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Foundation Paatu Palumeu

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Pesiphë Padoe.

Founder Paatu Palumeu Foundation

Captain Pesiphë Padoe felt the need to take control of the future and development of his community the indigenous village of Palumeu. The Paatu Palumeu foundation was founded in 2019 in order to realize and implement projects for the benefit of the community in Palumeu.

The goals of the foundation are to bring sustainable development to the Wayana and Trio community in Palumeu. The development involves;
education, food supply, sustainable energy, drinking water supply, capacity building, establishing a knowledge and education center, intercultural and communication training.

The Paatu Palumeu  foundation is the legal and the executive branch of the village leaders. They advise and coordinate project and plans for the development of the Wayana and Trio community.

Espanyo Achki


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Espanyo Achki is the chairman of the Paatu-Palumeu foundation. The disturbing environmental and habitat developments of the inhabitants of Palumeu have prompted Espanyo to act. He is committed to a better future for the residents of Palumeu with great energy.

In addition to his work in the foundation, he is also a very professional guide. Espanyo takes tourists on adventurous trips such as  the mysterious Kasikasima mountain. He also knows everything about the flora and fauna of this beautiful unspoilt area where the Trio and Wayanas have lived for many years.

As chairman, Espanyo ensures that various projects can be developed for Palumeu and its residents. Espanyo is the representative of Palumeu and is the connecting link between his community and the different organizations.

Brayen Pakome



Brayen Pakome is the treasurer and takes care of the finances of the foundation. His work consists of managing the financial administration, donations.

Repiejan Pakome



Repiejan Pakome is the secretary of the foundation. Repiejan maintains the correspondence and administration for the Patu Palumeu foundation.

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Gustao J.F. Bijl


Gustao Paatu Palumeu

Gustao is chairman of the Paatu Palumeu Netherlands foundation.

He has a background in operational projects and is committed to protecting the wildlife, rights and environment of the indigenous people, especially the inhabitants of Palumeu.

An experienced photo and videographer, he is involved in storytelling and preservation of Palumeu's cultural heritage

Sandra Geneviève Deira


Sandra Deira

Since the foundation of the Paatu Palumeu Netherlands foundation, Sandra has been responsible for fundraising as well as Treasurer.

She uses the knowledge and experience she has gained at various corporate organizations and her own company for the Paatu Palumeu foundation.

Women and young people in particular have a special place in her heart. The youth is the future and by helping them with a healthy environment and education they will get a prosperous and sustainable future!

Gerdie Mesman


Gerdie Mesman

Gerdie has a lot of experience and is specialized in organizational science for non-profit organizations. She also worked at a large number of, mainly immigrant, institutions. Clients were municipalities, provinces or the RijI. Gerdie has also worked as a community worker in the Amsterdam urban renewal and teacher. Gerdie also wrote articles in professional journals and, under a pseudonym, columns.

In addition to enjoying her retirement, Gerdie is involved in many social issues and uses her knowledge and experience for various foundations.

Life in Palumeu

With your support, the residents of Palumeu can achieve their goals

Would you like to make a donation?
Please send an email to  info@paatu-palumeu

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