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Beyond Lagartococha: Peruvian educational authorities visited Painkenape

Authorities from the Local Education Management Unit (Maynas-Iquitos) of the Ministry of Education of Peru visited the Painkenape school on Saturday, March 19, 2022. This school is located on the banks of the Napo River on the Amazonian border between Ecuador and Peru. This community belongs to the Siekopai indigenous nationality.

They delivered books and educational materials. They toured the school and the community, where they learned about the tireless work carried out over the past 6 years by different generations of young students from schools such as Menor, Americano, and British in Quito, as part of our Beyond Lagartococha program.

Education is a universal right for all, without distinction of their place of origin. The work of Beyond Lagartococha has been recognized by the Ministry of Education of Peru through the formal support now received by the teachers of Painkenape and Mañokó, a second Siekopai community.

The Peruvian government has already begun to pay the salaries of teachers in both communities. Initially, Beyond Lagartococha, a program of Raíz-CAEMBA, was paying the salaries of Siekopai teachers.

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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.