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Click here for Jewelry from Nepal's human trafficking victims. Rescued largely from Kolkata, India after being taken from their villages in Nepal as young girls, this employment serves as a means for them to become independent women that can return home and lead good, stable lives.

In May of 2016 TheoEco completed its first year of operations and Phase 1 of its Nepal Project to assist, document, and conduct research in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Phase 2 is currently underway to complete the documentaries, assist those featured and further our research.For more click here.


TheoEco's Story

The TheoEco Institute is a non-profit headquartered in New Haven, CT, USA, with roots in Miami, Florida, and is a registered non-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) status.


TheoEco is concerned with documenting, assisting, and researching those entangled in environmental and economic predicaments. In so doing, the institute produces documentaries about, and backs, the causes it finds important and are within its means to assist. We are also very interested in how theological undercurrents further exacerbate the entanglements between mankind’s pursuits and the ecology they find themselves impacting.


Founded by Steve Richards and his daughter Bobbie Richards in 2015 TheoEco has focused on situations as varied as earthquake relief in Nepal and sea level rise in South Florida. Much of its resources are focused on the institute’s Nepal Project and research initiatives. 


Steve’s journey started as he tried to discern the role the Spirit plays in the world's economic activities, prompting him to pen the study Economics in the Gospels to see what Christ and the ancient Jews might offer on the subject. He is currently compiling its follow up, Economics in the New Testament, due out in 2018. He has studied theology and economics at Yale University and is a visiting professor at the National Theological College in Kathmandu, teaching his class remotely via equipment financed by TheoEco. Lastly, he is a businessman (see with an MBA from Babson College and undergraduate degree in Economics from University of Miami.


Closely involved in the institute is Bobbie Richards, who co-produces and directs the documentaries and is a director of the Institute. You will see her as interviewer, cameraperson, writer, recording engineer, and also heads up TheoEco's Garden of Nepal joint venture. She is currently pursuing her studies at New York University in New York City.


The institute was neither Steve nor Bobbie’s idea.  That stroke of uncommon believing belongs to the Very Reverend Andrew McGowan, Dean of  Berkeley Divinity School, The Episcopal Seminary at Yale.  


For a list of our Directors click here.

For more information please contact Steve Richards at:

Office: 475-238-6647

TheoEco's Mission

TheoEco seeks, in the most audacious ways practicable, to assist, document, and research those entangled in the interplay of economic, theological, and ecological issues, primarily in the USA, Himalayan regions, and areas with celebrated environmental importance. 

  • Document – To record what is going on in the areas TheoEco finds itself, and to tell stories from those places.
  • Assist – To help those that we meet along the way, increasingly with ventures that support TheoEco’s mission and causes.
  • Research – To help inform what is not obvious about how economics, the environment, and theologies are intertwined.

TheoEco's feature length documentary So Flo Floods is coming in 2018! For more click here.