APIWTXA Association

The Associação Ashaninka do Rio Amônia – Apiwtxa (a term that means ‘unity’) was set up in 1991 and formally registered in 1993  ̶  the year following the demarcation of our lands  ̶  as part of the strategy of strengthening our community. The association acts as the operational arm of the community, so that we can administer our projects and coordinate social and political approaches.   

It is through the Associação Apiwtxa that we Ashaninka of the Amônia river carry out our projects for the well-being of our community and of the communities adjacent to our territory.

As well as carrying out our projects, we also work in partnership with several Brazilian and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. Working with these partners we analyse and draw up strategies for restoring degraded areas, protecting biodiversity, disseminating agroforestry techniques and cultural outreach.

Vision

To serve and care for the Ashaninka people, by encouraging unity and sustainable development through protecting our history, traditions and knowledge.

Mission

To promote the sustainable development, unity and quality of life of the Ashaninka people through understanding, planning and management that promotes actions and initiatives that underpin the interventions. 

Values

Forest
Culture and tradition: Ashaninka language
Spirituality and our knowledge systems
Unity and organization of the Ashaninka family and its leadership systems
Management of Ashaninka territory
Sustainable development: food production

The main areas of Apiwtxa’s activities are

  • Terriorial management;
  • Agreeing political positions for the protection of indigenous peoples’ rights and the general well-being of the population;
  • Sustainable economic development;
  • Environmental protection under the heading of “standing forest”;
  • Preservation and valuing of Ashaninka culture;
  • Proactive involvement in educational matters in our community, aiming to preserve and value the knowledge of our people and sustainable development;
  • Protecting and valuing spiritual knowledge, maintaining the traditions of our culture.

 

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