BRITISH AMERICAN FOUNDATION
The British American Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation with a mission to reduce poverty and develop a sustainable future for all ethnic people who live in the tropical rain forests of the Darién provence of Panamá.Until now this region of Panamá covering 1.4 million acres has had very little assistance from any international aid group or world organisation despite being of immense strategic importance to the world's ecosystem.A strip of land only 80 miles wide seperates the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic and supports over 10,000 species of plants and 1,500 types of trees. After the Amazon the Darién is the second lung of the world. More migrating bird species fly over the isthmus of Darién than any other place in the world. There are no watchdog organisations or laws governing the clearing of the rain forest or to protect the indigenous people of this region. Unless the biting poverty of the indigenous tribes of whom 95% are in poverty and 86% living in extreme poverty is addressed, they will have no choice but to hunt and eat endangered species of wildlife and deplete the natural resources on which they and the earth's ecosystem depends.Many of our projects are urgently in need of funding to save this unique and complex ecosystem before it is too late.