Pachamama Alliance

Rating: 4.97 stars   66 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: The Presidio Bldg. 1009, Ground Level P.O. Box 29191 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

Mission: To empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.
Results: 2013 Accomplishments In the South Indigenous Voices Speak Up for Preservation Provided funding for numerous workshops and assemblies so that indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon were fully informed about plans for oil development in their lands, and so that their voices calling for territorial preservation were clearly heard. People of Sarayaku Receive Restitution Payment Provided the people of Sarayaku with legal assistance to assert their rights to bind the government of Ecuador to comply with the 2012 favorable ruling by the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. The government paid reparations of more than one million dollars for damage to their land and people, and has committed to cleaning up the more than 3000 pounds of explosives left in their territory. Jungle Mamas Takes Huge Steps in Advancing Safe Motherhood Jungle Mamas trained 20 Achuar women in a community empowerment workshop. The 20 women will provide prenatal coverage to 47 Achuar communities. To date, Jungle Mamas has distributed 100 safe birth kits to women in approximately 30 communities. Impact Analysis Begins for the Southeastern Amazon Provided financial support for a major scholarly study at major Ecuadorian universities to research the impact of two divergent future scenarios in the southeastern Amazon—one of oil development and one of conservation. FP Brings Together Allies for International Workshop on Indigenous Rights Organizations from Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador who work to defend human and environmental rights, came together for an international workshop to explore key issues around prior consultation, right to compensation and socio-environmental monitoring. They also toured environmentally toxic areas polluted by oil spills. Amazon’s First Solar-Powered Transportation Network is Almost Ready After a year of preparation, a groundbreaking system of solar-powered boats and recharge stations covering over 40 miles of rivers in Achuar territory is soon to be completed. 2013 Worldwide Accomplishments Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Reaches 76 Countries. And, Pachamama Alliance developed the Up to Us engagement pathway for people to continue to take action after they have taken a Symposium. We partnered with organizations that are aiming at the root causes of two of the most pressing issues confronting the U.S. today—the corruption of our democracy and climate change. Partners: Move to Amend & Citizen's Climate Lobby. Amazon Journeys: 140 people participated in 10 separate deep-immersion journeys to connect with our indigenous partners in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the spirit of the rainforest itself.
Target demographics: indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest protect their land and culture from oil exploitation
Geographic areas served: Ecuador and Around the World
Programs: We provide funding for numerous workshops and assemblies so that indigenous communities of the Ecuadorian Amazon are fully informed about plans for oil development in their lands, and so that their voices calling for territorial preservation were clearly heard. Our program Jungle Mamas improves maternal & family health in Achuar communities by providing Clean Birth Kits and educational workshops on birthing practices, and neonatal health. Jungle Mamas also builds composting toilets to maintain healthy water for communities. Our Awakening the Dreamer Symposium wakes up individuals everywhere to how the way we live impacts the whole world around us, including the Amazon rainforest. Our Up to Us engagement pathway provides opportunities for Symposium participants to continue to take action to create a world where our indigenous partners no longer have to struggle to keep their rainforest home safe.
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24 people found this review helpful

From it's inception in 1995 the Pachamama Alliance has effectively made a difference in preserving the rain forest in Ecuador. Working with the indigenous Achuar people, an effective campaign was launched that eventually lead to the establishment of a new constitution that gives nature rights. Pachamama's, Awaken the Dreamer Change the Dream symposium continues to awaken attendees to the challenges we face today in the areas of environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Throughout the process of the symposium a new possibility for the earth unfolds and the participants leave with a new found commitment and hope for creating a better future. The Pachamama Alliance is one of the most effectively run non-profits, I know.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

empowering hundreds of peoples lives.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a long lasting positive impact on the planet.

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2009-4-01

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The Pachamama Alliance has a two-fold mission: to work with indigenous people in Ecuador, to help them preserve their ancestral lands, the rainforest, for the benefit of all of us; and to change, or "awaken" the people in the industrialized world, so that we, too conduct our lives in a way that preserves the health of the planet for all of us. I am particularly moved the soulful quality of all the people around this organization. As a sometime volunteer, it feels like no one lets their ego get in the way, and their work is always fulfilling and fun. They are one of the most effective organizations I have ever had the pleasure of participating with: they have already made a massive impact in helping several Amazon tribes organize themselves as an effective political entity in Ecuador, and have trained over a thousand volunteer workshop leaders in some 15? countries around the globe to deliver their 1/2-day workshop "Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream"

