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Komomoyea Kovoero Indigenous Secondary School

We have a target: just £3,500 will provide a comfortable and secure place to stay for students. Here's the Just Giving Link: Kayapo School: Donate with JustGiving As we walked down the path three pairs of squawking macaws flew over us. Bright blue giant morpho butterflies took to the air, disturbed by our approach. To the side the forest sighed with a gentle breeze. Pará State, Brazil. Komomoyea Kovoero Secondary School, in Aldeia Indigena Kuxonety Pokee, a Terena village in the Gleba Iriri Indigenous Territory. (Sue Cunningham/SCP)We were on our way to visit a unique secondary school, located within the indigenous reserve, in response to a request for help from the community. Our counterpart organisation Instituto Raoni, which represents the Kayapó of Mato Grosso and southern Pará, have approached us for funding for the school. Until recently, any Kayapó teenagers who wanted to progress beyond the basic level of education had to leave their village and move to a town to attend a mainstream secondary school. Pará State, Brazil. Kayapó students of the Komomoyea Kovoero Indigenous Secondary School in the Aldeia Indigena Kuxonety Pokee, a Terena village in the Gleba Iriri Indigenous Territory. (Sue Cunningham/SCP)This put them under immense stress. Torn away from their traditional villages, they were cast adrift in an unfamiliar environment where they faced vicious discrimination. They became victims of bullying and targets for drug dealers and people encouraging them to drink alcohol. They suffered badly, and many of them dropped out. Now there is an alternative. Cirenio and Cisera Terena are teachers. They have established the Komomoyea Kovoero Secondary School in the indigenous territory, where Kayapo students can go for more advanced education, away from the pressures and distractions of the school in town.Pará State, Brazil. Students learning horticulture at the Komomoyea Kovoero Secondary School, in Aldeia Indigena Kuxonety Pokee, a Terena village in the Gleba Iriri Indigenous Territory. (Sue Cunningham/SCP) There are now over twenty Kayapó pupils at the school. They come from villages spread out across the Kayapó territory, which is the size of England. But they live in a dilapidated and very basic building, which desperately needs to be replaced. It is overcrowded and does not provide adequate facilities for the students to study. And that is where we come in. The money we raise will provide showers, lavatories, bedrooms and study areas. The students will have kitchen and dining facilities to help them to learn additional life skills. Beside the school is a vegetable garden, where the students help to grow most of the food for the school. They also tend banana plantations which help to raise the money to pay for daily expenses. Pará State, Brazil. Kayapó students of the Komomoyea Kovoero Indigenous Secondary School with their teachers Cirenio and Cicera Terena in the Aldeia Indigena Kuxonety Pokee, a Terena village in the Gleba Iriri Indigenous Territory. (Sue Cunningham/SCP)The school strives to be financially independent, but the new accommodation block will enhance the opportunities for study and help the students to acquire the training and skills so vital if they are to help their people to maintain their traditions and cultures in future years. These are the future tribal leaders. They work hard at their studies. They merit our help. Donating is easy - please help us. Simply click this button to donate by credit/debit card or PayPal: Kayapo School: Donate with JustGiving or text KYAP55 £10 to 70070 from your mobile phone - you can substitute a different amount. You are also welcome to email us to ask about making a direct transfer.