Relief and Rebuilding in a Global Community

Founded by a former Whitefish resident, The Blue Atlas Project helps provide sustainable food systems and aid to disaster-stricken areas

Five years ago, when Kali Kirkendall launched her nonprofit organization The Blue Atlas Project, her aim was to sustainably support skilled artisans and small businesses from across the globe by creating a system to pay them fair wages and showcase their wares to a worldwide audience.

At the time, Kirkendall, a globetrotting former Whitefish resident, was living in Nepal as the country reeled from the devastating 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured or displaced tens of thousands more. Seeking a way to meet both the immediate needs of disaster-stricken areas through humanitarian aid…