The Human Salmon Foundation is so named because the human life cycle resembles the upstream journey of a salmon. The salmon life cycle starts with an egg, laid in a redd and develops through stages that are referred to as alevin, parr, smolt and finally the mature salmon when it returns upstream to its birthplace to spawn.
These stages resemble the stages of the human life cycle as it develops from an embryo to a mature person, a process that might include overcoming several obstacles. The salmon’s journey also emphasizes the importance of a caring environment and a sound, values-based education during the early years of human life.
- REDD PROGRAM for pregnant mothers: to reduce maternal mortality
- ALEVIN PROGRAM for 0-5 year old children: to improve infant nutrition and reduce the infant mortality rate
- PARR PROGRAM for 5-12 year old children: to ensure completed primary education
- SMOLT PROGRAM for 13-18 year old children: to ensure completed secondary education
- SALMON MIGRATION PROGRAM: to provide young adults opportunities to become skilled workers
- SALMON LIFE CYCLE PROGRAM: to encourage communities to take care of one another and the environment
- NUTRIENT CYCLE PROGRAM: to develop children’s cultural heritage