Mission: The mountains and plains institute for lifelong learning and service is a non-profit corporation committed to providing high quality and affordable educational courses, travel, and service learning opportunities for adults. We believe that learning and giving back to others is a lifelong process and discovering new ideas, sharing challenges and experiences is the basis of lifelong rewards. We will partner and work with other non-profit organizations and educational institutions to provide the educational and service experiences.
Programs: The san benito health program supports community health workers for 25 rural communities. The core health team, comprised of four full time advanced promotores and an accountant, maintains a clinic in the central area of the region to support the regional network of health workers and to provide clinical services to 10 to 15 patients each day. The clinic and rural communities provide primary health care services to 7000 people each year including women's health care, prenatal care, common childhood illnesses, nutrition and oral health. As well they provide consistent year round services to patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. In 2017, 2,700 general health clients were served.
national park boundaries have separated local people from wildlife, both physically and psychologically, to the extent that human communities no longer know how to coexist with wildlife and do not perceive any benefit of protecting wild animals. This growing divide threatens the lives of humans and wildlife species, particularly elephants. The goal of our ruaha national park visitation program is to begin repairing the disconnect between humans and wildlife, by offering local people the opportunity to directly benefit from living near wildlife in the most intuitive and perhaps meaningful way possible: through personal experience. This program increases peoples' opportunities to enjoy positive experiences with wild animals, and has begun a foundation of support for wildlife conservation among local people. 512 individuals were served in 2017 in visitations, 13 teachers were trained, and 4,400 local residents attended 48 educational movie nights in 16 villages. .
educational travel programs are provided in association with elderhostel inc. , aspen club, colorado college alumni association, and other non-profit organizations. In 2017, 1,309 individuals participated in 70 programs.