Machaqa Amawta Foundation
Machaqa Amawta means "New Sage" in Quechua and symbolises the principles on which the Foundation bases the social change processes it works on. These are: Equal opportunities for all, inclusive and intercultural democracy, free and responsible exercise of individual and collective rights and responsibilities 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 areas of intercultural education, agroecological farming and the promotion of new supply chains for agricultural products in 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 sexualised violence, these children and young people learn in a playful way about their rights and how they can claim them. FMA also provides support for (disabled) children and young people who have been victims of sexual violence and 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 young people in the urban centres of La Paz and El Alto.
The 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).