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Having recently visited Amazonian communities, I personally witnessed the severe struggles they face in obtaining clean drinking water.

The Madha people, residing along the Juruá and Purus rivers, are compelled to consume water from contaminated sources, leading to severe health risks and, tragically, illness and fatalities among children and elders. Geographically distant from aid, with the nearest government official three days away by boat, the Madha community of 1500 people lacks the funds to drill a well for clean water.

In the Kaxinawá village of Belo Monte, situated on the left bank of the Envira River in Feijó Acre, the people grapple with a prolonged lack of drinking water. The village, comprising 205 people and 42 families, faces particular challenges, especially in the school attended by 80 students from kindergarten to ninth grade. Without potable water, the children suffer, and the school struggles to provide meals. Despite the rich water resources underground, the village lacks the means to drill a well.

Similarly, the Village Yawasay contends without a well, with grandmothers, children, and the entire community relying on rainwater or traveling extensive distances to fetch water from an igarape', a small river or channel of water.

Likewise, Apurina women near Boca do Acre endure long journeys to secure water for their families, a taxing and time-consuming ordeal for their community of 450 people.

We feel a profound responsibility to aid these communities and urgently seek your support to make a difference. Our goal is to raise £16,000 to provide clean drinking water for the Madha, Kaxinawa, Apurina, and Yawasay villages. With your assistance, we will contract a specialist to drill wells and acquire essential equipment, such as water pumps and generators or solar panels, establishing a sustainable long-term solution.

This Well project will bring a lasting solution for four communities, ensuring safe and clean drinking water access.

We acknowledge your kind and compassionate heart and hope you can find it within yourself to support these communities in their time of need. Every contribution, regardless of size, directly contributes to drilling wells, acquiring equipment, and ensuring these communities have access to clean water.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Together, we can make a significant difference and provide clean drinking water to those who need it most.

With heartfelt thanks,

Claudia Goncalves and the board of trustees

About the charity

The Community Foundation for Planetary Healing is a Scottish based volunteer-led charity created in 2003. We work with local volunteers helping people in Scotland who are struggling with their physical, emotional mental and spiritual health by offering holistic support and nature connected activities. We are also working in partnership with indigenous groups in Brazil helping to provide the support that they need to become more self-reliant with small scale farming creating food sovereignty and protecting the Amazon forest. Our approach is unique – we use the holistic ways inspired by indigenous ways of working in the community as tools for health and wellbeing promoting positive changes and empowerment for people. In this process, our volunteers are empowered too. Since 2003, for the last 17 years, we have been working locally creating sustainable health projects supporting people struggling with mental health, carers, people with cancer, children and young people. We actively train and support our volunteers within our organisation; we are proud to be a team of over 52 volunteers taking action towards equality, inclusion, health and wellbeing. Since our establishment, we have created, delivered and supported projects in Scotland, Brazil and recently in India.

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