Are a non-profit organization motivated by the protection of nature and the possibility of moving towards a harmonious coexistence among all the actors.
We are dedicated to education, research, and environmental protection, and to strengthening the social fabric. Through these lines of action we seek to articulate the different actors at the national, regional and local level; and on the other hand, to influence public policies and regulatory framework aimed at the protection of nature.
We are a multidisciplinary team from different cities in Chile that intends to contribute its knowledge to the fulfillment of these objectives. But more importantly, we seek to learn from the same communities and actors with whom we connect, and translate that learning into our work.
Why do we choose the name Ngenko?
NgenKo is a Mapuche concept, which refers to the protective spirit of the waters. The word Ngen refers to the spirits of nature, and the word Ko is water.
For Mapuche communities, like many other indigenous people in the world, water and land are not only elements of nature that provide them with a benefit; they are primarily spirits and/or energies, which are a fundamental part of their worldview.
This results in them having a different relationship with nature than the one Western Society has had with the world for years.
Our goal at NgenKo is to inform ourselves and transmit what we as a team learn about indigenous people and their vision of the world, opening ourselves to understand new ways of addressing environmental problems and relating to our environment.