By combining years of expertise and experience from various supporting organizations, we have designed and realized a network that serves to connect local, regional and international Indigenous voices with disaster risk management personnel. With the continuous support of the following organizations, the network can operate to benefit stakeholders and communities by allowing users to build upon, integrate and apply knowledge and strategies to advance disaster risk reduction.
The Pan American Health Organization, an international public health agency, works to improve the health and living standards of the people of the Americas. Two specific departments, the Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, focused on disaster risk reduction, and the Department of Family, Gender and Life Course, with its unit on Gender and Cultural diversity, are taking the lead on issues related to the health of Indigenous peoples. Together, these departments are working to address the vulnerabilities and capacities of Indigenous populations to protect and improve their health before, during and after disasters.
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
The Center for Public Service Communications (CPSC) was founded in 1990. Its objectives are to provide guidance and expertise to individuals, communities and public sector organizations in the specialized field of applying telecommunications and information technologies to reduce health disparities, to improve health services, especially to underserved and disenfranchised individuals and communities, and to improve the collection and sharing of scientific, technical and community knowledge to reduce human vulnerability to natural hazards. CPSC’s founder and president is Tlingit and a member of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
The Regional Coalition for Risk Management (CRGR) is a Network of Networks of civil society organizations, which is constituted as an autonomous, independent, open and permanent initiative, currently made up of four National Networks in each country: Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. The CRGR has more than 12 years of existence as a Regional Network, working with vulnerable populations, among which indigenous populations stand out. Its main strength is the projection and work with communities.
CIELO is the continuity and the result of more than two decades of work that managed to come to life in October 2014. To date, we have added more than 180 ventures of indigenous peoples and local communities, members of 33 indigenous peoples from 22 states of the country. CIELO contributes to the empowerment and strengthening of indigenous peoples and local communities, through the promotion and generation of companies and community ventures that are created from the use of natural and cultural resources found in our territories, based at all times on the right that assists us both nationally and internationally.