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.
Mountain Seed Foundation was established in 2021. Our aim is to help children and their families caught in the war-zones of Europe, particularly in Ukraine. As a veteran-led foundation, we understand the issues and struggles these youths will face each day, as well as the longterm effects of the trauma they have endured. We believe nature provides healing and peace, which is the basis for our mountain-based camps.
These camps will provide an atmosphere carefully designed to heal through art, therapy, skill-building, and mentoring from a team of professionals who volunteer their time. The Mountain Seed team will focus on these children and their families longterm to ensure lasting healing and a strong network to help with the transition into adulthood. Mountain Seed aims to be a lasting partner with these kids to ensure they have the brightest future possible.
The camps will run for 2-3 weeks each summer, but Mountain Seed will continue to invest in these children and their families by partnering with a wide range of local, established NGOs with scholarship and career opportunities that will deepen each youth’s ability to climb out of chaos and achieve their dreams.
We survive on private and corporate donations and strive to partner with like-minded companies who share our belief in the powers of community and nature to heal and grow.
Mountain Seed Foundation (MSF) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides healing to children and families from war-torn countries. We accomplish this through a variety of experiential programs to include: mountain-based healing programs, art, and outdoor therapy.
We believe in the healing power of nature; especially powerful when combined with tailored therapy in the outdoor space.
MSF was founded by Nathan Schmidt, a U.S. Marine who served in many war-torn countries during his career. Through his own experience with PTSD and its impacts on his family, he grew to recognize the importance of mental health support, and found a powerful way to cope and heal through experiences in nature, most notably in mountaineering.
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Mountain Seed Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EIN 87-1017090. Donations are tax deductible.