Northwestern Michigan College students are getting ready for a Study Abroad project 60K NW of Quito, Ecuador, in the Yunguilla community. Yunguilla was once the site of deforestation and practices that depleted the land and disintegrated economic viability for villagers. On a comeback over the past 25 years, Corporacium Yunguilla is a non-profit, community run organization, that continually seeks to improve the lives of over 62 peasant families through organic agriculture, livestock rearing, eco tourism and micro-business projects - such as the production of jellies and marmalades, cheese, handicrafts, and now . . . a restaurant.
Championed by Conservation Biologist and Political Ecologist, Dr. Nancy Dammann, this collaborative project targets a little known corridor of communities along the Peruvian Amazon, facing increased pressures from extractive industries, violence, and illegal activities threatening biodiversity and livelihoods. Yes, little known, yet significant, as they are the gate-keepers of one of the world’s two largest bodies of freshwater and one of the greatest sources of biodiversity on the planet.
Your support of the Utopia Foundation’s Operational Fund will allow Utopia’s Board of Directors to direct resources to the causes with the most urgent needs.
Living Positive Kenya was established by champion Mary Wanderi to assist underprivileged women, orphans, and their families through HIV AIDS counselling, health education, economic empowerment, and community assimilation and integration.
Utopia Foundation currently supports international microloans through microenterprise in South Africa through the Hermanus Rainbow Trust. This organization shares Utopia’s goal of lifting people out of poverty through effective, self-sustaining, and empowering programs.
Utopia Foundation currently supports a local initiative, Parenting Communities of Leelanau County, with a matching grant, evaluation and communications. Parenting Communities provides support to families in Leelanau Country through home visits, playgroups, access to resources and referrals, parent education, developmental screening.
The Utopia Foundation helped the non-profit Groundworks and the other members of the Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network to raise $50,000 to bring Double-Up Food Bucks to our region.
10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms is a project that helps schools in northwest Lower Michigan buy and serve locally grown fruits and vegetables at lunch three days a week in the fall, one day a week in the winter, and two days a week in the spring.
St. Mark’s Children’s Home and Orphanage in Usa River, Tanzania provides over 100 orphaned children with shelter, food, and education. Friends-Who-Care is a U.S. based organization that connected with St. Mark’s through Tanzanian tourism and is now partnering with Utopia Foundation to help provide the children of St. Marks with a brighter future.
Utopia Foundation will match 50% of every dollar of the first $20,000 donated to Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, with a maximum commitment of $10,000 from Utopia Foundation.
Dreamcatcher is a program founded by pioneer and social champion Anthea Rossouw that focuses on empowering women and youth in South Africa. Anthea aims to put “an end to aid without end,” using local resources and culture to develop successful micro-enterprises that offer a permanent end to poverty.
Started by one of our inspiring champions, Pushpa Basnet, the ECDC/Butterfly House gives Nepalese children, who would otherwise be forced to live in prison, a chance for a bright future. In Nepal there are very few childrens’ homes, forcing incarcerated mothers to choose between bringing their child to live with them in prison or sending them to the street.
Utopia’s latest partnership is with another of our amazing champions, educational reformer Priscilla Were. Were operates the Glory Value School in the western part of Kenya, a residential school serving girls from under-privileged communities.