Tirúa Commune

Niños y Niñas mapuche


Comprehensive project that includes Children, Adolescents, their Family, their School and their Community, in order to prevent school dropout and strengthen the development of Mapuche Lavkenche communities. This program has been developed in three schools in the municipality of Tirúa since 2007, Primer Agua school G439, Ponotro school, Ranquilhue school.

Children and adolescents receive scholarships that are complemented with specific support for the educational establishment and, in case of emergencies, this support is extended to the families.

Workshops for school leveling, recreation and rescue of the Mapuche Lavkenche culture are carried out to strengthen direct support.

All these lines of action are developed with a sense of relevance.

Workshops with a Right-Based approach are designed according to subjects suggested by families, teachers, and municipal officials.

Teachers who belong to the Municipal education of the Tirúa commune are trained in Rights Approach and Rights of Children and Adolescents.

Relationships of trust and collaboration are established with the Municipality of the commune and Mapuche organizations through a participatory and voluntary process. Through these, we seek to promote changes in the quality of life of the community as a whole.

Every year, for the past two years, a summer camp for children and adolescents has been organized in conjunction with the Municipality of Tirúa and the Oganización Identidad Lavkenche (Lavkenche Identity Organization)

Carnival video made in November in the Tirúa commune as part of the commemoration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:


Planting life from the rot

En el Lago Lleu Lleu


A beautiful day was spent on Saturday, July 23 in the Lolcura sector next to the Lleu Lleu lake in the commune of Tirúa, where some fifty adolescents and children gathered to plant native trees as a way of caring for and protecting the territory where they live.

A group of adolescents from different parts of the commune attended the event as part of the Escuela de liderazgos en Derechos Humanos (School of Leadership in Human Rights), a participatory space where children and adolescents have identified that one of the biggest problems for the well-being of the territories in Tirúa is the impacts caused by monoculture tree plantations of exotic pine and eucalyptus species, actively assuming the need to plant native species and thus contribute to soil revitalization, water recovery and ecosystem protection.

Canelos (drimys winteri and Foye in Mapudungun language), Raulí (Nothofagus alpina), Arrayanes (luma apiculata), Avellano (Gevuina avellana), Olivillos (Aextoxicon punctatum), among other species were planted on the slopes of the Lolcura sector in front of the Lleu Lleu lake, guarded by several communities in its vicinity, which has allowed this body of water to remain one of the cleanest in Chile, with pure and crystalline waters, in midst of devastation caused by forestry companies.

The activity began at 10 in the morning after a prayer of thanksgiving and a request for permission to the forces and spirits of the place. Then, a majority group participated during most of the day with the planting of dozens of trees and another group participated in the creation of sign with messages related to the day, the care of nature and the importance of the native forest.

The Escuela de Formación de Líderes en Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Leadership training school) has also had several lines of exchange and participation in communication and rights, related to recreation, water and environment, participation and anti-racism, subjects identified by the young people themselves to address and has been facilitated by the Unidad de Familia (Family Unit) of the Municipality of Tirúa, the PIDEE Foundation and Identidad Territorial Lafkenche (Lafkenche Territorial Identity)



Finnish organization that collaborates with the strengthening of Mapuche children through educational support. This organization has a project called “Ayude al Niño Mapuche” (Help the Mapuche Child); which it seeks to transmit the messages of indigenous peoples to society as a whole. PARASTA LAPSILLE RY and PIDEE Foundation have been working together since 1981.

Embassy of Finland and PIDEE Foundation establish a relationship of trust and collaboration to improve the quality of life of Children, Adolescents and their families in the face of natural disasters.