Amazonia has been hit hard by COVID-19 and for my final takeover post, I’d like to spotlight the fundraiser called SOS Mateiros Amazonia. It was organized by the scientists at the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), whom I met through Labverde. This fundraiser aims to help the freelance assistants like field hands (mateiros), boat drivers, tree climbers, cooks etc., who are regularly employed by scientific projects in the Amazon rainforest.
“With the interruption of research due to the pandemic and the discontinuance of governmental emergency aid, freelance assistants are without income or are involved in activities with a high risk of contamination by Covid-19. We identified 31 people in this situation who regularly work on our research projects. This campaign aims to raise sufficient funds to meet the minimum financial needs of these people for the next 6 months. We citizens, researchers, and conservationists in the Amazon ask for your financial support to help our assistants. You also can act on behalf of solidarity and the conservation of the Amazon!
To ensure that research assistants who have no other safe source of income have temporary support to maintain their personal and family needs. With the hope of achieving some degree of stability by the second half of this year, our initial goal is to support them for 6 months. The funds received will be divided equally and passed on monthly to each of the beneficiaries."
Find out how you can help and donate to SOS Mateiros Amazonia here: https://sosmateirosamazonia.webnode.com/about-the-campaign/