Mapuche COVID19 Relief Fund

What is the Goal?

Indigenous Kinship Collective, NYC is seeking emergency COVID-19 relief funds for the Indigenous Mapuche community living in Temuco, Chile and the La Araucanía Region.  We are seeking to make and distribute reusable cloth masks and pay a fair wage for our Mapuche kin. 

IKC member, Lidia A  (Mapuche), splits her time between NYC and Chile, and has made it her number one priority to support the Indigenous community during this time of pandemic. 

Below we have outlined a tier of goals to be transparent about how the funds will be used at each stage. 

47952340_1589037254351282_r.jpegMasks made by Lidia and the Mapuche team in Chile

What have we already accomplished?

Since March 2020, IKC has funded harm reduction kits to 50 incarcerated Mapuche women and 15 Gendarmes (officers) who have direct contact with those incarcerated.  Due to the inflation and scarcity of masks, Lidia began hiring Mapuche women at fair wages to make masks and put together hygiene kits. The hygiene kits included the handmade masks, soap, shampoo, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant towels, hygiene pads, and vitamins.  

It is important to protect women in prison during this pandemic.  As the American activist and politician of Puerto Rican descent, representative of the 14th district of New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said in the Daily News on March 25, “the state jails could become a breeding ground for this deadly disease.”

47952340_1589037213716598_r.jpegLidia and her amazing assistant organizing kits for delivery

47952340_158903745641301_r.jpegSupplies ready to be sorted

47952340_158903741452739_r.jpegHarm Reduction Kits prepped and ready for delivery!

47952340_1589037585207540_r.jpegLidia talking with incarcerated womxn after supplies were successfully delivered via their social worker 

What's next and how can I help?

We are now expanding our efforts to continue providing harm reduction materials for the Mapuche community, and pay the Mapuche workers making masks and gathering supplies a fair wage. That's where you come in!


Tier 1: $2500
Distribute 1,000 reusable cloth masks made by and for our Mapuche kin through IKC member Lidia A. This initial goal will pay for supplies needed and pay the mask makers a fair wage.

Tier 2: $3500
We will be able to purchase more harm reductions supplies including: Masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and food items. It is now considered illegal not to wear a mask, so we need to get these to as many Mapuche as possible to avoid any conflict. 

Tier 3: $4500
Expand outreach of harm reduction materials to Mapuche communities in rural areas. Lidia will deliver supplies with her team on the frontline to community homes, Rukas, to protect the Mapuche people.

Why is this initiative important? Why do you need my help?

One month after the start of the quarantine in Temuco due to the Covid-19, and having already confirmed more than a thousand new confirmed cases in the region, which already reach 1,236 and with 32 people deaths.

Lidia Arriagada-García decided to carry out Mutual Aid efforts in Mapuche territory in Chile, mainly to benefit Mapuche women who constitute a group of greater vulnerability, as they suffer multiple forms of discrimination and violence.

Preventive measures to combat Covid-19 are a privilege of the few and not a right for all, given the prices and the persistent shortage of emergency sanitary products in Chile.

Considering that health is a fundamental human right of all people regardless of race, religion, political ideology or economic or social condition, it is urgent that everyone have access to Covid-19 sanitary products, when and where they need them, without their condition limiting access to them.

It is also important to remember that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples , in its article 1 establishes that “Indigenous people have the right, as peoples or as individuals, to the full enjoyment of all human rights (...) ”and article 7.1 provides that “Indigenous persons have the right to life, physical and mental integrity, liberty and security of persons ”. Furthermore, we understand that the United Nations Human Rights Protection bodies have made a strong call to serve the indigenous nations.

Therefore, with this initiative, Lidia Arriagada-García, hopes to inspire other organizations and civil society
so that together we can protect those who need it most, such as indigenous women and people, who are equivalent to a significant percentage of the population in Chile and those who suffer greater economic poverty, social inequality and lack of opportunities. Hygiene and prevention supplies are urgent due to a high
risk of Covid-19 infection.

On the ground: Even during this time Mapuche are still a targeted community. Facing disruption while trying to sell goods on the street to support their families. The Mapuche women who sell vegetables on the streets of Temuco, known as 'hortalizeras'  have a cultural right to sell their produce, but police have been repressing them and throwing their vegetables away and arresting them. It’s a complicated issue and an ongoing fight for the Indigenous women to be able to sell their products and that way feed themselves and their families. It’s been a month since they were unable to work so supporting them is very important.
The police told Lidia A. they were confiscating the goods to prevent the spread of the pandemic. We need to also support the 50 to 80 Mapuche women hortalizeras.

47952340_1589039559821924_r.jpegPolice confiscating hortalizeras vegetables

I make masks, can I send them?

Unfortunately, no. Many items like this are seized or stolen at customs and rarely reach their destination. If you are a mask maker, it's best to donate to domestic organizations.

Who is Organizing this Campaign?

This campaign is organized by Indigenous Kinship Collective members: Coco Brown, designer Korina Emmerich  and Lidia Arriagada García 


IKC is a community of Indigenous people who gather on Lenape land (NYC) to honor each other and our relatives through art, action, education and representation.  Since March 2020, the IKC has distributed Mutual Aid Funds impacting more than 250 Indigenous kin throughout Turtle Island and our members in Chile. 

Indigenous Kinship Collective Website 
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  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 19 d
  • Eizabeth Elam 
    • $10 
    • 21 d
  • Vanessa McMackin 
    • $20 
    • 22 d
  • Sylvia Eliasson 
    • $20 
    • 22 d
  • Misha Gonzalez 
    • $35 
    • 22 d
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Fundraising team: Indigenous Kinship Collective (4)

Coco Brown 
Raised $250 from 5 donations
Brooklyn, NY
Lidia Arriagada-Garcia 
Korina Mae Emmerich 
Team member
Raised $1,480 from 11 donations
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