International fundraiser SOS: Colombian Amazon arrives today

By Conrad Egusa June 20, 2020

The organizations Akasha, OPIAC, Cacao Laboratory, Metta U, Gospel, Black Vitriol and Sheik n’ Beik are partnering today for a 6 hour Global Assembly to raise awareness and provide relief for the indigenous communities in Colombia.

International DJ Joey Greiner

In the live virtual broadcast, voices from the indigenous communities of the Amazon will be presented alongside partners, including international DJ Joey Greiner, who will share wellness practices and musical performances.

More information on the live event can be found here.

The organization OPIAC is raising funds to purchase care packages that will supply families with food to get them through the peak of COVID-19. They are also seeking contributions in the form of personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

During the time of COVID-19, indigenous communities in Colombia have increasingly faced challenges. In particular, the Amazonas department has been badly impacted by the coronavirus.

With a population of only 49,000, the department has more cases per million individuals than anywhere else in Colombia, by a large degree. The Amazonas had 702 deaths and 21,608 cases per million people, with Cartagena being next with 125 deaths per million and 2,561 cases.

Last month the region saw a large jump in cases and, according to El Tiempo, the primary hospital in Leticia had no intensive care beds on its facility.

For more information on the fundraising event today, visit here.