Walking Palms Global Initiative is a nonprofit that was founded in 2016, after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Ecuador. The organization is located in the quaint beach town of Bahia de Caraquez, which was deeply affected by this disaster. Walking Palms arose in the interest of bringing down doctors, nurses, and volunteers from around the world to form medical brigades that would provided relief to over 6,000 patients affected by the 2016 earthquake. In doing this work the organization realized recovery efforts needed to be implemented to create sustainable community development.
Today, our organization is composed of three intertwining parts, science & research, preventative medicine, and mental health & wellbeing. We are a global health organization that uses Systems Thinking and One Health approaches to help our communities recover. As an interdisciplinary team, we aim to promote and offer holistic, preventative healthcare and education to those affected by the 2016 earthquake. All of our work is community driven and based on data-backed research.