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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Environment, Forest Conservation, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Camino Verde is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to: •Protecting and understanding biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon. •Protecting indigenous rights, autonomy, and wisdom. •Spreading sustainable ways of life and encouraging fair, sustainable development. Our mission is to plant trees and encourage others to do the same.

Results: -over 15,000 trees planted -250 species of trees planted -250 acres of rainforest protected -75 acres reforested!

Target demographics: small-scale farmers in the Peruvian Amazon

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20

Geographic areas served: Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru, in the southern Peruvian Amazon

Programs: Check out our projects page for a full list of Camino Verde's programs. http://www.caminoverde.org/our-projects

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so proud of Robin VanLoon who has brought Camino Verde into existence. He did substantial research before beginning the organization. He has been very clever in figuring out how to work well with locals, learning from them, and finding trees that can create sustainable crops for locals to discourage the cutting down of trees. He is wholeheartedly committed to helping the rainforest through the planting of trees. He is wise beyond his years and kind hearted. He not only plants trees that will help people now, but also those that will mature long after our generation is gone from the earth. This is one of the most worthy organizations that anyone could contribute to. These trees are the lungs of the earth that benefit all of us.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lived on the farm in Madre de Dios for about 3 months, and it was by far the most meaningful and educational experience I've ever had. Not only is Camino Verde doing the right kind of work, but the organization is an integral part of a farming community, with it's hand on the pulse of that community's needs - quite literally on a personal basis. This makes Camino Verde sustainable beyond their farming techniques - they're sustainable as an organization, working in harmony with local people, local plant species and local tradition; maintaining an unmistakable atmosphere of respect between themselves and all others, human or plant.
It was clear to me that the relationships within the natural world, and our interaction with those relationships as humans runs deeper than is often imagined. The work that Camino Verde does in the preservation and exploration of this web is important on more levels than can be listed, or perhaps, understood entirely from afar. More research into specifics or the organization, and signing up for their periodic missive via email (always beautifully written and inspiring while simultaneously informative) would perhaps give one more insight into how important CV is to not just me, but everyone.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

This group is small, heart-centered, and very worthy Earth stewards. They planted 1000 Rosewood trees last year. I love donating to them and will continue, despite whatever my personal financial situation is. They are doing loving service for the planet, and I love and am grateful for them. Thank you

1 Jana5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to visit Camino Verde's conservation site in Baltimori Peru in June 2012. I saw first hand the amazing work they are doing, not only protecting and caring for rainforest trees in the amazon but also reforesting with trees that have economic value to encourage sustainable income options. It is a truly inspiring place.

1 Pachakuti Mesa Man

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Despite labeling myself as a General Member of the Public, i have years of work experience in the field of Successional Agroforestry, and have completed coursework in Permacultural Design. These fields of study are so vast and complex i feel it would take lifetimes of active communal study to master. That being said, Camino Verde in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to hire and work with skilled local individuals with incredible knowledge of their bioregion. In doing so, they are not only helping to support local communities, but are accessing the wisdom of an unbroken lineage, likely dating back thousands of years, that is embodied by the local individuals they employ. These two ingredients alone are a recipe for success, which has been proven over and over again with the results they have produced, and are producing. Add incredible business sense, responsible and realistic discernment in planning, and the ability to follow through with vigor (all of which Camino Verde embodies perfectly) and it is effortless to see that this non-profit is destined to thrive! And i dare say, play a significant role in changing the way international business is conducted, while simultaneously changing the world in positive and healing ways. In other words, I recommend Camino Verde without reservation, and i am grateful that organizations like this one are succeeding.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

They protect one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet, the rainforest. Knowing that 100% of my donations go to the actual preservation & reforesting of this area in Peru is CRUCIAL. The knowledge shared and direct affects they are having on the indigenous tribes makes this a truly global effort helping locally. Sustainability isn't just a term, it's a lifestyle that is spreading from grassroots efforts such as this. TRULY the most amazing nonprofit I know of having a direct affect on the sacred life we have on this planet.

1 Rebecca49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the only charities I know which does what it says on the tin, with very little overheads. They actually research the trees required to maintain the Amazon and then plant more - a simple idea but one many NGOs seem to miss. In addition, they involve local communities with a view to sustainable development longterm. Definitely a great team to support.