Partnerships that make the world a better place

Food Security in Amazonian Communities

Food Security in Amazonian Communities Project: The object of this project is to endow Amazonian communities with sources of protein, improving nutrition for women and children on the one hand and on the other the various Actuar communities of the Amazon; Wachirpas, Kusutkau, and Tinkias. One of the first projects realised by Fundacion Mente, was a donation of over 1,500 chickens to local families. The second phase aims to implement a project to repopulate the local rivers of the Achuar communities with cachaca (Piaractus brachypomus), a species of fish native to the Amazon. Through these initiatives, the food security of the indigenous Achuar communities will be strengthened and at the same time, the potential threat of over-exploiting the local waters will be reduced.

English Learning Centre

This project works directly with the Achuar de Sharamentsa community, located on the Pastaza River, one of the most isolated places in Ecuador. In this zone, many communities already offer activities for tourists; alongside the communities, we have identified the need to generate knowledge and training in various areas, including learning English (given that the majority of tourists that visit are from abroad). The project that started in 2018 has as objectives: the construction of a classroom, and to work with teachers from the USA to teach English to community players.

Shoe Donation in Rural Communities

In 2016 we started work with an NGO in the USA, Soles4Souls (https://soles4souls.org/our-impact/). With their support, we donate shoes in impoverished areas of the country, travelling with groups of volunteers to help deliver the shoes, and who get to explore Ecuador at the same time. So far we have distributed shoes in Chimborazo, Quito, and Otavalo.

Conservation and Land Management Project

This project is mainly carried out in the Chichirat community, in Achuar territory. We have been working with the community, supporting their land rights claim, and in the development of their land management plan (approx. 50,000 hectares). Within this plan, several lines of conservation work have been identified, including the protection of the Ishpingo river basin (inhabited by emblematic species such as the pink river dolphin and giant otter).