The Ipatse Futures project is dedicated to improving and sustaining the lifestyle of the Kuikuro community in the Terra Indígena do Xingu (TIX) region of the Brazilian Amazon. Its goals are to provide dependable clean drinking and bathing water; dependable fisheries and improved water quality; and an integrated self-sustaining Kuikuro Cultural Center (KCC) that will promote ecological integrity, public health and green technology, as well as cultural preservation. The vision for the project came from Kuikuro Chief Afukaka and all aspects of the project are conducted with oversight by and with a focus on generating sustainable income for the Kuikuro community.
We are thrilled to be working with incredible partners to help build a brighter future for Ipatse. They include: academic and scientific experts, the Indigenous Association of the Kuikuro of the Upper Xingu, the Canarana municipal government and the William T. Hillman Foundation.
Through the Technical Assistance Program, Pennywise will provide overall coordination for the project, building its organizational infrastructure and overall capacity. Pennywise will also help build networks of support for the project and facilitate a coordinated approach among stakeholders. By creating formal partnerships between indigenous organizations, local government and foundations, Pennywise will help to ensure sustainability for generations to come.