GEOPARADISE

The public charity behind Tribal Gathering

Tribal Gathering is the main charitable program of GeoParadise and a platform for cooperation where our indigenous outreach projects are inspired. Get involved and give back to those disadvantaged communities throughout the year!

GeoParadise is a US public charity working with indigenous communities from around the world since 2011. Through indigenous representative groups, we reach out to communities, inviting them to participate in our main event Tribal Gathering and the Inter-tribal Symposiums. These inter-cultural events provide the opportunity to learn from one another and to weave a cooperative network to address the communities needs and challenges.

We encourage the communities to propose projects in line with our charitable goals of providing basic necessities and education, promoting the arts and engaging skillful volunteers. We aim to develop programs which will have a lasting effect, creating long term leverage within the communities they serve. These programs are primarily run by GeoParadise and its volunteers, although we do work in cooperation with other non-profit organizations, schools and foundations.

Our main activities are based in Panama, where we operate programs in several indigenous territories and communities, as well as in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Peru. Our long term vision is to continue to expand our connections and reach, moving into other areas of the world in the near future.

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INDIGENOUS MATERNAL HEALTH

While working in the Darien Rio Congo area, on solving the health issues caused by the lack of suitable water supply and planning better water systems, we discovered the frequent health complications and preventable disabilities in children caused by the lack of adequate pregnancy medical controls and due to giving birth in remote jungle communities with no access to emergency services in case of complications, nor transport to get to the nearest health center when needed. We also noticed many families with more kids than what they can afford to provide for.

Our goal is to help women, but also whole families in the Darién indigenous Emberá & Wounaan communities and others, to get familiar with importance of family planning, proper maternal care and to enable them to gain access to education, medical aid, regular checkups and support during and after pregnancy.


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INDIGENOUS OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Every year we run and/or support outreach programs with tribes attending Tribal Gathering.

We ask them what they need and how can we help. We let them suggest solutions or work together with them to find one if they are not sure how to address the issues at hand.

These projects range from inter-tribal learning courses to donations of tools or livestock, starting funds for coop stores,  building of infrastructure to provide or improve the access to education, water, energy and much more.

This is only possible thanks to donations to GeoParadise Charitable Fund, made by Tribal Gathering attendees and unconditional supporters.

Any amount helps and if you are not able to donate, please, share to spread the word to others. 

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DISPLACED NGABE-BUGLE FAMILIES

In July 2021 we got a call for urgent help from a Ngabe-Buglé community in the Tabasará River area belonging to their indigenous autonomous territory (Comarca). Many families, including elders and kids, have been forcibly moved, while their homes have been burned or bulldozed down. The situation for these people is very dire and we need to act quickly to assist them. 

We have planned a trip to the area mid September and are seeking funds for much-needed building supplies to help rebuild some facilities for the families and to provide them with basic necessities.

Geoparadise will donate the labor and as much building materials as we have available to build some temporary structures, but there are still many other things that need funding like cement, roofing, transport, sanitary supplies, etc. We will also donate tarps, tents, plastic roofing, and mattress's to provide immediate relief to these families. 

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