Latin America Solidarity Centre

Call for Observers for the Aty Guasu

Ládio Veron, our speaker at this year’s Latin America Week events, has called for observers to come to Mato Grosso do Sul, to help support the Guarani-Kaiowá in their struggle for land rights.

 CALL FOR OBSERVERS FOR THE ATY GUASU

AUG 26 – AUG 31,  2017

TAKUARA, STATE OF MATO GROSSO DO SUL, BRAZIL

 

The Ay Guasu (Great Council of the Guarani-Kaiowá) will be held from August 26th to August 31st, but we encourage observers to arrive on August 15th in Dourados and on August 16th in Takuara to set up the camp and prepare the event.  Below is the entire program from August 15th to August 31st.

 

If you cannot participate in the entire program, just come when you can. But do try to be there on August 30th and 31st, because on those days international supporters will discuss cooperation projects with the Guarani-Kaiowá. Depending on the number and length of the projects, the ATY GUASU may extend one or two days, thus finishing on August 1st or 2nd.

 

 COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

August 15    ARRIVAL IN CASA DA CULTURA (CULTURE HOUSE), DOURADOS, MATO GROSSO DO SUL

Casa da Cultura is near Dourados bus terminal.  Address:  Rua Monte Alegre,1908.

Sleeping is free at Casa da Cultura.  Those who sleep there will help Fabiana Fernandes

to make breakfast and lunch, participating with €5 – €10 for food expenses.

August 16    ARRIVAL IN TAKUARA  

The municipal bus leaves daily from Dourados to Caarapó at 9 am. Bust ticket: R$ 7.50

Upon arrival in Caarapó, a private car will take visitors to Takuara.  Fee: R$ 10

Private cars might also leave from Dourados directly to Takuara. Suggested fee: R$ 15

 

August 16 -19   COLLECTIVE WORK TO BUILD THE ‘ACAMPAMENTO’ (CAMP)

Visitors will have a hands-on experience of what it is to make a camp and to live in it. Observers will work together with the Guarani-Kaiowá to build the camp to host the expected 400 attendants –counting both observers and Guarani Kaiowa- of the Aty Guasu. 80 barracks will be made from wooden poles, canvas, nails, wire, rope. On the back of each home a pit toilet will be dug.

 

August 22-23    KYR?GUE ATY (YOUNG PEOPLE’S COUNCIL)

In the Young People’s Council, young Guarani-Kaiowá will discuss their participation in the Guarani-Kaiowá struggle.

 

AUGUST 26-31   ATY GUASU

  • August 26    SINGING AND PRAYING BY SHAMANS
  • August 27    SPEECHES BY SHAMANS
  • August 28    SPEECHES BY POLITICAL LEADERS
  • August 29    SPEECHES BY POLITICAL LEADERS
  • August 30    INTERNATIONAL PROJECT DISCUSSION
  • August 31    INTERNATIONAL PROJECT DISCUSSION
  • Sept 1st        CLOSING CEREMONY

Observers are welcome to watch all activities at the KYR?GUE ATY and the ATY GUASU.  On August 30th and 31st observers will discuss cooperation with the Guarani-Kaiowá. We emphasize that it is okay for observers/visitors to arrive in the last week of August.

 

CONFIRM YOUR PARTICIPATION

 

You can confirm your participation writing to the Guarani-Kaiowa Support Network e-mail address:

redeapoiogk@gmail.com

 

You can also call or write any of the following people:

 

For visitors who will stay in Casa da Cultura in Dourados, please contact Ládio or his relatives:

  • Ládio:               67.99929.4553
  • Araldo:             67.99965.2805
  • Mãe Júlia:         67.99939.8199

 

Or confirm your participation in the Aty Guasu with Giva and Sassá, members of the Tribunal Popular in São Paulo. They will also inform you of the possibility of finding a ride with other people  going from São Paulo to the ATY GUASU.

 

You can also confirm you participation with Lúcia, and reserve rooms at her hostel if you stay in São Paulo before or after the Aty Guasu.

 

SUGGESTED FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION PER OBSERVER/VISITOR  

For people who stay for the whole program:    € 50 for lodging +  € 150  for eating =  € 200

For people who arrive after the camp has been built:   € 10/day for lodging +  € 10/day for food =  € 20/day

HOW THOSE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE USED:

   LODGING:

The goal for this Aty Guasu is that all the observers that visit Takuara may contribute to finance the materials used to make the camp where both observers and Guarani Kaiowa people will sleep.

The total price for the 80 homes will amount to approximately R$ 9000 (€ 3000). The suggested contribution per observer/visitor is designed to cover those costs.

 

MEALS:

Observers and Guarani Kaiowa people will eat together.  Some Guarani Kaiowa people will cook in exchange of some ‘food parcels’ that contain rice, beans, oil, wheat, sugar, tea, coffee.

The suggested contribution per observer/visitor will cover meals and cooking expenses, as well as any cleaning products, garbage bags, etc.

 

HOW TO GO FROM SÃO PAULO TO DOURADOS

For those who do not find rides in other people’s cars, there are buses and planes going to Dourados.

  • By airplane: Planes leave daily from Campinas at 9:20 and 14:40  (flight lasts 1 hr 10 min)
  • By bus:  Buses leave daily from Estação Barra Funda (São Paulo) at 16:30, 18:40 and 21:30 – but they all arrive the next morning at the same time in Dourados, at 9 am!
  • Cost of a one-way bus ticket ranges between R$ 205 and R$ 295.  www.motta.com.br
  • Cost of a one-way plane ticket may vary greatly depending on offers, from R$ 400 to R$ 800.