The Junglebirds Foundation

The Junglebirds Foundation (Stichting Junglebirds) is a Dutch Foundation with the mission to stimulate the transition to a fair and sustainable future.

Our first project Lots of Lesvos was initiated when our founder Aranka van der Pol first visited the island of Lesbos in the winter of 2015. The situation with the boat refugees coming from Turkey was dramatic and first aid was needed.

“When I came back to Amsterdam I couldn’t let go. Frequently I went back to helping people by giving them warm cloth and food. But structurally nothing changed and warm cloth was needed again and again. At the same time, the people were getting depressed; passive, and frustrated by their hopeless situation and dependency on others. I felt determined to make a structural change. A change that is both sustainable and empowering for everyone involved. A change that offers opportunity, dares to challenge, and inspires others.”

Together with a befriended entrepreneur on the island Aranka came up with the idea of importing high-quality olive oil; honey and salt & herbs and selling it in the Netherlands under the label Lots of Lesvos. We paid locals a fair price for their products and with its profits, we supported newcomers on the island. By doing so we aimed to change the way we ‘give aid’ and inspire companies and foundations to start similar projects that are economically, socially, and ecologically sustainable.

In July 2020 we transferred Lots of Lesvos to The Movement On The Ground Foundation who have a fixed presence on the island of Lesvos for many years. We are confident they will take Lots of Lesvos to the next level and create greater impact.

Currently Junglebirds is supporting the Black Jaguar Foundation. The Black Jaguar Foundation is planting indigenous trees on a massive scale to help realise the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor in order to improve the lives of each of us and of all future generations on our planet.