CENIT is a non-profit, nongovernmental organization dedicated to the eradication of child labor by helping working and vulnerable children, especially girls, and their families, to overcome extreme poverty and improve their quality of lives through recreation, medical, social, and psychological services, nutrition programs, education and vocational training. Today, CENIT has a primary school, a drop-in tutoring center, a vocational high school, a street outreach program, an adult education program and a health clinic.
El Hogar started in 1979 with five little boys. Five members of the Episcopal Church in Tegucigalpa felt moved to address the deplorable situation of the countless children abandoned to the streets. In the years since, nearly 1,000 students have graduated from El Hogar, which has grown to include four campuses: an elementary school, a Technical Institute, an Agricultural School, and a Girls’ Campuses.
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
El Puente—The Bridge is an organization started by an American couple with the intent to help the indigenous people surrounding Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean shore in Costa Rica. These people, the Bribri people, live drastically under the poverty line. The organizations works directly with the locals on a range of projects; volunteers are able to provide help in a huge range of niche skills.
Sen Monorom, Cambodia
The elephants of Cambodia need help. There is little education on the care of domesticated elephants and few possibilities of veterinary assistance when required. The Elephant Valley Project is as much about people as it is about elephants. Without secure employment for an elephant’s mahout (caretaker), an elephant is essentially at risk.
Oaxaca City, Mexico
Fundación En Vía is a non-profit organization located in Oaxaca, Mexico. They support social and community development through the combination of three main programs: microfinance, responsible tourism, and education. The organization runs a variety of support programs in the communities and use volunteers to run the bulk of these.
ENVenture is an incubator that empowers rural organizations to learn business skills to launch sustainable clean energy enterprises, starting in Uganda. They are focused on rural organizations that have strong community trust, are staffed and managed by locals, and are in the center of the community, but need coaching in order to launch and sustain successful enterprises.
Epic Arts aims to challenge perceptions around disability by providing an inclusive arts course in the community of Kampot, Cambodia. This arts course is open to students from the deaf, disabled and non-disabled community. Students study an arts based education program in Dance, Theatre, Art, Film, Music and Literacy. The students are given a creative voice and seen as valuable members of society. Epic Arts also provides general education for children and young people with learning difficulties.
Katitawa is an independent primary school founded in 1977 and located in the indigenous Andean village of Salasaka, Ecuador. The school is designed to create a place where the children learn the basic subjects taught in any elementary school, while also creating an education model that promotes the children’s cultural identity.
European Disaster Volunteers (EDV) is a volunteer driven, registered charity that aids disaster affected communities worldwide by providing initial relief and helping them achieve sustainable recovery.
FairMail is a social enterprise producing fair trade photo products. The photos on FairMail products are taken by Peruvian teenagers. You see the face, name and age of the photographer on the back of each card. FairMail offers this youth photography training, a medical fund and guidance in making their future plans. The teenagers get 50% of the profits of the sale of their own photos to finance their housing and education.