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“Speaking in our own language, the community feels trust and understands the message better"
In Venezuela, in the north of South America, live various indigenous communities such as the Warao, Wayuú, Yukpa, Pemón, among others, each within a distinct national territory and each with its own language, culture, and history. In the case of the Warao indigenous people, at greeting time, you say “Yakera”, which means hello but can also mean…
“When they see an indigenous community promoter who speaks their language, they feel happy"
Ronaldo Moya Palacio is a community promoter for UNICEF's implementing partner Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Educación Integral (ASEINC), and lives in the indigenous community of El Moriche, located in the municipality of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro state. In El Moriche, UNICEF developed a holistic approach to address the different needs of…
“Helping mothers keep their children alive”
Etnia Guajira is an indigenous community located on the outskirts of Maracaibo, Venezuela, almost nine hours from Caracas. For more than 25 years ethnic Wayuú families have lived in the community, getting closer to the city in order to improve their living conditions. They built their houses with what is available nearby, many built of tin walls…
"I want to learn and continue studying, to become a doctor and help my dad", Claimar, 14 years old
In Yakerawitu, on the shores of the Orinoco River 700 km away from Caracas, in the Delta Amacuro state, lives a Warao community. They decided more than 15 years ago to get closer to the city to access better education opportunities for its children, as well as to better health services for their families. At the beginning there were 97 families,…