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    Learn for Life Society

    Central India

    Learn for Life Society’s aim is to provide basic education to children from a poor background in Varanasi, India. In this way they may escape the cycle of poverty through their own strength and take their lives into their own hands.

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    Let Laos Learn

    Vang Vieng, Laos

    FruitFriends is a social enterprise located in Vang Vieng, Laos specializing in education and agriculture. All proceeds from their ventures directly fund community projects, such as school construction, organic farming, teaching English, and making home-made fruit products.
    Their staff members are highly capable and quick learners.

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    Libros Para Pueblos

    Oaxaca City, Mexico

    Libros Para Pueblos works with rural communities in Oaxaca State to found a library and provide reading material. The organization works on a model of co-investment — the towns must help fund the library and provide support for the programs. Volunteer needs change, but most of the work is about literacy, books, and organizing the various parts of the organization.

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    The Light and Leadership Initiative works with the community of Huaycan to bring quality education and empowerment to women and children in the area. The organization was founded in 2008, and has continued to grow in the community-reaching more children, empowering more women, and continuing to spread a love of reading and learning in several classrooms across Huaycan.

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    Long Way Home

    Outside Antigua, Guatemala

    Long Way Home is working to build self-sustainable schools that focus on promoting education, employment, and the environment. They are currently building a school in rural Guatemala that is functioning as a primary school; and as they continue building they need construction and education volunteers.

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    Lubasi Home

    Livingstone, Zambia, Africa

    Lubasi Home provides residential care for orphans and vulnerable children who have no family to look after them. Most of them have been orphaned as a result of the AIDS pandemic, which affects about 30% of adults in Livingstone and the Home aims to care for them until they are able to sustain themselves or are taken into families.

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    Malayeka Charity

    Huanchaco, Peru

    Malayeka is an empowerment center teaching English, nutrition and health, self-love, and self-expression. Our vision is to empower women and children through education and self-love.

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    Mandore Project

    Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

    Mandore Project is based on Gandhi’s principles. The mission is to work with underserved people and strive for equality for all. The Mandore Project also seeks to work with people who have encountered discrimination (by race, sex, caste, addiction, etc.). Many of the schools set up by the Mandore Project have posters of Gandhi to remind the new generation about his principles. Short & long term volunteer projects are aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged people of Rajasthan as well as focusing on improving the basic infrastructure in schools with the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.
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    Volunteers are provided with food, accommodation, full assistance, transportation, and more. The office is run out of the Mandore Guesthouse in town to maximize efficiency of the program, fees, and ability for volunteers and the organization to create positive change.

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    Matungu is a community-based organization working in rural Kenya that aims to build the capacity for youth and women, mostly in farming. The organization works closely with five groups comprising of at least 150 community members. Volunteers help with the organization’s core programs, themed around: Agriculture/Environment, Education, and Business Skills.

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    Maya Universe Academy

    Damauli, Nepal

    Maya Universe Academy is the first community-run private school in Nepal. The school runs on a unique system of payment where instead of money, families “pay” for their children’s schooling by working two days a month at Maya’s farm. In a country where public schools provide abysmal educations and many cannot afford private schools, the organization allows children from poor families the opportunity to receive the quality education they deserve.