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Misión Gaia: Planting Seeds for the Future
$1,750 raised
50% of $3.5k goal
33 contributors
5 Years running

Fundación Misión Gaia is a non-profit organization located in Minca, a town within the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Columbia, a place better known as “The Heart of the World”.

We host volunteers from around the globe, create after-school programs, develop community workshops, organize animal clinics and much, much more.

Why? Because we believe in building a better future for Minca. We believe that responsible tourism, a thriving local economy, sound environmental practices and healthy pet populations can be a reality for our community.

Your contributions are valuable, and every penny is spent wisely.

  • A gift of 5 dollars could buy seeds for a permaculture system.
  • A gift of 30 dollars could allow us to sterilize a dog or a cat.
  • A gift of 50 dollars could allow us to host four community workshops.
  • A gift of 100 dollars could pay for the transportation of residual waste for a month

More about the Sierra Nevada and why we´re here helping.

The Sierra Nevada region has a little bit of everything. Water flows across the mountains in every direction, and ends in majestic waterfalls. From the same spot you can see both snowy peaks and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. The enormous jungle trees and mountain air are home to 635 types of birds including 36 species that can only be found here.

The extreme diversity of the Sierra Nevada region is what attracted Misión Gaia to Minca in the first place. We wanted to be a part of the community of people working to preserve this paradise. We can already see some of the effects from our hard work over the course of the last 3+ years. We see real change in the faces of children who have been inspired to protect their beautiful home. We have found satisfaction watching the70+ volunteers that we have hosted work with community members and have once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. We know that the region’s dogs and cats are able to live healthier, more humane lives thanks to our animal health and welfare program, which has reduced population growth of dogs in Taganga and Minca by at least 10,000.

With every success, we find a new challenge. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region is plagued with overcrowded schools, insufficient opportunities, and high poverty rates.  Tourism to the region is rapidly growing more popular, and represents both a risk and an opportunity. We are going to continue to implement programs that protect the environment and increase the quality of life of people in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, but we need your help.

Your support is crucial to our work. All of your donations will go to ensuring that Fundación Misión Gaia will be able to continue offering its social and environmental programs, while offering once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travelers for immersive cultural exchange in one of the world’s most unique places.

To learn more, click HERE to visit our Facebook page, or visit our website at

Thank you for your support.



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