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"Poverty, its causes and its symptoms are complex. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Education alone isn't enough, healthcare alone won't create positive and lasting change, neither will sole support of women's or children's programs. As the popular NPR program The Bioneers says, 'It's all connected.'"

We know that there are many problems that deserve attention, and it was difficult to choose an organization to support. However, when we met the folks from Mountain Fund, we knew that we were talking to a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of people who need it. That's why Blue Planet Kids will donate $1.00 for every order we get to The Mountain Fund. 

In their own words...

The Mountain Fund Goal
Our goal is to create healthy, vibrant mountain communities where people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected. These goals must be undertaken with community buy-in, and respect for, and preservation of underlying cultural practices and norms.

The Mountain Fund Approach
In mountain communities the suffering caused by poverty can be overwhelming. The needs far outstrip the local resources. Our approach is to discover those things that can be done today, with very little funding and by local protagonists dedicated to their own communities. The Mountain Fund works hand in hand with local community leaders to identify solvable problems in the community and take action to do those things that can be done now, and at a cost that is affordable.

The Mountain Fund Strategy
Our underlying strategy for all development work is that four conditions, four building blocks if you will, are needed in order to generate progress in poor rural communities. These building blocks are basic healthcare, education, economic opportunity and human rights. Our efforts are concentrated in actionable projects in these four areas.

Basic Healthcare:
Women have to survive childbirth, and children have to grow up healthy and strong enough to succeed in school.

Education: All long term sustainable development hinges on the village's own ability to solve its problems. Education is the key to truly sustainable development.

Economic Opportunity:
Once educated, micro-finance programs are needed to create economic opportunities in villages. Without a way to put their education to beneficial use, children will migrate to the cities and the village will suffer from "brain drain."

Human Rights:
The local culture must be considered when setting goals for improvement in human rights and the local community must see a benefit from protecting the rights of all.

These building blocks are the crucial steps in the journey toward sustainable development. As the economist E.F. Schumaker said in his book Small is Beautiful.

  • If you would like to know more about The Mountain Fund, check out their project list. 
  • You can sign up for their newsletter here. 
  • You can donate or become a member here.

                 Please help support this worthwhile organization.

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