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Wayuu Indian Tribe

WAYUU INDIAN TRIBE

The most northern peninsula of Colombia is an arid area of sand, scrub and stunted trees known as the Guajira Desert. It is the home to the indigenous nomadic tribal group the Wayuu Indians. The vast majority of Wayuu are poverty-stricken. Their only means of sustaining themselves is by rearing goats and making traditional Indian handcrafts, which they hope to sell to visitors – often, barely making enough to live on.

Historically, statistics show that only a few of the Wayuu community have had access to education. The Wayuu language, Wayuniki, was only written down in the 1990’s, with an estimated 2% of the Wayuu being able to read and write at that time. Some books have now been translated into Wayuniki (Wayuu language) and Oasis of Hope Charity is committed to getting those books into the hands of the children in order to enhance their educational advancement.

La Guajira is desperately short of water (water being the most important component in the desert). In some parts of the Alta Guajira, there’s been no rain for 3 years. Hence, we have dug wells for several of the Wayuu communities providing water for both the people and the animals, (who they depend on), to survive.

To help sustain the families we have a program called, ‘Kids for Kids’. This program provides some of the very poorest families with goats. The idea is to purchase a male and female goat with the expectation that the goats will breed and provide more goats. The goats provide milk, yoghurt, cheese and meat. Plus, goats being the bartering system used by the Wayuu, can be used for trading for other commodities.

COST OF A GOAT IS $25.00 USD – ‘KIDS FOR KIDS’ – THE IDEA IS TO GET SCHOOL KIDS IN THE USA INVOLVED IN RAISING FUNDS TO BUY A GOAT FOR A POOR WAYUU FAMILY