Africa Projects

Fostering Community and Health Education Through Sports in South Africa

Themes: Medicine & Public Health, Education, Community Development

Related GLA Programs: South Africa: Global Health Initiative

Grant Recipient: Sportstec International Development Agency

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.

Donations go to sporting equipment replacement and upkeep (such as soccer nets and balls, uniforms, and outreach) and to Sportstec’s after school program, helping to provide homework help, guest speakers, and life skills materials such as sanitary pads and HIV testing.


Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders in South Africa

Themes: Education, Community Development

Related GLA Programs: South Africa: Social Change Project

Grant Recipient: African Leadership Academy

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. ALA believes that to create lasting change in Africa, it is necessary to make investments to treat causes and not just the symptoms of problems – and that the greatest root cause of Africa’s challenges is an undersupply of ethical leadership.

ALA seeks out youth with exceptional potential, closing the opportunity gap and developing their skills in a two-year residential program. ALA connects graduates to opportunities such as career and postgraduate opportunities that enable students to lead change in Africa’s public, private, and social sectors.

Donations to ALA contribute to building the next generation of leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges and meet the needs of a changing continent and the demands of its citizens.

Providing Housing & Hope for Ghanaian Children in Need

Themes: Children & Community Development

Related GLA Program: Ghana: Children of Africa™ Flagship

Grant Recipient: Father’s House Ghana

Father’s House Ghana was founded by Jeff Miller and Matt Garrett. The two friends were inspired to create Father’s House after an eye-opening visit to Ghana where they witnessed children as young as 4 being forced into modern day slavery, by coercion or under the false promise of “learning a trade.”

Miller and Garrett were determined to do something and created Father’s House Ghana, which now functions as a community outreach center and long-term holistic care facility for children rescued from slavery and exploitation.

Supporting Sanitation & Community Health in Ghana

Themes: Public Health, Education

Related GLA Program: Ghana: Building Healthy Villages™

Grant Recipient: Dream Big 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. This, combined with efforts in education and athletics, serves as a multifaceted approach to supporting the health and well-being of Dzita-Agbladomi and surrounding communities.

Asia Projects

Contributing to Community Needs and Sustainability in Fiji

Themes: Community Development, Environmental Conservation

Related GLA Program: Fiji: Empowering Island Communities™

Grant Recipient: Vinaka 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.

Increasing Habitat For Asian Elephants in Thailand

Themes: Animal Conservation

Related GLA Programs: Thailand: Elephants & Conservation Expedition™, Thailand: Elephant Sanctuary Project™

Grant Recipient: Elephant Valley Thailand

Elephant Valley is an organization that began with the creation of an almost 7,000-acre elephant sanctuary in Cambodia over a decade ago and focuses on elephant conservation, rehabilitation, and habitat reforestation in South East Asia.

Currently, EVT is working to expand elephant habitat in Thailand–no easy feat, as healthy elephants require a LOT of space! Projects include removing refuse, soil rehabilitation, reforestation, and the introduction of the specific flora that elephants need in their environment including wild grasses, banana trees, and bamboo groves.




Providing Bali’s Children with Education and a Sustainable Home

Themes: Children's Issues, Education, Community Development

Related GLA Program: Bali: Land of Discovery™

Grant Recipient: Narayan Seva Children’s Home

An organization run solely on donations and tireless volunteer energy, Narayan Seva was founded in 2004 as a school for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, Narayan Seva continues to operate, now as a combined education center and children’s home, housing and educating over 85 children and providing them with food, clothing, shelter and healthcare.

Many Balinese families survive on a low income of only $15 a month, preventing them from being able to provide these basics. Narayan Seva also infuses the children’s lives with ways to enhance personal development and practice spiritual well-being, through meditation, yoga practice, leading sustainable lifestyles and participating in the Home’s community activities.

Latin America Projects

Building Sustainable, Healthy Communities in the Dominican Republic

Themes: Public Health, Environmental Conservation

Related GLA Programs: Dominican Republic: Building a Sustainable World™Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™, Dominican Republic: International Development Initiative, Dominican Republic: Sports Service Adventure, Dominican Republic: Caribbean Service Adventure, Dominican Republic: Spring Break Service Adventure

Grant Recipient: 7 Elements

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. In addition to this, 7E works to provide essential vitamins and access to health care to these marginalized communities.

Empowering Favela Communities in Brazil

Themes: Education, Community Development

Related GLA Programs: Brazil: Rio & Amazon Expedition

Grant Recipient: Community in Action

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.

