Who we are

Pa’Arriba Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to identify and implement innovative prevention and treatment methodologies, community-based support interventions and networked solutions that reduce violence in the home, school and society at large that can be replicated at a large scale and across geographical boundaries.

Founded originally by the directors of two Ecuadorian grass-roots organizations that had developed unique methodologies for denormalizing violence in their own society, Pa’Arriba has now taken on a life of its own. In Ecuador, we have created a local affiliate, Fundación Pa’Arriba Ecuador, which strengthens our long-standing work in that country and allows us to refine our concepts and learn how best to expand our programs there. In the medium term, we hope to broaden the geographic scope of our work to the US as well as throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

If we won’t change for us, let’s change for them


To execute social projects and create spaces for healthy dialogue within Spanish-speaking communities in order to form resilient individuals with healthy communications who can then forge communities of peace.


To reduce the levels of violence in Spanish-speaking societies by creating public-private-community alliances to strengthen respect for human rights.

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Why “Pa’Arriba”?


A well-known phrase from Latin American Spanish whose rolled “r’s” sing out a powerful call to action: Onwards and upwards!


An inspiring way to say that we are ready to break the destructive cycle of violence, to establish boundaries.


A call to set out on a healing path with tools and community that accompany us on the journey of positive transformation.


A destination and a belief that we can co-create the world of peace, respect and abundance we want to live in!

Our Values


We are an organization that believes in the search for the common good through personal empowerment and links with society.


We are an organization that performs every action with integrity, without seeking its own benefit.


We are an organization characterized by welcoming and accepting all people without judging; without looking at their socioeconomic status, race, sexual preference, religion, or political leanings.


We are an organization that carries out its processes with professionalism to reflect respect both towards our internal clients and towards our external clients who are the community we value and serve


We are an organization that seeks to generate systemic change for the benefit of the population


We are an organization that works ethically in favor of society to reduce violence in communities.

Agenda 2030: Sustainable Development Goals

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Toda una Vida: 2017-2021 National Development Plan

Ecuador’s “Toda una Vida: 2017-2021 National Development Plan” is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations and constitutes a guide for all policies, programs and public projects in the country. Fundación Pa’Arriba Ecuador offers its support to the Ecuadorian State and people under these specific guidelines.

Objective 1: Guarantee a dignified life with equal opportunities for all people.

Objective 2: Affirm interculturality and plurinationality, revaluing diverse identities

Objective 7: Encourage a participatory society, with a State close to the service of the citizens.

Objective 8: Promote transparency and co-responsibility for a new social ethic

Objective 9: Guarantee sovereignty and peace, and strategically position the country in the region and the world

U.S. Team

We are a multi-cultural, geographically diverse team working together to bring the best of violence prevention methodologies to the US, Ecuador and the Spanish-speaking world.

Fundación Pa’ Arriba Ecuador

For more information about our chapter in Ecuador