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Pachamama Alliance

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Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

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: For nearly 20 years, we have worked with the indigenous people of the South-Central region of the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin. During this time, our indigenous partners have successfully resisted all attempts to drill oil in their territory. However, our indigenous partners have requested that we change the "dream of the modern world," shift our relationship to the Earth and its resources, so that the threat of oil exploitation in the Amazon disappears. So, for the past 10 years, we have delivered educational programs to thousands of participants, helping them awaken to the needs of our time, and become inspired to take action for a just and sustainable future.

Target demographics: Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest, and pro-activist leaders from all over the world

Geographic areas served: Ecuador and all over 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 are 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, towards bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just human presence on this planet. 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.

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Liz N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is really no other organization like the Pachamama Alliance - driven by passion to envision a just, sustainable, fulfilling world for all beings and grounded in such deep integrity and authenticity. Since volunteering at the annual luncheon last year I have participated in several events: Awakening the Dreamer symposium, Game Changer Intensive, Awakening the Dreamer facilitator training, etc. Pachamama Alliance not only offers the tools to create a better world, they empower individuals to become change makers and instill confidence that we all have a role to play in addressing huge issues like climate change. And the alliance is 95% individual donor funded, giving them even greater integrity (not being funded by corporations with special interests.)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never have I worked with such empathetic, encouraging, and candid individuals. Every member of this organization emulates the mission created by Bill and Lynne Twist and John Perkins with their indigenous partners. The office buzzes with a hopeful and driven atmosphere--everyone has a role to play and a passion for playing it. Volunteering as an intern and table captain has been invigorating and I am now swept up in the fervor of shifting popular knowledge to understand and respect the worlds most precious natural spaces. THANK YOU PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE!

Donor

Rating: 5

My preferred non-profit. Ever. The scope of their work, their spirit, their dedication is unprecedented.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pachamama is all about making the voice of the unheard reach the masses; the voice of the planet, of nature, of animals, of indigenous peoples and of all those suffering silently and waiting for people to change their ways so that we all live in harmony.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pachamama Alliance is one of the most persistent, organized and thoughtful organizations I have worked with. They not only address the issues that matter to us most as human being with a clear and achievable vision; they also have years of experience and practical tools to assist people and communities around the world to work together. It’s been a privilege volunteering with them.

Lorraine M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this community from afar and admired their tenacity, spirit and ability to organise without losing sight of their values. If anything - their values have evolved to be deeper and better understood by themselves. People within this charity have flourished and learnt leadership skills. They have the ability to engage others worldwide as their quest in their own country resonates with others in theirs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pachamama is truly a grass roots organization of people who love our Mother Earth and are working to honor and care for her around the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing work by Sheila Blake. She is a trail blazer for this Organaization in Texas !!! Keep doing the great work of being the voice for our planet and the people who live in harmony with it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization because it empowers people from around the world. It connects people who want to make a difference around the climate and encourages all the small steps that are taken.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pachamama Alliance is at the forefront of true grassroots organizations whose beginnings and core aims are exquisitely targeted on core Whole Planet values.

Ariel B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful place with an amazing mission! I am inspired every day by this work.

Donor

Rating: 5

Pachamama Alliance is an inspiring organization of highly dedicated people who are working for the planet, the Amazon Rainforest and for a better future for everyone on earth. I have been a donor for more than ten years and every month when my donation processes I am glad to be involved

Benjamin18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pachamama Alliance is an organization that’s partnered with indigenous leaders for the last 20 years. I’m proud to be a part of an organization relentlessly pursuing a thriving, just, and sustainable future, and to help implement our new goal to secure permanent protection of the southern basin of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, which would otherwise risk destruction from oil drilling and other extractive industries.

Ruth72

Donor

Rating: 5

I am moved by the work Pachamama Alliance does to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world. The educational programs are incredible, and it is fantastic that the organization goes beyond a fixed curriculum to connect participants on an ongoing basis to discuss shared experiences. Those connections are powerful, and offer a very unique opportunity in the world. I am happy to support this wonderful organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pachamama Alliance appeared on my Facebook page with so much serendipity. I realised the work they were doing and educating people about was my calling. The resources for the two courses I have done were awesome. They have helped me feel connected to a greater good and have helped me on my journey to help others. I look forward to being involved with this them into the future.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pachamama Alliance walks its talk -- its use of resources, its practices and ways of being are consistent with its purpose of creating an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling human presence on this planet.
I know it from the inside out and am happy that such an effective vehicle of love exists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an educator I am especially impressed with the resources available through Pachamama.

Shealagh K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The impact the Awakening the Dreamer - Changing the Dream had on individuals in our community in the Sea to Sky Corridor of British Columbia, BC was simply profound. People from all walks demonstrated a deep connection with the materials throughout each phase & Swiamish residents touched by the event supported it through a heavy snow fall, a myriad of other conflicting events and many didn't want to leave the event afterwards, staying on to talk for hours about potential next steps. Our experience felt supported yet challenged us to work through the material as partners in the venture, inspiring a rich curiosity around each phase of the material, and we enjoyed the additional time spent Together working out the kinks [now ironed out by this highly accountable organization. Their integrity & forthrightness are a balm to the spirit & we have so much gratitude for our hearts have been blown wide by the material & intention behind it that mived through us all that day. THANK YOU FOR THIS TREASURED EXPERIENCE! We will host it again in the coming year

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Donor

Rating: 5

I look for two things in choosing nonprofits to support and found them both in the Pachama Alliance:

1) one whose purpose or mission I related to the most: while Pachamama Alliance's started with the focus on empowering indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture, it has broadened to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world. In plainer terms, for me, that means to be conscious as we consume, buy and use things, about what we truly value and want to leave for future generations.

2) how the nonprofit conducts itself in pursuing their mission; e.g., the leadership being paid too much, is their efficiency in getting funding to the purpose of the organization, is the focus consistently on the mission and are results being achieved.

The Pachamama Alliance fulfilled and exceeded both of these for me over the 15 years that I supported it.

Donor

Rating: 4

I support Pachamama Alliance. Their outcomes of "delivering educational programs to thousands of participants, helping them awaken to the needs of our time, and become=ing inspired to take action for a just and sustainable future" is so meaningful.