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    “Desafío Orinoquia” the radio program of CEO

    An open forum for the opinion and analysis of the great current issues of the Colombian plain. He directs, Carlos Montenegro, director of the Center for Orinoquia Studies at the Universidad de los Andes.

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    • Rural development and productivity

    • Education

    • Governance

    • Health

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    Desde su creación, el CEO ha desarrollado proyectos que han significado un importante avance para los departamentos de la región de la Orinoquia en diferentes líneas: Ecosistemas y paisajes - Conservación de la vida silvestre, de los recursos naturales y servicios ambientales - Desarrollo rural, productivo, resposable y competitivo - Gobernabilidad, educación y salud como pilares del desarrollo.

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    First visit to the Puerto Zábalo and Los Monos indigenous reserves in Caquetá

    The first visit paid by a university, in this case Universidad de los Andes through the CEO, to this reservation began on Saturday April 1st with the support of the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), a US NGO dedicated to the conservation of Tropical Rainforests in South America.

  • “Desafío Orinoquia” the radio program of CEO
  • Results
  • First visit to the Puerto Zábalo and Los Monos indigenous reserves in Caquetá

Mitu VaupesDiscovering Vaupés is discovering a place permeated by customs, traditions and culture.

The CEO team travelled to Vaupés in southwestern Colombia in order to continue to approach the region, its inhabitants and its customs.

Minutes before landing in Fabio Alberto León Bentley airport, we were able to see the beautiful landscape with nature at its maximum splendor. A work of art!

Mitu VaupesDiscovering Vaupés is discovering a place permeated by customs, traditions and culture.

The CEO team travelled to Vaupés in southwestern Colombia in order to continue to approach the region, its inhabitants and its customs.

Minutes before landing in Fabio Alberto León Bentley airport, we were able to see the beautiful landscape with nature at its maximum splendor. A work of art!

We were able to learn about the most significant cultural expressions of Vaupés, guided by Raúl Jaramillo Rivera, the municipality’s traditional dance instructor, who gave us a detailed account of its most important festivals.

“The most sacred festival of the ethnic groups in Vaupés is the Yuruparí, in which only the older dancers take part. The festival takes place in a maloka and is timed according to an ecological calendar, but women are banned. They cannot attend as the elders forbid it,” affirmed Raúl Jaramillo, a member of the Yurutí ethnic group.

Raúl, received us in the “Ipanoré” maloka, in the middle of a dance rehearsal of the traditional “carrizodromo,” for children from the different Vaupés indigenous groups.

The “carrizodromo” is one of the most traditional dances of the Indigenous communities and it is danced to the rhythm of the “carrizo” instrument, designed to liven up the festivals from start to end.

The maloka can host more than a thousand people and provides the ideal scenario for the “Ipanore” celebrations that congregate all the Indigenous communities for two or three days once every two years. According to Raúl, in the Vaupés department, there are around 27 ethnic groups, the most important of which are the Guananos, Cubeos, Tucano, Tezanos, Piratapuyo and Yuruties.

During these three days, they show off their dances, handicrafts, songs, myths and legends, such as the traditional “dabucurí,” which is a ritual based on the exchange of fruit, fish or any other food, which is found in abundance.

The most traditional legend of the Vaupés department is that of the Cué god, based on the creation of the Indigenous man Cubeo, god of the Cubeos, and the legend of the origin of man, the anaconda. The beginning, the end and where they were located all over the department.

Representatives from some of the Indigenous communities affirm that in some parts of the country, customs have been lost, which is why the Indigenous communities in Vaupés have implemented ethno-educational schools to promote the dances, dialects and customs of the different ethnic groups that exist in the region.

During our stay in Vaupés, we met with the Spokesman for the Indigenous Regional Counsel of Vaupés (CRIVA), Eraclio Mejía, from the Guanana group. The organization is in charge of representing all the ethnic groups before the different entities that come here to develop projects. It is the first filter of consultation prior to the initiatives.

We were also able to speak to the Education and Culture Secretary and Mayor of Mitú, Lucas Ramírez Vizcano, who told us about the importance of the recent development of education, culture and social issues.

In terms of education, it has a total of 11 educational institutions, three in the urban center and the rest in the rural area. In terms of higher education, the municipal government is part of the “Seres” alliance, based on economic support that benefits 15 to 20 students from the communities.

On the other hand, the CEIBA program was officially present at an event that enjoyed the participation of community representatives, local governments and regional entities. The Governor of Vaupés, was thankful for the coordination of the CEIBA program.

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    Veracruz project in Santa Rosalia and La Primavera – Vichada

  • A successful first book fair in Yopal

    A successful first book fair in Yopal

  • Committed to education in Casanare

    Committed to education in Casanare

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    Documentation Center

  • Carlos Montenegro, our director

    Carlos Montenegro, our director

¿Where we develop projects?

Arauca, Casanare, Guainía, Guaviare, Meta, Vaupés y Vichada.

Projects focused on:

Government, education, health and rural and productive development.