Putumayo vzw is a Belgian non-profit organization which has been supporting initiatives of indigenous peoples in the Peruvian Amazon since 2002, focussing on intercultural education and oil issues.
In 2014 we started working together with FORMABIAP in the educational programme Sui Sui . This programme aims to empower a generation of indigenous youth, enabling them to defend their rights and manage their territories in a sustainable manner, in accordance with the principles of autonomy and self-determination.
Socio-economic exclusion/invisibility and the lack of sufficient intercultural awareness in the region of Loreto (the Peruvian Amazon), are two of the main problems facing the indigenous population. The consequences are both serious and diverse: lack of participation in public spaces, feeble defence of their own rights, abuse and deceit by third parties, extraction of natural resources in an unsustainable way and without a management function for the peoples themselves, deterioration of their territories, superposition of conflicting rights in their living areas, aversion to their sustainable way of life, called 'buen vivir'.