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Chipaya, 2nd EUAV Mission In The Field

14-16 March, 2017 - Oruro Dept. - Managed by GVC Bolivia / Cebem - "Qnas Soñi (hombres del agua/water's men) project"

Following, the visual report of our second mission in the field as EUAidVolunteers within the framework of the project "Qnas Soñi", managed by GVC Bolivia and Cebem (Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios), financed by the EU.

The Chipaya community is passing through two very important, harsh moments of its history: a huge plague affecting quinoa cultivations in several "cantones" (districts), and the discussion of the new "Estatuto de la Autonomía Indígena", official act on the recognition of this antique native population's legal autonomy.

Simultaneously, the tourist development project - part of the community resilience strategy plan - is going on with monitoring (discussion meetings with local stakeholders, inventory, planning) and documenting (photo, videos, notes) activities in the field.

A storytelling (photos, video and text reportage) created by Michele Pasquale, GVC Communications Officer.

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For more information:

Gvc Onlus

CEBEM (Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios)


Unión Europea en Bolivia / European Union in Bolivia

European Commission - Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations - ECHO

This reportage has been published on the official project website chipaya.org

The GVC/Cebem team visiting the local Primary and Secondary school.

Meeting with the local authorities, documents and data processing.

Team monitoring: restoration and refurbishment list for the next Qnas Soñi / Hombres del Agua ("Water Men") Project's office.

Chipaya's project tourist development project: future hotel supervision activities.

The agricultural products from the community greenhouses.

A short meeting before going on with the construction of "defensivos", the traditional water dykes.

The traditional construction of "defensivos" ("Lan'z" in Uru Chipaya language) is realised through 3-weeks hard but shared work, involving the entire Chipaya community. These river banks will reroute the Rio Lauca's flow controlling and preventing floods in the nearby village.

An entire community working hard ("trabajo comunitario") to lead Rio Lauca's flow, controlling and preventing floods during the next months.

The fairy-tale "Altiplano Andino" panorama surrounding the Leuca River's flow.


Displaying "defensivos" construction. Please follow the link:

The sun's hot, the work's very hard. The Chipayas' community is taking a break, having lunch nearby the river banks. They're chatting, sharing ideas and comments, playing around for a while.

During the mission, I had the precious occasion of recording an interview with Sebastiana, main character of the movie "!Vuelve, Sebastiana!" (by Jorge Ruiz, Augusto Roca - Bolivia, 1953). 64 years after her famous acting performance, she's still on the road, nice and great as always. In few minutes, we've re-created a small "cinema set" at the presence of the new Chipaya's generations. Stay tuned for my next dedicated reportage from the field.

Last but not least, our greeting to the next community's representatives.


Chipaya count on four ayllus (districts) - Aransaya, Ayparavi, Manasaya, Wistrullani - streched out in the Andes region, not far from the Coipasa salt flat.

Source: chipaya.org / Google Maps.


How it looks like a Sunday morning in Ayparavi? Let's watch this short video on my Instagram profile: https://instagram.com/p/BSHGWmrhqpY/