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Marco stands in a rain forest with his dog

Legacies latest: December 2018

Marco’s legacy, and ours

When I am not here anymore, I want my kids to care for this land, and to keep growing the treasure that my grandparents left to me. It is my paradise and I want my children and grandchildren to have this paradise, too.

These are the words of Marco, 22, an agroforestry farmer from the San José del Cavitu Amazonian community. He grows avocados and cacao, farming a hectare of land. This land, which he inherited, will hopefully be his legacy – but it’s a legacy under threat.

Like so many living in the Bolivian rainforest, Marco is vulnerable. The remote communities are often very poor with no access to running water. There is a lack of education. They are threatened by deforestation.

Loggers, cattle ranchers, mining companies and the government are all intent on cutting or burning vast swathes of the largest virgin rain forest in the world. When this happens it has disastrous consequences on the environment, and forces communities to leave their homes.

Marco stands with his solar oven

Our beautiful photo exhibition, 'Inherit the Earth', explores how Christian Aid is working in Bolivia alongside these communities to help people like Marco. Environmentally sustainable ways of farming are being developed, clean water supplies are being installed, and solar powered ovens are being distributed.

As individuals and communities begin to thrive, they become more resilient to the various threats on their land and way of life – and, as the exhibition shows, legacy giving makes a big impact on our work.

 

A legacy for all

Gifts in wills raised more than Christian Aid Week did in 2018, and constituted over 10% of our annual income. Maybe you've considered leaving a legacy gift in your own will.

In a very real way, the legacy gifts of supporters like you mean that Marco has a better chance of leaving the legacy gift that he wants to.

It's also true to say that, in leaving a legacy to support our work in Bolivia, we’re not only leaving a legacy to Marco and in turn to his children, but also to our own children and their children.

Did you know that 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Bolivian Amazon? Little wonder that people refer to it as the 'lungs of the Earth'.

In protecting the forest and those who live in it, we're helping to protect this vitally important area. Could there be a more important legacy to leave for the generations to come?

 

Would you like to inspire others to consider their legacy?

If you'd like to know more and host the 'Inherit the Earth' exhibition, email our Legacy Coordinator Nick Thorley on Nthorley@christian-aid.org.