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Mascha Kauka
© Peter Klein


Helping those in need to gain success through their own work as well as the protection of the natural environment.




Time is running out fast so we want to meet enough reasonable people who wish to work for a livable world for future generations.



Man is destroying nature, so man should work on conserving healthy ecosystems and restoring those under threat. For the Amazon Basin, we are pinning our hopes on the indigenous peoples in the forest, who are natural born rangers, and on the youth of the world. We enable both to work together for this common goal.


Curriculum Vitae: Mascha Kauka

(Names that she received from the indigenous people: The Shuar call her “Yaanúa”, the Star Woman; the Achuar call her “Nunkui”, Goddess of Fertility; and the Kichwa “Nina Sicha”, Phoenix) 






Marital status





















until 1999



since 2000






14. Februar 1945,

Bad Reichenhall, Germany


Dr. Erika Kauka und Rolf Kauka


Married since 1969 with Uli Pohl.

Widowed since 2006.


High school and graduation in Munich. Studies of German and Romance languages and literature, study of history at the universities of Munich and Paris. Volunteer at publishing houses in England and Germany


Editor for the “Fix and Foxi” children’s magazine


Command of German, Spanish, English, Italian, French.


Editor-in-Chief of the “Bussi Bär” children’s magazine


Establishment of an own publishing company, RV-Officin. Publication of children’s and cooking books.


Second journey to Ecuador. First contact with the indigenous people of Chachi, support on a private basis


Foundation of the charitable NGO INDIO-HILFE e.V. in Germany


Parallel activities in the own publish company and and



Mascha Kauka focusses on development work with indigenous peoples.


Inception of the AMAZONICA Foundation


Inception of the AMAZONICA Akademie charitable GmbH


Focus of Development Aid














since 1997





March 2002




April 2002



June 2002


November 2005




in 2006













since 2009









20 years of collaboration with the people of Chachi (7,000 natives) in the last tropical rain forest on the Pacific coast, province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador. Numerous necessary projects in various areas, including surveying and legal allocation of the traditional settlement area.


Twelve-year collaboration with the Pilahuines, Highland Quichua in the province of Tungurahua, Ecuador (about 5,000 mountain farmers). Mainly organic production and marketing of agricultural goods. Large-scale water project. Training courses and study grants. Purchase and furnishing of a large house as a hostel in the capital Quito, near the native market. The mountain farmers that arrive with their goods are provided with shelter and protection here during market days.


Nationwide health project for indigenous peoples in Ecuador: Coast – Highland – and the first time ever in the Amazon region: Collaboration with four groups of indigenous peoples in the provinces of Pastaza and Morona-Santiago.


First “Alternative Circle” on renewable energy in Puyo, Pastaza Province, Ecuador, in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan/Freising.


Start of the pilot project AMAZONICA for the “protection of the tropical rainforest by fostering its indigenous peoples.”


UNESCO grants its patronage for the AMAZONICA projects.


Second “Alternative Circle” on renewable energy in Quito together with the Polytechnic EPN, Quito, the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, the European Climate Alliance and the DED.


The largest malaria campaign in the Amazon region (up to mid-2007); installation of the first medical infrastructure outside of the road network.


Completion of the first phase of the pilot project. Creation of the AMAZONICA Foundation.


The second phase of the pilot project starts in the model communities and six other villages. Cooperation agreement with the University of Cuenca, Ecuador. The academic system begins its work, even though the buildings are not yet available: One year “Seminar for indigenous leaders”. The first graduate student of the University of Munich spends two months working in Sharamentsa.


Over 200 villages wish to participate in the pilot project for community development. German universities and colleges to send students and faculty to internships and interdisciplinary case studies.


The physical infrastructure at the sites in Sharamentsa/Achuar and Yuwints/Shuar increases for the academy.


Inception of the AMAZONICA Akademie charitable GmbH in Germany.