Ahyayha Launches Funding Platform for Environmental Restoration and Education

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Serving small scale environmental restoration and education initiatives in Virginia, Ahyayha generates direct contributions to specific projects from outdoor and conservation enthusiasts.

Ahyayha, Inc. announces today the launch of its website platform for funding environmental restoration and education projects. Its micro-finance model serves relatively small scale projects and provides a third way to fund ecosystem restoration - engaging individuals, businesses and organizations to fund and complete tangible projects. Through http://www.ahyayha.com individuals contribute directly to projects that benefit their community or projects that align with their outdoor and conservation interests.

“Historically, ecosystem and environmental restoration have been funded by either government or philanthropic organizations, or a combination of the two. While these approaches are both effective and essential, especially for large scale projects, neither is particularly well-suited to funding smaller projects when needs are immediate and local in nature, and the costs of applying for grants can outweigh the costs of the project itself,” said Mike Collins, Director of Corporate Development for Ahyayha.

Aligning the mutual and compatible goals of citizens, landowners, local businesses, and organizations, Ahyayha creates a community circle of benefits for environmental restoration projects. Individuals contribute directly to projects, see the results of their contribution, and receive in-kind rewards from project and business sponsors. Projects provide benefits to each part of the community, while improving the natural local environment and more complex ecosystems at large.

Ahyayha’s first projects:

  • Providing funds for the Shenandoah National Park Trust’s “Teacher-Ranger-Teacher” program which sends local school teachers into the park for two summers. Teachers work with rangers to develop park educational programs and take their learning back to the classroom.
  • Supporting science students at Broadway High School in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to maintain stream water quality monitoring stations. Funds will help sustain the monitoring program by providing money for travel and supplies.
  • Funding the restoration of a 30 acre field and meadow at the Third Winchester Civil War Battlefield site. On land preserved by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation, funds will be used to clear invasive species and restore land that is friendly for quail, songbirds and other wildlife.

Learn more about and support these projects by visiting http://www.ahyayha.com.

About Ahyayha:
Founded in 2011, Ahyayha was one of the first Virginia Stock Corporations chartered under the Commonwealth’s new Benefit Corporation statute. A Benefit Corporation requires shareholders to consider environmental and social issues, in addition to financial ones, when forming company policies and directives. Visit Ahyayha on the web at ahyayha.com and join its community at facebook.com/ahyayha.

Partners and Sponsors:

Shenandoah National Park Trust, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (Winchester, VA), The Light Well Tavern (Orange, VA), C&O Restaurant (Charlottesville, VA), Beggars Banquet (Orange, VA), Mossy Creek Fly Fishing (Harrisonburg, VA), Speckled Trout B&B (Waynesboro, VA), Inn at Westwood B&B (Orange, VA).

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Teacher Ranger Teacher in Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows area