CAEMBA arrives at the Chachi community in Balzar

CAEMBA arrives at the indigenous Chachi community of Balzar. The Chachi are an indigenous people who inhabit the Northern Coast of Ecuador, within the Province of Esmeraldas. The Balzar community is located on the boundary of the Mache Chindul Reserve, one of the last bastions of the Chocó forest, the most biodiverse ecosystem and rich in endemic species on the planet. The Chachi people preserve about 18,000 hectares of forest within the reserve.

The earthquake in April and its subsequent aftershocks destroyed most of the houses and the school in the Balzar community. CAEMBA is building 13 bamboo houses in Balzar, 7 two-story houses of 70 m2 for large families and 6 one-story houses of 35 m2 for families of up to 5 members.

Once again, CAEMBA arrives with a tractor to this isolated community before the rains start in January, making it impossible to reach.

The Balzar community doesn’t have a school, and the children are receiving classes in a tent with a mud floor. CAEMBA is seeking funding to build a bamboo school in Balzar.


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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement

Fundación Raíz is dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), working with indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian, Montubio, and Mestizo groups across Ecuador.

Our projects support various communities: Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani and Shuar, covering six linguistic families.

Our CAEMBA housing initiative focuses on the Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio populations in Esmeraldas, addressing challenges of poverty and high crime rates. We commit to equitable treatment, opportunities for all, and the elimination of barriers to participation.

By valuing every voice and fostering community resilience, we aim to create a more inclusive, equitable society.

Our leadership is committed to DEI principles, ensuring our efforts reflect the diversity of the communities we serve and contribute to sustainable development and social justice.


Fundación Raíz está dedicada a la diversidad, equidad e inclusión (DEI), trabajando con grupos indígenas, afroecuatorianos, montubios y mestizos en todo Ecuador.

Nuestros proyectos apoyan a varias comunidades, Sionas, Siekopai, Kofan, Chachi, Kechwa, Waorani y Shuar, cubriendo seis familias lingüísticas. Nuestra iniciativa de vivienda CAEMBA se centra en las poblaciones afroecuatorianas y montubias en Esmeraldas, abordando desafíos de pobreza y altas tasas de criminalidad.

Nos comprometemos a un trato equitativo, oportunidades para todos y la eliminación de barreras para la participación. Valorando cada voz y fomentando la resiliencia comunitaria, aspiramos a crear una sociedad más inclusiva y equitativa.

Nuestro liderazgo está comprometido con los principios de DEI, asegurando que nuestros esfuerzos reflejen la diversidad de las comunidades que servimos y contribuyan al desarrollo sostenible y la justicia social.