Donations support initiatives in education, youth development, environmental projects, women’s empowerment, youth programming and sports, and manual labor support.

Promoting Literacy and Student Success at Belize’s Primary Schools

Themes: Education, Community Development

Related GLA Program: Belize: The Initiative for Children

Grant Recipient: Global Service Partnerships Foundation

Basic school supplies and required supplementary fees to send children to school are financially out of the reach of most Belizean families. Global Service Partnerships Foundation (GSP) is an organization based in Belize that works directly with school principals, educators, families and village leaders to improve access to education. GSP strives to sustainably address challenges in learning and literacy, both inside and outside the classroom.

Protecting Sea Turtles and Preserving the Ecosystems they Depend On

Themes: Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Related GLA Programs: Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure

Grant Recipient: Asociación Vida Verdiazul (AVIVE)

From 2005 to 2010, the World Wildlife Fund developed el Proyecto de Conservación de Baulas del Pacífico (CBP) the Project for Conservation of the Pacific Leatherback Turtles at Junquillal Beach in Costa Rica to save the critically endangered Pacific leatherback who use Junquillal Beach as its nesting ground. In October of 2010 AVIVE was formed as a community-based organization to continue the work of the CBP and ensure optimal conditions for turtle nesting through active conservation with community support. The organization now protects all local species of sea turtles and works to conserve the local ecosystem and the welfare of the Junquillal community.

Protecting Sea Turtles in Costa Rica & Providing a Sustainable Income Alternative for the Local Community

Themes: Animal & Wildlife Conservation

Related GLA Programs: Costa Rica: The Spring Break Sea Turtle Initiative™, Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Initiative™

Grant Recipient: Asociación Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina (ASTOP)

Asociacion Salvemos las Tortugas de Parismina is a community run non profit based in Parismina, Costa Rica. ASTOP is a conservation organization dedicated to protecting sea turtles and their eggs from poaching. Four different species of sea turtles (green, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead) nest on the beaches of Parismina, all are listed as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. ASTOP was formed in April of 2001 by local residents in conjunction with the Costa Rica Coast Guard.

Restoring the Nandamojo River Basin Ecosystem in Costa Rica

Themes: Environmental Conservation

Related GLA Programs: Costa Rica: Beachside Service Adventure, Costa Rica: The Initiative for Children™ Flagship

Grant Recipient: Restoring Our Watershed

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 two primary objectives of ROW’s programs are ecosystem revitalization, and strengthening the local food system.

Targeted reforestation and erosion control are efforts that work to enhance the watershed’s natural ecosystem, which in turn, leads to viable farmland and the opportunity for sustainable living.

Shifting to Ecological Farming in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest

Themes: Community Development, Environmental Conservation

Related GLA Program: Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure

Grant Recipient: Green Communities

Transitioning small coffee farms from conventional to ecological production leads to mitigation of local health issues, protection of the environment and long-term economic benefits to growers and their communities. Ecological farms focus on maintaining a harmonious relationship between food production and the environment.

Supporting Health Through Nutrition & Sanitation in Haiti

Themes: Public Health

Related GLA Programs: Haiti: Global Health Initiative™

Grant Recipient: 7 Elements

Haiti’s vibrant culture and warm Caribbean waters are second to none; however, the country remains best known as one of the most economically impoverished places in the West. Government services such as education and health care are simply not accessible to many Haitians.

7 Elements is working to improve conditions in these communities through the implementation of sanitation infrastructure, including clean water delivery and latrines; vitamin distribution and malnutrition outreach programs are also in place, as volunteers supply children and expectant mothers with nutritional supplements crucial to a healthy life.



Using Education to Improve the Lives of Underprivileged Communities in the Andean Highlands of Peru

Themes: Children & Education

Related GLA Programs: Peru: Children of the Andes™

Grant Recipient: Helping Hands Cusco

Helping Hands Cusco was founded in 2005 by Mario Diaz and his wife Rosa Guitierrez. Mario, who is a grammar and literature teacher of both English and Spanish, grew up in an extremely poor family in Cusco, Peru. Despite the sad circumstances that shaped most of his childhood, Mario noticed a shift in his life when his father completed his advanced degree. Because his father had to work full time to support his large family, it took Mario’s dad 12 years to graduate from college.

However, he succeeded and became first professional in the Diaz family, thereby providing the means for Mario and his siblings to pursue an education. Mario saw first hand how education can provide opportunities and end the cycle of poverty, thus motivating him to start Helping Hands with the main goal of providing a healthy school climate, where underprivileged children can have qualitative education but also where they can learn about values, group work and individual development.