AirTerra is an innovative organization committed to poverty reduction in the majority world.
Today over 600 million families are living on a yearly income of less than $1000 and the majority of them are cooking over an open fire. These people face the problems of food insecurity every day. They want to generate increased income and send their children to school. They want clean water. They seek health care and adequate housing. Yet the developed world’s addiction to oil and coal has negatively impacted their world through global warming caused by increasing green house gases and CO2 emissions.
Airterra is committed to making a difference. Through the distribution of hundreds of thousands of biochar-producing cooking stoves, we will come alongside rural and semi-rural families in Asia, Africa and Latin America in very practical ways.
In 2007 All For Humanity (AFH) cofounder Rhonda DeJong went on a life changing journey to volunteer and stay at an orphanage in Ghana, a trip that became the catalyst in the formation of this registered charity. AFH is a child-focused grassroots organization that has worked in both Ghana and Colombia. We continue to work in Ghana where we raise money and supplies to provide clean drinking water, sanitary living conditions and access to healthcare & education for children and their families.
We are an officially recognized NGO (non-governmental organization) as granted by the Department of Social Welfare in Ghana. Our approach is entirely grass roots and hands on, allowing us the benefit of seeing firsthand the amazing results of our actions, as well as ensuring that the money we raise goes directly to the children and families we are helping. In Colombia our projects commit to delivering computers, software and educational supplies to special needs children.
Artistri Sud is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 in Montreal to support women’s empowerment around the world. By developing their capacity, we help women create sustainable livelihoods for themselves. Greater financial autonomy and the ability to generate their own income empowers them to exert a positive influence in their families and their communities.
We work with groups in Asia, Africa and Latin America. We have supported artisans, entrepreneurs and small producers in Cambodia, India, Mali, Niger, Peru and Bolivia. In 2012, we are working with a group of women in Zimbabwe as well as two cooperatives in Bolivia.
Atzin is a non-profit humanitarian organization registered in Mexico, with sister associations in Canada and USA. Atzin assists rural people, particularly indigenous women, to attain better life opportunities, stronger cultural wellbeing, and greater self-sufficiency with more peaceful governance.
Starting in 1997 and emerging gradually in response to community needs, Atzin programs cut across four integrated sectors: Health and Healing; Income Generation for Women; Community Education and Literacy; and Environment, Water and Sanitation. The programs are based on principles of social participation; investigation with action; and environmental and economic sustainability.
At Bicycles For Humanity we provide a bike recycling service to the Calgary area. We take the bikes and get them in the hands of people who need them in Calgary, Uganda and Mexico. In these countries a bicycle is used to carry every load imaginable, people, livestock, water, fuel, you name it is it is being hauled with a bike. In North America millions of usable bikes are tossed into our landfills. We provide these bikes with a second life doing good by empower people with mobility.
The Calgary Chapter has been committed to empower the people of Uganda with bicycle mobility since 2007. The containers of bikes we send also arrive with parts, tools and training. Once the container arrives it is transformed into a local bicycle repair shop, termed and Bicycle Empowerment Centre (BEC) that provides a sustainable local business. To date the Calgary Chapter has sent four containers of bikes to Uganda and a fifth to school kids in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Globally in 2012 Bicycles for Humanity Chapters recycled over 10,000 bikes and since its start in 2005 over 50,000 bikes have been sent.
The Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) is a non-government organization that seeks to improve the health or rural communities through partnerships to facilitate programs and initiatives for disease prevention, treatment, care, support and education to the most vulnerable in Bénin, Tanzania and Uganda. CACHA was founded in 2001 and has since treated over 200,000 patients, supported more than 900 orphans and vulnerable children and donated over $7.5 million in medical and other supplies.
CACHA accomplishes this through the provision of adequate resources based on the determinants of health that include: childhood education, water and sanitation, women's rights, income security, housing and nutrition. We provide materials, infrastructure, and the exchange of skill development in order to create a positive outcome on health in supported regions of operation. CACHA seeks to engage in strategic partnerships and build programs to ensure sustainability, transparency and accountability.
Since 2001, CACHA has been working to improve knowledge and practices in primary and secondary health care including infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and other tropical diseases. In addition, CACHA in collaboration with DFATD (former CIDA) contributes to overall maternal and child health with the Ministry of Health in Tanzania and Canadian partners through different delivery strategies. In fact, CACHA collaborates with various health practionners such as surgeons, medical officers, nurses, midwifes and community health workers. CACHA supports communities and assist the Ministry of Health in improving knowledge and skills by training health care workers. CACHA provides medical supplies, equipment and medicine so communities can survive and grow up healthy and strong. CACHA implements a project in maternal and newborn health to improve access to health care service and to ensure mothers and newborns stay healthy.
CAPD was founded as a result of a personal experience of living and working in Bucaramanga, Colombia. At that time, a community organization called FANDIC (friends of disabled children for their integration into the community) was established to address the needs of children with disability and their families. Noting the paucity of local information resources and support for newly founded entities, CAPD was established to support community-based organizations and to promote health and education in Latin America.
We have supported projects in Colombia, Mexico, Belize and Costa Rica. We currently limit our activities to Colombia. To facilitate the integration of people disadvantaged by circumstance or disability as contributing members of their communities and society through the removal of barriers to education and the building of individual and organizational capacities internationally. We support participatory community development initiatives with people disadvantaged by circumstance or disability. Our goal is to promote collective actions that enhance development of knowledge, leadership, and volunteerism and that lead to enhanced quality of life and dignity.
Canadian Humanitarian Organization for International Relief (Canadian Humanitarian) is a non-religious, non-political, registered Canadian Charity. We are dedicated to assisting disadvantaged children, their families and communities break free from the cycle of poverty.
We were founded in 2003, and since this time the projects that Canadian Humanitarian supports have continued to grow as well as the number of children and families that are benefited. In 2008 Canadian Humanitarian obtained charitable status in the U.S. under the name Kids Hope Ethiopia. In 2012, we obtained our Ethiopian charitable NGO license. In 2014 we licensed in Uganda and Malawi.
