Since its very beginnings, CIWY has carried out an informal programme of education to raise public awareness about environmental issues, more recently focusing on the trafficking of wild animals.
We realize that simply caring for animals affected by wildlife trafficking, a cruel and illegal practice, is only remedying a consequence and not tackling the real problem. We also believe that no long-lasting, real change can come about without focusing out attention on the root cause of the problem. Therefore we are working throughout Bolivia with an education programme focussed on the protection and conservation of our biodiversity, and wildlife in particular. CIWY organises workshops, fairs, marches and other activities with the local community and school groups, to educate children about the importance of protecting our native species, preserving our biodiversity and the dangerous consequences that come with these actions against nature.
We carry out an informal programme of environmental education in coordination with the relevant educational authorities. We engage school children in discussions about the preservation and conservation of wild animals, using videos, puppets, games, books and other such teaching resources. We also utilise stories and photos of rescued wildlife to make them realise the importance of appreciating all living things in our ecosystems, giving rise to a respect for and the valuing of biodiversity. Through this work we hope to encourage responsible perspectives on this serious problem and thereby achieving significant change.
We are members of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots Programme, a global educational programme designed for young people that focuses on environmental and humanitarian issues. It aims to encourage future leaders to work towards protecting the environment. Our involvement in this programme has strengthened the impact we have on Bolivia’s youth and given us a new set of tools to use.
We are active at fairs and large events where we set up informative booths and discuss our work with the attendees. We also participate in marches, carrying messages in defence of wildlife and their conservation, and try to get newspaper coverage as well. Through this work we hope to bring about a positive impact, getting the people we reach to think in favour of all life on our planet.
Over the years, our message has been delivered to thousands of students. Regional groups have sprung up across Bolivia in defence of animal rights; groups that now serve as satellites to spread our message.
Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is our sister organization in the UK. They have been a major source of support since their founding in 2008. Find out more about FIWY here.
Quest Overseas organizes gap year trips for British and international students. Since 2001, Quest has worked with CIWY to bring much needed volunteers and funds. If you are interested in the programs they have with us, find out more here.