Q: Why focus on indigenous peoples?
Two reasons: (1) The need is great. Overwhelming actually. See https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/poverty-and-exclusion-among-indigenous-peoples-global-evidence (2) The founders of the Fellowship include those with indigenous or Native ancestry. FMAIP’s Secretary, Dr. Anthony Payne, is a BIA (US Bureau of Indian Affairs) CDIB card holder and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Q: What is the Fellowship’s mission?
The Fellowship (FMAIP) deems it vital to make the public aware of the plight of various indigenous people especially in Mexico and of the moral, ethical (and for believers) biblical obligation to help them. To this end the Fellowship will solicit donations and fund raise in order to help provide material and
financial aid to indigenous orphans, widows, the oppressed, with a special focus on those in Mexico. We anticipate providing/installing manually operated, long life water pumps in various indigenous tribal communities (Mexico) to supply their people with safe water for drinking and cooking. We also have set our sights on providing clothing & medical supplies and help with medical & dental care to members of
indigenous tribes needing this. We also have as a goal the supplying of funds to tribes that will expressly use same to acquire needed life sustaining supplies and materials. e.g., solar ovens, solar lighting, generators, hygiene & health maintenance products, food, agricultural seeds & intermediate tech implements/equipment, fertilizer, insecticides/fungicides, mosquito nets, STD education & preventative measures/care, educational materials and support including literacy related and spiritual welfare related, etc.
The Fellowship intends to raise awareness of its faith-based mission by outreach through lectures, services, seminars, radio, television, Internet including webinars, and other forms of communication, plus the establishment of a cultural center to showcase indigenous peoples (including but not limited to how many of them in Mexico evolved and developed from Mestizos into their modern incarnations), their arts & crafts, languages, history, and specific material, physical and spiritual needs.
Q: Do you welcome volunteers?
- Yes, we do! Those with training and experience in these areas are especially welcome to serve the Fellowship as volunteers: Nonprofit accounting and law, business & financial planning, administration, intermediate technologies including water purification systems & pumps, tropical disease prevention, medicine, dentistry, nursing, teaching/education, radio/TV, graphics & web design, cyber security, SEO, IT, dietetics/nutrition, podcasting equipment, survival training/issues, farming equipment, agribusiness & agriculture, animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, import/export issues, immigration issues, solar systems/off-the-grid living, digital/e-publishing & marketing, and PR/publicity/outreach. This list is not exhaustive by any means and the Fellowship welcomes people with other skills and backgrounds to do volunteer work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.