In ancient mythology, Gaia is the goddess of the Earth – the Greek version of “Mother Nature”. The late 20th century Gaia hypothesis by James E. Lovelock promotes the idea of the Earth as a single living organism. Taking that theory even further – what if the planet does not only integrate its biosphere and physical components into one complex system of biochemical interactions? What if, in fact, the consciousness of all living creatures on Earth is actually one holistic spirit?
At GAIA Insights, we believe giving back to those in need makes the world a better place for all of us, one small step at a time. This is why we dedicate a percentage of our annual revenue to a cause we strongly believe in.
While our current focus is Gen Y, we also recognize that the next generation to follow is already waiting in the wings, ready to step out into the spotlight when their time comes. At GAIA Insights, we are convinced that all children on this planet deserve a chance to shine and to live up to the potential with which they are born. Unfortunately, not all children grow up in conditions or environments which nurture and foster their development. Therefore, we support two exceptional organizations that care for children in need.
Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organizations in the world. They work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2013, Plan reached 78 million children in 90,229 communities. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
GAIA Insights founder Martina Mangelsdorf personally supports Plan International for over 20 years. After sponsoring children in India and Ecuador, she now fosters a boy in Bolivia. Martina has worked as a translator for Plan International in an honorary capacity for several years and attended Plan offices to personally assess their work. In 2005 and 2012, Martina visited her foster child Santiago in Ecuador – two unforgettable encounters that solidified her personal commitment to Plan International and its mission.
SOS Children’s Villages is active in 134 countries and territories, supporting over two million beneficiaries in more than 500 villages. It is the vision of this organization that every child grows up in a supportive and protective family environment with love, respect and security. Their work is to make that a reality by providing stable family relationships and child-friendly homes.
Apart from family based care, SOS Children’s Villages also sponsors medical centers, community support programs, schools, kindergartens and vocational training centers for handicapped and non-handicapped children and young adults. Some 59,000 children have grown up in SOS Children’s Villages around the world. Most of them were supported and accompanied from their early childhood to adulthood and are now leading independent lives.
At GAIA Insights, we support the idea that children need a family to grow up happy and healthy. An African saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Believing in the value of community, we are proud to cheer for the SOS Children’s Villages around the world.
GAIA Insights founder Martina Mangelsdorf and her foster child Santiago in Ecuador (2005)
Martina on "Giving Back" (click on PLAY)