Author: Pam Schweppe

Alnoba hosts International Funders for Indigenous Peoples retreat

With a population of more than 370 million in 90 countries—and a culture of self-help, innovation, and sharing—Indigenous peoples can be invaluable contributors toward solving today’s most pressing problems, including climate change, biodiversity preservation, and sustainable management of natural resources. For 17 years, International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) has sought to build mutually beneficial… Read more »

Beekeeping in the Amazon

Honey: it’s as good as gold for the Maijuna people of the Peruvian Amazon. The Maijuna are one of the smallest and most endangered Indigenous groups in Peru, and one of the community’s most critical needs has been a sustainable source of income that also helps to conserve their cultural traditions and their heavily forested… Read more »

A Class Act: Jeannie Ling honors her parents’ memory by donating to schools

Back in 2013, Jeannie Ling of Long Beach, California, decided to “tag along” with a cousin who was embarking on O.A.T.’s The Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords adventure. She enjoyed the trip so much, she has taken six O.A.T. adventures since. One of the highlights of the trip for her… Read more »

Sue Billingsley: An overflowing heart

How O.A.T. Traveler Sue Billingsley Supports Our Clean Water Initiative In 2016, photos, videos, and rave reviews of over 20 years of travel with O.A.T. by her cousin and his wife convinced Sue Billingsley of Frisco, Texas, to give the company a try. The trip she chose was Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari…. Read more »

Rick & Diane Hickman help students Dress for Success

When Rick Hickman’s father was growing up during the Depression, he attended an all-boys’ school where the students wore uniforms every day except Friday. While Rick’s father himself always had nice clothes, he was struck by the fact that a quarter of the boys didn’t show up at school on Fridays because they didn’t have… Read more »

The WASH Initiative at Tin Keo Village, Laos

Twenty-two years ago, the local government developed a plan to turn the Lao lowland, source of the Kuong Xi waterfall, into a tourist destination. Located 13 miles from the center of Luang Prabang, the village of Tin Keo fell into that territory. Yet, this community of fewer than 500 people, including 90 Hmong residents, remains… Read more »

Leaders We Admire: Matt O’Malia

Founder, OPAL, GO Logic, GO Lab, Belfast Maine Award-winning architect Matthew O’Malia has spent his career rethinking every detail of building construction, with an eye toward high performance, quality, and sustainability. The designer of Alnoba, the Lewis Family Foundation leadership center in Kensington, New Hampshire, he offers his thoughts on the future of architecture. Foundation:… Read more »

Leaders We Admire: Torrey Udall

Director of Development and Operations, Protect Our Winters, Boulder, Colorado Founded in 2007, Protect Our Winters helps to turn outdoor enthusiasts into advocates for solutions to climate change. Torrey Udall joined the organization in 2016 and shares how his small team can produce outsized results. Foundation: What is Protect Our Winters? Udall: Quite simply, our… Read more »

Leaders We Admire: Jane Difley

Jane-Difley: Leaders We Admire

President/Forester, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests Concord, New Hampshire For 22 years, Jane Difley has helped lead the effort to protect New Hampshire’s forests. In honor of her efforts, she was awarded the first-ever Alnoba Moral Courage in Leadership Award last year. Now on the verge of retirement, she reflects on her… Read more »