Machaqa Amawta Foundation
Machaqa Amawta means "New Sage" in Quechua and symbolizes the principles on which the Foundation orients the social change processes on which they work. These are: Equal opportunities for all, inclusive and intercultural democracy, free and responsible exercise of individual and collective rights and duties without discrimination, protection and restoration of ecosystems and the environment, reciprocity and solidarity.
The FMA primarily targets the Quechua and Aymara speaking indigenous population in the rural and urban peripheries of the department of La Paz, Bolivia. The foundation works to improve the living conditions of these people by working in the thematic areas of intercultural education, agroecological cargo management and promotion of new supply chains of agricultural products to urban areas, as well as strengthening indigenous village communities for improved political participation. Since 2021, the foundation has also been working in the area of overcoming sexual and gender-based violence against (disabled) children and young people. Within the framework of prevention courses on sexualized violence, these children and young people learn through play about their rights and how they can claim them. FMA also provides support for (disabled) children and adolescents who have been victims of sexual violence and also accompanies their parents or families as part of the project.
Mission 21 supports FMA's work in the areas of agroecological agriculture and food sovereignty in the village communities of Ayata, Chuma y Aucapata in the department of La Paz and overcoming sexual and gender-based violence against children and youth in the urban centers of La Paz and El Alto.
Fundación Machaqa Amawta was founded in 2005 as a civil association in La Paz, Bolivia. The association is supported by various foreign donors: Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), Oxfam (UK), EIRENE (Germany), Misereor (Germany).