To serve the communities we work in with respect, humility, compassion, empathy, and competence.
To create botanically based healthcare models for medically and economically underserved communities through education and integrative community healthcare clinics.
To preserve, catalog and expand medicinal plant information of herbs in the communities that we serve, including their habitats, their horticulture, and their use.
To nurture new paradigms of healing that allow for a fully integrative model of healthcare.
To provide this model of medical assistance in remote, post-disaster and underserved urban environments, locally and globally, that models a truly self-sustainable model including epidemiological sources, self-sustainable nutrition, cultural integration and logistical support.
To provide free community education on topics of sustainability.
To work synergistically with other community organizations, locally and nationally, for the betterment of the communities we serve.
We are grateful to have relationships all over San Antonio, but the majority of our work is concentrated in three specific areas: the near east side including the Eastside Promise Neighborhood, Denver Heights, and Jefferson Heights; the west side including Avenida Guadalupe, Prospect Hill, Los Jardines, and Loma Vista; and the south side including the Hot Wells, Thelka, and Highland Park. We are active in the communities we serve, approaching issues with compassion, understanding, and knowledge. We are constantly seeking out resources, establishing community relationships, and furthering the education of our team members in order to better serve the communities we work in. These communities are full of families, working hard to ensure a life for their families that is safe, happy, and healthy. Yanawana offers free botanically integrative healthcare, fosters a spirit of self-sustainability, and reintroduces skills that help these communities achieve their goals.
Yanawana has a diverse membership coming from a variety of ethnic, professional, and educational backgrounds. Members include clinical and bioregional herbalists, doulas, bodyworkers, physician assistants, former military medics, permaculturists, botanists, engineers, and educators. Team members have actively worked in these communities for years at a grassroots level beside community members with respect, compassion, and empathy, actively working to deconstruct limiting societal constructs and improve our communities.
Each part of our programming is a vital piece of the puzzle that makes up our organizational structure and program. Modeled after Special Forces Medic Units, our structure allows us to efficiently work as a team to accomplish our goals, as well as be self-sustainable in remote clinical and post-disaster environments. The foundation of our work though comes from our connection to the land and its people and the center of that connection is our work with the plants.
Yanawana measures the progress of our programs through input from program participants and the nonprofits we partner with. We are constantly evaluating our programs, talking with community members about how we can better improve our programs, and assessing current community needs. We keep the lines of communication between us and the communities we serve open, making certain that we are accessible to receive their input. Our continued growth and the requests we receive from the community to offer our programs are indicators of our progress and our successes.
Free botanical healthcare clinics to communities in Nicaragua, Mexico, West Virginia, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.
We've brought off-grid clean water solutions to communities in Nicaragua, West Virginia, and Arizona.
We've provided post-disaster relief to communities affected by Hurricane Harvey
We have partnerships with multiple organizations in San Antonio, Texas in which we provide free education on topics of sustainability and healthcare. Topics include permaculture, nutrition, botanical medicine making, and water purification techniques. We hold these classes and workshops for folks of all ages, with classes adapted especially for youth and elders.
In 2019 Yanawana has plans to expand its offerings. Some of our planned projects are:
Free weekly community botanical healthcare clinic at our headquarters
Free mobile healthcare clinics
Family healthcare services
Home healthcare services
Family Farm Food Project
Indigenous Intern Program