CAUSE Canada is an international relief and development agency working in West Africa and Central America. Our development priorities include:
Primary Health Care (PHC)
Water and Sanitation
Gender-Specific Development Initiatives (Women’s Projects)
CAUSE Canada follows the example of Christ in speaking out on behalf of the poor. We do this because we feel called by God to do so. Some may suggest that the purchasing of construction materials, the writing of reports, and the carrying out of public health surveys does not constitute true spirituality. We, however, believe that it does. We pray that our identification with Jesus, our concern for justice and the practical demonstration of God’s love in meeting people’s physical needs, will draw people to Christ.
CAWST's CEO and co-founder, Camille Dow Baker, put aside her 20-year history as an executive in the oil and gas industry to study environmental design at the University of Calgary in 1998. There, she met Dr. David Manz, the inventor of a simple device for household water treatment called the Biosand Filter. Camille and David co-founded CAWST to answer the question, "How can we get proven technologies in the hands of the millions that need safe water?" Since 2001, CAWST has taken a unique approach to the problem of water and sanitation for the poor. Instead of starting with technology solutions, CAWST starts with education and training to build local capacity.
CAWST has grown into a thriving and impactful organization that Camille originally envisioned ten years ago. As of June 2014, CAWST has impacted 9.3 million people with improved water in 68 countries and delivers its services through a network of more than 2,000 active clients. Providing training to organizations involved in the delivery of a household water treatment program is a catalyst for effective, sustainable, replicable and scalable service delivery to the poor. We need to build the capacity of local institutions to provide continuous services without us.
CAWST is far from a single-technology organization. Our research and education program development teams have expanded our expertise in an array of water and sanitation technologies, project implementation and education methodologies. Our International Services team has delivered these training programs to project implementers, product manufacturers and community health promoters--all of the roles necessary for a community-based water and sanitation program. The curriculum includes modules on everything from project planning to manufacturing and community health education.
Child of the Earth- Watoto wa Ardhi’s mission is to provide the promise of a better future through education as well as social and economic empowerment for mainly children and women but also communities affected by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). One of the key goals of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to achieve universal primary education. The UN aims to ensure that by 2015 children everywhere, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. Basic education continues to be an impossible dream for millions of children in Africa. There is no promise of social empowerment, economic development, peace or security without education and enlightenment for all, especially for the children who will be the future leaders of the community.
Children of the Earth - Watoto wa Ardhi has responded to this call. Working as a non-profit organization, Watoto wa Ardhi-Children of the Earth was established as a response to the overwhelming number of children and young women who where affected by the conflicts in the DRC. Efforts to make sure the displaced children and women continue to receive an education and other skill related training face huge challenges. North and South Kivu have particularly been more affected relative to other provinces. The ongoing and sometimes sporadic wars and civil arrest have been the most deterrent of social and economic progress in this part of the country. However, we believe that these people who are disadvantaged have the capacity to change their own lives for the better and it is our role to nurture this process.
With this conviction, we work to provide hope for a better future through primary, secondary and technical education support to children, youths and women deprived.
CORE International’s mission is to serve people in poor communities who have been excluded from conventional philanthropic or development assistance. CORE works to help them create opportunities to improve their quality of life through innovative solutions and facilitates lasting change that is guided by the needs and aspirations of the community. CORE International will work as a partner with the many other organizations within the worldwide movement dedicated to ending poverty. We promotes opportunities for learning skills and education and resources for saving-credit to start small enterprises from which people can improve their livelihoods. CORE works in Nepal where its founder has long-term contacts and experience.
We work with very disadvantaged people - they are often those who face discrimination, who live in areas with few opportunities, or the urban poor who migrated to urban areas for employment. CORE promotes opportunities for learning skills and education and resources for saving and credit to start small enterprises from which people can improve their livelihoods.
CORE develops partnerships and programs to address the self-identified needs of excluded people. We work to build 'bridges' between groups of people, organizations, and individuals who are able to provide services and support.
Changing lives through dental education, prevention, and corrective treatment. We donate our time and services, freely give our experience and knowledge to others who are not able to access care. We are committed to helping people in impoverished regions of the world maintain a better quality of life through better dental health.
Dentistry For All recruits and requires volunteers from all walks of life – our efforts are focused on providing the much needed dental care in the poor regions of Guatemala and Nicaragua, however, it takes more than just dentists to form a successful team! A successful mission involves efforts made on many levels – and crosses countless skill sets. Several areas, behind the scenes and along the trip itself, require volunteers to put all the pieces together ...
Trip volunteers include: Dentists, Hygienists, Registered Dental Assistants (RDAs) , Dental Students and Residents, Repair and Maintenance, Support workers and Non-travelling volunteers.
Our annual mission trip is the culmination of up to a years’ work for some of our volunteers – and their work ends there. In order to ensure that we are able to travel to do our work, there is a tremendous amount of ‘on the ground’ work that needs to be done.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was established in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who had worked in Biafra. Upon their return, they were determined to find a way to respond rapidly and effectively to public health emergencies, with complete independence from political, economic and religious influences.
The MSF Canada Association is a group of individuals consisting of returned field workers, volunteers and staff who have taken on the responsibility of being involved in the development of a vision for the Canadian section, and through their elected Board of Directors, governance of the Canadian section and representation in the International movement, including the International Council and Operational Centers around the world. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) works in areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe providing urgently needed medical aid to people who have little or no access to healthcare.
Frequently, one of the following four situations has led to MSF's involvement:
Wars and conflicts
Refugees and displaced people
The Eco Village of Hope Society has been established to provide nurturing, health care and education for children and to enhance the facilities where they live through the use of environmentally sustainable technologies and environmentally responsible practices.
