The Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation was established in 1995 as a continuation of the long-lasting legacy of Ecuadorian ex – president Galo Plaza. It is a non-governmental, non-profit agency that sponsors projects conceived to improve overall living standards of the community of Zuleta and outlying areas within the province of Imbabura. It is currently administered by staff members of Hacienda Zuleta.
Its prime mission is to sponsor, develop and carry out endeavours that benefit the quality of life of the inhabitants of the region through education, conservation and socioeconomic development programs. The foundation has gained recognition thanks to its promotional work for the region’s weaving industry, one of the most important craftworks in the country and an important piece of Ecuador’s culture. The foundation also runs the Andean Condor Huasi Project, which seeks to rescue, reproduce and reintroduce the endangered Andean Condor of Ecuador, the country’s most emblematic bird species.
Today, the foundation has three major objectives:
1. Protect and care for the environment
2. Improve education amongst the inhabitants of the community