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.
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.
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.
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.
Elephant Valley Thailand
Related Projects: Increasing Habitat For Asian Elephants in Thailand
Elephant Valley’s team of staff have been working in Cambodia and Thailand for more than twelve years to give elephants a better future. With the completion of an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, they are now working toward their mission of getting rehabilitated elephants back to living in the wild by first rehabilitating the land.
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.
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.
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.