Projects in Need of funding
PROJECTS IN BANGLADESH
This three year project will allow the Bangladesh Environment and Development Society (BEDS) to establish a Mangrove Learning Centre in the Sundarban Mangrove Coastal Region of Bangladesh, and deliver a curriculum to those wishing to learn more about the essential role that mangroves play in the local eco-system. This project will fund the Centre's construction, including a training facility, museum, accommodation and dining facilities for visitors and students, and offer educational courses on mangroves and climate change. This project will involve the Japan Environmental Education Forum (JEEF) as an implementing partner. To learn more click here.
PROJECTS IN CAMBODIA
1001fontaines will establish self sustaining water kiosks for disadvantaged communities in rural Cambodia. This nonprofit has operated in Cambodia since 2005, where 90% of poor households live in rural areas and 6.3 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. 1001fontaines builds water treatment kiosks that are managed as local social enterprises. Target beneficiaries are farmers, fishermen, landless people or women and children in the village. These families live on $60-80 per month.
Over the next three years, 1001fontaines aims to set up 60 additional water kiosks in Cambodia. For more information please click here.
Bareebo will dig 20 irrigation ponds for small-holder families in rural Cambodia so they can farm organic gardens year-round to improve their food security, and produce output for sale at local markets. This pond project is one component of a broader Bareebo program that will also provide trainings to these 20 families on organic food production and how to produce organic food for the market. For more information, please click here.
This project will construct a new 4-classroom building at the Thlat Primary School in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the benefit of the school's 300 students. This new building will replace a much older wooden classroom building (pictured above while still in use) that the school has recently opted to stop using as it has been deemed unsafe for the teachers and students. To learn more click here.
PROJECTS IN INDIA
Gramalaya has launched this initiative to bring improved sanitation and education systems to rural areas of Tamil Nadu in South India. Census data indicates that only 30.7% of rural households in India have access to toilets, resulting in various health issues such as high child mortality rates and a prevalence of open defecation.
Gramalaya, a local nonprofit established in 1987, will be able to provide up to 10,000 households with SMART toilets which are designed to be socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally sound. This project will ease the plight of disadvantaged groups, particularly Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people, previously without access to proper sanitation. For more information please click here.
Agastaya International, an Indian NGO, is looking to complement their existing hub of innovative instruction facilities by creating a “Bio Discovery Center”. The Center aims to be an immersive, engaging and fun experience for children, and it will provide beneficiaries with an excellent foundation in Biology. It will focus on the providing economically disadvantaged youth in villages of southern Andhra Pradesh with access to quality education. A space like this will inspire and motivate children towards the study of Biology and open their minds to the many lucrative careers that Biology offers. For more information, please click here.
This project will allow Margadarshi to provide financial assistance for one academic year for 30 children with disabilities from impoverished families, so that they may continue their studies and prevent them from dropping out of school. For more information, please click here.
Over the course of 18 months, the India HIV/AIDS Alliance will provide vocational and skill-building trainings to 1,000 people living with HIV between the ages of 15 and 25. The project, which will be implemented in the Indian states of Delhi, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, will go beyond offering vocational-trainings, and aims to place at least 80% of the program graduates into long-term employment. To learn more click here.
This project will provide one year of operating support to Margadarshi's Home for Disabled Women as it provides care for its 30 residents (women and girls between the ages of 10 and 40). It is offered as a home for physically-challenged women with no means of supporting themselves, and provides them with residential care, medical care, physiotherapy, and offers training in vocational skills and life skills. The Margadarshi Home's goal is to prepare its residents to enter society as educated, well-equipped individuals capable of economic independence. For more information click here.
Funds for this project will allow the Unnati Skill Center in Bangalore (Karnataka) India to provide 150 individuals with 320 hours of intensive vocational and job-skills training. The trainees are mostly unemployed 18-25 year-olds who are less educated or semi-literate, who come from remote villages or slums where they face significant financial and educational impediments. At the completion of the 50 day program, Unnati is able to place these participants into paying jobs with a historical 100% success rate. To learn more click here.
