Emergency Amazon Tribal Assistance Fund
COVID-19 is having a dreadful impact on our Indigenous partners
Acute Angling operates sportfishing trips in cooperative partnerships with three regional associations of Brazilian Indigenous communities. Yes, we pay for the privilege of fishing in their reservations, but there’s more to this relationship than just money. Ours is a partnership based on mutual respect, friendship, and consideration. For more than two decades, we’ve been implementing a broad array of mechanisms to ensure that our partners benefit not just on a monetary basis, but in a broader social and practical manner. Our financial and experiential input has improved access to education; provided modern tools; introduced technology to more effectively preserve traditional lifestyles; and created new, sustainable sources of income for the communities. A true partnership entails a close relationship with real people whose lives are connected to ours. Their health, well-being and quality of life is just as important to them as ours to us. So, it is incumbent on us to do whatever we can to help our friends and partners be as satisfied with their lives and lifestyles as we are with ours.
But now, the benefits of these hard-won improvements in quality of life are being overwhelmed by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has found its way into many of the remote and isolated Indigenous communities we work with, leaving broad swaths of illness and death. A lower resistance to outside diseases and a more communal traditional lifestyle in the reservations has prompted Brazil’s governmental oversight organ to close the reservations to outside access as the curve runs its course. So, even though we are not there and fishing at this time, we have elected to contribute a part of our partnership arrangement to help these hard-hit communities. We are providing cash assistance for necessary tribal expenses and direct deliveries of food and supplies to hard-hit communities. A sportfishing operation cannot fix the health impact of coronavirus, but we can help ameliorate the impact of the social disruption, hunger, and discomfort it leaves in its wake.
Many of our anglers have expressed a desire to help also, so we have opened this charitable fund in the hopes that many more of you may choose to join us. Please contribute what you can to lessen the impact of this terrible circumstance and please share this message with those in your social network who might also wish to help.
Our anglers are the most caring people anywhere. We thank you. Your generous contributions will allow us to augment our already initiated support efforts so we will have an even greater impact than our initial expectations. Our first progress report details a distribution of materials and funds to our Rio Travessão Indigenous partners; (already implemented using Acute Angling's resources before we opened this fund). A truckload of supplies for 39 families (over 250 people) is on its way eastward along the Amazon main stem. At the river’s edge, it will meet a boat that will deliver the materials to the base of the Travessão’s first set of rapids. From there, the young men of the tribe will collect the materials without outside contact. They will then portage the materials overland to bypass the rapids and load them into small outboards that will deliver directly to the villages and families. While this is underway, we have already begun organizing a second round of distributions, heading to the far west of Amazonas to support our Rio Curicuriari Indigenous partners. We'll update you as it progresses. We will soon begin our third distribution to the Igapo Acu region. Your generosity to this point allows us to increase what we can deliver by over 35%. Thank you.