ACT News

Bringing Light to Others: Updates from the Barefoot College Experience

Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015

In India, November 11 marked the beginning of Diwali, the Festival of Lights, when Indian Hindus—and other Hindus around the world—celebrate the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The festival is evidenced by millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, and around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.

Caquetá adopts groundbreaking indigenous peoples’ policy

Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015

On November 11, 2015, in a historic and positive development for the indigenous peoples of Caquetá in Colombia, the departmental Assembly of the Department of Caquetá passed ordinance 031, establishing a departmental indigenous peoples’ public policy and forming an indigenous coordinating council responsible for the policy’s design and implementation.

From Tepu to Rajasthan: Indigenous Women Begin Training as Solar Providers

Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On September 12, 2015, Anna Nantawi and Ketoera Aparaka, two indigenous women from Suriname’s remote rainforest interior, departed for India to begin a six-month solar power installation training course to benefit their community.  When the women return, they will be able to install, maintain and repair solar energy systems, and then train others to replicate their work.

IFIP Connections: Forging New Alliances to Protect Sacred Places in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia

Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015
"As one of Amazon Conservation Team’s (ACT) founders, I have long observed the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) with a feeling of affinity, as both organizations were born in the last decade of the 20th century—certainly a more idealistic time in the NGO world—with a focus on Indigenous empowerment." -Liliana Madrigal, Senior Director of Program Operations

A Solar Amazon: Indigenous Female Elders Travel to India to Bring Solar Energy to their Communities

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015
On September 11, 2015, a celebratory event was held at the Externado University in Bogotá, Colombia marking the beginning of a life-changing adventure for Ercilia Paitekudo and Maria Encarnación Sueroque, two Huitoto women from Cuemani and Guacamaya in the middle Caquetá River region.