The Leda Settlement is in Paraguay on land that is larger than New York City. While bordering the Paraguay River, the land stretches to the outskirts of the Pantanal and Chaco regions. A short distance across the river from the settlement is the nation of Brazil, while a two-hour boat ride north brings you to the border of Bolivia. This sparsely populated area provides the habitat for many of the world’s birds, mammals, fish and insects, and maintaining nature’s balance is something the pioneers of the Leda Settlement value.
While once being known as a “forsaken land”, nearly two decades ago teams of Japanese men ventured to Puerta Leda in hopes of turning the land into a “Garden of Eden.” These pioneers had a strong spiritual commitment and lived and worked to create a place where cooperation continues to be the norm, healthy lifestyles abound and new technology and traditional insights blend and become instruments to help eradicate hunger.
The settlement has worked and experimented with ways to accomplish its goals of sustainable development while maintaining economic feasibility. The pursuit of that goal has led to advances in the fields of aquaculture, agriculture, global information sharing and cross-cultural cooperation. While still in its early stages, the Leda Settlement strives to reach out to partners in different regions of the world that share its ideals and are ready to implement them.
We are fortunate to live in an area where knowledge and skills can be made accessible to people in very remote regions. The oft-neglected Chaco region has in too many instances been ignored and its people abused in part because they have not shared in the blessing that comes with the “Information Age.” The Leda Settlement desires to create a research center focused on aquaculture and agriculture. The settlement also is seeking to create a haven for artists of all types who want to use their time being close to nature as an opportunity to create, paint, write and record.
The First Peoples of the region are among the poorest in the nation. The Leda Settlement has worked with village leaders to construct schools, support teachers, provide training and encourage cultural exchange. To move forward, we need to inherit from the past. Together we will assuredly give birth to the transformation that we long for.