Our Story

Legado offers a radical new approach for securing Thriving Futures for both people and the wild places they call home.

Legado’s global work today began in the mountains of Mozambique. In 2010, professional climber and social entrepreneur Majka Burhardt was sent a photo of a granite rock face in northern Mozambique. Majka’s curiosity about what was behind and beyond that rock face ultimately led to a May 2014 expedition with an international team of biologists, climbers, conservation workers, and filmmakers who collaborated in an exploration of Mozambique’s second highest peak, Mount Namuli. The expedition spent a month conducting cliffside scientific and conservation research and fieldwork, using rock climbing to access previously unexplored habitats.

The 2014 expedition and a 2011 reconnaissance expedition were the catalysts to develop Legado.

Because of our climbing roots, Legado began in the Vertical Last Mile — the world’s most threatened and biodiverse mountains, where we helped activate legacies with communities that encircle Mount Namuli, Mozambique, a key biodiversity area. Community members now have more secure land rights, a 225% increase in access to health care, greater market access for their products, and a vision for improved management of their mountain ecosystem.

Legado’s legacy roots grew out of our partnership with imagine1day, an Ethiopian organization. imagine1day has ignited Thriving Futures with more than 12,000 people, resulting in greater student learning outcomes, improved school performance, and growth in community-led programs ranging from sanitation to agriculture.

In 2021, Legado is expanding to Kenya and new sites about to be announced to apply, assess, and refine our model. Our ultimate goal is to replicate our evidence-based approach in high conservation value areas around the world to help people and their natural environments thrive together.


A world in which individual choices lead to a collective legacy of a thriving planet


Legado helps secure Thriving Futures for both people and the wild places they call home

Watch Namuli — the film

Legado began in the vertical last mile with a pioneering expedition combining climbing, science, and conservation on Mount Namuli. See the internationally acclaimed film about our unconventional climbing roots.

Photography Credit: Rob Frost (all)