Support the community-led solution to a health crisis and help strengthen indigenous resistance against the expanding oil frontier. Donate today to ensure access to clean drinking water for indigenous families in the Amazon. For healthy families and strong communities!

Support the community-led solution to a health crisis and help strengthen indigenous resistance against the expanding oil frontier. Donate today to ensure access to clean drinking water for indigenous families in the Amazon. For healthy families and strong communities!

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3435 oil wells in the Ecuadorian Amazon

More than 30 billion gallons of toxic waste dumped into the environment

More than 952 registered oil spills in the last 13 years

1164 water systems installed

78 communities

6182 people benefitted

3435 oil wells in the Ecuadorian Amazon

More than 30 billion gallons of toxic waste dumped into the environment

More than 952 registered oil spills in the last 13 years

1164 water systems installed

78 communities

6182 people benefitted

The Context

Over the last five decades, the oil industry has poisoned the rivers and streams of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, creating a public health crisis in the region. Perhaps no one has felt the tragic effects more intensely than the region’s indigenous peoples who rely on these rivers and streams for the water they drink and the fish they eat. Illness, birth defects, and miscarriages in this part of the Amazon occur at rates much higher than the rest of the country, while companies and governments continue to reap profits.

The ClearWater project began in 2011 with the goal to meet the need for clean drinking water and to do so in a way that would empower local indigenous communities by training community members as technicians to install the systems, as accountants to manage project budgets, and as coordinators to oversee project implementation. As members of the four indigenous nations came together through this project, the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, the first alliance of these nations in the region’s history, was born.

Now, after seven years of hard work providing indigenous families of the Kofan, Siona, Secoya and Waorani nations affected by oil contamination with access to clean, safe drinking water, and following a year-long evaluation of the ClearWater project completed in 2018, Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines will now be working to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program. 2019 will be an important year for maintenance, repair and evaluation with a view to building long-term community ownership of the water systems.

We have launched the #LessOilMoreWater campaign to guarantee a healthy future for indigenous families on the frontlines of oil extraction in the Western Amazon.

Help Us Meet Our Goal

This year we will be returning to the field to conduct a series of workshops and field repair activities, focused on system maintenance and awareness raising, in keeping with our commitment to program sustainability. Parallel to this process, we will be evaluating ongoing community needs for the installation of water systems for new arrivals in the communities. We need your help to meet this goal! By donating today, you will ensure that all Kofan, Siona, Secoya and Waorani families in the oil-affected region of the Ecuadorian Amazon will have clean drinking water for years to come.

The Context

Over the last five decades, the oil industry has poisoned the rivers and streams of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon, creating a public health crisis in the region. Perhaps no one has felt the tragic effects more intensely than the region’s indigenous peoples who rely on these rivers and streams for the water they drink and the fish they eat. Illness, birth defects, and miscarriages in this part of the Amazon occur at rates much higher than the rest of the country, while companies and governments continue to reap profits.

The ClearWater project began in 2011 with the goal to meet the need for clean drinking water and to do so in a way that would empower local indigenous communities by training community members as technicians to install the systems, as accountants to manage project budgets, and as coordinators to oversee project implementation. As members of the four indigenous nations came together through this project, the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, the first alliance of these nations in the region’s history, was born.

Now, after seven years of hard work providing indigenous families of the Kofan, Siona, Secoya and Waorani nations affected by oil contamination with access to clean, safe drinking water, and following a year-long evaluation of the ClearWater project completed in 2018, Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines will now be working to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the program. 2019 will be an important year for maintenance, repair and evaluation with a view to building long-term community ownership of the water systems.

We have launched the #LessOilMoreWater campaign to guarantee a healthy future for indigenous families on the frontlines of oil extraction in the Western Amazon.

Help Us Meet Our Goal

This year we will be returning to the field to conduct a series of workshops and field repair activities, focused on system maintenance and awareness raising, in keeping with our commitment to program sustainability. Parallel to this process, we will be evaluating ongoing community needs for the installation of water systems for new arrivals in the communities. We need your help to meet this goal! By donating today, you will ensure that all Kofan, Siona, Secoya and Waorani families in the oil-affected region of the Ecuadorian Amazon will have clean drinking water for years to come.

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