Yumi Ortiz (also known as Lyudmila Vallarino) comes from the region of Guna Yala, in the Caribbean coast of Panama. Yumi is a student of Professional and Educational Orientation in the University of Panama (she will complete her last year of her studies in 2021). Since she was very young, she has always spent her holidays in the region of Guna, surrounded by forests and oceans, where she volunteered in SINAPROC (Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil).
From 2019 to 2021, she worked in the team of MarAlliance as assistant in the environment education and awareness program, where she worked with community members, including children and youngsters, in improving the ecosystem and supported by the teachers’ union. Currently, she is an active member of the Center of Environmental and Human Development (CENDAH).