The society has partnered HANDA Rehabilitation and Welfare Association (HANDA) which was established in Guangdong, P. R. China in 1996, a secular, non-governmental and non-profit organization dedicated to working together with communities for people affected by Hansen's Disease (HD). HANDA is composed of members affected by HD, with a view of long term development, interactive participation and sustainability. It is a branch of the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA) registered in 1994.
Energy For Allis an international development organization dedicated to increasing peoples’ access to clean water, renewable energy and Improved wastewater infrastructure. We do this through educational programs in Canada and international development programs in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Tanzania and Nepal.
We envision a world where everyone in rural areas has access to clean water, renewable energy and improved wastewater infrastructure, along with the education and skills required to use and maintain the technology that deliver these resources.
In five years, Energy For All will have:
Delivered clean water, renewable energy and improved wastewater infrastructure to 500,000 people in rural areas;
Built an engaged online social community of 1,000 passionate and professional engineers and hydrologists;
Enabled 50,000 youths to experience water and renewable energy technology usage, and leadership in community development;
Facilitated 15 international community project expeditions, empowering participants to learn, experience and share;
Inspired 1,000 people to give their time and volunteer for the organization;
Evaluated and implemented emerging sustainable technology for developing world applications.
Tackling energy poverty in the developing world. In many communities across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, access to energy is extremely limited and the affordability of energy is highly prohibitive. This has a very real impact on the quality and length of life of the affected people.
Founded in 2009, and supported by Enbridge and its over 10,000 employees, the energy4everyone Foundation works with the North American energy industry and third party project delivery partners to improve access to affordable, sustainable and reliable energy for those who need it most.
To date over 80,000 people in 5 countries on 3 continents have been helped through this initiative. See our Projects section for more details.
In a world of physical and spiritual poverty, eMi designs a world of hope. Engineering Ministries International Canada is a non-profit Christian development organization mobilizing architects, engineers and other design professionals who donate their skills to help children and families around the world step out of poverty and into a world of hope.
Each year, more than 2.2 million people in developing countries die from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene (UN Water Policy Brief, 2005). eMi Canada exists to transform lives by providing hope to the poorest of the poor.
eMi Canada is a Christian ministry that designs facilities that serve the poor in developing countries. These facilities, including orphanages, clean water projects, medical centres, and more, directly impact communities by meeting physical needs and communicating God’s love in a practical way. We partner with overseas missions and indigenous ministries who have a vision to help the poor and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Since 1982, we've worked on over 1,000 relief and development projects in 90+ countries. Last year, we worked on 83 projects, closed out many others and donated over 63,000 hours in services to our client partners. Apply for our services.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a movement of professional engineers, students, overseas volunteer staff, and supporters across Canada. Together, we are almost 50,000 strong. We believe that the next generation of rural Africans should have the same opportunities to improve their lives that we have in Canada.
As a registered charity, EWB creates opportunities for rural Africans to access clean water, generate an income from small farms, and have improved access to the services and infrastructure they need to improve their lives. EWB harnesses the problem-solving approach and creative pragmatism of the Canadian engineering sector to address the root causes of poverty in rural Africa.
Calgary Chapter Key Accomplishments 2014-2015:
2 long term volunteers working with agriculture, rural infrastructure and government processes in Ghana
2 professional fellow volunteers supporting medical services, agriculture, government structure and business development in Africa
7 mentor-mentee matches through our Global Engineering Mentorship Program to develop the next generation of global engineering leaders
Supporting Protect Aid, Publish What You Pay and Transparent and Accountable (TRACE), and Next Step advocacy efforts
Raising over $35,000 locally to support work in Africa
Holding numerous local fundraisers including Mapalo Wine & Cheese, the Run to End Poverty, and Development Drinks
Educating the Calgary community on social development through panels, networking events and presentations
25 dedicated year-round volunteers to support EWB initiatives
Working to give street children in Mozambique a brighter future.
In 2002, Tiffany Fontaine Kieboom was fortunate enough to take a semester off from University and travel to Mozambique to volunteer with Moises and Connie for 3 months. At that time Moises and Connie were running a drop in program for the street children. They expressed that their dream was to have a more permanent program, and for it to be self-sustainable. When she returned home, it was impossible to forget her new friendships and experiences. With the help of her parents and close friends, they started the charity and had a few fundraisers before becoming a registered charity in 2006.
Since 2006, the program has flourished. Moises and Connie have now realized their dream with the completion of the Casa de bom Sonhos dorm. There is also a solar powered water pump that takes water from a well near the dorm and provides clean water for the children. Recently they started apprenticeships with different trades.
In 2009, Tiffany received a YMCA Calgary Peace Medal in the International Individual category, recognizing her efforts in supporting the program.
Freedom Tree works in Sierra Leone to reduce levels of maternal and infant mortality one community at a time. We are passionate about lasting community development. We believe that to be effective solutions to existing problems must not only be designed in conjunction with those directly affected but also be implemented using local assets and resources that already exist within the community.
The implementation of our projects are done with local trusted partners. We do not give hand outs, but rather work with local partners to implement solutions.
Giving Hope Society
Giving Hope Society is dedicated to encouraging education, and strengthening communities. Giving Hope Society is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. We train and recruit impassioned volunteers to travel to under developed countries to serve as human capital for impoverished communities. Their service not only improves the lives of those they serve, but our volunteers gain a greater perspective on life and their role in the global community.
Vision: Giving hope to the kids and families in communities throughout Guatemala. Letting children change the way we see the world. Mission Statement: Provide a community centre to bring families together and have a gathering place to educate; creating a healthier family life and build stronger communities as a whole. Step 1: Give tools and opportunities. Step 2: Work with children and parents to be strong families Step 3: Teach Families and communities how to be self-sufficient
The Hands Across Borders Society (HABS) was established as a not-for-profit organization (NGO) in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1999. Our mandate can be divided into four main purposes as outlined in our constitution:
To assist in alleviating poverty through Community Economic Development (CED) initiatives
To provide and advance education and health care
To create international links between Canada and the developing world
To involve and encourage active participation of youth
The Hands Across Borders Society officially opened its Wellness Center in 2002. A variety of healthcare services are offered to residents of Zanzibar, the ex pat community, tourists and even individuals from the Tanzanian mainland and abroad. The clinic is under the direction of Dr Alastair Pirie and welcomes volunteer practitioners from all over the world who come from a variety of backgrounds including TCM, Osteopathy, Massage therapy, yoga and Manual therapy to name a few.
