Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)
The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi is a legally established Bolivian organisation, made up of a team of young professionals and Bolivian volunteers, as well as international volunteers from all over the world.
In 1992 the organisation was born thanks to a group of Bolivian volunteers and became a nationally recognised environmental movement. In the beginning CIWY worked with orphans and children with limited resources, aiming to support their personal development and build their self-esteem by participating in different activities in defence of the environment and raising awareness among the general population about the importance of respecting their biodiversity.
Over the years CIWY has exposed and denounced the illegal trade of wild animal species. Faced with the indifference of the authorities tasked with dealing with this issue and despite the existence of a law, the organisation took on the responsibility to take care of and offer these victims a second opportunity in life. Thus in 1996 CIWY became pioneers in establishing the first wild animal refuge in Bolivia, promoting conservation ex situ.
As an organisation they want to bring about significant changes in their country and create a responsible awareness around this issue. They currently manage three Wildlife Sanctuaries - Machía (Cochabamba), Ambue Ari (Santa Cruz) and Jacj Cuisi (north of La Paz) - where animals rescued from trafficking are given a home.See more