Fundación Trópico


The Río Bravo Reserve (Valle del Cauca, Colombia) is part of one of the world’s most biologically rich and threatened areas. Fundación Trópico is committed to protecting the rich biodiversity of the region of Valle del Cauca, in Colombia, including Río Bravo, as well as supporting communities that want to live in harmony with nature.

Bajo Calima

Community development project in the lower basin of the Calima River, Municipality of Buenaventura, Valle de Cauca, Colombia – where the target population is made up of displaced and returnee Afro-Colombian communities.

Find out more about Fundación Trópico.

Mis Corazones Alegres

The Mis Corazones Alegres Foundation is a non-profit organisation aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults by providing them with board and lodging and personal care in a loving environment. The project has around 20 older adults in its care, and is currently working from a rented house in the Prado Centro area of Medellín.

Quest Centre for Integrative Health

A Return to Life

This video highlights one client’s journey to reclaiming a life of health and wellness, utilizing Quest Center‘s integrative approach to healing: one-on-one therapy, yoga, acupuncture, osteopathic manipulation, Chinese medicine, naturopathy, community building, and wellness workshops.

Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta

Development Through Participation

Mercury Use in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining

This video with Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s Technical Director, Sumali Agrawal , describes the use of mercury in gold extraction in small-scale mining activities. It further underlines the risks that mercury poses to the surrounding environment and people. It also presents an overview of alternative, environmentally-friendly methods that can be applied in place of mercury amalgamation.

The Manado Method

Video made by Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta’s Sumali Agrawal in conjunction with Borneo Productions International about a natural alternative to mercury in gold mining. This method has been pioneered by small-scale miners in North Sulawesi and uses ijuk, a strong and sturdy fibre that comes from the bark of the sugar palm tree that grows all over Indonesia.

Puppeteers Without Borders

The Puppet as a Health Ambassador

Puppeteers Without Borders trains peer educators in topics such as reproductive anatomy, contraception and sexual violence, with the aim of supporting teachers’ capacity to promote knowledge and positive healthy beliefs and behaviors.

The King Is Ill

The King is Ill – Puppets at work in Kinshasha from Andrew Hall on Vimeo.

A short film by Benoît Erwann Boucherot of the making of The King is Ill puppet show in Democratic Republic of the Congo, a production facilitated by Puppeteers Without Borders.

Who is the Enemy?

Who is the Enemy? from Andrew Hall on Vimeo.

“Who is the enemy?” is a moving paper-theater performance based on refugees’ real stories and original drawings.

It was created by Erica Zoltan Sapir of Puppeteers Without Borders, with funding by Susila Dharma Germany.

Erica spent several weeks in early 2016 visiting the Paulusheim Refugee Centre in Bonn, Germany where she worked with the people there to express their experiences creatively through drawing and story telling. Erica took this material to create this paper-theatre show which was performed five times in Bonn in mid-November 2016.

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