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Yachana’s mission is to provide community-based solutions to poverty and environmental degradation in the rainforest. The future of the tropical forest is inextricably linked to the wellbeing of its inhabitants. Our socially conscious tourism and training programs are simultaneously conserving the rainforest and providing opportunities for income generation, micro-finance, health, sustainability and entrepreneurism for the people of the region.
The name Yachana means "a place for learning" in the indigenous Kichwa language. The Yachana Foundation is dedicated to engaging communities in improving local livelihoods in the Amazon region of Ecuador through learning. Yachana has spent 24 years implementing tangible improvements in local communities: education, training, community development, health, micro-enterprise and micro-finance while exposing needs to the world through its tourism programs. Education and hands-on training programs provide locals with the skills to improve their lives and protect their rainforest.
Programs from Yachana schools and community outreach activities are dedicated to promoting conservation of the Amazon's biodiversity through teaching sustainable use of natural resources, providing professional skills to improve employability, and mentoring management of student-run ecological enterprises. Subjects include eco-tourism, sustainable agriculture, computers, nutrition, forest and wildlife management and environmentally sustainable micro-enterprises.
Fundacion para la Educacion y Desarrollo Integral YACHANA, Ecuador, is operated for charitable, educational and scientific activities.