The Wayuu Taya Foundation in alliance with other organizations develops initiatives oriented to enabling areas for formal and informal educational processes, particularly in schools and communities, with the intention of contributing to knowledge sharing, as well as to share their values, customs and behaviors.
The foundation aims to provide complimentary education to children and the integral development of their younger generations, in order to contribute to the preservation of their cultural traditions, their future economic development and the preservation of peace.
Wayuu Taya also implements educational programs oriented to the integral development of women, encouraging gender equality and the active participation of women in diverse aspects of the communities’ economic development.
There is a considerable amount of communities that lack the basic resources needed to apply new technologies in their classrooms.
The Wayúu Taya Foundation, along with its allies, has made considerable efforts to provide brand new technological tools to schools, in order to enhance the teaching-learning process. While doing this, the Foundation also focuses on preserving their roots, customs and traditions.
The Wayuu Taya Foundation implements science and technology programs with children, to allow the systematic acquisition of scientific knowledge and the use of informative technologies. Promoting the use of technology for the exchange and creation of information contributes to the safeguard and spreading of their native language.
The Wayuu Taya Foundation creates programs based around performing arts, musicals and plastic arts, that are integrated to several educational programs on a basic level, strengthening their knowledge in art and helping develop individuals with a sense of awareness, expressiveness, openness and creativity.
In these programs, musical instruments are made and we also learn how to play them; knitting done by the Wayuu women is also highlighted.
The Foundation has elderly teachers, who in addition to transmitting their knowledge about the Wayuu culture, are worthy representatives, enablers and contributors to the growth of the identity and respect towards diversity among indigenous communities.
In alliance with other organizations, The Wayuu Taya Foundation develops physical education, sports and recreational programs that help indigenous children perform physical activities, contributing to their growth and supporting a healthy lifestyle.
With sports and recreation, we try to unite the different clans within this ethnicity, promoting traditional games in all of their forms in every community, under the safeguard of the Wayuu in the Media and Alta Guajira.
Children in schools practice several sports, some which are traditional to their own community.
In order to cope with the communities’ basic needs, alliances are established with institutions and entities which contribute to the development of indigenous communities, monitoring the impact of the Foundation programs
For the Wayuu Taya Foundation, social development involves economical and human development, evolution or positive change in individual, relationships, groups and institutions in a society.
The Foundation execute programs for the indigenous communities with reports about the contribution to their social development.
“Shukumajaya”, which means “beginning” in Wayuunaiki, is the Wayuu name chosen to identify the first edification built by this organization, for indigenous women to get together and work protected from the harsh weather of the location. The Shukumajaya is a big hut or churuata where they can knit.
With the support of other organizations, not only has the Foundation created a work place, but they have also become providers of the necessary materials to elaborate colorful artisan handbags. These bags, known as “Susu”, are a part of the Wayuu’s traditional symbols. They are also the product of a patient creation, an imaginative mix of colors and a careful and thorough labor which takes 8 hours a day, during 20 days to make each piece.
Shukumajaya is also the social space where counseling and orientation in family planning, nutrition and hygiene are given.