Helping the Guarani of Sao Paulo

One World Projects through members of the Sao Paulo Kriya Yoga Ashram have been visiting a tribe of indigenous people, known as the Guarani. This tribe of almost 1,000 members have been kicked off their land (out of the forest),  by those who illegally cut and sell the trees for profit. To our standards, they now live in poverty on the outskirts of Sao Paulo; they do not know Western culture and language, and they are struggling just to have enough food to eat.

One World Projects, with the help of Kriya Yoga members from Sao Paulo, have begun a dialog with the tribal elders to determine how we can best help. Through several meetings with the tribal council two projects have resulted.

The first, which this campaign addresses, is to send a designer to work with their artisans, and to teach them how to develop their crafts so that they will sell in the world market. The selling of handcrafts, both domestically and internationally, will help them to generate the funds they need to purchase food and other commodities that they need.

We are working with a designer, Cristina Hernandez, from Honduras that has experience in working with artisans all over the word; in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Vietnam, Guatemala, Bolivia, Haiti, India, Cambodia, Laos, and Honduras. 

Cristina will be visiting the tribe in Sao Paulo, beginning the second week in July, and stay with them for one month to develop new designs, using their current art forms,that will be more acceptable in the market, and also identify new materials and art forms that they can produce. She is gifting her time and expertise, but needs help in covering the costs of the airfare; which currently seems to be about $1,300; roundtrip from Tegucigalpa,  Honduras to Sao Palo, Brazil.

A second project is to send someone who has knowledge of agroforestry, and who can show them how to plant and harvest crops in a sustainable way so as to grow the food that they need.

This project with the Guarani is considered the first in which we hope will be many such projects, with the Kriya Yoga Institute, to spread compassion all over the world, along with opportunities for kriyavans and others to become involved in compassionate service.

A movie has been made, depicting some of the Guarani, by some of the members of the Kriya Yoga ashram in Sao Paulo. You can view it here.


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