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Often we are asked by our clients how they can help or donate to help the village. Here is a variety of ways you can help support the Emberá maintain their traditional lifestyle.
1) Giveback Program
10% of all profits from our village tours is donated back to the Warrara Krincha (means 'Idea for the children' in Emberá) or Education Fund for the Emberá children. So by choosing to visit the village with us, you are directly helping educate the children of the village.
2) Financial Donations
You can make financial donations direct to the Warrara Krincha, which was founded to empower and educate the youth of Emberá Purú. From kindergarten to university level, the Warrara Krincha works to increase the resources needed for school supplies, mandatory school uniforms, books, tuition and living expenses for those who have to leave the village to study past the 6th grade. The Warrara Krincha is managed by a committee of parents in the village to enable the students of all ages achieve the level of education they desire.
To donate to the Warrara Krincha aka, Emberá Children's Education Fund click the PayPal Donate button below:
3) Physical Donations
Many people ask what they can bring to the people in the village. Below are a number of suggestions:
Clothes - Second hand adult and children's clothes, summer clothes only. The Emberá need to wear Western clothes when they travel outside the village to the city, for example to go to a medical clinic.
Baby needs - Cloth diapers, bottles, toys, diaper pins, etc.
Personal toiletries - Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotions, perfumes. (they love floral smells)
School supplies - pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, notebooks, back packs, crayons, colored pens, coloring books, art supplies, children's books in Spanish.
Toys - The kids love toys, even something simple like a balloon for each one is a real treat.
Food - Bags of rice, white flour, cooking oil, salt, sugar, apples, raisins, nuts, grapes, and candy is always fun too.
Solar flashlights - Or any kind of flashlight that does not use batteries.
Adult gifts - Large embroidery type sewing needles, thread, over the counter reading glasses, fish hooks (for fish 2-8 lbs.), fishing knives, wood carving tools, etc.
Photographs - Of your trip to the village. The Emberá treasure photos of their families and children. They have no cameras or ways to take their own pictures. You can print out and mail us hard copies. They should be laminated as the jungle humidity is very hard on paper photos.
Misc. donations - Sheets, towels, mosquito nets, rain ponchos and back packs are all very much appreciated. If you think of something not listed here, just contact us and we will let you know if it is something the Emberá can use.