Mission: Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. We’re the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world. We help them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
Tribal peoples have developed ways of life that are largely self-sufficient and extraordinarily diverse. Many of the world’s staple crops and drugs used in Western medicine originate with them, and have saved millions of lives. Even so, tribal peoples are portrayed as backward and primitive simply because their communal ways are different.
Industrialized societies subject them to genocidal violence, slavery and racism so they can steal their lands, resources and labor in the name of ‘progress’ and ‘civilization’.
Our work is preventing the annihilation of tribal peoples. We work in partnership with them. We give them a platform to speak to the world. We investigate atrocities and present evidence to the United Nations and other international forums. We educate, research, campaign, lobby and protest.
We won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.
Target demographics: tribal peoples' around the world
Programs: researching, educating, campaigning, protesting to protect tribal peoples' rights.
I worked for Survival International USA for three years and can say with certainty that you won't find a leaner non-profit out there. Despite operating on a small budget, Survival has an extraordinary impact on the lives of tribal peoples everywhere, bringing their struggles to worldwide attention and advocating for their human rights to remain on their ancestral lands and live as they choose to. Perhaps the greatest testament of all to Survival's positive work comes from a tribal leader himself: Davi Yanomami of Brazil's Yanomami people has said that without Survival, his people, quite simply, would no longer exist.