Projects Organized with Indigenous Chocolate
Piaroa Partnership Platform (PPP)
The Piaroa Partnership Platform (PPP) also known as the Piaroa Protectorate Partnership (PPP) is the keystone representative of our international cooperation and development projects which provides the public, non-profits, partners and investors with accountability and transparency as a decentralized presentation of the indigenous Piaroa members inscribed in our program.
The PPP is represented by three indigenous trustees selected by their members who are recognized as ambassadors, executive officers and are active members of Globcal International.
The PPP is made up of several indigenous organizations with agricultural providers working together as 35 individuals representing more than 500 family members living in 13 villages over an area of 5,000 square kilometers which is further defined as the Piaroa Protectorate Territory. All of the program and project initiatives presented here are developed targeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030.
Current Partnership Projects
The Piaroa Partnership Platform needs a wide range of charitable support to realize and finance its initial sustainable development needs. During the next several years the PPP seeks to raise capital using a number of creative development programs leveraging its 5,000 square kilometers of natural capital by provisioning allocated ecosystem services through international cooperation programs with foreign embassies, international organizations, private and public foundations, environmental organizations, indigenous rights groups, corporations, private individuals and universities. The PPP will seek funding safely through Ecology Crossroads and the Piaroa International Foundation's De'Aruhuä Trust.
The PPP will seek donations, grants, investments, partnerships and sponsorships to fund the following five objective priority programs. Guided overnight and extended stay ecotourism excursions as our guests are available to all program supporters, sponsors and program partners.
Thirteen Villages - A fundraising development to build community learning centers, install solar powered water-wells, bath|wash facilities, septic tanks, and greywater recycling systems. The total cost of this project is $210,000 USD and will technically remove over 1,000 people from their current state of poverty.
De'Aruhuä Chocolate - Independently funded and operated business enterprise that will provide the PPP with an avenue to the world market for up to 15-25 tons per year of their gross agricultural production and bring to the Piaroa International Foundation (PPP) over $100,000 per year in annual income. The total cost of this project is $490,000 USD, it is to be funded first and foremost because it provides funding for the rest of the projects.
Added Value Production - A pre-processing facility that is used by the PPP to add value to agricultural production through post-harvest processing such as dehydration, preparation or packaging. The total cost of this project is $75,000 USD for 5 years and provides shared use of the equipment and facility to be established in Puerto Ayacucho for all PPP participants.
Protectorate - Development, equipping and training a team of an (Agro) Forest Guardians Defense and Monitoring Corps providing uniforms, boots, GPS smartphone cameras and embedded reporting software. The total cost of this project is $150,000 USD and engages as many as 50 Piaroa with year around employment for 5 years.
Agroecology - The Piaroa are very dependent on a healthy resilient ecosystem so tree planting, reforestation and biodiversity management programs need to be implemented and well-planned that integrate agriculture and the natural ecosystem. To accomplish this mapping and monitoring where trees are planted and need to be planted will be performed together with those trained in the Protectorate Forest Guardians. Agroforestry experts will also require training facilitation, uniforms, agricultural tools, GPS smartphone cameras and embedded reporting software. The total cost of this project is $50,000 USD. The 35 Piaroa agroecologists enrolled in the program will earn their salaries through the PPP and their cooperative agroforestry activity.
Piaroa Society is Peaceful and Amenable to Cooperation
The indigenous Piaroa know the importance of nature and the environment. They have been struggling to hold onto their native territories ever since they were invaded by the Spanish speaking Venezuelans over 100 years ago, in our case with peace and making many concessions to the new settlers. Today the Piaroa still retain 90% of the native territory which has been inhabited by them for more than 3,000 years.
In 2015 members of the Piaroa of Catañiapo, Cuao and the Paraguaza associated with Globcal International which promotes programs and projects with the United Nations SDGs, in 2019 Globcal commissioned and designated two Piaroa ambassadors to work as representatives to provide educational workshops and programs in communities that depend on agricultural sustenance and production to promote the ideals of sustainability to better understand the provisioning of ecosystem services and agroforestry development.
“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s, otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.”
Agroforestry in 2012
In 2012 the Piaroa began learning about agroforestry in the community of Gavilan, Venezuela under a GEF Small Grant provided through Probiodiversa. The project lasted for 3 years.
Ecosystem Services in 2020
Today since the political corruption and abandonment for the region the Piaroa inhabit, most Piaroa live in what most people would refer to as abject poverty, living on subsistence agriculture. To see lasting results from NGO or international cooperation programs the Piaroa need sustainable development programs that have long-term implications with durable results and are proven sustainable over a period of at least 5-7 years to become embedded in the society, to achieve this it takes good programs with commitment, staff and budgeted funding.
Currently through Globcal International and Ecology Crossroads we are seeking $450,000 in donations, grants and sponsorship through developing partnerships involving international cooperation with embassies, universities, and other organizations to successfully implement provisioning ecosystem services and protect an area of 5,000 square kilometers through a number of small programs being developed for the Piaroa Partnership Platform. The funds will be used for equipment, agricultural tools, building community centers, installing bath houses and solar powered wells with water towers in 13 villages.
In September of 2019 the Piaroa of Catañiapo and the Upper Paraguaza officially appointed two of their most educated young leaders to make them talismen to represent our common interests through Globcal International as official ambassadors and project commissioners, the organization is connecting them through public diplomacy training and the ability to implement programs through the United Nations and the SDGs.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs
Through Globcal International, Piaroa societies are trying to preserve their culture, language, customs and traditional ways of life. Globcal has been looking for the right circumstances under which it can implement natural area preservation, ecosystem services, agroforestry and forest management programs that can be integrated neutrally providing mutual benefit for the society. To accomplish their goals together the Piaroa Protectorate Partnership (PPP) also called the Piaroa Partnership Platform is being developed.
Read more about our project online at the United Nations SDGs Partnership website. It is currently listed with a 5 year deadline and will be updated annually.