The Gran Chaco region of Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay is twice the size of California. It’s vast, but few people live here. Indigenous families live alongside poor farmers, not always peacefully. Despite their differences, everyone faces poverty and significant challenges like water shortages. And more and more land is being turned into commercial farms at the expense of families' well-being.
Our team and our partners know that it doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why we’re part of a long-term, cross-border initiative to raise the standard of living in the region. We're teaming up with communities to improve water access. We're making it easier for families to raise livestock and cultivate lush gardens. At the forefront of all these efforts is a goal of raising the people's voices in defense of their rights.
Beyond the dry lands of the Gran Chaco, we are working with communities in South America to address and protect the rights of families and children with incarcerated parents. Millions of these children often face stigma, discrimination and/or trauma. Many have watched police arrest their parent. They may have to move in with extended family to make ends meet without their parent's income. Their families often struggle financially.
That's why CWS helped create Plataforma NNAPES. It's a regional coalition of organizations who focus on advocating for and protecting the rights of these children and their families. They envision a world where all children with incarcerated parents thrive and have their rights realized.
Alongside our partners, we work to raise the visibility of these issues and ensure that everyone has the right to a dignified and protected life.
Exploratory Study on LGBTI= People and Their Rights in Municipalities of South America’s Gran Chaco Region
This study is based on on 77 interviews with key spokespersons and actors in the region. It addresses issues that map the current status of LGBTI+ rights in the region.
Yoselin’s Pride and Passion
There are two words that Yoselin thinks of when talking about her life: pride and passion. Yoselin works at a radio station for indigenous communities, is co-author of the book, Shouts of the Mothers of the Mountain, and is the first transgender woman to play in the women’s soccer league in Tartagal, Argentina. At age 36, Yoselin has accomplished many of …
Paraguayan Indigenous Communities are Seeding Knowledge
Studying is opening a door of possibilities for people in the Lower Chaco region (Paraguay). The indigenous women of this region tell us about their achievements. One of the greatest wishes of Teresa Benítez, a resident of El Espinillo, Paraguay, is “to study, to know the letters A, B, and the other letters as well.” She is 76 years old, …
Beekeeping: an unexpected lifeline in Paraguay
Indigenous communities have lived in the Gran Chaco region of Paraguay for centuries. And for most of that time, families had lots of ways to earn a living. They hunted, fished, ate local fruits, consumed local honey and made crafts. This lifestyle was largely possible because they could move freely across the vast region. It wasn’t an easy way of …