Since its creation in 1998, Sanandi’s guiding purpose has been to work with others, to give back, and to collaborate in projects that benefit communities and the environment. In 2010 we formed Fundación Valle La Paz, A.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to promote a holistic approach initiative of sustainable development, rooted in our farm, Rancho La Paz.
Our foundation focuses on the following 3 key areas:
- Working with school-age children in the surrounding impoverished communities. We provide free, nutritious hot meals to more than 350 children every day and we support their education by sponsoring music, art, and health integrative courses.
- Operating a rural health clinic that provides a holistic approach to wellbeing. As part of this effort, we sponsor health-related workshops specifically tailored for teenagers, adults, women, etc…
- Promoting biological and organic agriculture with local farmers, so that they may cultivate with respect for the land and the environment, and receive a fair and dignified remuneration for their harvest.
At Valle La Paz Foundation, our philosophy is based on a single premise: that Nature is alive. It is a sentient organism and therefore it feels. At its heart is Fertility, which is the most creative act in Nature and it has only one purpose: to nourish, sustain, and create balance in order to foster evolution.
Human Health Through Nature’s Wholeness
We believe that our essence is truly embedded in the ecosystem and that only in our self-recognition through Nature may we find balance, identity, meaning and fulfillment.
The Biological agriculture we practice is based on cultivating a relationship of values and meaning with Nature. Cultivating means culture. Agri-Culture is for us, the Art that feeds the web of life, closes the cycle of production and consumption, and finally helps maintain and promote Ecological Integrity. “It’s not just about the degradation of nature, but also about the degradation of our conscience of nature. That nature needs to heal is a fact that is directly proportional to the way in which our conscience of nature is itself ill.” Goethe.
At Valle La Paz we promote a salutogenic culture — holistic health — based on the integration of agriculture, education and medicine, with the goal of contributing to the improvement of the health of the land, animals and people. We closely link these three pillars in order to promote the holistic development of the surrounding communities.
To be an alliance that generates and promotes knowledge derived from a responsible relationship between mankind and its natural environment.
To contribute to a favorable consciousness in society’s development based on an integrating knowledge of the fertility of the earth, education and human health. We want to assume locally the global challenge of improving the health of the land and of the people through the development of three key areas:
We believe that the health of human beings directly depends on the health of the soil and of its ecosystem. On the other hand, the ecological resilience depends on the state of health — and consciousness — of humanity. We believe in an integrative medicine based on healthy habits, biologically cultivated foods, methods of healing that are respectful, and responsible humans that actively participate — both mentally and emotionally — in improving their own health.
We respect all forms of life. We consider biodiversity to be the fundamental force for the health of all living beings. We value organic foods made with processes that are respectful of the environment and we promote the use of medicinal plants that can improve the health of living organisms. Only if the environment is harmonious — in other words, healthy — can it provide humanity the backdrop that it needs to manifest its true potential. The future of public health depends greatly on the union of small economically-sustainable communities, founded with respectful agricultural principles. Foundation community workshop Education, through science, must focus on generating an ever-increasing consciousness of the interrelationship that exists between all living beings. It is important to recognize, preserve and promote the beauty of nature. Esthetics and ethics are two concepts that are intimately related through a common point: Art.