Spanda Monitor Newsletter: Solar Energy for Indigenous Mapuche Communities


Spanda Foundation

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An Organization in Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

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Dear Friends,
As loyal patrons of
The Spanda Monitor, you are the first to be informed of our new and challenging endeavour: The Mantra Mapuche Chapter, a sustainable development project aiming to alleviate poverty in the Chilean Mapuche communities by providing them with educational, technological, and financial means that will empower them and their cultural & economic long-term perspective.
We are facing hard times. While deep-rooted changes are at work to transform this planet into an organism worth living with, blurred fantasies of thoughts & emotions are challenging
Self leadership. Resilience, patience, strength & humility are much in need to shift human consciousness at collective level.
But… since long we privileged
being over having and, in time of systemic transition, transmuted ideas into facts, embodying spirit & matter in one — an individual and social must — we finally decided that…

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T H E   M A N T R A   M A P U C H E   C H A P T E R   F U N D I N G   C A M P A I G N
monitor 3The Mantra Mapuche Chapter (MC) aims at alleviating poverty and revitalizing communities by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and attain economic self-sufficiency, respecting human rights and in harmony with their culture and the environment.
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W  H  O    A  R  E    T  H  E    M  A  P  U  C  H   E    P  E  O  P  L  E  ?

The Mapuche are Chile’s largest indigenous minority. With a population of around 1.3 million people, they account for 7.64% of the country’s total population. Within the collective domination of The Mapuche, the term refers to a wide-ranging ethnicity composed of several ethnic subgroups who share a common social, cultural, and economic structure.

Most importantly, what they all have in common is the belief that the reason of their existence is to protect their habitat. This notion becomes tangible in their strong sense of ecological stewardship; in their efforts to preserve their ecological traditional knowledge and practices, and even in their name which, translated from their Mapudungun aboriginal language,  means ‘people of the land’ (mapu, land; che,  people).

The Mapuche’s pride as a nation is in their unique spiritual narrative — their successful history of resistance to the Inca and to the Spanish colonization — and on their own primeval, profound traditional culture. As their territory once extended over several ecological levels, altitudes and climates, they adapted their lives and agricultural knowledge to different regional conditions. This broad cultural diversity is tangible in their traditional handicrafts and in their organic agriculture, often locally unique, embodying the specific geographical features and the essences of the territory where they are manufactured or grown. As a matter of fact, each and every single craft bears its own specific identity; and each and every product of the Earth embodies the deep vital essence of an uncontaminated land, and both reflecting memories, narratives, histories, and beliefs of an ancestral, cosmological creation myth.

W  H  A  T     D  O  E  S     T  H  E    M  A  N  T  R  A    M  A  P  U  C  H  E     C  H   A  P   T  E  R
W  A  N  T     T  O     A  C  C  O  M  P  L  I  S  H  ?

All In all, the Mapuche Chapter intends to empower the Mapuche communities implementing the following initiatives:

PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT~ Thanks to the proliferation of renewable energies, such as solar technology, by decreasing the use of kerosene, fuel wood, and CO2 emissions. Thus preserving the stunning natural environment and biodiversity of the Chilean Central Valley.

ALLEVIATE POVERTY ~Through the encouragement of diversification of production and income with the selected tools, allowing the Mapuche to reduce their high expenses on energy costs.
PROVIDE FAST RELIEF ~ Through the immediate assistance of Mapuche communities with water shortages. Potable water is scarce in this Chilean region, and sanitation greatly impacts hygiene (WASH) and health. The most affected areas depend on tanker trucks to cover the basic needs.
REVITALIZE THE MAPUCHES’ CULTURAL HERITAGE ~Through the empowerment of the marginalized Mapuche communities, encouraging them to participate in the life of the nation while keeping and building their unique cultural heritage.

H O W ?

The MC will support eligible Mapuche communities with the necessary educational, technological, and financial means to decisively and softly embark on a culturally and economic, sustainable development. In practical terms, we will supply:

~ Solar panel devices for the generation of electricity;
~ Culturally appropriate productivity enhancing tools;
~ Training for the installation, use, and maintenance of the devices as well as micro-entrepreneurial activities.

Our campaign aims to kick off the initiative by providing the very first, easy to use technological devices and slowly introducing the Mapuche community to their utilization. We will start in the communities of the Auracanía region, but would love to replicate and scale the project in more distinct  communities.

T H E  I M P A C T

We are asking for your support to unleash the full potential of Mapuche communities’ authentic and intrinsic cultural identity.
Our initial goal is to raise USD 5,300 by the crowdfunding campaign. We know that with your generosity we can make it and bring significant change to the Aurucanía region! By donating to our Mantra Chapter, together we will build the needed groundwork for the community to embark on a culturally and economic sustainable development, overcoming their poor living conditions by means of their own strength.

  • USD 10: covers the transport for a participant to attend a workshop session.
  • USD 50: covers a training session on basic business skills for 20 participants.
  • USD 120: buys a small productivity enhancing tool: a sewing machines, a fruit dehydrators, cooling devices, flour mills, etc.
  • USD 130: buys a solar panel to produce the electricity needed to run electric and electronic devices.
  • USD 350: purchases a large tool: a rain water filtration system, an irrigation system, a greenhouse, etc.
  • USD 500: provides a 10 unit training session on the installation, use, and maintenance of solar equipment for 20 participants.

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