MNF relies on its board members, supporters and donations to provide social programs that restore the ancient traditions and communities integral to Miskitu indigenous peoples’ identity while propelling them into once again self-sustained modern country.
BASIC EDUCATION & LITERACY
The intention to suppress literacy and invade the territories of Miskitu peoples to exploit its natural resources goes back to 1893. Under the orders of first President José Santos Zelaya, the original Miskitu Library in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua was burned to ashes. This was repeated by President Anastasio Somoza in 1950 when he ordered the private library of Indigenous prince & historian Andrew Hebbert destroyed. Schools are in desperate need of refurbishing and more need to be built. Fortunately, technology has allowed us to go digital with libraries and education through satellite classes. In hand, MNF provides select homes with internet access for satellite schools in the eight largest districts of the Miskitu Coast (the outskirts of Bluefields, Bilwi, Waspam, Rio Coco, Monkey Point, Rama, and Prinzapolka). Educators and community leaders are receiving laptops with internet access.
FARMING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Between 1990 and 2010, Mosquitia has lost 31.0% of its forest cover. Once thriving fishing communities, the rivers are poisoned through unethical mining of silver and gold increasing the amount of arsenic in our rivers. This is not only affecting the Miskito people but the countries of Nicaragua, Honduras and Central America as a whole! Not to mention what is going on in the South American Amazon. The Miskito Elders and my family have made a great effort to collect and ship 2 ½ tons of non perishable food. We spent over 16,000 USD shipping our goods from Canada to the Miskitu Caribbean-Atlantic Coast. The people and domestic animals are thirsty and starving but the food has been confiscated, withheld, by Nicaraguan Government officials.
Crops Funded by SAVEMNF
We have implemented an agricultural relief project to repair the damaged ecosystem caused by industrialization, deforestation, and intimidation tactics (such as arson to force original people off their farmlands). Restoring the soil, planting organic, naturally occurring, non-GMO crops, until the agriculture yield is steady enough to become a form of self-reliance.
Farmers will be part of a collective: enabling them to rent equipment, take out small business loans and profit share. After a healthy harvest, 20% of his/her profit goes to other farmers in need.
Your donations help plant beans, rice, ginger, mangos, mint, melons, potatoes, tomatoes, pineapple, cocoa, reforestation and hemp (for fabric, textile, plastic alternatives, fuel, and building materials). A direct action in helping the world’s ecosystem replenish herself!
MEDICAL, REPRODUCTION & MENTAL HEALTH
Currently, there are only two hospitals, in deplorable conditions, in the entire Miskitu Nation. Access is limited, hitching rides or long treks on foot are required. Many in grave condition die en route. Wound care is the highest level of assistance delivered to victims. A revival of traditional healers and medicine has become the standard point of care.
We are attempting to close the health care gap in Miskitu territories. The goal of MNF is to allow a hybrid of traditional and modern medicine by providing pop-up clinics in areas of devastation. These pop-up clinics rely on volunteer clinicians to provide care: ranging from light training on first aid, preventive screenings, condition-specific treatment, counseling for sex education, trauma and prenatal care for a little-to-no cost to patients.
We have distributed cameras and laptops to elder members of villages under attack in order to document their strife first hand. The result has been unbiased, authentic footage straight from the source. Posting their stories on social media outlets has made a difference in the information pipeline. We encourage you to research their accounts: #miskitu #nativelivesmatter. This unbiased information provides a strong case for our legal and human rights activism we do from the States.
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