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    Unfortunately, the Wayuu  people, especially those who did not have the chance to receive the education  is facing many problems - not only related to the current, complicated political situation in the country and on the border with Venezuela, but also with the specificity of Colombia's climate. As we are closely connected to Colombia among the others due to family reasons we are also up to speed with the current situation of the country, therefore  we can for sure say that in part of the department of Guajira a humanitarian crisis has been going on for years *.

    WHY?
    THIS IS THE STATUS QUO
    According to Unicef, the area of ​​Colombia inhabited by Wayuu people is considered the second poorest place in Latin America – right after Haiti.
    The main source of water in the area is controlled by an international corporation, the world's largest coal mine called El Cerrejón.
    Funds distributed by the government "melt in the air," inter alia, due to corruption and crime, which is also affected by uncontrolled migration from outside the country.

     

    LACK OF WATER AND FOOD
    Overexploitation of Guajira, shift of the Ranchería river through the mine, prolonged drought period for three years in a row, followed by heavy rains, lack of road infrastructure and very limited access to medical services outside major urban centers - all these factors together mean that every year - many Wayuu children die of malnutrition and thirst.

    In some regions of Guajira - no more than 1/2 liter of water per person is available.
    as opposed to Europe, where theusage is on average of 20 liters of water per person per day ...
    WHAT STEPS DO WE TAKE?

     

    WE LOOK FOR REAL SOLUTIONS, INSTEAD OF GIVING EMPTY DECLARATIONS

    Based on our profits, every year we determine the percentage of income that we allocate to direct assistance of the Wayuu communities  for the supply of water, food and school utensils to the territory of Colombia. On top of that we sponsor charity campaigns, thanks to which children also in Poland receive direct help from us.

    We support micro entrepreneurship of artisans - in the vast majority  women, but also small manufactories, family businesses, which, like us once, are taking their first steps in business and international trade.

    We share knowledge about craft techniques, people's habits and the history of the places we visit.

     

    ** All Guajira’s photos were taken by us during one of our visits to Colombia. Data comes from the following sources: Unicef, CIDH, WHO, VICE.