Our mission is to improve the lives of children and families through education and economic development. We do this through an empowerment model – honoring the inherent capabilities of individuals and providing the education and tools for them to improve their lives and communities.
We envision a world where all members of the global community, not only have their basic needs met, but have the opportunity and tools to better their lives and those of others; a world where we all recognize that we are connected as part of one human family and as such, give and care for each other.
Our Guiding Principles
Empowerment – We believe that everyone has the answers to resolve their own problems. We provide resources and tools for communities to create their own solution.
Motivation – We motivate community members to live their lives to its full potential.
Generosity – We believe we are part of the human family and ultimately are responsible for caring for others as we care for ourselves.
Honesty – We believe honesty and integrity are core character values that ultimately create better relationships, better communities and a better world.
We believe that through education, motivation and empowerment, young people can learn to solve their own problems. Through education, individuals can see challenges with a new perspective and understand how best to address them – to better not only their own lives and those of their families, but also the lives of others in their community and the lives of complete strangers. We support students from elementary through college levels, as it is critical to support education at every stage. The opportunity and excitement around education needs to start at a young age, developing a new generation of educated and informed community members.
We seek to foster a “Pay it Forward” mentality, so that our efforts to support students not only help the specific individual, but many more to come. Each of the college students we provide scholarships for are asked to sponsor a student themselves upon graduation, as well as to select a village to be an advocate for. We ask that they work with the village community members to address a pressing community need – the “what” and “how” determined by those involved. In this way, the impact of a college scholarship goes far beyond the individual life of the student, to create community change for the better.
We recognize that many communities are fighting extreme adversities and monumental roadblocks to healthier and happier lives. As well, we believe that it is critical to find ways to empower communities to care for their own needs amongst these challenges. As such, we seek to implement strategies that will sustain long after our initial investment of time and money. Beyond college students committing to giving back upon graduation, we look for opportunities to provide economic and community development in rural communities. Read about our Community Farm pilot project to see this strategy in action.
Lastly, we seek to foster relationships across countries, cultures, religions, and the other aspects that make us different, yet connected. We want to build a global community of compassion, empathy and care. Please join us by supporting our work. We are seeking volunteers, partners and donors.