Indigenous Language Rescue

Help us preserve the cultures that preserve the rainforest.

One Common Heart, Inc.

Community

Our story

“The ethnosphere, the web of human culture that envelops our Earth, is disappearing faster than the biosphere.”

Wade Davis, University of British Columbia, Canada

 

In the Darien rainforest of Panama we offer the space, time, and resources for Emberá and Wounaan people of all ages to learn ancestral skills and wisdom from their elders, exchanging and practicing with each other the time-honored rainforest living techniques. These practices have historically defined much of what it means to be Emberá or Wounaan, and they have been integral to sustaining people in the forest for generations.

 

Our campaign

After successfully organizing and sponsoring courses in traditional indigenous survival skills, we are excited to start the first-ever intensive language revitalization course in Emberá for the Emberá. This course is specifically requested by our Advisory Council, and addresses a need that is well known throughout their communities, as this remote area has lost its native language due to the Spanish-only government schools.

A tri-lingual indigenous elder, Elsa Carpio (pictured) has volunteered to relocate to a remote region, far away from her grandchildren, in order to revive her language in villages where it has been lost. She will teach 60 people, almost half the village, to lay the groundwork for ever-increasing Emberá language recovery in the region.

Our administration staff is all volunteer. Your generous gifts will pay for the teacher’s salary, a part-time coordinator, transport costs, and basic materials. Our goal for this Giving Tuesday campaign is $4800, which will cover the first evaluation trip and the first two months of classes. We are actively seeking grant funding to cover the rest of the $22,000 total budget for the 10 month program.

  • $25 pays our teacher for a day’s work, at almost double the standard wage.
  • $50 pays for the gasoline for the round trip boat ride upriver.
  • $150 pays for one person’s transport to the remote region: we send the teacher for the school year, and a coordinator at regular intervals for program evaluations.
  • $600 pays our teacher for a whole month.
  • $1000 pays for one complete evaluation trip to monitor our progress and ensure success.

 

We and our Emberá collaborators are so grateful for whatever you give…

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$25

Warrazake

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Child

$100

Kundrabú

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Youth

$250

Chabah

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$500

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$1,000

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If you do not have the means for a cash donation, then please help us spread the word, sharing with your circles online and offline what inspires you about our mission. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SoambaPanama.

As well, if you shop online, you can help out with no additional cost to you, by remembering the smiles of the children we support, and remembering to type in SMILE.amazon.com and selecting One Common Heart, Inc. as your preferred charity. Use this link for easy selection: smile.amazon.com/ch/47-5559038

According to Wade Davis, “Margaret Mead said her biggest nightmare was that as we drifted towards a monochromatic world of monotony from a polychromatic world of diversity we would drift into this blandly amorphous generic world culture in which the whole human spirit and soul was reduced to a single modality.”

We know that a brilliant future for humanity awaits us, as we rejoice in the best qualities from all cultures. For that reason we work as One Common Heart to support indigenous people in the survival of their way of life.

 




Updates

02/14/2018

Muchísimas gracias a todos nuestros donantes! Esta campaña no es nuestra única, así que aunque no logramos los $4800 completo, estamos bien. Estamos buscando fondos de fundaciones grandes, y nuestros donantes individuales nos han regalado casi $7000.

Esta campaña por HIP nos mostró que la comunidad latina sí quiere dirigir la energía de su dinero para apoyar proyectos en América Latina. Sabemos que este movimiento va a crecer porque América Latina está creciendo y eso nos da una esperanza profunda.

Humildemente,
El equipo de One Common Heart / Soambá Panamá



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12/06/2017

Este viernes, en solo dos días, la Profesora Elsa y yo saldremos para nuestra visita a Valle Alegre, para la evaluación preliminaria de su situación linguística, antes del inicio del curso en los finales de febrero. Gracias a nuestros primeros donantes, tenemos los fondos para este viaje importante: les agradecemos! Ella y yo estamos emocionadas para colaborar con esta comunidad, para hacer que este programa intensivo sea un gran éxito. Vamos a abrir las mentes de la juventúd a su cultura original, y solidificar el conocimiento ancestral en las mentes de los adultos. Todavía tenemos bastante para recaudar, para asegurar que el programa sea comprensivo y para reportar nuestros resultados al mundo… ¡Hay plena oportunidad para ayudarnos a crear un programa espectacular!



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12/06/2017

This Friday, in just two days, Profesora Elsa and I will leave for our visit to Valle Alegre for our preliminary assessment of their Emberá language ability, prior to the start of our course in late February. Thanks to our early donors, we have the funding for this first evaluation trip: thank you! She and I are excited to work with this community to make this intensive program a huge success, opening young minds to their original culture and solidifying ancestral knowledge in the minds of the adults. We still have quite a ways to go to make sure our program is comprehensive and we can report our results, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to pitch in and make this program fantastic.



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12/06/2017

This Friday, in just two days, Profesora Elsa and I will leave for our visit to Valle Alegre for our preliminary assessment of their Emberá language ability, prior to the start of our course in late February. Thanks to our early donors, we have the funding for this first evaluation trip: thank you! She and I are excited to work with this community to make this intensive program a huge success, opening young minds to their original culture and solidifying ancestral knowledge in the minds of the adults. We still have quite a ways to go to make sure our program is comprehensive and we can report our results, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to pitch in and make this program fantastic.



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11/28/2017

We are so grateful to our early donors! Thank you for making the dreams of the Emberá come true.



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Givers

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Clifton Kellogg

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Ramona G. Tarkington-Deal

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Anonymous





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