Today there are approximately 370million indigenous people belonging to some 5000 different groups. These groups are defined by their unique culture, language and tradition. It is estimated that they hold 25% of the world’s lands yet indigenous people remain amongst the poorest and most marginalised of their societies. Without access to financial resources and decision-making platforms their protests are too often ignored by governments and organisations. Palm Oasis empowers and supports Indigenous People in their struggle for basic human rights, this includes: their right to speak freely and practice their culture, their right to education and their right to their lands and resources.
For indigenous people safeguarding their rights leads to improved job prospects allowing them to raise strong/healthy families. This reduces pressure on social services and boosts economic growth. Protecting the rights of indigenous populations can also create the conditions for mutual understanding, dialogue and peace, thus improving the stability of nations which has positive repercussions worldwide.
Currently we support and work with a number of communities on Colombia’s war-torn Pacific. This previously untouched coastline has been influenced by the arrival of new industries such as mining, forestry and narcotics. This has forced the indigenous and afro populations that inhabit this wild coastline to adapt. Improving access to education, adequate healthcare and running water for the 12,000 indegenous that inhabit this coastline is a priority for Palm Oasis Foundation.
James Price from Palm Oasis recently gave a talk to the Royal Geographic Soceity in London. You can watch his talk here.