In communities where residents spend 90% of their income on food, aquaponic food production systems provide a means for producing large amounts of organic food, at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of traditional farming. Local bateys also suffer from a severe lack of clean drinking water, so providing access to clean water filters through community distribution can dramatically improve public health and sanitation.
Aashray Care Home
Related Projects: Improving Lives of Orphaned Children in India
The Aashray Care Home was established in 2006 for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Their mission is to advocate for social inclusion of HIV infected and affected children and their participation in all major national flagship programs.
Currently, Aashray houses 60 children between the ages of 5 and 18. This initiative is supported by dedicated staff members and several individual volunteers and organizations. Aashray provides counseling to both children and family members, supplemental education, life skills, and support and guidance toward responsible and independent adulthood.
African Leadership Academy
Related Projects: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders in South Africa
African Leadership Academy (ALA) is a pan-African high school in Johannesburg, South Africa that seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges through ethical leadership.
Related Projects: Supporting Sacred Valley Indigenous Communities
Amistad Sagrada is a small NGO that has served the village of Pisaq, Peru for the past decade. Their mission? To serve the indigenous communities in the Sacred Valley by providing support in the areas of cultural renovation, enhanced health, self esteem, opportunity, and positive living. Amistad Sagrada supports three schools, a weaving cooperative, and projects in mountain communities. Donations go toward projects that benefit children and youth of the indigenous mountain community of Pampallacta; specifically, to the completion the round adobe schoolhouse that was begun by two groups of GLA volunteers in the summer of 2019.
Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP)
Asociacion Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP) is a grassroots non profit located in Parisima, Costa Rica dedicated to protecting sea turtles and their eggs. By employing former poachers and promoting ecotourism, ASTOP supports the sustainable development and local economy of Parismina, a village of about 400 people.
Asociación Vida Verdiazul (AVIVE)
Related Projects: Protecting Sea Turtles and Preserving the Ecosystems they Depend On
Asociación Vida Verdiazul (AVIVE) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit whose goal is to ensure the conservation of threatened ecosystems and contribute to the well-being of the communities that depend on them. Officially formed in 2010, this group of passionate environmentalists has been working independently since 2001 to conserve sea turtles and the Nandamojo River Basin. AVIVE achieves its goals through simple, concrete actions such as, nightly beach patrols, operation of a turtle hatchery, replanting native tree species in coastal areas, and educating local youth on the importance of conservation.
Related Projects: Reducing Domestic Violence in Andean Communities
Chimpay is an organization that aims reduce the prevalence of domestic violence in the high Andean communities in the province of Urubamba, where indigenous communities are largely isolated from the rest of the world. domestic violence is so ingrained in cultural norms
Donations support materials for Chimpay’s school and community outreach programs, which aim to denormalize violence and break the cycle by providing education to elementary school students and through other community organizations. They will also go toward the construction of two women’s shelters, which they hope to construct by 2021.
Community in Action
Related Projects: Empowering Favela Communities in Brazil
Community in Action was founded in 2004 with the aim of exacting long-term change sustainably from the ground up in Rio de Jainero’s largest favela (shanty town) — today, they support several projects across seven favelas focusing on areas ranging from computer training to social outreach programs to urban gardening.
Dream Big Ghana
Related Projects: Supporting Sanitation & Community Health in Ghana
Building eco compost toilets for use in rural fishing communities is an effort whose benefit to local health is twofold: Beyond helping to improve sanitation, they also generate a high quality fertilizer that enhances crop yields.
Father’s House Ghana
Related Projects: Providing Housing & Hope for Ghanaian Children in Need
Located on seven acres of oceanfront land in the Village of Tegbi, Father’s House functions as a community outreach center and long-term holistic care facility for Ghanaian children rescued from slavery and exploitation. With 15 full-time residents, including eight boys who were rescued from slavery in 2009, Father’s House has become a pillar of the local community and a sanctuary for children in need.
Global Service Partnerships Foundation
Related Projects: Promoting Literacy and Student Success at Belize’s Primary Schools
The GSP Foundation underscores that sustainability is at the core of their efforts to provide greater access to educational opportunities for children in Belize. GSP strives to address the roots of educational challenges, including learning and literacy both inside and outside the classroom, and cultivate relationships directly with school and village leaders.
Related Projects: Shifting to Ecological Farming in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest
Transitioning small coffee farms from conventional to organic production leads to mitigation of local health issues, protection of the environment and long-term economic benefits to growers and their communities.
Helping Hands Cusco
Helping Hands Cusco is a Peruvian non profit that works to improve the standard of living for underprivileged children, families and community members of poor areas in Cusco. The main focus on Helping Hands is education and the organization founded and runs the San Gabriel School serving 120 children at no cost to them or their families. In addition, Helping Hands focuses on empowerment, community building and preserving Andean traditions. Helping Hands Cusco hopes that each child and each member of the community may feel supported, accepted and connected, by mutual helping hands.
Mother’s Heritage International
Related Projects: Empowering Women in Ghanaian Communities
This organization is in its early stages of development, having been co-founded in 2017 by a summer Global Leadership Adventures staff and our local partner when they saw a need in the community.
Mother’s Heritage International is entirely community based and serves to help rescue, educate and support girls and women in Ghana through community education and helping to rescue and provide refuge for trafficked girls. While the organization is just getting off the ground, they have successfully completed three medical missions, and hosted their volunteer who has helped us reach out and educate other young women. Currently, donations go toward the cost of buying land, materials, and the other needs to create a home for the girls we would like to rescue from Lake Volta.
Narayan Seva Children’s Home
Related Projects: Providing Bali’s Children with Education and a Sustainable Home
Many Balinese families survive on limited earnings of only $15 a month, which prevents them from being able to provide many basic necessities. Narayan Seva was founded in 2004 as a school for Balinese children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, Narayan Seva operates a combined education center and children’s home, housing and educating over 85 children and providing them with food, clothing, shelter and healthcare.
Restoring Our Watershed
Related Projects: Restoring the Nandamojo River Basin Ecosystem in Costa Rica
Restoring Our Watershed (ROW) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and revitalize the Nandamojo Watershed, a 30,000-acre river basin on the western coast of Costa Rica’s Guanacaste province. The primary objectives of ROW’s programs are ecosystem revitalization, and strengthening the local food system, which are achieved by providing local families with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and adapt to the challenges of climate change.
Sportstec International Development Agency
Related Projects: Fostering Community and Health Education Through Sports in South Africa
Sportstec operates with the mission of bringing about social change through sports. Founded in 2006, Sportstec has partnered with governmental and private organizations alike (including Nike and Unicef) to promote using sport as a vehicle to address positive youth development, physical education, sportsmanship, life skills, and coach/teacher education, as well as assist with the systemic growth of sport development structures around South Africa.
Related Projects: Contributing to Community Needs and Sustainability in Fiji
Securing a fresh water supply for all 27 villages in this region is a goal achievable only through sustainable development and local education. Projects vary from building water catchment systems to introducing drought-resistant crops and implementing local water management committees.