Hands At Work In Africa is a Christian non-profit organization working in vulnerable communities across sub-Saharan Africa where HIV/AIDS, poverty and numbers of orphans are highest and support structures are very low. We help the local church in those communities to effectively care for the orphaned and vulnerable. Our ministry is to all those in need, regardless of race, class or religion.
We identify local Christian leaders within vulnerable communities who are already demonstrating a passion to serve the poor and broken in their community and to fulfill the biblical mandate to care for the orphaned and vulnerable. We support those leaders in developing a locally-owned organisation in their community and begin a long-term relationship of service and partnership, where we continually work to increase the community's capacity to provide care in an effective and holistic manner. Read more about our response...
We have a staff of 35 at our Hub near White River, South Africa. We also have offices in each of the African countries where we work that exists solely to serve our community organisations located across Africa by sharing knowledge, imparting skills, and mentoring leaders and volunteers.
The Hayati Children’s Foundation (HCF) was incorporated in 2007 with the goal to provide direction, funds and volunteer support to orphanages in developing countries around the world. Each orphanage is carefully selected after the proper research has been implemented to ensure the raised funds are spent directly on the children in our chosen facilities. The directors of the HCF personally visit the orphanages each year (at our own expense) to allocate the funds accordingly.
The Hayati Children's Foundation prides itself on executing and establishing food and milk programs, providing drinkable water fountains, as well as purchasing clothing, hygiene products, school supplies and toys for children.
The vision of the Hayati Childrens Foundation came after the Shibley familys' travels to various developing countries. Upon traveling to Mexico and the Dominican Republic, the Shibley family saw firsthand troubling conditions of two struggling orphanages in both countries. In an attempt to help out these organizations the family made a large lump sum donation to each orphanage. For the past few years, the Shibley family has been directly involved in many charitable events and fundraisers. The family wanted to find a way to continue to support the both the orphanages they encountered in their travels as well as find a way to eliminate G&A and overhead costs; this was the catalyst to the creation of the Hayati Childrens Foundation.
Healthy Child Uganda (HCU) is a partnership between Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Canadian Universities and organizations, local health districts, and other Ugandan and international organizations, with active participation by local Ugandan communities. These groups share a common goal of improving maternal, newborn and child health in rural southwestern Uganda.
HCU develops and evaluates programs and provides training so Ugandan health care staff, community health workers, and community members themselves are better able to prevent maternal, newborn and child deaths, and to keep their children healthy.
Heeva’s mission is to enhance and provide educational material necessary for the well being and development of Persian-speaking children and youth.
For this objective, we connect, network and exchange the knowledge of scholars, institutions and universities to develop and produce researched based and culturally customized educational contents. At Heeva we also seek to support and collaborate with experts to provide necessary materials for personal growth to which less attention have been paid.
Currently Heeva is working on three different projects: (1) puberty education through interactive methods for Persian-speaking youth (Boloogh) with collaboration of YahaNet (an institution founded by McGill University, University of Toronto and UNESCO); (2) Mathematics for the Blind with the Isfahan Mathematics House; (3) supporting Asemaan Group (a research center at Sharif University) in bringing systems thinking to Iranian schools through games and stories; (4) schooling for inclusion for second and third grade of elementary school with Sauve Foundation.
HOPEthiopa Mission: The mission of HOPEthiopia is twofold: firstly, to raise Ethiopian children into citizens with exceptional moral standards and strength of character; and secondly, to restore the values of purpose and dignity to the lives of Ethiopia’s homeless pastors.
HOPEthiopia is committed to the restoration of both the people and the land of Ethiopia. This will be accomplished by the implementation of four distinct project initiatives, each working together to produce a hopeful nation. HOPEthiopia will provide care and love to orphaned children and homeless retired pastors in the nation of Ethiopia. HOPEthiopia emphasizes the educational, physical, social, and spiritual needs of the individuals who call it “home”. It is the vision of HOPEthiopia to enable the people living therein to grow into confident and fulfilled Christian leaders, contributing to the well-being of Ethiopia.
Hydrogeologists Without Borders (HWB) is a Canadian non-profit organization based in Calgary that focuses on linking the field of hydrogeology (study of groundwater) to the WASH sector. HWB was incorporated with Industry Canada in 2007 and registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency in 2010. The Board of Directors is comprised of internationally recognized hydrogeology experts together with community members with non-profit experience in the water sector. HWB’s International TechnicalCommitteeincludes world-renowned hydrogeologists.
Vision: A world where groundwater is developed and sustainably managed for community water supplies
Mission: Hydrogeologists Without Borders builds capacity in emerging regions to provide safe, sustainable water supplies
HYTES is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has no affiliation with any government or religion. We raise funds in Canada to provide scholarships in developing nations. Our current focus is on paying for secondary tuition costs for community minded and financially challenged students in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Guatemala
HYTES' objectives are:
To provide educational scholarships to youth in developing countries to advance and grow themselves, contribute to their community and benefit society;
To increase awareness in Canadian schools and the Canadian public on the need for educational support in developing countries; and
To cooperate with other organizations or Canadian government agencies to establish a reciprocal referral network.
Imagine Africa is a not for profit project promoting self sufficiency through teaching skills to young people and young women in Swaziland. The purpose of this ongoing project is to hold workshops in Swaziland to teach women and young people the creativity of textiles and how to make and market textile products to the world. This is to allow these women, young mothers and young people to look beyond their current limiting existence and be excited and empowered by the hidden power of imagination, to be hopeful for a better future and to embody the knowing that within their environment, there are sustainable ways to make a living.
