Destruction of the environment in the Impenetrable and the impact on the Native Population
According to the Ministry of the Environment, it was estimated that between 1998 and 2006, 1.11 million hectares of native forests were lost in Argentina, of which more than 60% corresponded to the Impenetrable. About 60,000 people currently live in the Impenetrable. Most of of the natives of the area (Wichis and Toba) are peasants and small rural producers. Deforestation has caused the disappearance of animals and other foods and medicines used by the original communities. The Wichis communities of Impenetrable Chaqueño suffer from malnutrition . There are various bodies and laws that protect these communities, whose success has been limited in the past.
Las Marias is on the mission to create global awareness of the precarious living conditions of native tribes in Northern Argentina. We will also help the indigenous communities by providing them food, basic heath care and education. Our volunteers work on the ground to provide basic support to the people in the region. Our vision is rooted in education of children, to give them a chance to change the future of their own communities.
Education For Children
Underprivileged children in Chaco, Argentina are facing basic challenges. Las Marias has launched a project to work with children and prepares them for future, by educating them, and teaching them important skills. In order to uplift these tribes from extreme poverty, it is very important that every child has the basic education.
Basic Health Care
Chaco natives suffer from adverse health conditions owing to mainly two reasons –first the lack of education and thus lack of awareness; and second the unwillingness to lose a day’s wage in order to reach the nearest medical facility. Healthcare for underprivileged, which is a desperate need, thus remains unaddressed. Las Marias programme will provide free healthcare services to children and families.
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