These children attend a Foundation-assisted school in a remote river valley near Cumaná.
We find our precedents and inspiration in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo, Egypt, in September 1994. The world's nations forged visionary plans to respond to some of the planet's most pressing issues, including unsustainable regional population growth, poverty, erasing inequities within societies, empowering women, and promoting human rights. At subsequent international conferences, this agenda evolved into the eight quantifiable Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in the year 2000, set to be achieved by 2015, and continuing with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda.
Our Mission, quite simply, is to contribute to this noble effort.
Think globally. Act locally.
Based on more than 30 years of experience in the impoverished regions of northeastern Venezuela, the Turimiquire Foundation has developed our Recipe for a Thriving Community as a fast track blueprint for realizing the MDGs. We believe that it is in the crucible of small, community-based experiments like ours that some of the most effective solutions for the broad Millennium Vision are being forged today.
Our Recipe guides our work in four key areas of service:
Health and Women
The first and crucial step towards truly empowering women is to offer them the means to control their own fertility. We provide health care services, with an emphasis on reproductive health, family planning, and rural hygiene. The enormous unsatisfied rural demand for family planning, the unmet need for reproductive health services, far exceeds our current capacity to provide.
Education and Children
Once families have gained control of their fertility, they concentrate on giving their children the best possible future through schooling. We support students in remote rural areas and marginal urban barrios through educational and cultural programs at our rural Education Center and at our urban headquarters, Casa ServYr.
We focus on environmentally positive rural development through introducing reliable low impact utilities (solar electricity and gravity piped water systems) in remote areas where there is no access to public utilities, and ecological agriculture that preserves local ecosystems and promotes self-employment towards an enduring rural future.
Cultural and Environmental Conservation
As part of this process, we seek to respect, preserve and document the cultural and agricultural traditions of the campesino culture in our area, and to safeguard wildlife and wildlife habitat, as well as domestic and farm animals.
Recipe for a Thriving Community: Toward the U.N. Millennium Development Goals
Turimiquire Foundation: A History of Achievements