INSPIRE!africa is providing an opportunity for Canadians to make a profound difference in the lives of others in Rwanda by giving some of what we have, whether it is our time, money or skills. We offer the opportunity for Canadians to make a difference in Africa through donations of time, skills and money. Our focus is on supporting community-based initiatives in areas where help is most needed and where it will make the most difference in moving communities out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.
Education is an underlying theme as education is a powerful tool for creating a world where anything is possible. We raise in support of community-based initiatives in Africa that will advance education, promote gender equality and assist communities to become self sufficient. Currently our projects focus on improving conditions in post-genocide Rwanda. This green and mountainous east African country has endured a turbulent past.
Most recently in 1994, 800,000 people were killed in the genocide and, like many other countries in Africa, HIV/AIDS, malaria and poverty are a constant. Almost a third of Rwanda’s children are orphans, and too few have access to education beyond the primary level.
Remarkably, against this backdrop of conflict and turmoil, hope is flourishing. Rwanda is rebuilding and reinventing itself, although there are still problems to overcome including a tragic lack of education, particularly for girls, and supporting widows to regain their lives which will transfer into supports for families and whole communities. It is these types of projects which Inspire!Africa is supporting.
It's About Time - Cancer Awareness Project - After more than 20 years of visiting Guatemala, I decided in 2013 that I would raise the subject of breast cancer among my women friends there. I decided that it was about time to address this issue, this issue so pertinent to all women, and I did so. I was surprised at the intensity of the interest they displayed and the many questions they asked. I was surprised too at the little information I actually knew, apart from my own breast cancer experience. I was grateful I was able to share my personal journey with them but found myself unsure how to answer their questions about the early signs of breast cancer. I decided then and there that when I came back to Canada I would gather information to share with them. As I thought about this idea over the following weeks I began to see the unique possibility of how I could be a part of meeting this need and desire for more information on breast cancer that Guatemalan women appear to have. I came to believe that I could prepare good quality, informative and interesting workshops on breast cancer awareness and breast health that might slack the thirst for this information in the more rural areas I often traveled in. I also saw the possibility for using this platform to eventually bring forward this information as well as similar workshops on cervical and ovarian cancer –the other ‘women’s’ cancers!
Kampala Foundation, since its' Alberta registration in 2005, supported Zachary Barton's and Shova Devi Mago Barton's work in Nepal through a Nepal not-for-profit organization - "Prisoner's Assistance Nepal" (PA Nepal). In July 2012, we received charitable status from CRA and can now issue tax receipts.
Zac has been working and volunteering in Nepal since 2003. In 2006 he married his wife Shova, who has been working for PA Nepal since its' inception in 1998. He is our official agent in Nepal. It's amazing what PA Nepal has accomplished with limited funding. We now have:
Three children's homes (180 children) - one that is also a self-supporting farm.
Three schools for children with special needs.
Day care for younger children inside and outside prisons.
An education system in various villages to support young women (approx. 150) most at risk in the sex trade and human trafficking.
They employ approximately 30 native Nepali people - all of this whilst on an operating budget of $75,000. This is roughly the salary of one person working for a larger international organization. Kamala has no paid staff, and is operated by a board of directors. It's operating expenses are covered by two of the directors. 100% of all donations are sent to Nepal for the above projects. Certain directors regularly visit the projects at their own expense.
Because of the continuing escalating price of food stuffs in Nepal, the uncertainty of fundraising, and our desire to sustain our support of PA Nepal, our organization recently purchased two farms in Nepal and operate them organically through our agent. We can now provide a consistent level of support to the children's homes, while also providing employment for community members.
The Kleos Microfinance Group is a Calgary based organization that focuses on third world development. The Group is aimed towards improving the living conditions for those people around the globe that are in the greatest need of economic assistance. This is contrary to the strategies of many mainstream foreign aid agencies, which provide aid through large multinational corporations rather than directly to those with the most need. Kleos operates with the opposing principle. Loans and credits are provided to those people who are not considered to be bankable, those who lack the required collateral, credit history, or formal income to be considered by major banks as reliable credit recipients.
Simply put, the Kleos Microfinance Group gives small manageable loans directly to anyone in need. This is done through what is known as the group lending model, which gives loans on a community wide basis in groups of five, allowing for loans to go directly to those who need them the most. The majority of recipients are rural women, as they represent both the most overlooked demographic for economic aid and the more responsible borrowers. Social collateral, through the use of local solidarity groups, is used to maintain repayment and assure a long term series of loans is available to the community.
Project Gulu launched in March of 2012 – the first ever project for Kleos Microfinance Group! The initial loan cycle issued 3,700,000 Ugandan Shillings (UGX) in loans to villagers in the rural areas in Gulu, a district in northern Uganda.
Light Up The World (LUTW) is a Canadian non-profit organization focused on the principle that access to energy changes lives. LUTW implements projects in communities that don’t have access to electricity. Projects help communities transition away from using fuel based lighting and spending a significant amount of their income on batteries and charging cell phones. The result is transformational. With a focus on training local technicians and developing the capacity of local services providers, LUTW builds partnerships so that communities are empowered to move towards a more sustainable future.
LUTW has two offices – the head office based in Calgary, Canada and our field office serving projects in South America is based on Lima, Peru. We implement projects that provide sustainable energy solutions and lighting to communities without direct connection to the electrical power grid (off-grid areas). This means we are working to make lighting and energy access in remote communities as inexpensive and sustainable as possible: helping off grid communities transition away from using unhealthy fuels for light. Since 1997, LUTW has been part of bringing light to homes in off-grid areas in 54 countries. Current projects include locations in: Guatemala, Ecuador, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica and Peru.
