Donate to Bio Itza Non Profit Association in Guatemala
Bioitza Association manages one of the only mayan run national parks in Guatemala. The association not only protects the rainforest but has a language program to restore their native Itza language which was outlawed by the government during the civil war in the 80s (now recognized as genocide.) The man who started Bioitza, Don Reginaldo Chayuex is not only a medicine man but an activist who fought for decades to protect the land, the culture and the the sovereignty of the Itza people. People come from all over Guatemala to receive healing from him and he is very well know for Mayan ceremony which required great initiation. Native Roots works in conjunction with Bioitza to bring students to study with founder of Bio Itza Don Reginaldo in the rainforest reserve. Currently Bio Itza has a youth program that bridges youth to their elders, offers a traditional dance group and a video project to record the stories of the elders. They also have a ranger program that manages the reserve. The rangers protect the land from poachers of animals, plants and timber as well as fires which are common due to slash an burn agriculture. Bioitza also runs a spanish language school for foreigners as a way to fun their projects. Bio itza is currently searching for an intern or work trader to help them. Our goal is to help raise $16,000 for Bio Itza this year. Please join us in supporting this incredible community of Itza people and the rainforest land that they protect.
Donate to the Folk Farm and Forest Youth Camp
This summer we hope to have a 2 week youth camp in June. Last year was a great success and several campers along with parents reported that it was one of the best camps that they had ever been to. We were able to offer 2 full scholarships and several partial scholarships. We hope you will consider sponsoring a camper! A full scholarship is $400 however every penny counts and we put out a jar to collect them too.