-- PROJECTS AND ORGANISATIONS
La Casa de la Cultura
In the heart of the village lies an old house which has been converted
into the home of El Pauji's cultural association. There you'll find
artworks by villagers. The Casa de la Cultura has also held exhibitions
in Santa Elena.
Salon Amariba and The International Creators
Ten minutes east of the village, hidden away behind a forest,
the dance hall built by Marlene Murillo is a stunning structure.
It was designed by one of Venezuela's most renowned architects,
Fruto Vivas. The hall dominates a hillside, overlooking a rolling
valley of savannah and forest.
International Creators' Encounters have been held over the last
years in the hall. There is accommodation for about twenty people,
including a kitchen/canteen area and toilets. Stunning pools in
the nearby river provide baths and showers.
For more information about the next Encuentro, or about using the
hall for cultural activities, contact Marlene Murillo in Caracas
on (0212) 753 9314 email@example.com.
Taller El Avión Art
The taller began life as a loose group of artists about fifteen
years ago, when its founder, Nelson Salinas, lived in the fusilage
of an old DC-3. The association has since held exhibitions of "The
Fragile Land" in Merida and Caracas. The Taller's aim is to
raise awareness of the Gran Sabana's importance, fragility and cultural
heritage through works of art. Artists of the group include 'KaiKutse'
and Adan Rodriguez, Pemon from El Pauji and Santiago Ramos, based
in Santa Elena.
The ENUPA Foundation
is El Pauji's educational foundation. It was created by the parents
to gather funds for the village's school. They have made great sacrifices
for their children's education, and have sought donations from many
organisations, mainly non-governmental, though the state does now
contribute to the school's running. The school's aim is to provide
a formation for life in the Sabana, and thus curricula include such
practical classes as bee-keeping. The Foundation covers both the
pre-school and ages from 5 to 15.
VOLUNTEER AND COMMUNITY PROJECT
The Peace-Villages Foundation (PVF)
is a charitable non-profit NGO dedicated to promoting volunteerism,
providing community service, encouraging collaboration and improving
PVF is a community based organization in El Paují. It offers
volunteer programs that are a mix of community service, educational
opportunities and recreational activities. We provide volunteers
with the unique opportunity to experience first hand the culture
of the region where they participate in volunteering projects that
are both beneficial to the community and rewarding to the volunteers.
We support and contribute to the psychological, emotional, physical,
cultural and social development of local indigenous communities,
specially woman and children which belong to the most underprivileged
members of Latin American society and promote empowerment of people
through challenging community projects in the humanitarian, educational,
agricultural and environmental fields.
We promote International Voluntary Service as an effective means
of intercultural education and community service. We offer Volunteer
Placement opportunities combined with Adventure Tour Travel and
Spanish Language and Culture Immersion Programs to people of all
ages and nationalities who are committed to the shared values of
peace, justice, tolerance, cross-cultural understanding and global
cooperation, to the preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions
and ecologies, and to the enhancement of the quality of life around
For more information see the Peace-Villages
The Asociación de Vecinos,
ASOPAUJI (Neighbours Association)
ASOPAUJI is the official neighbours' association. A president
is voted for every year, and regular meetings take place to decide
Defensa Civil and Grupo
de Rescate El Paují (Emergency Services)
Run on a voluntary basis, the Grupo de Rescate provides
emergency aid throughout the Sabana. It also trains volunteers in
first aid and rescue skills.
The Medical Clinic is
run on a shoe-string, but provides vital medical aid in the village.
The Asociación de Vigilantes
Voluntarios del Ambiente de la Frontera Sur, AVVA (the
regions environmental NGO)
AVVA began as a reaction to the increasing damage inflicted on the
area around El Pauji by mining. It has been responsible for the
halting of many clandestine mining operations, and continues to
lobby in Caracas for greater environmental awareness and protection.
Contact Anna Sartorio de Ponte: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The church - La Capilla
de San Pablo de Kawaik in the centre of the village
Pemon celebrations in Waiparu
Many of the villagers practise yoga, tai-chi and therapeutic dance.
Further along the road to Ikabaru is the Campamento Solonia
which specialises in spiritual healing.
Installing clean energy
and improving use of hydrographic resources are
great priorities in the village. Obtaining the funds for the infrastructure
is the problem.
Encouraging Existing and Future Sustainable Micro-Industries:
Bee-keeping, tourism and arts and crafts are the village's mainstays,
but more small-scale economic activities are required.
Directing and Controlling Tourism
& Ecotourism: Damage from tourism is minimal in El
Pauji. However, environmental criteria are essential for its future.
Disposing of waste and limiting erosion are the
Promoting the Study and
Use of the Regions Soils: Greater knowledge of the
soil use would provide more economic alternatives to mining in the
area. The soil is very thin and nutrient poor.
Permaculture will be key to developing this sector.
A seminar on the subject was held in the region recently, and it
is hoped this will spur further work.
Information exchange on
sustainable management systems: Sharing lessons and information
with the outside world and similar villages is essential.