Church World Service, published on May 25, 2016, highlights individuals from the Gran Chaco region of South America, and asks how we can be better neighbors.
Gran Chaco is a sparsely populated, hot and semi-arid lowland natural region of the Río de la Plata basin, divided among eastern Bolivia, Paraguay, northern Argentina and a portion of the Brazilian states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. The name is of Quechua origin, meaning “Hunting Land.”
In just two decades, area families have lost more than half of their land to non-indigenous settlers. Without land rights, these communities not allowed to farm or work the land for food. And
their water sources are inconsistent. Because of this, CWS has launched a campaign to help area residentsregain land rights, attain access to clean water and create stable food sources for families. Learn more about how you can help