The rainforest it’s disappearing rapidly.
Living on the edge of the tropical forest of Mompiche, on the north coast of Ecuador, we have become acutely aware it is rapidly disappearing. The rainforest and surrounding land, owned by poor farmers who needed money to feed their families would chop the trees and sell the wood. More devastating was the introduction of large multi-national companies who buy the land from these farmers. These companies decimate the forest and replace the vegetation with shrimp pools and palm oil plantations.
So we began to acquire land to save it from destruction.
To begin the process of acquiring land we bought 15,000 m2 with our savings. This was a starting point but more land must still be attained to ensure the protection of the larger surrounding forest against further destruction. Industry farming such as cattle, timber, shrimp pools, and African palm plantations are some of the leading causes of the deforestation.
Involving the local community is essential for the sustainability of the project.
Our second commitment is to the community; It is imperative to involve the local community in our project, especially the children and younger generations. We will implement educational programs to teach and educate the importance and the fragility of this ecosystem and what it means for them and for their future generations. We will teach sustainable methods to generate income for their families while raising ecological awareness and living in harmony with nature.