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Update 4/25/16 – As you know April 16, Ecuador suffered a devastating earthquake. We immediately organized to try to quickly raise $10,000 to support on the ground relief efforts. Out of the extraordinary generosity and concern of the Pachamama Alliance network around the world, we quickly raised over $40,000. Those funds have all been sent to Ecuador and are being put to critical use providing water, food, clothing, temporary shelter, medical care.

We have now completed that fund raising drive and want to profoundly thank all of you who joined in.

Over the next several weeks we will gather specific information about the difference those funds were able to make and will share that with you. There is also going to be long-term needs for recovery and reconstruction in Ecuador and as we find specific ways that people who are interested can participate we will share that also.

Thank you again for your heartfelt support.

Bill & Lynne Twist
Co-Founders, Pachamama Alliance


Original Letter – As you may know, on Saturday, April 16, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the northern coast of Ecuador about 100 miles northwest of Quito. The magnitude of the crisis is so great that urgent support is needed to reach those in need as quickly as possible.

Many of you have contacted us to ask about our indigenous partners and our Pachamama Alliance team members. Fortunately, the earthquake had almost no effect in the Amazon and little impact in Quito, and all of our allies and partners are safe.

This was the largest earthquake that Ecuador has experienced in decades and as we write this, reports are indicating a death toll of over 400 with thousands injured and huge devastation of coastal communities and tens of thousands left homeless.

The magnitude of the crisis is so great that urgent support is needed to reach those in need as quickly as possible. We have set up an Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund independently from Pachamama Alliance to immediately help with relief efforts.

Our Ecuador Program director, Belén Paez, and other volunteers, have been on the ground working directly with local groups on relief efforts. It will take the central government a while to organize and respond with large scale relief efforts. In the meantime, these local efforts are moving quickly to provide the most basic supplies like food, water, shelter, clothing, mosquito nets, medical care, and search and rescue efforts.

Our intention is to raise $10,000 in the next 24 hours. Please donate now and we will be able to send funds directly to these immediate response efforts. It will take years for the country to recuperate from this tragedy, but we can help make a real start right now.

Your donation to the Ecuador Earthquake Emergency Relief Fund will be routed to a small team in Ecuador that will determine how to distribute the funds. Your donation does not fund the programs of Pachamama Alliance, but will be processed through Pachamama Alliance.

About Pachamama Alliance

The mission of Pachamama Alliance is 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.

Protecting the Amazon Rainforest

Since 1997 we have worked in partnership with indigenous people to attain permanent protected status of the sacred headwaters region of the Amazon basin in southern Ecuador and northern Peru, an area of pristine tropical rainforest recognized as containing the highest levels of biodiversity in the entire Amazon basin and possibly the world.

Our initial efforts provided legal and technical expertise to strengthen indigenous self-governance so they could preserve their lands and cultures, including mapping, land titling, and sustainable economic development.

Today, we provide ongoing support to five indigenous nationalities by funding trainings, workshops, administrative support, and special assemblies where indigenous groups can come together to discuss their constitutional rights and define their work to defend their territories from oil and other extractive industries.

At the request of our indigenous partners, we began to bring visitors from the modern world to the rainforest with our Pachamama Journeys program, offering a direct experience of Achuar wisdom and Pachamama Alliance’s vision. These journeys supported—and continue to support—ecotourism projects in Achuar territory, creating economic alternatives beyond selling land to oil companies.

Changing the Dream of the Modern World

To further protect the lands and cultures of the Amazon rainforest, our indigenous partners requested that we work to “change the dream of the modern world”—shifting the culture of separation and overconsumption to a culture that honors and sustains life.

In response to that request, Pachamama Alliance expanded its work to include bringing forth a new dream: an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet.

To do this, Pachamama Alliance created the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium as well as the other offerings on the Up to Us engagement pathway—a set of programs designed to equip people with vision, commitment, tools, resources, and community to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world.

These programs are designed to wake people up to the most critical issues of our time; pierce through apathy, resignation, and hopelessness; and inspire, educate and connect people, empowering them to become part of a community working together for game-changing solutions to achieve a new dream for humanity.