MOPAWI (Partnering with Lutheran World Relief)

Grantee name: MOPAWI

Mission: MOPAWI (Mosquitia Pawisa Apiska) integrates programs of sustainable agriculture, marine life and forestry in the cultural zone of the Honduras Rio Platano Bioreserve among the Miskito, Garifuna, Pech, Tawahka and Ladino indigenous communities to combat the threats of colonization, species extinction and deforestation.   It collaborates cross-border with indigenous groups of Nicaragua to build a forest guard program to develop ecological guidelines defining appropriate uses of different zones of the Mesoamerican corridor, including rules for hunting, fishing and agriculture.   MOPAWI educates and advocates for the communal land rights, culture and language preservation, and self-determination of the indigenous communities of La Mosquitia region.   It promotes ecotourism, involving women's participation in local economic development.

MOPAWI es la sigla en la lengua Miskita para Mosquitia Pawisa Apiska, que significa en español Agencia Para el Desarrollo de la Mosquitia. MOPAWI es una organización privada, sin fines de lucro, apolítica, no sectaria, fundada en principios cristianos y dedicada a su misión de 'Apoyar el desarrollo humano integral y la conservación de la naturaleza'.

Lutheran World Relief works globally providing emergency relief and advocacy for community-based, sustainable development programs.   It promotes programs that address the environmental, political, social and economic causes of poverty and suffering.   Its model is "accompaniment", whereby its members build trust and shared accountability with local partners and communities, and systematic approaches to program development and learning.   LWR programs include community-based HIV/AIDS prevention, farmer co-ops, women's small business development, trauma counseling and conflict-resolution in warring regions, and seed banks for food security.

Location: Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Baltimore, MD, USA

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Channel Grant:   Supported MOPAWI's community organizing, leadership training and educational outreach in the indigenous communities of La Mosquitia to fight for communal land titling and authority for forest resource management and security.   The work includes collective declarations of indigenous rights based on international treaties, and advocacy and negotiation with Honduran government ministries and WTO representatives. (2005)

MOPAWI (Partnering with The Nature Conservancy)

Mission:  The Nature Conservancy uses science and technology-based methodologies to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.   Its work emphasizes partnership.   It pursues collaborative, non-confrontational, pragmatic, market-based solutions to conservation challenges.

Location:  Arlington, VA, USA

Channel Grants:  Sponsored collaboration in the Rio Platano Bioreserve of Honduras for wildlife preservation and establishment of indigenous people's land rights in La Mosquitia region.   Supported conservation assessments, species recovery and protection projects, sustainable agriculture projects, training and capacity building of indigenous forest guards, and petitions to the Honduran government to designate communal land rights and forest management rights to the indigenous communities of La Mosquitia.   (2001, 2002, 2004)