Foundations that we support
As a company we care about sustainability and our social responsibility. That’s why we give 1% of our revenue to local charity. We support several social and environmental projects in different areas of Ecuador, that all contribute to a better world from their own field of experience.
If you travel with us, you can let us know which charitable foundation you would like to support with your trip.
"By traveling with us you are directly supporting a social or environmental project."
Quina Care Foundation
Health care in Putumayo
The Quina Care Foundation was established at the beginning of 2017 by two Dutch medical doctors specialized in international health and tropical medicine. It aims to provide good medical health care in the rural Amazon rainforest of South America, where – up until this day – accessible and good medical health care is limited.
"The people from the Amazon have the right to good health care as well.”
Ecuador is one of the countries in the Amazon rainforest that is in need of help. In the north east, bordering Colombia, lies the district of Putumayo. It is a huge area that covers both Ecuador and Colombia. Compared to other areas in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, the number and serious nature of problems is relatively high in Putumayo. Sixty percent of the people live beneath the poverty threshold. Due to a shortage of facilities and the high number of diseases, the living conditions are poor. In addition, the continuous drug related violence in Colombia causes an unstable and insecure situation on both sides of the border, which has a negative effect on the population.
For the inhabitants of Putumayo, Puerto el Carmen is the only city they can rely on. But this city has only access to one medical post which is minimally staffed and the possibilities are limited. The closest hospital is two hundred kilometers away. To reach Puerto el Carmen, many people have already travelled for hours by foot or canoe. For illnesses and emergencies it’s essential that they can find continuous and adequate 24-hour care in Puerto el Carmen.
By establishing a basic hospital, Quina Care aims to provide adequate medical health care to the people of Putumayo. This will be done by renovating an old boarding school into a hospital where complete primary care and acute secondary care – emergency surgery included – will be possible. Good medical health care that is accessible at all times for everyone. In doing so, the intention is to work with as many local staff as possible. Besides this, it is of great importance that the care delivered by Quina Care is an addition to already existing medical health care, instead of competing with it.
On site, the project is led by two Dutch medical doctors specialized in tropical medicine, Jacob and Carolien van der Ende, also the founders of Quina Care. Because they’ve been working several years in development countries, they are well-prepared to work under similar circumstances and they have experience with organizing good medical health care in rural areas. Meanwhile they have been working in a hospital in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, which allowed them a useful insight into the health care system, the culture, and perception of disease of the local population. Once the hospital is up and running, next to leading the project they will be employed as doctors.
To ensure the continuity of high quality care, the hospital has to operate independent of the Ecuadorian government – and thus the unstable financial situation of the country. For this reason, patients will be asked to make a contribution for the provided care. This fee will by far not be full cost recovery but will help to realize that good medical health care has a price. Donations to the Quina Care Foundation will constitute the remainder of the costs. As long as the circumstances in Putumayo remain poor and unstable, additional good medical health care from the Quina Care Foundation will continue to be necessary.
April 2019 saw phase one of the renovations commence and the expectation is that the hospital can open its doors at the end of 2019. At the start, there will be an outpatient clinic and an emergency room as well as the availability of diagnostics in terms of laboratory testing and radiology. In addition there will be an extensive focus on preventative health care. In due time, the hospital will be extended with an inpatient ward, delivery room and surgery room.
Rainforest Family Foundation
Reforestation in Tawasap
The Rainforest Family is a foundation that is working together with the Indigenous Shuar tribe in the Amazon to contribute to a better and sustainable world. With reforestation projects we protect and maintain the rainforest and create a better planet for all of us.
“The Amazon comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world.”
The Shuar are an indigenous people of Ecuador and Peru. They are members of the Jivaroan peoples, who are Amazonian tribes living at the headwaters of the Marañón River. Shuar, in the Shuar language, means “people.”
The Shuar communities are trying to protect and maintain their traditional way of life in harmony with the ecosystem of the rainforest. They are buying seeds for plants and trees, grow them and plant the shoots in the ground in deforested area’s.
The Amazon rainforest, also known in English as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle is a moist broadleaf forest in the Amazon biome that covers most of the Amazon basin of South America.
The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and comprises the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world, with an estimated 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species.
Our goals are to support the Tawasap Shuar based request for help from the community itself but with a very clear focus on supporting reforestation projects, preserving their unique culture and their knowledge about conservation, education and creating awareness.