IMPROVING THE CONDITIONS OF THE INGA COMMUNITY IN THE YURAYACO RESERVE (CAQUETÁ-COLOMBIA)
HOPE Foundation supports indigenous communities in Colombia.
The Indigenous reserve of Yurayaco (Caquetá), belongs to the Inga ethnic group. They were mitimak-kuna or agricultural military communities and merchants engaged in foreign trade and gathering information for the Inca Empire.
During the Colombian armed conflict, Yurayaco was targeted by several attacks. Between 2007 and 2010 was the hardest period for this community, when the three hills surrounding the reserve were taken by the Colombian Army, the Paramilitaries and the Guerrilla (FARC), putting them in the line of fire. As the population reports, they had to pass many days completely lying on the ground, as bombs and all kinds of ammunition fell into the reserve.
In those same dates, mines were laid on both sides of the reserve, which caused a panic among the inhabitants of him, since they did not know where they could travel and what places were safe.
In Yurayaco, there are 89 residents distributed in 26 families, and also the Yachaicurí educational centre, which concentrates all the children of the other Inga reserves, with a system of full boarding. In addition, there is the headquarters of the Yachaicurí indigenous group and constant meetings are held of all the Inga reserves, so it has a floating population of around 300 people in addition to the 89 residents.
Both the reserve and the educational centre have seen drastically reduced the support provided by the Government and are still endangered by the presence of illegal armed group and narcos in the area.
Support to the Health Sector
Do to the lack of medical facilities in the proximity of the reserve, HOPE aims to improve the health condition of the Yurayaco’s indigenous community by providing two advanced first aid kits for the community and the Yachaicurí educational centre in April 2019.
Support to Sports
We strongly believe that sport is an important means to fight against inequalities. For this reason, on April 29, 2019, we have delivered complete uniforms and balls for three soccer teams of the Yachaikury Educational Institution: a team of girls aged 13-14, one of boys aged 13-14 and one of 16-years olds. years.
With this intervention, HOPE aims to improve access to sports for the children of this indigenous community so that, in addition to playing, they can learn essential skills that will be useful in their adult life, such as teamwork and cooperation.
This activity is part of the collaboration agreement with Danish Demining Group – Colombia, who provided valuable logistical support.