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

politically organizing indigenous tribes, and providing a transformational eye-opening experience for thousands of people in the "developed" world, that awakens their innate desire to make a difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase volunteer participation 4-fold.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The annual international gatherings of the workshop leaders; and their trips to experience the spirit of the rainforest.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Bright, committed, and inspiring.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create even more powerful multi-media tools for the "Awakening" workshop, bring this to perhaps millions, not just thousands of people.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to participate in this compelling work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The sheer enormity of the crises we are all addressing. The task of literally changing the culture and awareness of the industrialized world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Participating with this organization feels like I am somehow participating, and carrying out the work of the rainforest herself.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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When I completed my first "Awakening the Dreamer; Changing the Dream" Symposium, I knew that this was the organization that could make the most difference in the world. The Symposium skillfully demonstrates that environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment -- the very issues that were core in my own life -- are inextricably intertwined and part of a single whole - the possibility for a better life on our planet. I became a volunteer and learned that this understanding has roots in indigenous wisdom. I was moved to go to the Ecuadorian Amazon to learn first-hand about a way of life that has been sustainable for millenia. Pachamama's work in the Amazon (they were instrumental in helping Ecuador be the first nation whose constitution establishes rights for nature) is complemented by the educational work in the "modern" world, a unique and powerful blend.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the Awakening Consciousness and Committed Actions of Symposium Participants

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep on keeping on.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way they've pulled together seemingly disparate elements into a unified whole. Also the commitment to constantly update and revise material.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply committed, thoughtful individuals you'd really want to get to know.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send the message world-wide to really make a difference in how people viewed and acted on the "problems" of our time.

Ways to make it better...

if everyone I know could have been there with me.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial resources to expand fast enought to meet the challenges of our time.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Try it!

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2009-4-01

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I joined The Pachamama Alliance to be part of an organization that is making a difference--now. From playing an integral role in Ecuador's adoption of rights for nature in its new constitution to the capacity building that has helped indigenous groups in the Amazon defend and preserve their homeland and way of life, The Pachamama Alliance is truly changing the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning from the people involved with the organization, from staff to volunteers to supporters of all types.

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2009-4-01

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This organization had brought together so many people going past their mission to preserve the Earth's tropical rainforests and creating a new global vision f equity and sustainability for all. I have had a transformation and my life has been changed forever. I have been able to marry the desires of my heart with right action. They have done so much good and I continue to be hold them in the place closest to my heart.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the rainforest being untouched where Pachamama has worked. Ecuador is now the first place in the world where the rights of nature belong to nature.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

turn it over to the people who are running it now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people are of heart and relate to the world with wide open arms.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were diverse and many of them of them very successful in their careers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get the message out about their work globally through television, films and internet. They would be able to expand their work beyond South America and unite more countries in their quest for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet.

Ways to make it better...

could not be improved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Connecting people who care about sustainability, spirituality and social justice. They are racing time, to find a solution.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish that everyone could have the experience of working with this organization or going to the rainforest with them.

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2009-4-01

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This is a well run social profit that is making a huge difference in both preserving the rainforest in Ecuador and empowering indigenous people to protect their ancestral territories. Additionally, The Pachamama Alliance is raising the consciousness in industrialized countries to change the thinking around environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Paul Hawken has called The Pachamama Alliance the #1 NGO in the world.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring an enormous amount of consciousness and awareness to our culture in a way that brings both openheartedness and urgency to the global crisis surrounding environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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2010-4-01

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This organization is lean and mean that is to say it has a very big outreach on a small budget. Offers Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, Rainforest trips plus much more. Generating leading edge communications that ties together issues of the environment, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. Has created a powerful relationship with the Achuar community in Ecuador and has helped protect millions of acres of rainforest.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

big cities, remote indigenous villages and in the lives of 1000's of people.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

becoming more aware of many global issues and transforming my own life in the process.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very bright, dedicated people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

find new ways to transform our culture through very powerful communications and media.

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2009-4-01

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In 1989 I traveled to the Achuar territory of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. The Achuar had successfully kept the outside world out for all this time. I realized that I was in the presence of life in a whole different paradigm. These people are the teachers for reconnecting to the Earth (Pachamama). I could not shake that experience. After a few more trips to visit the Achuar, I found out about the formation of The Pachamama Alliance. I give my time and money to nonprofits that show the most impact for my investment (of time and money). The Pachamama Alliance is an organization with extraordinary and wide-reaching impact. Through their focus they amplify the voices of the indigenous people (currently 5 communities of people and 5 million acres) in Ecuador's rainforest such that it has had deep effects on the protection of the rainforest and even on the rewriting of their country's constitution. Also, through the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, an educational component, a new awareness is brought to the developed world and has spread virally to over 28 countries.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supporting the indigenous people as the natural custodians of the rainforest.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

focus even more on bringing the indigenous wisdom to North America.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the profound feeling that I am making a huge impact on the planet.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

beyond amazing, gracious and deeply committed people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

accelerate the growth of the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium to bring about change of how people relate to the planet and to support more indigenous people in their stand to protect the rainforest.

Ways to make it better...

more people could visit and experience the rainforest.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the power of corporations to stand in the way of exposing the truth about the devastation they have caused in the rainforest and their influence in curtailing changes needed to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on the planet.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the world is a much safer place because of The Pachamama Alliance.

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2009-4-01

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This beautiful organization is a blend of ancient wisdom and modern technology. it's using the best of both worlds to teach, support, and inspire ALL of us to be the change we want to see on earth today.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how people are reinvigorated to make a personal commitment to bringing for an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth NOW.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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