Yanapuma Foundation

a non-profit sustainable development foundation in Ecuador...

... driven by the enthusiasm of its national and international staff and volunteers to work towards the realization of its vision of marginalized communities achieving equity and well-being, ecological, social and economic sustainability, and developing a sense of the uniqueness of their culture and place in the global context.

Yanapuma Foundation works to alleviate poverty and implement sustainable development through capacity building in marginalized populations, by balancing income generation with environmental stewardship, education and well-being in accordance with the Milennium Development Goals and Ecuador's national development policy.

In addition we seek ways to connect members of developed and developing countries in ways that foster an understanding of our inter-relationship and interdependence within our globalized world.

We run a Spanish school in Quito and offer volunteering opportunities in a variety of projects around Ecuador. These activities provide core funding for our foundation. On this basis we seek additional financing and resources to carry out our sustainable development work.

Our Objectives:
Our objectives are to design and implement successful and well-integrated development projects that improve the lives of poor and marginalized indigenous and rural populations of Ecuador. We seek to raise the indices of development through strengthening social capital and promoting self-sufficiency in client communties.

Our Values:
At Yanapuma we believe in modelling the change we want to create. Our collaborative and egalitarian structure as a foundation reflects our values of cooperation and constructive engagement with the problems we aim to solve. Our projects are partnerships with communities in which we work to empower community members and to encourage ownership of change processes. Only in this way will our work yield sustainable results.

Our Approach and Methodology:
At Yanapuma we are developing an integrated strategy for sustainable development, that is based upon encouraging participation and collaboration and avoiding paternalism. As a new foundation we are developing methods of helping communities to help themselves, offering our expertise, technical support, and connections both national and international in the process of defining a sustainable path for their future

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Costs / Pay

we charge a one-time registration fee of $85 per person for a placement in Quito and $185 per person for a placement outside of Quito. Additional costs during your stay in Ecuador vary depending on location, living arrangements, and food, as well as if you would like to take Spanish classes through the Yanapuma Spanish School. Volunteers are responsible for covering these costs.

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