EST. 2021

Mountain Seed Foundation

A direct and longterm response to the growing number of young people affected by war and conflicts in their home countries

The images of war in Ukraine have thrust us back to the Great War, where pictures of innocent children and civilians suffering are burned into our hearts and minds. While our current mission is to provide shelter, clothing and food: our ultimate goal remains to provide healing, resilience, and professional development opportunities for Ukraine’s affected children. 100% of PayPal donations go to Ukrainian families.
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Children caught in the crossfire

Impact of war on children in Ukraine

Founder, Nathan Schmidt, appeared on CBS News to share the experience of our team on the ground and an extensive support network in getting immediate help to those that are fleeing the conflict. We are working with partners inside Ukraine and in neighboring European countries to assist refugees.

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The Mission of Mountain Seed Foundation is to empower youth to overcome challenges associated with growing up in conflict zones through experiential outdoor learning and therapy, leadership building, scholarship, and long term investment in their professional lives to enable children to create their best future.

Immediate Refugee Housing

One such project includes renting a hotel in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine for refugee children and their families. At a cost of USD 700 per day, 15 families are given a home and fed. 

We provide them with professional care and the healing that comes from being safeguarded from these warzones. This is just one of our projects and the need is increasing daily.

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Long Term Outdoor Healing Programs

Our approach is to empower youth to make positive, sustained changes in their lives through outdoor experiential programs focused on healing souls, building self-confidence, and investing in their chosen futures. 

Through their active participation in mountaineering retreats and other outdoor programs of the foundation, youth are assisted by professional therapists and leadership coaches to find and grow into their true selves.


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