Our Mission

Multi-national corporations are exploiting the rainforest, and the government remains silent. How do we confront this challenge?

A Commitment to Nature and Our Community

The rainforest is rapidly disappearing. 

The rainforest and surrounding land is owned by local farmers that chop and sell critically endangered tree species to support their families. Recently, large multi-national companies have started buying this land and destroying the forest to build shrimp pools, create palm oil plantations, harvest timber, and graze cattle. These changes not only destroy critical rainforest habitat, they also negatively affect surrounding communities.

In response, we started acquiring this land to save it from destruction.

Because this issue is time sensitive, we used our personal savings to quickly buy 15,000 sq. meters of rainforest and start our project. We are now diligently working to raise funds to buy the remaining land before it is sold in pieces to industrial corporations.

We must involve the local community to ensure an overall sustainable project. 

It is imperative to involve the local community in our project, especially focusing on upcoming generations. We are committed to implementing educational programs that teach the importance of this ecosystem and how its destruction will ultimately affect future populations. We hope to work with the community to implement sustainable methods of generating income, focusing on raising ecological awareness and creating a mutually beneficial relationship with the surrounding environment.

The Challenges We Face to Save Our Environment

Existing laws do not prevent forest exploitation.

Ecuador is the first country with a constitutional environmental protection law, but sadly, the government does very little to enforce it. Conversely, more priority is given to mining and oil industries that exploit the natural resources of the rainforest.

Communities are facing a loss of their livelihoods.

Local populations lack access to education and resources that teach the benefits and importance of maintaining rainforest ecosystems. Until this information is provided, there is no incentive to work toward protecting this quickly vanishing environment.

Mompiche is the chance to make a difference for rainforests around the world.

Fortunately, this community is home to amazing people who believe in the beauty and importance of living harmoniously with nature. Together, we believe we can fight against the negative influences of multi-national corporations, and save the paradise for everyone and everything that calls this land its home.

A satellite image showing the current extent of tropical deforestation in the area. Shrimp farming, palm oil plantations, and cattle farming are the top reasons for destruction at this time.

The contrast between the Mompiche rainforest and already converted land is stark: shrimp farming poses a massive threat to our forest, and starts to dominate the previously lush landscape.

Thousands of trees are cut down every day – this is the current reality of the tropical rainforest.