Torrential rains and massive flooding have devastated Bolivia. A national emergency was declared on February 4th, 2014, but limited resources and poor conditions have made aid efforts to remote populations exceedingly difficult.
The Tsimane are an indigenous population residing in the Amazon Basin area of Beni, one of the hardest hit provinces. Normally, the Tsimane are self-sufficient but completely dependent on local resources for food, water, and shelter. Due to the flooding, thousands of Tsimane families have lost their homes, belongings, and annual crops.
The Tsimane Flood Relief Fund was organized to deliver emergency assistance to displaced Tsimane families and communities. One hundred percent of donations are directed to immediate aid and recovery efforts (minus 7.9% for processing and credit card fees). The Tsimane Flood Relief Fund was organized by researchers and doctors already established in the Tsimane community to help Tsimane victims of the flooding. We work in collaboration with the Tsimane Health and Life History Project, and local government officials and organizations.