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.

Tsimane Updates

  • Email update from Bolivia 2/15/2014Hi,No one ever wants to get a late night phone call begging for assistance.  But there are few things I have experienced that were worse than ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2014, 1:06 PM by Lisa Levenson
  • Email update from Bolivia #2 It was a great Valentines day in Bolivia, the rain finally stopped, and the river started to drop (even if just a foot or two).  The Tsimane Relief Fund was ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2014, 4:53 PM by Lisa Levenson
  • Email Update From Bolivia Hi,I went upriver with the President of the Tsimane Gran Consejo to the community of La Cruz on Wednesday.  It was completely devastated.  We entered the community through what ...
    Posted Feb 16, 2014, 11:12 AM by Lisa Levenson
  • 56 Tsimane Villages underwater 56 villages are now underwater with residents evacuating for higher ground. These peoples homes and crops have been destroyed. This is a map of Tsimane villages and how they are ...
    Posted Feb 14, 2014, 3:37 PM by Lisa Levenson
  • In the News! The plight of the Tsimane, and the Tsimane Flood Relief Fund have been featured by two regional news channels. Watch and meet some of our volunteers.KEYT Santa Barbara, CA ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2014, 5:39 PM by Lisa Levenson
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