Wangki Tangni is a community development organization run by and for Indigenous Peoples on Nicaragua's North Atlantic coast.
MADRE works with Wangki Tangni to end violence against women and girls in Nicaragua and advance Indigenous rights and well-being.
With MADRE’s support, Wangki Tangni is making Indigenous women and their communities self-sufficient and safe by:
Training Indigenous women to compile evidence of violence to change policies
Resourcing a local farming collective
Providing counseling and social support
In Indigenous communities on the North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, women and girls confront poverty, discrimination, and high levels of abuse. This violence is aggravated by drug and human trafficking, and perpetrators are rarely prosecuted. Women and girls survivors of violence in isolated communities need to travel many days by boat or on foot to reach a shelter and a court.
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Since 1990, Wangki Tangni has served more than 60 communities along the Coco River, promoting sustainable development, protecting traditional culture, and improving health among Indigenous Peoples.
Wangki Tangni means “Flower of the River” in Miskito.
“When we talk of women’s rights, we’re not just talking about women. We’re talking about families. We have to teach our children. As a child, my son saw me and other women working for peace and fighting for our rights. He learned from us. Now, he’s an activist too, fighting for the rights of women and families in Nicaragua.”Rose Cunningham Kain Founder and Director, Wangki Tangni
YOUR SUPPORT IN ACTION
MADRE and Wangki Tangni run Harvesting Hope, a collective of Indigenous women farmers growing the food their families need to survive on the remote, North Atlantic Coast of the country. They sell their surplus harvests at MADRE-supported farmers markets and the extra money allows many of the women farmers to send their daughters to school and invest in their families' futures.SUPPORT OUR WORK