The Malawi Water Project
The Malawi Water Project operates as a not-for-profit program through Deer Park United Church of Calgary. It serves the villagers of Malawi, Africa who do not have access to clean drinking water. Most villagers in Malawi live on approx. $1 USD per day. The government does not have the funds to provide clean water to all villages. The goal of the Malawi Project is to improve health and alleviate suffering due to water borne illnesses by providing clean, safe drinking water to families especially vulnerable children. The primary method of achieving the goal of providing clean water is to train villagers on proper sanitation and hygiene and on the construction of biosand water filters. Our services include providing materials to construct the filters, train people on the construction of the filters, distribute the filters to the target population, train villagers on the proper use and maintenance of the filters and monitor and evaluate the usage and effectiveness of the filters. Our client base is villagers who have access to water but water that is contaminated due to pathogens. More than half of those served by the program are children. Deaths due to water borne illness are particularly high in children under 5 years of age. Illness in older children and adults results in their inability to work, inability to attend school, and extra costs for medication. The Malawi Water Project is an important program for these villages because we can eliminate water borne illness and provide a most important resource, clean water! Our service improves the ability of families to care for children and achieve goals of self-sufficiency. The cost to provide a filter to a family is a small investment in comparison to cost of illness in terms of health and economic issues. The program saves children’s lives through providing a basic necessity of life.
Manavta Project - Where two-thirds of the population still rely on open defecation and many communities have no sanitation infrastructure. We partner with communities, local NGOs and public officials to build environmentally sustainable sanitation facilities at rural schools. Second to the family, schools are the most important places of learning for children and serve as central fixtures in their communities.
When sanitation facilities are present, it serves as a model for the broader community. Classroom teaching of sanitation practices has a particularly positive impact on the education opportunities of young girls, who are disproportionately affected by the lack of facilities. This is a result of cultural taboos towards menstruation.
Pilot Project in Lauke Village, Nuwakot Nepal - Completed in March, 2013
Our pilot project took place in Lauke village, about 3 hours outside of Kathmandu at Shree Ram Janaki Primary School. This project was made possible with the generous support of Silver Heritage Group Ltd, Oxfam Nepal and amazing international and local volunteers. We spent four weeks working closely with community members and teachers, ensuring that these students had safe and hygienic sanitation facilities. Numerous stakeholders benefited from this project: 75 students, five school staff and hundreds of community members. All of these individuals participated in building the toilets and in our hand-washing workshop.
Medical Mercy Canada Society is a non-religious, non-partisan registered Canadian volunteer organization which provides support to impoverished persons and refugees along the Burmese borders, Nepal and Ukraine. Since 1991 MMC volunteers have been providing medical assistance, education, supplies, as well as funds for local initiatives to facilitate self-sufficiency.
Medical Mercy Canada could not do the tremendous amount of lifesaving and life changing work without our amazing team of volunteers.
Our Volunteers come from all walks of life and each offer their own unique level of expertise and commitment to fulfill Medical Mercy Canada's goal of improving the quality of life for the overlooked, impoverished and forgotten around the world.
Our Volunteers are our backbone, and they come from Calgary, from across Canada and from the host countries: Nepal, Ukraine, India, Burma and Thailand to improve the lives of those less fortunate.
Open To Grow was established as a Canadian charity to provide micro-loans to low-income women in Central America. Our longer term goal has been to add business training to the mix, as microcredit combined with business training is a very powerful agent for change.
In March of 2011, I was introduced to Bob Graham, one of the first individuals to bring microcredit into Central America. Over a 20 year period, Bob built the Katalysis Microfinance Network of Central America with over 180,000 borrowers and over $60 million in loan capital. In 2004, he started NamasteDirect which enables low-income women in Guatemala to make more money in their businesses by providing them with a business adviser, skills-building classes and micro-loans.
Open to Grow has entered into a Collaboration Agreement with NamasteDirect and its associated entities under which we will provide the micro-lending piece of the Collaboration and FNG will provide business advisers and skills-building classes. We operate in Guatemala under Fundacion Namaste Guatemaya (or FNG). In our Collaboration Agreement with NamasteDirect and FNG, we jointly provide clients with an integrated business development program consisting of micro-loans from Open to Grow and business mentoring, skills-building classes and performance measurement delivered by NamasteDirect. The combination of micro-loans with a unique method of monthly one-on-one training/mentoring is a powerful agent for change. Namaste also measures the results of each client, helping us to help each client to grow her business.
Operation Eyesight Universal is an international development organization working to eliminate avoidable blindness with the help of donations from people like you, and support from service clubs, foundations, corporations and governments.
Based in Canada, we’ve brought sight-restoration and blindness-prevention treatment to millions of people since our founding in 1963. Today, our work is focused in the African countries of Ghana, Kenya and Zambia, and in India, Bangladesh and Nepal in Southeast Asia – places where blindness can be deadly, especially to those who are very young, old or poor. We work in partnership with local governments, medical professionals and community development teams, building essential resources that give all people, including the poorest, access to the help they need. We’ve developed an innovative model of hospital-based community eye care that ensures sustainable service for entire communities.
OUR MISSION To Eliminate Avoidable Blindness.
OUR VISION For All the World to See.
At Opportunity International, we are optimists - and for good reason. Over the past 15 years, Opportunity International created 10 million jobs through $6.8 billion in loans to over 10,000 businesses.
Founded in 1971, Opportunity International provides access to savings, small business loans, insurance and training to over five million people working their way out of poverty in the developing world. Clients in more than 20 countries use these financial services to start or expand a business, provide for their families, create jobs for their neighbours and build a safety net for the future.
Opportunity International provides dignified options for people living in chronic poverty to transform their lives. We believe that through holistic microfinance, when empowered, they have a chance to work their way out of poverty and transform their lives. For over 40 years, Opportunity International has provided the financial services that all people need to create a better future for their families and their communities. In 2013, over five million individuals were empowered by Opportunity loans, savings accounts and insurance policies.
