Save the Paradise
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We are a nonprofit foundation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation’s core purpose is creating the legal support for protecting the endangered tropical rainforest in Ecuador from becoming an agricultural, industrial, or commercial property and helping to transform it into a wildlife sanctuary.

Our long-term goal is to create a wildlife sanctuary legally protected by the constitution of Ecuador. We aim to work together with many other corporations having the same ideologies. We aim to work together with the Ecuador government for local support.

Save the Paradise is created by a team of big hearts of animal and nature lovers. While shooting a movie in Ecuador we fell in love with the country and specifically with the beautiful town Mompiche. We became mesmerized with this paradise and realised that we have to do something right now to protect the biodiversity that still exists here.

This area is known as Corredor de Conservación Choco-Magdalena or the CCCM, a strategic ecosystem for the entire planet. 

This paradise houses an extraordinary array of birds, mammals, and reptiles, as well as an amazing diversity of vegetation. The CCCM area is a convergence zone of two “hotspots”; Tropical Andes and Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena.

It hosts a high diversity and great endemism of vascular plants (9,000 species), birds (830 species, 10.2% are endemic), mammals (235 species, 25.5% are endemic), and amphibians (350 species, 60% are endemic), among many others. Together we have realised the importance of this forest for our planet, and the necessity of keeping it safe and alive.

Through several phases, Save the Paradise foundation seeks to acquire land in the rain forest of Mompiche-Ecuador and protect it from deforestation. The intention is to bring back the delicate balance to these ecosystems that house an impressive amount of flora and fauna.

Phase One: Protecting 22 hectares of rainforest, implementing an education program, and creating a platform for scientific research.

The first phase of the project involves buying 22 hectares (220,000 sq. meters) from local landowners. The area will then be designated as a natural reserve, and will be added to the already protected 15,000 sq. meters. The project includes the construction of two observation eco-huts and an ecological community center. The observation huts will provide a space to host biologists, entomologists, ornithologists, herpetologists, biology students, and volunteers. The ecological center will host important educational workshops and courses for the community in order to teach them about the environment. A key aspect of these workshops will concentrate on teaching better practices for sustainable incomes.

The Goal: Creating a reserve that is protected in perpetuity.

The land will be bought under the foundation's name and legally designated as an ecological reserve in perpetuity. This protects it from commercial, agricultural or industrial use, and creates an opportunity for regrowth and habitat regeneration.

Phase Two: Acquiring the remaining rainforest.
With your continued support and donations, the next step includes acquiring the surrounding 30 hectares of rainforest.

Why Donate?

For Phase One to succeed, we must raise $100,000USD. Our goal is to buy and protect 22 hectares of rainforest, construct observation huts, and build an ecological center for the community.
The observation huts and community center will be built using sustainable methods and materials to encourage positive environmental practices.
The acquisition of the land will be marked and posted on Google Maps so you can see the positive and real impact your contributions have made!
We will regularly post updates of the Project's progress on our newsfeed page.

All contributors will have access to legal documentation on our newsfeed page.

We are grateful for your contribution to Save the Paradise. To thank you, all contributors will receive a reward.

Together we can change the world! 


$10 or more: All donor names will be placed on our Wall of Heroes.
$100 or more: A tree will be planted in the donor's name.

$500 or more: Lodging in Mompiche for 1 person (1 night / 2 days. This includes a jungle or mangrove tour with a local guide.

$1000 or more: Lodging in Mompiche for 1 person (3 nights / 4 days). This includes a jungle or mangrove tour with a local guide.

$5000 or more: Lodging in Mompiche for 2 people (4 nights / 5 days). This includes food, a jungle and mangrove tour with a local guide, and a surf class with a local teacher.

 $10,000 or more: Lodging in Mompiche for 2 people (5 nights / 6 days). This includes food, transfer from Quito to Mompiche, a jungle and mangrove tour with a local guide, and a surf and yoga class with a local teacher.
  • Ivonne Watt
    • €40 
    • 6 mos
  • Petra-Gundula Vonderwerth
    • €20 
    • 12 mos
  • Mim Appelman
    • €100 
    • 13 mos
  • Rah Cattell
    • €5 
    • 13 mos
  • Geertje Geurtsen
    • €20 
    • 13 mos
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Fundraising team: Save the Paradise Team (8)

Save the Paradise Foundation
Raised €5,190 from 110 donations
Amsterdam Oud West, NL
Chrissy Van Der Linden
Team member
Raised €5,248 from 30 donations
Sanne Welmers
Team member
Raised €2,765 from 18 donations
Faraday Haas-nowzohour
Team member
Raised €1,650 from 8 donations
Marty Keizer
Team member
Raised €945 from 23 donations
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