One of the primary and indispensable needs for living beings, being at the same time a universal right for human beings, is access and physical availability to water. Water is a necessary resource to carry out human activities.

Resource extraction, deforestation, pollution from discharges of chemical substances, solid waste or fecal material, the effects of climate change that lead to an increase in temperature produce irreversible loss of biodiversity and pollution of rivers.

Contaminated water is a vehicle for transmitting diseases because it may contain pathogenic microorganisms or chemical substances that, when ingested, cause damage to the body. The presence of bacteria, parasites and toxic waste in water for human use and consumption causes diseases such as cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. (According to the WHO, 88% of diarrheal diseases are the result of an unsafe water supply and poor sanitation and hygiene.)

For more than 50 years, oil exploration and exploitation activities have contaminated water sources. Populations in rural areas, mostly indigenous, do not have access to safe water for  human consumption; This causes diseases, including increased mortality, cancer and chronic childhood malnutrition. Since the Amazonian indigenous population is dispersed in small hamlets of between 5 and 15 families in remote places with only river access these groups are the last priority for municipalities in terms of the provision of services such as water.

The objective of Fundación Raíz Ecuador is to promote the conservation of the environment and the Siekopai culture. There has been a commitment for many years with the Amazonian indigenous peoples, and especially with the Siekopai people.

That is why Fundación Raíz Ecuador considers it necessary to guarantee access to safe water for human consumption We are executing a pilot project focused on providing safe water for 9 Siekopai communities located along the Aguarico River basin in the Shushufindi canton, Sucumbíos, in the Amazon.


Shushufindi Region

Parish San Roque 


  • Yanalpa 
  • Yamajeet 
  • Sekoya Remolino 
  • Bellavista 
  • Abokewira 

Parish Tarapoa 


  • Taikua 
  • Charap 
  • Nueva esperanza 

Parish Pañacocha 


  • Pucapeña
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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.