DUNK – Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge – was founded in 2011 to give children from deprived communities a sporting opportunity. It is a youth-led, community-based organization providing a safe space for children, to play, socialize, grow, and learn. Through the combination of basketball coaching, after-school tutoring, life skills training and mentoring, and educational scholarships, the young student-athletes of DUNK are encouraged to take leadership roles in their communities and to excel in and out of the classroom so to maximize their potential and become agents of change.
The Education for Development Foundation (EDF) ensures that children are given the education they deserve. The foundation works in Northern (Issan) Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. The people behind EDF believe that childen, especially those in poverty-stricken areas, are entitled to equal opportunities for education.
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.