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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

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pachamama Alliance is beautifully and actively increasing awareness in the general public, as well as facilitating great and positive change for the indigenous people, the ecology, and greater planet as a whole! I am proud to be a follower! I am relieved a group like this exists and is working on the behalf of us all! Thank Pachamama Alliance! Keep up the good work! Sandy

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

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!

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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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I discovered Pachamama Alliance about ten years ago. They got my attention and interest for their work in promoting what is really important and essential in life to include our interconnectedness with nature. When I saw the Amazon journeys I told myself I would go with them and did in 2013. They are doing an incredible job in raising awareness and getting people's commitment in improving quality of life on this planet.

Betsy28

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate PA and the awakening the dreamer, changing the dream symposium because of its simple yet comprehensive mission , clarity of vision and willingness to ask tough questions, find allies in unlikely places and offer inspiration to every person on the planet!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was an early traveler with Pachamama Alliance in 1999 and a follower of their work ever since. The trip to the retreat center in the midst of the Achuar was one of the most enjoyable and instructive I have ever been on. The work they are doing to protect the environment and the way of life of the indigenous is fantastic. They are a focussed and efficient way to make a difference in this world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been both a donor and volunteer for the Pachamama Alliance and have been enriched through my relationship with TPA. They are impeccable, trustworthy and very clear about their mission and purpose. Wonderful people doing worthwhile thinking and doing for the benefit of all on Earth.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pachamama Alliance is the organization that will change the course of the environmental devastation of this planet. Their work is targeted on educating the minds but more importantly, opening the hearts of all who seek to learn about what's going on in the Amazon and all over the world. I would recommend going on their trip to Ecuador, into the rainforest, to meet the amazing Achuar people. I would recommend donating whatever you can--every dime is put to great use. Lovely, fierce and committed people doing great work!

Donor

Rating: 5

Trustworthy organisation. Caring for our planet. Helping to secure a safer and brighter future for all the peoples and inhabitants
of this world.

3 Alicia14

Donor

Rating: 5

After hearing about Pachamama for years, I finally learned about what they do--they are uniting with indigenous peoples in South America to keep the last remaining rainforest in Equador pristine. In addition, they have a number of programs to educate people around the world about how to create a just, sustainable world. This is powerful, important, hope-inspiring work, and the integrity of each of the founders, including Lynn Twist is rock-solid. Thank you Pachamama! I am proud to have donated to your mission today and look forward to becoming more involved.

3 Judy57

Donor

Rating: 5

My 13 year old son was participating in a study of philanthropy at his school and chose the Pachamama Alliance as the organization he wanted to raise money for. Their passion for the environment and for the rights of indigenous peoples really impressed him. What really impressed me is the integrity of the organization, the vision and mission statement of helping to create a world that is spiritually fulfilling, just, sustainable and works for EVERYONE. The recognition that the indigenous people of this world have so much to teach us in the western world, and the training programs that help us take a look at our own worldview are revolutionary in the best possible way. The Pachamama Alliance is at the forefront of those who are literally saving the planet. I was happy that my son was able to raise almost $900 to help them achieve that goal. We will continue to donate and will be involved with this organization for a long time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pachamama Alliance is doing the work I most want to see done in the world and they do it with a great deal of heart and integrity.

Cicely B.

Donor

Rating: 5

An enlightened and proactive group! I support the work they are doing and have learned a lot through their education and outreach effforts

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Donor

Rating: 4

The Pachamama Alliance is a unique non-profit organization creating an important bridge with the indigenous Achuar culture & their spiritual way of life in the Ecuadorian jungle This important relationship opens our minds in helping them maintain and preserve their pristine environment for present & future generations .

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Pachamama. I've adopted the Achuar practice of interpreting and acting on my dreams daily - it's changed my life! That's pretty ancient technology :) it's the internet before computers. Pachamama Alliance is doing great work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I was stunnded when I first experienced this organization's

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pachamama Alliance is making a huge impact in the world. They not only partner with indigenous people to protect their rainforest homelands, but also are making a huge difference in awakening people to how the way we in the "modern world" are living our lives is what is fueling the destruction of our natural environment, and to the many social injustices that exist in the world

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Pachmama Alliance has been my favorite charity for many years! It's one of the few that touches a wide spectrum of people around the world with a vision that keeps growing. Remarkable people and projects that truly make a difference!