Our Projects


The FERN Project - Finding Empowerment through Running and Nature

This is a giving program that encourages women to engage or reengage with physical and mental well-being through running, volunteerism, and connecting with nature.   Participants are gifted a pair of running shoes, 2 sports bras, and entrance fees to the race of her choice. 

Participants are required to volunteer at  a running event as well as a community or environmental cause event. 

 The FERN Project supports women 35 and up in Arcata, CA and Homer, AK.  For every $300 donated, another story of empowerment begins.  Thank you for your support! 

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Sebastian Alvarez, Film Maker - Every Abyss an Island (working title)

  Status: In Research 

Every Abyss is a Mountain (working title) is a transmedia documentary film about Cerro de Pasco, the self-proclaimed ‘mining capital’ of Peru. This polymetal mining city is located fourteen thousand feet above sea level in the Peruvian Andes and it is one of the most polluted places in the world. Throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, Cerro de Pasco was an important source of colonial revenue for the Spanish. At the beginning of the 20th century, the US Cerro de Pasco Corporation acquired many of the city's shaft mines in order to consolidate most of the mining activity under a single enterprise. This purchase was funded by J.P. Morgan, Henry Clay Frick, the Hearsts, the Vanderbilts and other Global North industrialists of the Gilded Age. Since then, Cerro de Pasco has been an utterly wretched place where the locals keep dealing with lead poisoning, congenital malformation, lower IQ levels, seizures, organ dysfunction, and even premature death. In 2012, the Peruvian government declared the area around the tailings lakes to be in a state of environmental emergency and allocated $20 million for health programs that to this date have not actually been spent. Today, after all this damage, the Volcan Compañia Minera and Glencore (the world's largest company involved in the mining industry and commodity trading) are looking to develop new mines in the surrounding area. Where are the contents of this giant pit and when will we stop digging? These are some of the questions this project poses.  

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