The Peoples of the World Foundation

Education for and about Indigenous Peoples
THYDÊWÁS Hope of the Earth
President: Sebastián Gerlic
Executive Director: Ivana Cardoso
International Public Relations: Gabriela de Mello

Many indigenous people from several nations joined together with non-indigenous people in order to create THYDÊWÁS, starting with projects in 2001 and becoming an official non-governmental organization (NGO) in August 2002. Through projects, programs, cultural, educational and social actions we work to benefit the Great Planetary Family.

Our objectives are to:

  • Encourage multiculturalism as a form of human enrichment and for the development of the culture of peace.
  • Improve intercultural relations, seeking fair returns for all parties.
  • Strengthen and cherish aboriginal cultures, guaranteeing their future.
  • Promote economic, social and human rights.
  • "Indians in The Classrooms" — Indians visiting public schools to sit and talk with 5,000 students and share their cultures.
  • "Indians Reading" — Motivation for reading through exchanging 1,500 books from the collection Indians in the Vision of the Indians, with several biographies donated to public schools.
  • "Singing Indigenous Cultures" — 3,500 children from several communities reviving their history through songs and sacred dances and re-discovering a new Brazil, talking about citizenship, human rights, ecology and cultural diversity.
  • "Indians in the Vision of the Indians" — A collection of ten books created through workshops of identity and creative expression inside the communities, which has enabled the Indians to act as journalists, historians and anthropologists of their own reality where the Indians themselves gave the testimonials and also took the pictures. Indigenous Nations represented are the Kariri-Xocó, Pankararú, Fulni-ô, Tumbalalá, Kiriri, Tupinambá, Truká, Pataxó do Prado and Pataxó-Hã-hã-hãe. 24,000 books published and activities for more than 500,000 people. (Since 2001. Sponsored by Bompreço do Nordeste S/A, Fazcultura Programme, Education Ministry, Brazilian Northeast Bank and UNESCO.)
  • "Digital Arch" — Collaborative learning community for more than 100 Indians online. Dialogues on culture, citizenship, education and sustainable development. 3,000 books published. (2006-2007. Sponsored by Oi Futuro Institute.)
  • "Pataxó-Hã-hã-hãe Community Radio" — Training and qualification of twenty radio broadcasters. (2005. Sponsored by UNESCO.)
  • "Brothers in the World" — Video documentary approaching the Indigenous Nations Tupinambá and Tumbalalá life-styles, habits and traditions. (2004. Sponsored by Padre Anchieta Foundation and Culture Ministry.)
  • "Indians Online" — Intercultural dialogue network. Direct training of 14 Indians on information and communication technology. Twenty-eight Indians replicated in a six-month digital inclusion pilot program based on culture, education and citizenship. Indigenous Nations participating are the Kariri-Xocó, Xucuru-Kariri, Pankararú, Tumbalalá, Kiriri, Tupinambá and Pataxó-Hã-hã-hãe. (Since 2004. Sponsored by Bompreço do Nordeste S/A, Fazcultura Programme, Ministry of Culture and UNESCO).
International Visitation
  • "Indians in France" — Five Indians undertook a cultural exchange visit to seven French cities from September 7th to October 22nd, networking with more than 100,000 people as well as visiting the International Labor Organization and the United Nations. (2005. Sponsored by seven French cities, UNESCO and CISA.)
  • "Indians Want Respect" — Campaign along with the community of Tupinambá (4,636 Indians) for the assertion of their rights through the training of twenty Indians in public speaking to an audience of 15,000 students from public schools in Ilhéus, Bahia. (2003. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, through the Social and Religious Studies Centre (CERIS), UNESCO, FUNAI and the State University of Santa Cruz, Bahia).
  • "Indians Want Peace" — Campaign along with the community of Pataxó-Hã-hã-hãe (3,132 Indians) for the promotion of peace through the training of thirty-five Indians in public speaking to an audience of 15,000 students in Bahia. (2004-2006. Sponsored by Brazil Foundation, UNESCO, ANAI, Pau Brasil, Camacan and Itaju do Colônia City Halls, Unidos do Morro Association, Black Movement of Pau Brasil, RELACS, Limouge Concil, and CIMI.)
Awards and Recognition
  • The Human Rights Prize in the category Race Equality Promotion awarded by the Brazilian Human Rights Department. 2007.
  • The Living School Prize awarded by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. 2007.
  • Among the nominees for the Millennium Development Goals Prize awarded by the United Nations Development Program. 2007.
  • Rodrigo Melo Franco de Andrade Prize for the preservation of Brazilian Cultural awarded by the Ministry of Culture — Institute of Historic and Artistic National Patrimony. 2004.
  • National DOCTV Prize in Bahia, for the video documentary Brothers in the World. 2004.
  • Telemar on Digital Inclusion Prize. Third place in the category NGO of the North/Northeast Regions of Brazil, for the Indians Online project. 2004.

The Peoples of the World Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in the United States under Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3).

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