

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The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

We are there wherever the need is greatest to ensure that no one is beyond reach

Charity Registration No. 1160384

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CAFOD works with local partners and communities across the world - responding to emergencies, promoting long-term development and raising public awareness of the causes of poverty. CAFOD work with people of all faiths and none for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.  

I was privileged to meet Davi and Dario Kopenawa when they visited CAFOD in February 2020.  Davi and his son Dario belong to the Yanomami community who live in the Brazilian Amazon.  Their homeland is the most extensive of any indigenous territory in the Amazon and straddles the border with Venezuela.  The Yanomami and other indigenous tribes of the Amazon are the true custodians of the rainforest.

The Yanomami are endangered, having suffered many epidemics brought in from outsiders.  They are currently experiencing accelerating encroachment by illegal activities including logging, gold mining and industrial agriculture (soya, sugar-cane). Rivers are poisoned by mercury from gold mining.  The intensifying COVID-19 outbreak is amplifying their problems as are the adverse impacts of climate change. Dario speaks in this 'Survive, Rebuild, Heal' 
video about the outbreak -  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZeughnJPA4 and Activist, Claudia Andujar's 2021 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9Rths4vfkA, marking her 90th birthday, in which she shares her amazing photography and her special devotion to the Yanomami.

Davi Kopenawa has fought for the rights of the Yanomami for 25 years.  This CAFOD video 'Voices from Brazil' features Davi talking
about indigenous rights and surviving climate change:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7X9Bw7w8zE

My challenge is to cover the 6,400 Km distance of the R. Amazon by 2027, through combined country-walking and swimming.  
It's important to develop solidarity with the Yanomami (which means human being) as their future and that of the entire human race are woven together.  We must do all we can to save their community and the integrity of the Amazon rainforest, lobbying/writing letters to MP's.  Survival International of course do much to support the Yanomami - please go to  https://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes/yanomami to sign their petition and to find other ways you can help.

CAFOD's partner the Hutukara Associação Yanomami (HAY), led by Davi Kopenawa, defends the land-rights of the Yanomami and will receive the sum total of the donations once it has been collected.

Please donate generously and as a gesture of appreciation, I'm happy to make a crocheted or knitted headband of your choice (see examples in gallery).



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