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We provided a water distribution system for Mañokó

During the second week of May 2022, the field technical team of the Raíz Ecuador Foundation – CAEMBA was in Mañokó, a Siekopai community on the border between Peru and Ecuador, where we built and delivered a well and water distribution system thanks to the fundraising efforts of three young Americans: Vinson Martin, Daniel Eaves, and Greg Naidoo.

This work would not have been possible without the support of the residents of Mañokó, led by their president, Wilson Coquinche. We also highlight the great work of the Siekopai technicians who accompanied us on the trip: Silvio Payaguaje, Alfredo Payaguaje, and Euliecer Payaguaje.

Photography: Vinson Martin

We are very grateful to these young individuals committed to social development and improving the quality of life of people and communities that require our assistance, such as the case of Mañokó. Vinson, Martin, and Daniel personally traveled to the community to supervise and assist in the transportation, construction, installation, and implementation of the water project for this community, located on the Lagartococha River.

Photography: Vinson Martin

Through an automated system powered by solar energy to pump water, this project will provide quality water to the residents of Mañokó throughout the year.

At Raíz-CAEMBA, we work for the well-being of indigenous peoples in the Amazon. We work closely with the Siekopai community through our Beyond Lagartococha program, which promotes intercultural education and exchange of experiences between students from schools in Quito and the residents of Mañokó and Painkenape, another Siekopai community.

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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.