Indigenous Peoples
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Nations around the world must develop stronger ties with their own indigenous populations. From land ownership to empowering indigenous peoples through education, economic activities, and technology, Resolution Fellows are helping galvanize healthier, more engaged, and more cheerful people around the world.

Nations around the world must develop stronger ties with their own indigenous populations. From land ownership to empowering indigenous peoples through education, economic activities, and technology, Resolution Fellows are helping galvanize healthier, more engaged, and more cheerful people around the world.

Pamana

Justine Recio, Danielle Dana, & Hannah Nolasco are the co-founders of PAMANA. PAMANA (the Filipino word for 'heritage') will use scientific analysis to improve crop selection, solid waste management, and irrigation in indigenous farming communities in the Philippines. By combining science and technology with local know-how, PAMANA will focus on the improvement of current farming practices of indigenous Filipino groups, and the promotion of environmentally sustainable lifestyles and agricultural practices.

The Cacao Project

The Cacao Project is an initiative which provides participating farmers of San Fernando with cacao seedlings (a long-term, resilient crop which provides them with a considerable income after three years and will be productive for up to 20-25 years), and short term crops such as bok choy, okra, and pumpkins (which will be productive after 19-30 days) to intercrop with the cacao. The produce is sold to the Cacao Project Organization, which then sells it to international buyers. Farmers are paid a fair wage and better positioned for sustainable success.

Komaale Initiative

Gervase founded The Komaale Initiative to provide a year-round farming opportunity for vegetable farmers along water-ways in the Wa Municipality of North West Ghana, where the crop-friendly rainy season lasts only four months. Komaale will provide subsistence vegetable farmers with streams of income throughout the year, and create employment opportunities for youth through rice farming. Recently, the venture reports that farmers earned an average of $400 a month in revenue through use of the pumping machine and now are transitioning into their own plots.

Gervase Adams

Gervase Adams is a student of Ashesi University College class of 2017, studying BSc in Business Administration. Gervase is passionate about youth empowerment and agriculture. He is from the upper west region of Ghana where his people mostly rely on subsistence rain fed agriculture. He is currently working on the Komaale initiative in his region which is a low cost irrigation farming project for vegetable farmers which aims at improving the incomes of these farmers significantly and reducing the rate at which children drop out of school in his region.

Shaman Project

Maura, a medical student from Venezuela, was inspired by a national requirement for students to spend four months in a rural area.  She will be creating a program that brings medical students to the Amazonas region of Venezuela to deliver a five-step program in basic medical support, including programming for first aid, trauma, drowning, burning, and poisoning.  She and her team will train local villagers and help them improve the survival rates of individuals who suffer from common ailments in the region, even increasing their chances of making it to distant hospital centers in time.

Maura Alvarez

She is a recently graduated doctor from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She was born and raised in Caracas. During her years at the University she had the chance to be part of multiple activities that helped her develop as a student leader. In 2011 she was in the students’ council, later in 2012 she was named vice-president of the International Congress for Medical Students. She became part of the Scientific Society of Medicinal Students where she served as the director PPRR and the Volunteering Programs.

Herbs for Change

In 2015, Sharif founded Herbs for Change, a venture that commits to alleviating poverty and gender disparity in Mude, Nepal, through a self-sustaining herb cooperative that encourages equal participation of both men and women.  Apart from covering the operational cost, ~50% of the revenue from this venture will be used to develop and maintain local infrastructures, primarily in education and health.

Sharif Shrestha

From a young age, Sharif, a native of Nepal, has been active in community development – be it through individual projects or through organizations such as Rotary, United Nations and 350.org. Consequently, in 2014 he along with his project partner, Surya Karki, co-founded the Nepali Chapter to a 501 (c) INGO Diyalo Foundation focused on rural development where he serves as an International Coordinator and the Director of Sustainability.

Cooperative of Women Farmers in Caracha's Rural Area

Fabian and his team will work to create a cooperative for rural unemployed women in San Pedro Carchá, northern Guatemala.  Through this endeavor, these women will raise chickens and be trained to produce and distribute chicken meat for restaurants and local markets.  With an initial investment of $3,000, (Change it to $6,000) within the first production cycle, the cooperative will see a 150% return.  Fabian plans to expand from this pilot to other parts of Guatemala, empowering women through micro-enterprise and local engagement and training.

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