In an effort to support the changes necessary, through Health, Education and Opportunity, to enable a people to become truly IX-CANAAN, (a Mayan word for “Guardians of the Rainforest”).
Project Ix-canaan is based in El Remate, Peten, Guatemala, a small lakeside community, located midway between the International Airport in Flores and the ancient Mayan ruins of Tikal (30 km.)
Project Ix-canaan began in August 1995 in a small lakeside building loaned by a local resident. In late 1996, Eduardo Cofiño purchased over 2 manzanas of land for ongoing development of Project Ix-canaan. - In 1999, the funding for the present clinic building was donated by the Rice Millers Association of Guatemala, and the Grand Opening was held in February, 2000. Development continued, and in November of 2007, AGAT Labs of Calgary, Alberta funded a laboratory in the middle section of the Clinic Building where many basic tests can now be done to diagnose patients.
Four facets of development:
Medical Clinic, staffed by Dr. Enrique Chapeton, provides:
Education in Health
General Care and Treatment
Recognizing the importance of water (part of our IEQ framework), REACH Worldwide Education (Formerly REACH Haiti) continues to partner with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA). The 2016 CWWA Conference was held in Toronto November 13, 2016 and $2000 was raised during the event through the generosity of participants and sponsoring vendors. In addition, RBC Royal Bank matched funds and their donation was also directed to support REACH Worldwide Education.
The Red Soil Project teaches African peoples the building blocks of permaculture, a form of sustainable agriculture so they can learn to naturally restore their own land while building self-sufficiency at a personal and community level and moving towards a system of sustainable growth without aid.
In the world of charity, there is a model for aid and another for development. Both are beneficial for lasting change, but they each serve a very different purpose. Aid undoubtedly saves lives in the short term grip of crisis, but at the Red Soil Project we believe that only individual ownership and self-reliance can ensure lasting change for entire communities.
We also believe that success is achieved when our support is no longer needed. The true test of sustainability will be measured by our ability to “walk away” and so we strive to structure programs that promote independence by providing education, support & assistance where required while encouraging local communities to develop their own leadership and choose their own direction.
The Red Soil Project is dedicated to accountability at every level of our operation and that includes our commitment to being a transparent and informative not-for-profit organization.
We understand that our contributors want to know more about how and where their money is being spent and as such, we are committed to finding the best ways possible to communicate back to them the effective impact their donations.
In Uganda, we spent days walking down winding paths miles from the nearest road and visiting these farmer’s homes where we learned about the struggles that keep them in continual poverty. Day labour wages in the area, earned by working in cash crop fields, are close to thirty cents per day and this marginal income is used for families to buy food, cooking pots, cooking fuel, jerry cans for water, clothing and also contributes to any school and healthcare costs.
Serenity Health Solutions formerly The Belize Project, is a new member to the Fig Tree Roundtable family. They operate exclusively in the Central American country of Belize.
Serenity is working to build a health facility, catering to the tourism industry. Their intention is to build a health and wellness practice, utilizing local staff, providing employment development and skills in this country that relies very heavily on the tourism industry.
Sewing Seeds International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women and children in Sierra Leone, Ukraine, and most recently, Peru. We are committed to empowering through training, mentoring, encouraging, and supporting by offering sewing training programs and children’s programs in these and other developing nations. By learning how to sew, women are able to start their own businesses, earn money to support their children and create clothing for every member of their family. We believe that the key to helping countries industrialize begins with the women and the grass roots cottage industry of the garment trade.
Sewing Seeds International began its first project in Sierra Leone, Africa in 2002. We sent a team of eight trainers to the war-torn country and provided sewing machines, materials and a beginner’s sewing training program to 30 war-widows. We followed up with an advanced sewing training program for these women in June of that same year. To date we have trained over 120 women in Sierra Leone, Africa. We also have sewing training programs in Ukraine and Peru.
In each country, we have developed children’s programs specifically to suit the needs of the area where we are working. These include teaching English, Vacation Bible School, outreach programs to prisons and orphanages, Canadian Christmas, and in Ukraine we are partnering with a local church in Novovolynsk in building an orphanage facility called Elli-Rose’s Place.
The Ssubi Foundation is a registered Canadian charity that seeks to provide poverty relief to underprivileged Ugandan children and their families through educational initiatives and the provision of micro-financing. Specifically, this includes:
providing financial aid and school supplies (including school fees, uniforms, scholastic materials, medical costs, meals and transportation);
supporting the existing Ugandan school system by:
building new school blocks or renovating existing schools,
providing scholastic materials, and,
providing training and/or competitive salaries to teachers; and,
establishing micro-financing opportunities to help Ugandan families start small businesses.
The Ssubi Foundation’s first foray occurred in an Internally Displaced Peoples (IDP) camp in Gulu, Northern Uganda where the populous has survived a 20-year civil war. Philip and Dusman were moved by the stories of many of the school-aged children.
With assistance from Mrs. Openy, an IDP camp school headmistress and local leader in the community, three children were selected for educational sponsorship. Selection was based on the financial need and potential of the students to continue with secondary school. After choosing these children, The Ssubi Foundation Directors were struck by the poor conditions many of them experienced at home. With this in mind, The Ssubi Foundation Directors decided to develop a micro-financing component to the overall program, where small loans would be provided to the parents or caregivers of the supported children.
STAR EcoWorks is a sustainable energy systems company based in Calgary, Canada. We develop programs and products to deliver outcomes including employee engagement, leadership development, community outreach, inquiry and action in Canadian classrooms and program support for global causes.
Our programs create common ground between the energy industry and diverse educational, humanitarian and conservation organizations. We engage locally and act globally to inspire hope for a sustainable energy future.
STAR EcoWorks® has developed a lantern that can be assembled at hands-on workshop by educators, students and employees.
