I grew personally and professionally in the last six years. During this period, I started becoming stable financially, emotionally, and physically. This resulted to my establishment of the Biodiverse Development Foundation in the spring of 2017. Since then, the project in Colombia has accelerated, and results have been achieved.
What I always find fascinating is the transformation in perspectives, opinions, and thoughts of volunteers/visitors, before and after having participated in one of the activities or programs of the BD Foundation.
The objectives of the Foundation are very ambitious and broad. Nevertheless, participants discover ways and means to contribute effectively to them.
At the moment, the Biodiverse Development Foundation only offers one volunteer program in which many sub-projects are designed. All projects are multidisciplinary and interrelated with each other, and all contribute to the objectives of the Foundation.
The project that draws my interest most is organizing workshops, courses, and activities for locals (young and old) where there is an exchange of various forms of capital (financial, produced, intellectual, human, and social & relational capital).
One of the activities that I like most is the maintenance of the permaculture based swale system with the local inhabitants of the region. They have so much knowledge about nature and life in general. However, they still like to learn many more "new" aspects of life.
What makes the Foundation and her project unique is the multidisciplinary and local approach of it.
The project offers various possibilities to explore your own talents and skills in cooperation with the local community and the BD Foundation.
Being successful depends on the definition of success. With regard to the Foundation and her objectives, in my opinion, to be successful is to take the interests of all stakeholders (volunteers, local community, biodiversity etc.) in consideration. If the Foundation succeeds to balance all relevant interests in a transparent and honest way while carrying out her activities, she will be successful.