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Emma Donlon speaks with local woman, Esther, in the Amazon rainforest

Inherit the Earth

Protecting the Amazon with gifts in Wills

Gifts in Wills are protecting the Amazon for future generations – find out about our touring exhibition showing images of life-changing projects in Bolivia.

The indigenous people of the Amazon have been passing their farms and homes down through families for generations. But now their inherited right to the earth on which they live and work is being endangered by big business and globalisation.

Their legacy is under threat, but we believe that, with our support, we can help to protect it.

Last year two of those supporters, Trish and Maggie, travelled to Bolivia to see for themselves how gifts in Wills to Christian Aid can change lives.

Trish Gentry standing in the Amazon rainforest

Trish's story

Trish has remembered Christian Aid with a gift in her Will. She recently visited Christian Aid projects to meet the indigenous people who live and work in the Amazon.
Maggie Bridge speaking to Rhoxanna and her husband Norberto in the agroforestry system at Altamarani.

Maggie's story

Maggie’s husband David left a gift to Christian Aid in his Will. Maggie recently visited Christian Aid projects in the Amazon to learn about some of the challenges the indigenous people face every day.

On their extraordinary journey they saw seed houses built on stilts to keep them dry and safe during floods. Villages where the installation of new solar ovens means people can cook faster and without breathing smoke.

Projects like these are helping to ensure that Amazonian families can hold on to their own precious patches of earth in the face of danger, and protect them for generations to come.

One of the indigenous people Trish and Maggie met was 22-year-old Marco, who grows chocolate and other fruits.

I feel my grandparents left me a treasure. I want to work it every day to watch it grow bigger and bigger.

- Marco.

The Amazon rainforest is a treasure that benefits us all. We need to preserve it so our children can inherit an Earth that still has the green lungs it needs to breath and survive.

Inherit the Earth exhibition

Our Inherit the Earth photo exhibition shows how Christian Aid projects are helping indigenous people protect the land they’ve inherited, so they can pass it on to their own children.

The exhibition shares stunning photos of the places and projects Trish and Maggie visited in Bolivia, showing the life-changing work taking place in the Amazon basin.

Get in touch

If you’d like to talk to us about supporting our work with a gift in your Will, contact Kerry or Gill by emailing or call 020 7523 2173.