Friends of Inti Wara Yassi (FIWY) is a charity registered in England and Wales (charity registration number: 1124355) that was set up by past volunteers. It assists CIWY with overseeing international fundraising and establishing partnerships with other organizations. It also plans fundraising events and searches for grants and donations, helping us to obtain the necessary funding for large projects, such as the purchase of land used for Parque Jacj Cuisi.
Dame Jane Goodall is a renowned primatologist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, an appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace and also our Patron. Dame Jane Goodall acknowledged CIWY's work when she named one of our co-founders, Juan Carlos Antezana, as one of her animal defence heroes. A television special that documented the stories of her five heroes was aired on Discovery Channel in August 2006.
We are fortunate to have Dame Jane Goodall as a long-time advocate of our work. Over the years, she has supported our work and activities. It is also through such support that we have been put in contact with many organizations that have helped us grow and develop.
In 2009 we had the honour of having her in Bolivia and she visited two of our Wildlife Custody Centres (Ambue Ari and Machía). We shared some special and unforgettable moments during her visit and she filled us with inspiration.
The Jane Goodall Institute is a global organization that works to preserve and protect apes and their habitat. It also works to empower youth to care for and protect their communities, the environment and animals. As part of its effort to reach out young people, the Jane Goodall Institute also implements its Roots & Shoots Programme across many countries. CIWY is proud to be part of its extensive network, and implements the program within Bolivia.
Quest Overseas provides gap year programs in volunteering, community and conservation projects, expeditions and adventure travel in South America and Africa. CIWY is fortunate to be part of some of these programs and since 2002 has received groups of students that carry out construction work and animal care. Quest Overseas has played a vital role in CIWY’s development and expansion, as much for the help of its volunteers as for the financial support it provides.
The Monkey Sanctuary in England is home to rescued woolly monkeys (Lagothrix sp.) and other monkey species. It carries out work in the fields of research and education, and also supports organizations with similar missions; it has supported CIWY's work for many years. In 2011 the Managing Director of WCC Machia, Dr Luis Morales, visited and worked in its sanctuary in England.
One Voice is a leading French animal rights organization that campaigns to raise awareness about the issue. In 2010 our president Nena Baltazar had the privilege of joining their silent protest held in Paris, below the Eiffel Tower, against habitat loss. In 2011 One Voice awarded us a grant for the purchase of a vehicle.
CIWY & FIWY are proud to be supported by Animal Friends. Animal Friends are pet insurance providers that have also donated over £2 million to animal welfare charities.
The ONCA Gallery, home of The ONCA Trust, is a growing hub for art, ecology and education. Unique in the UK, ONCA organizes and hosts exhibitions, workshops and performances that ask questions, tell stories and initiate conversations about environmental change, whilst supporting and raising awareness for frontline conservation projects. ONCA helps to promote our Artist in Residence programme and they hosted an exhibition by our 2013 Artist in Residence – Jennifer Hooper.
The Bolivian Amazon Land Trust Alliance (BALTA) is a social business established in 2013. Its mission is to protect the Amazon through education, conservation, and the support of sustainable business. To achieve its goals BALTA offers educational tours to the Bolivian Amazon. Tour profits will be used for the purchase of land for strategic conservation, and the support of sustainable business through land leasing and microloans. A portion of the profits will also be donated to support our work.
In 2009 Louis Dumas volunteered at WCC Machia, where he worked with capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella). While Louis washed the dishes, one of the monkeys in the area, Pete, at the time doing his job babysitting, was watching him carefully. When Louis got up Pete took over the work and finished cleaning the dishes. Louis managed to record a video of Pete working, that he then uploaded to YouTube. He never imagined the response he would get from the viewers. The video went viral and Pete became an international cult figure. Louis saw that this exposure could help CIWY and all funds that the video raised were donated to us. Find out more about the Pete the Monkey Project.
This prompted Louis to continue seeking ways to help not only CIWY, but also to raise awareness of the current problems affecting primates. That’s how the idea of Pete the Monkey Festival was born. Pete the Monkey Festival is a place where music and entertainment are mixed with lectures and educational presentations about primates and their conservation.
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.