PROJECTS IN MYANMAR
Child's Dream Foundation will coordinate medical treatment in Thai hospitals for approximately 30 Burmese children under the age of 12 suffering from one of three clearly-defined congenital diseases: Heart Disease, Anorectal Malformation, and Hypospadias, with each medical treatment lasting between 2-4 weeks. To learn more click here.
Child's Dream Foundation will provide a 4-year university scholarship for capable Myanmar students to attend an international university in Thailand. This will allow students from underprivileged backgrounds, such as migrants, refugees, and those directly from Myanmar, to attain employment and stability later in their lives. These funds would cover four years of tuition fees, as well as school books, uniforms, and the student's living expenses. Scholarships will be granted to students who will meet all criteria. For more information please click here.
This project will allow Medical Action Myanmar (MAM) to offer free medical services and medicine to 8,000 vulnerable people from Hlaingthayar Township who otherwise would have been unable to access critical health care in the coming year. MAM is a medical aid organization whose mission is to improve access to quality health care for the poorest of people in Myanmar. The group focuses on the most vulnerable people in very remote areas and in urban slums where most people cannot afford ot pay for adequate health care services. For more information please click here.
PROJECTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
This project will construct and furnish a Culture and Arts Library in Agusan del Sur, Philippines for the preservation and study of local indigenous knowledge that is being excluded from mainstream educational curriculums. Project funds will ensure that the library is well-stocked with relevant books, journals, periodicals, films and audio recordings, tables, chairs, and building fixtures, as well as audio-visual equipment for library visitors to explore this wealth of materials that cannot be found in other regional libraries. To learn more click here.
This project will fund the production of 4 documentary films that will focus on efforts to revitalize traditional knowledge among indigenous and settler groups in Agusan del Sur, Northeastern Mindanao, Southern Philippines. Each film will explore one of the following topics: 1) traditional chants and instruments, 2) traditional massage and plant medicines, 3) traditional environmental knowledge in a marshland and holy mountain, and 4) traditional models for women empowerment and gender equality. For more information, please click here.
The Tao Foundation is reviving this scholarship program for indigenous youths on the island of Mindanao. The indigenous and rural poor youth of Agusan del Sur are born into marginalized and economically depressed communities, but education affords them a clear opportunity to become agents of positive change in their communities.
The Tao Foundation will select 20 indigenous and rural poor youths to help them begin or continue a college education at schools in Agusan del Sur. To learn more click here.
PROJECTS IN SRI LANKA
Through Community Development Services (CDS), this project will train a minimum of 500 youths (aged 16-25) on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its 30 articles over a 12-month period. These training workshops will be carried out in Sri Lanka's Western Province, and will cover the district of Colombo, with a focus on Kolonnawa and Maharagama, which are known to be political hot-spots with a diverse mix of ethnic groups. From this initial group of 500 youths, a sub-set of 50 peer leaders will be identified to lead the project in their own communities. These youths will become the first human rights activists of the National Youth Services Council. For more information please click here.
PROJECTS IN THAILAND
The Karen Hilltribes Trust (KHT) will install a gravity-fed, mountain-sourced clean water system in a remote Karen hilltribe village. This system will include 30 pour-flush latrines and shower units to ensure that clean water and sanitation facilities are available to approximately 350 villagers. Once the system is installed, members of the community will be trained on the proper use and maintenance of the water system and latrines to ensure its long-term sustainability: if properly looked after, each facility can last between 10 and 20 years without requiring repairs. To learn more click here.
The Karen Hilltribes Trust will partner with local communities to construct a durable dam and irrigation system to provide a reliable, year-round water supply for 3 - 4 Karen villages of approximately 350 each in northwest Thailand. This system will help the Karen people moderate their water supply even when facing unpredictable weather patterns due to climate change, allowing them to increase their food security and diversify into cash crops. To learn more, click here.