Not for Profit
The Latin America travel industry is working together to support social projects throughout the region. These projects are helping to transform lives, providing clean water, dental or medical support and practical training to provide people with new skills in Mexico, Central and South America. The LATA Foundation was set up by the Latin America Travel Association, bringing together tourist boards, airlines, tour operators, hotels, ground agents, travel publishers, PR companies and the press to put something back into the countries where we all work. Simon was one of the founding trustees of the Foundation and we are great admirers of their work.
Friends of Alalay works with Bolivian street children who are supported by the Alalay Foundation, offering them love, a home, education and encouragement in their future working lives. We finance educational and self-financing projects: helping street children to help themselves. Every donation goes directly to the children and nothing is spent on administration. www.alalay.co.uk
ECOAN is a not for profit organisation that aims to preserve: Peruvian species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction, threatened ecosystems, wetlands and migratory birds. It does so by working together with local communities to protect biological diversity and promote the sustainable use of natural resources.
In a country where tourism is so important, ECOAN sets up ways that local communities can benefit from tourism while at the same time preserving the very habitat and wildlife that attracts the tourists in the first place.
The Huaorani People of Ecuador
For at least a thousand years, the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador, the Oriente, has been home to the Huaorani. Until 1956, they had never had any contact with the outside world. The Huaorani comprise almost 4,000 inhabitants and speak the Huaorani language not known to be related to any other language. In the last 40 years, they have shifted from a hunting and gathering society to live mostly in permanent forest settlements. However, as many as five communities – the Tagaeri, the Huiñatare, the Oñamenane, and two groups of the Taromenane – have rejected all contact with the outside world and continue to move into more isolated areas.
For many years Senderos was proud to be involved with the joint venture Huaorani Ecolodge (part owned by the community), and on 3 visits we got to know some of the tribal leaders of Quehueri’ono. We have been proud in a very small way to try to support this amazing culture. Visitors have the opportunity to see the Amazon through the eyes of the people who live there, and to help them survive and maintain independence chiefly from the pressures of oil and timber.