Social and environmental justice (creation care) among marginalised indigenous communities
Advocacy with those affected by land and environmental conflicts in northwest Argentina
Andrew was born in the UK, Maria in Argentina. Andrew grew up in Argentina, where his parents and grandparents were missionaries. Maria’s parents were exiled by Argentina’s military junta, and moved to England where she grew up. Maria has a degree in European studies and Italian and lived in Florence for two years teaching English. Andrew studied environmental sciences and rural social development. His doctoral thesis focussed on indigenous land and resource use in Paraguay.
Since we first met, we have shared a desire to serve God through addressing issues of social and environmental justice. This led us initially to work on indigenous land rights in Honduras (through Tearfund). Our strong affinity with Argentina and its indigenous population eventually led us back here, where we have been working since 1999.