PRESERVING & EMPOWERING ONE OF MOTHER EARTH’S REMAINING PARADISES
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The Ometepe Development Fund provides programs that aim to empower local communities by bringing conscious initiatives to support the regenerative future of Ometepe. We inspire self-sustainability, co-create economic opportunities, regenerate natural resources, empower local agriculture, teach entrepreneurial skills and provide food aid in troubled times.
Ometepe is an ecologically and geologically unique and magical paradise island, destined to become a “world class” travel and tourist destination. You can support us to set this island up for a healthy future by supporting projects that empower the local population and a protect natural resources.
8.500 meals in 8 months to hungry children!
Our program meets an immediate short term need for feeding hungry children during troubled times in Nicaragua, while simultaneously working long term to inspire, empower and co-create solutions for regenerative agriculture, self-sustainability and economic opportunity on Ometepe.
Recent Nicaraguan eco-political outbursts have re-awakened a value for self-empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit among Ometepe residents. In June 2018, we began raising funds and feeding 300 meals to hungry children each week, to meet an immediate short term need for feeding hungry children during troubled times in Nicaragua. Political turmoil had led to a situation where food prices on the island were soaring, and this, in combination with the severe job losses as a result of the devastating drop in tourism, had led to many local Nicaraguans being unable to feed their families.
Currently, we continue continue to provide whole local foods to families in need in Nicaragua, and offer educational programming for the children of Ometepe at the Ometepe Development Fund Community Center and Garden. The community seed saving garden shares seeds, educates the community and provides economic opportunity for healers and food venders.
Meal services were suspended in February and resumed in May 2019. At this time the community continues to need our support as they adjust to the drastic reduction in tourism.
With your support, we are poised to expand our programming to include large scale cooperative food forests, as well as hardwood and timber bamboo forestry which will lead to long term sustainability.
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We are creating land conservation trust, designed to conserve and regenerate a seasonal natural spring with 14,000 sq. meters of surrounding land on the slopes of the Maderas Volcano on Isla de Ometepe, in Nicaragua.
This projects preserves the land with a secure title with conservation easements containing stipulations for regenerative planting. The regenerative planting is designed to generate the economic support for the continuation of the project, including maintenance and improvements to the spring once it has been initially developed. Your support allows us to jumpstart a regenerative project.
A land conservation trust, designed to conserve and steward 30, 000 sq. meters of land for forest restoration and preservation on the slopes of the Maderas Volcano on Isla de Ometepe, in Nicaragua. The vision is to grow traditional local hardwoods which are
at risk of deforestation due to increased population along with travel and tourism to the island of Ometepe.
This projects preserves the land with a secure title with conservation easements containing stipulations for regenerative planting. The regenerative planting is designed to generate the economic support for the continuation of the project, including maintenance for the forest once it has been initially developed. Your support allows us to jumpstart a regenerative project.
Gaia Ma is the founder and director of the Ometepe Development Fund. Gaia facilitates transformational workshops worldwide, inspiring others to break through conditioning, finding freedom and aliveness, while living meaningful life. Her passion is to serve the evolution of individual and collective potential. As a planetary evolution facilitator, she is one of the co-founders of InanItah; a ecological, spiritual community based on Ometepe. Gaia is renowned for her authenticity, her fiery presence, her space holding abilities and as a visionary for community based practices and development projects to uplift the collective and leave a regenerative legacy for future generations.
Kenji Nakagawa is a deeply committed Food Security Advocate and has a wealth of experience . He currently holds space in our community house tending to and educating at our seed saving garden, organizing and leading garden art and education days, managing the small massage center start up and generally keeping programming alive.
Deep gratitude to Margaret Stride was the key player in organizing and securing our non-profit status. Ann Wyns and Caitlin Riley for their stalwart support through the most harrowing times of the recent political crisis which crippled the economy of Ometepe. And, most importantly Mayela Ortiz and Tomas Martinez who have been instrumental in preparing meals and working with local farmers to insure that your economic investments are being kept in the local community.
And special thanks to Steve Arapaia, Doug Hurt and Monicca Sunrankiss for their generous support in providing and generating funds to keep the program flowing.