The Juara Foundation started as a student organization at the University of Michigan in 2009 with the goal of developing a closer relationship between research, education, and conservation in the Pantanal region of Brazil, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the organization has grown from its first project, Pantanal Center for Education and Research (PCER), into a variety of projects on health, education, and sustainability in the area and across the world and was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation in the state of Michigan in September, 2014.
The Juara Foundation is dedicated to conservation efforts through collaboration with local communities and expansion of educational opportunities. We work to connect American researchers, volunteers, and students with foreign residents of areas with high conservation value because the best way to preserve these crucial areas is to foster an exchange of ideas, sense of urgency, and friendship across the communities. The Foundation aims to enhance education, sustainability, conservation, and international diplomacy both in the US and abroad.
In the Pantanal, we operate an ecological research field station, and run workshops on locally sourced sustainable technologies, music education, and first aid and health. The Foundation focuses on communities in remote and under-developed areas, where access to education is often limited. We collaborate with a variety of existing local organizations, with partners including experienced educators, scientists, American students, and local community members.
Juara Foundation is named after a word in the Guató language. The language is now nearly extinct, but was historically spoken by indigenous people in the Pantanal region of Brazil. The name of our organization comes from the word ǰuára, meaning "to learn," and pays homage to a language on the brink of extinction as well as reminding us of the region and the people where our interests in conservation were born.
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The Juara Foundation could not function without the insight, planning, and financial support of many people. We welcome your ideas, suggestions, and questions. Donations to the Juara Foundation are tax-deductible, and can be made by credit card through PayPal or by mailing us a check. Thank you for your generous support!