In 2023, the Humanitas360 Institute helped bring potable water to the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Land, where the Paiter Suruí people live in the north of Brazil. The work, carried out in July, resulted in the installation of three distribution points with large-scale filters (1 thousand liters per hour) in the villages of Lapetanha and Pabykeb, in the state of Rondônia.
Around 112 indigenous people were positively impacted by the filters, in addition to environmental prevention agents and visitors who pass through the sites. For 2024, the initiative will be expanded, taking filtration and distribution centers to the villages of Gamir, the largest in the territory with 50 families, and Apoena Meirelles, where 15 families live in the region of the state of Mato Grosso.
Supported by H360 and carried out with resources from the institute’s sponsor, the PDR Philanthropic Fund, the project was developed and executed by the socio-environmental impact startup Água Camelo, which promotes access to treated water for people in situations of social vulnerability.
This work is another fruit of the civic friendship between the leaders of Humanitas360 and Paiter Suruí – president Patrícia Villela Marino and general-chief Almir Suruí, respectively. They met in 2021 at the CIVI-CO space, in São Paulo, where the institute is based. The following year, Almir Suruí welcomed the H360 team and the Villela Marino family to his community in Cacoal, Rondônia. From then on, a dialogue was established to develop common projects, always from the perspective of climate justice and respect for indigenous peoples.