Mascha Kauka
© Peter Klein

Passion

Helping those in need to gain success through their own work as well as the protection of the natural environment.

 

Creed

Vision

Time is running out fast so we want to meet enough reasonable people who wish to work for a livable world for future generations.

 

Strategy

Man is destroying nature, so man should work on conserving healthy ecosystems and restoring those under threat. For the Amazon Basin, we are pinning our hopes on the indigenous peoples in the forest, who are natural born rangers, and on the youth of the world. We enable both to work together for this common goal.

 

Curriculum Vitae: Mascha Kauka

(Names that she received from the indigenous people: The Shuar call her “Yaanúa”, the Star Woman; the Achuar call her “Nunkui”, Goddess of Fertility; and the Kichwa “Nina Sicha”, Phoenix) 

Born

 

 

Parents

 

Marital status

 

 

Education

 

 

 

 

 

Languages

 

1969/70

 

1971

 

 

1980

 

 

1982

 

until 1999

 

 

since 2000

 

2007

 

2015

 

14. Februar 1945,

Bad Reichenhall, Germany

 

Dr. Erika Kauka und Rolf Kauka

 

Married since 1969 with Uli Pohl.

Widowed since 2006.

 

High school and graduation in Munich. Studies of German and Romance languages and literature, study of history at the universities of Munich and Paris. Volunteer at publishing houses in England and Germany

 

Editor for the “Fix and Foxi” children’s magazine

 

Command of German, Spanish, English, Italian, French.

 

Editor-in-Chief of the “Bussi Bär” children’s magazine

 

Establishment of an own publishing company, RV-Officin. Publication of children’s and cooking books.

 

Second journey to Ecuador. First contact with the indigenous people of Chachi, support on a private basis

 

Foundation of the charitable NGO INDIO-HILFE e.V. in Germany

 

Parallel activities in the own publish company and and

for INDIO-HILFE e.V.

 

Mascha Kauka focusses on development work with indigenous peoples.

 

Inception of the AMAZONICA Foundation

 

Inception of the AMAZONICA Akademie charitable GmbH

 

Focus of Development Aid

1982-2002

 

 

 

 

1992-2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

since 1997

 

 

 

 

March 2002

 

 

 

April 2002

 

 

June 2002

 

November 2005

 

 

 

in 2006

 

 

2007

 

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

since 2009

 

 

 

2010

 

 

2013

 

20 years of collaboration with the people of Chachi (7,000 natives) in the last tropical rain forest on the Pacific coast, province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Numerous necessary projects in various areas, including surveying and legal allocation of the traditional settlement area.

 

Twelve-year collaboration with the Pilahuines, Highland Quichua in the province of Tungurahua, Ecuador (about 5,000 mountain farmers). Mainly organic production and marketing of agricultural goods. Large-scale water project. Training courses and study grants. Purchase and furnishing of a large house as a hostel in the capital Quito, near the native market. The mountain farmers that arrive with their goods are provided with shelter and protection here during market days.

 

Nationwide health project for indigenous peoples in Ecuador: Coast – Highland – and the first time ever in the Amazon region: Collaboration with four groups of indigenous peoples in the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago.

 

First “Alternative Circle” on renewable energy in Puyo, Pastaza Province, Ecuador, in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan/Freising.

 

Start of the pilot project AMAZONICA for the “protection of the tropical rainforest by fostering its indigenous peoples.”

 

UNESCO grants its patronage for the AMAZONICA projects.

 

Second “Alternative Circle” on renewable energy in Quito together with the Polytechnic EPN, Quito, the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, the European Climate Alliance and the DED.

 

The largest malaria campaign in the Amazon region (up to mid-2007); installation of the first medical infrastructure outside of the road network.

 

Completion of the first phase of the pilot project. Creation of the AMAZONICA Foundation.

 

The second phase of the pilot project starts in the model communities and six other villages. Cooperation agreement with the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. The academic system begins its work, even though the buildings are not yet available: One year “Seminar for indigenous leaders”. The first graduate student of the University of Munich spends two months working in Sharamentsa.

 

Over 200 villages wish to participate in the pilot project for community development. German universities and colleges to send students and faculty to internships and interdisciplinary case studies.

 

The physical infrastructure at the sites in Sharamentsa/Achuar and Yuwints/Shuar increases for the academy.

 

Inception of the AMAZONICA Akademie charitable GmbH in Germany.

 

 

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