Today, our primary product is the SL350-3, which is bright, significant, renewable, reliable and versatile. It features a USB power socket for charging cell phones and a charge controller to regulate charging voltage to the battery and protect the battery from deep discharge. Lanterns are reliable, easy to repair and have a 10-year life cycle and are tough enough for everyday use in developing communities.
We believe solar lanterns are a powerful tool for promoting literacy, health and development in rural and remote communities in the developing world.
Strong Hearts Children’s Foundation is an incorporated non-profit organization supporting children and youth through a variety of essential development areas. By supporting and providing the skills and motivation to live a full and healthy life, Strong Hearts hopes to empower children and youth in becoming contributing members of society as engaged, responsible citizens. We rely on a volunteer-based network for all fundraising activities, ensuring resources go directly to the children and youth who need it most.
Strong Hearts Children’s Foundation implements effective and sustainable projects, being agile and flexible to adjust to the changing needs of beneficiaries as they progress and grow.
Kid's Learning Centre:Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia is a country where access to education for many children and youth living in poverty is not a right, but an unachievable dream. This means that many children in Ethiopia will never step foot inside a school or spend time in an organized class environment. Unfortunately, this also means that they are missing the chance to grow and develop into leaders of their society. This is where we hope to help.
By supporting and providing the skills and motivation to live a full and healthy life, Strong Hearts hopes to empower children and youth in becoming contributing members of society as engaged, responsible citizens. We rely on a volunteer-based network for all fundraising activities, ensuring resources go directly to the children and youth who need it most.
Strong Hearts Mission is to provide sustainable support, care and awareness for vulnerable children living in especially difficult circumstances in developing countries. We are dedicated to helping these children live stronger, more fulfilled lives, while at the same time supporting and working with their families and communities to promote this development.
Teach to Grow is a Canadian Registered charity operating since November 2013. Our mission is to fight against hunger and malnutrition through sustainable farming. Our goal is to start in Burundi and hope to implement the same system in the developing countries around the world.
Teach to Grow empowers smallholder farmers to live healthy, full lives, and achieve lasting self-reliance. Sustainable Farming is practiced by our smallholder farm families as they plan, plant, and harvest food for themselves and their livestock, thereby developing the human capacity to recognize and enhance the efficient use of natural resources. Our training programs are improving the quality of life and health and above all bringing hope to our beneficiaries one person at a time.
The Strongest Oak (TSO) Foundation is an international non-profit organization that provides mentorship, internship opportunities and financial support to extraordinary youth in developing nations who have endured extreme adversity and trauma: genocide, war, rape or acute poverty.
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TSO helps extraordinary youth (our “Oaks”) to achieve life-changing personal, educational or professional goals, with the ultimate goal of becoming financially self-sustaining. TSO offers financial support to our Oaks for post-secondary education or vocational training. To bolster their chances for success, we also sponsor part-time internships in partnership with local employers; these employers provide our Oaks with the practical work experience required to secure a future job or to launch a small business or social venture. TSO mentors help ensure the Oaks stay on track with their goals and on-budget with their financial supporters.
Currently, TSO operates in two countries (Rwanda and Uganda), but also supports Oaks from the DR Congo.
UniWater Education Limited was founded in 2011 as a non-profit social enterprise organization that aims to help fight the World Water Crisis by facilitating the education of more professionals to work on this issue. The focus is to get more MSc hydrogeology and water resources programs into established universities in areas of the world that have insufficient water to meet the needs of the population.
By providing programs in-country students will not need to leave their home countries to get educated, and it will reduce the need for foreign aid.
The program is a 12 month course based Masters in Hydrogeology that focusses on water resources in developing countries. The program finishes with a 3 month project which allows the student to concentrate on a particular area of interest.
Currently we are looking for individuals and institutions who wish to collaborate with us in this venture. In particular, we are seeking the following:
1. Universities with established undergraduate math and science programs where an MSc of this nature would be welcomed and supported. 2. Universities where this type of program is already established who would be willing to partner with a university starting a program – to offer support and assistance to ensure its ongoing viability. 3. Professionals who are willing to provide their time and expertise in developing a modular curriculum that could be adapted to a program with various focusses. 4. Organizations or corporations who share our vision and wish to contribute financially to UniWater.
Wentworth Africa Foundation (WAF) is a charitable foundation registered in Canada, the United Kingdom and Tanzania, set up in 2007 as the vehicle for Wentworth Resources Limited’s corporate social responsibility program.Within Wentworth’s geographical area of operation, Wentworth wanted WAF to design and fund projects which could help improve the education, health, and living condition of the local population, and partner with local authorities, other regional partners and NGOs to achieve these goals.
Since its inception, WAF has spent over $500,000 in support of over 15 projects in the regions of Lindi and Mtwara in Southern Tanzania. These projects have reached and have had a direct impact on the local communities.
Although Tanzania has a stable government and a wealth of natural resources (minerals, natural gas, tourism, fishing, forestry, etc.), there still exists a great need for development projects from foundations like WAF. Consider that:
Only 49% of those living in rural communities have access to clean drinking water
Only 16% of children under the age of five sleep under a treated mosquito net
40% of Tanzanians are unable to meet their basic daily needs
Many children in Tanzania do not finish school and instead work in agriculture and fishing.
Wings of Hope for Africa is a Canadian registered charity Founded in 2011, we are striving to make a difference in the lives of people in Africa. Our small team is dedicated to building thriving communities by implementing distinct and sustainable practices to overcome poverty by directly working with children and families in need. We are motivated by God’s love to serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Education is a powerful tool for creating a world where anything is possible. We strongly believe that education is the foundation of development, both individually and in a society.
In Burundi, primary school fees are paid by the government but often that is not enough to get children to regularly attend school since they are often needed to support their families by fetching water or selling goods in the market.
WHA works to enable the children we support to regularly attend school by providing them with the needed materials (e.g. books, pens, school uniforms, etc), providing basic health care, monitoring their performance and counseling parents on their responsibility to support their child’s development. Parents also learn to understand the long-term value of their child's education.