The Waka Research Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation based in St. Louis, Missouri (Federal ID #26-1616601). Founded in 2007, the foundation takes its name from the deciphered ancient name for the site of El Perú located in the Parque Nacional Laguna del Tigre, in Petén, Guatemala, the main focus of the Foundation's research funding. The foundation's mandate is to fund archaeological research in Central America that supports the principals of cultural and ecological conservation and community participation and development.

The flagship project of the Waka Research Foundation is The El Perú-Waka' Archaeological Research Project (WARP). Through collaboration with other researchers, government- and non-government organizations, and local communities, WARP is committed to promoting and fostering natural and cultural conservation of the ancient Maya City of Waka´ and Laguna del Tigre National Park. The project seeks to effectively combine archaeological research, community development, and heritage conservation to focus local and international funding and attention on the site and the park, so they may constitute an enduring legacy to Guatemala and to the world.

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