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a 501(c)3 non profit organization

Upper Orinoco

Yanomami Projects

SUMMER 2022

Campaign Progress

Our Goal: $118,000

Objectives

  • Advance pioneering research on the Yanomami microbiome to expand our understanding of the link between microbes and global human health.

  • Install a solar-powered satellite internet system to enhance medical programs and reliable communication.

  • Deliver a fully electric outboard motor to facilitate sustainable, eco-friendly, zero emissions transportation.

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Satellite System

$26,000

This covers costs of the satellite communication system, installation tools, solar panel, battery power station, cables, and two-years of satellite internet service

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Electric Outboard Motor

 $22,000

This covers the purchase of the all-electric motor and necessary accessories like batteries, solar panels, propellors, cables and other parts.

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Logistics & Field Equipment

$70,000

​This covers  expenses 

associated with staff, international and domestic transportation, meals, lodging, field supplies & equipment, medicines, and medical supplies, and collecting microbiome samples.

WHAT IS THE GOOD PROJECT?

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2013. We are a highly specialized international team with decades of experience working with indigenous peoples in the Amazon.

Through our collaboration with indigenous communities, we build projects that promote self-determination, advance scientific research, preserve ancient knowledge, and protect ancestral lands.

We document, learn, and participate in programs to foster cross-cultural awareness and teach the world the importance of preserving indigenous cultures and methods of sustainability.

WHO ARE THE YANOMAMI?

They are an indigenous people that subsists mostly by hunting-gathering and simple horticulture. Their territory spans across the southeastern Venezuelan and northwestern Brazilian border within the Amazon rainforest. Historically, they have been known for maintaining their traditional way of life, but more recently, their microbiome linked to their health status is earning them increasing popularity. Many experts say that there are villages that yet to be contacted.

 

Since sustained Western contact first began in the 1950s, the Yanomami have been confronting the spread of novel infections diseases, invasion of illegal of gold miners, and engagement with political and economic policies that affect their livelihood.
 
The Yanomami benefactors of this project live in a region known as the Upper Orinoco of Venezuela. These communities are at the interface of practicing traditional customs while engaging with outside agencies to cope and learn how to navigate their changing society. The Yanomami critically need support to protect their way of life and maintain the health and welfare of the more vulnerable, less frequently contacted communities of the interior.

OUR IMPACT

The outcome of this expedition will contribute to the following

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YANOMAMI HEALTH

Supporting Yanomami communities on the front lines of disease outbreaks is critical if we are to protect the more vulnerable and isolated communities of the interior. The outcome of this expedition will:

  • Enhance monitoring of Yanomami health situations health leading to improved disease surveillance and medical response times.

  • Help limit the spread of infectious through culturally sensitive public health training in social distancing practices and disease prevention 

  • Facilitate reliable emergency transportation of patients and medical personnel to outpatient clinics.

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PIONEERING MICROBIOME RESEARCH

The microbiome is a critical part of human health and development. The Yanomami people have one of the most biodiverse microbiomes in the world and are largely free of chronic disease inflammatory diseases. The research component of our expedition has profound local and global impact on understanding human health. Our research goals are to:

  • Study and characterize the microbiome of various Yanomami communities and its link to their diet and lifestyles​.

  • Advance scientific research while preserving ancient knowledge and wisdom.

  • Strengthen our relationship with the Yanomami people by fostering inclusion, collaboration, and ethical research that provides direct and indirect benefit to the Yanomami people. 

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INTERCULTURAL AND BILINGUAL EDUCATION

Yanomami Intercultural and Bilingual Schools integrate traditional culture and belief systems while providing the tools to achieve self-representation and self-determination on the world stage. These schools:

  • Advance the Yanomami people's right to have access to intercultural education.

  • Increase efficiency by facilitating reliable access to administrative and educational information and networking with local and national institutions.

  • Allow for consistent monitoring of the status of the schools, clinics, and the specific health situations of the Yanomami, while addressing emerging concerns.

  • Set the stage for important intercultural dialogue and exchange between Yanomami society and the rest of the world​.

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SUSTAINABILITY

Our goal is to use the best innovative technology to support Yanomami programs. With advanced zero-emissions technology powered by renewable solar energy, we become stewards and allies of the Amazon. Our work will:

  • Decrease dependency on gasoline and other fossil fuels.

  • Decrease the output of harmful fumes and pollution.

  • Facilitate future research and medical programs by sharing resources with the Yanomami people and other support groups.

  • Create an atmosphere of collaboration, trust, and efficiency as we work together to protect the sustainability, health, and welfare of the Yanomami

EXPEDITION LEADERS

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David Good

Lead Coordinator

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Hortensia Caballero-Arias

Coordinator

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Lewis Cardozo

Assistant Coordinator

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Yanomami Intercultural & Bilingual Schools

Local Institution

Biologist and founder of the Good Project. His research focuses on characterizing the human microbiome of Yanomami communities. He is a member of the Irokai-teri community where his Yanomami mother and family reside. 

Anthropologist and President of the Good Project. Her work focused on cultural and political transformations, politics of identity, historical anthropology, and indigenous rights among Amazonian peoples. She has worked among the Yanomami for nearly 30 years. 

Anthropologist and expedition assistant for the Good Project. He was trained in archeology at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. His field experience includes working and researching with indigenous  Amazonian populations.

Since 1976, the Salesian Catholic Mission established these schools in response to Yanomami communities confronting novel challenges in health, economy, politics, and cultural preservation. They successfully built and maintained an infrastructure that supported over 1,000 Yanomami students

Do you have any quesions?

Interested in sponsoring our next expedition or learning more about our work? Send a message below or email at contact@jointhegoodproject.org 

a 501(c) 3 non-profit

EIN: 46-3975975