Charities in GeorgiaGeorgia borders Russia, the Black Sea, Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Its estimated population is 3.6 million. In 1991, Georgia emerged from the Soviet Union as an independent state, the Republic of Georgia. However, It was changed to Georgia after adopting its Constitution in 1995. While having a tumultuous history due to the political affairs of its neighboring countries, it has always been known for its remarkable cultural heritage. Georgia’s poverty level has fluctuated since becoming independent, notably from 70.6% in 2010 to 47.7% in 2022. Multiple charities in Georgia have made substantial efforts to support Georgians in developing successful lives as citizens. Some of these charities in Georgia include:

Caritas Georgia

Caritas Georgia was founded in 1994 and is still active today. This organization was first established to support and care for those left destitute after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The current mission of this nongovernmental organization (NGO) is to promote human development and social justice. It brings relief and support to disadvantaged citizens.

Caritas Georgia introduced several projects to improve conditions for those in social care and children and young adult protection programs. These projects work on policies to prevent families from being forced into the migration process due to economic reasons.

St Gregory’s Foundation

In Tbilisi, although a third of Georgia’s population resides here, there are very few social care services that focus on young people who are homeless. This makes it a main priority for St. Gregory’s Foundation to bridge this gap and reduce the risk of teenagers becoming incarcerated and lost in the prison system.

This organization provides skills and knowledge to local communities to enhance social welfare projects. It creates opportunities for vulnerable individuals to improve their circumstances. Workers support disabled children and teenagers who struggle with traditional methods of communication to become confident members of society and embrace independence.

The foundation also offers education and life-skills training to those leaving care from orphanages to support them in setting up a sustainable lifestyle. Since its beginning, more than 400 children and teenagers in Georgia have benefitted from the organization’s rehabilitation services.

SOS Children’s Villages

This organization focuses its resources on those without parental care or those at risk of losing it so they may grow up with suitable socialization. It does not matter the culture, heritage, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability of the child or young adult; the initiative will support the person in establishing trust and nurturing a sense of belonging in their community.

Its mission is adapted to fit the socioeconomic circumstances of Tbilisi. SOS Children’s Villages have worked in Tbilisi since 1996, offering support to families and advocating for the improvement of human rights. It collaborates with displaced people who have experienced poverty and social exclusion. The organization has supported almost 500 people and offered educational workshops regarding parenting classes and children’s rights.

Human Rights House Foundation

Established in 2010, this foundation united five separate organizations to form a social support pillar. These organizations focus on promoting Georgians’ human rights by developing a strategy to protect and strengthen awareness of human rights issues and violations.

Its organizations include the Human Rights Centre and the Media Institute. The former was initially founded in 1996 to protect freedom in Georgia. The Media Institute was established in 2011. It’s goal was to promote and guarantee freedom of speech and expression to prosper the development of impartial media reporting in Georgia.

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger’s projects throughout Georgia offer locals resources to support their businesses and startups. The organization aims to improve access to food supplies. They provide citizens with training in agriculture and the equipment needed to farm their own crops. As part of this organization, field schools and agricultural centers are set up in the countryside to teach citizens efficient ways of farming. In 2019, the organization offered services to 8,667 individuals through its programs.

Final Remark

Although the World Bank has shown that poverty has declined in Georgia, more than 10% of the population continues to live below the national poverty line, with most of these citizens living in the more rural areas of the country. Nonetheless, Georgia’s economy expanded in February of this year due to the progression of sectors such as construction and manufacturing.

However, despite the general progression of the job market, issues remain. There is an outstandingly low percentage of Georgian citizens (16.4%) unemployed, compared to the 20.6% recorded in 2021. However, there is concern about the quality of jobs offered to Georgian citizens.

It is clear that these charities are working hard to better the lives of the citizens of Georgia. However, for Georgia’s economy to thrive as a small country, social care on a larger scale than local authorities can provide is necessary to improve the quality of life for its citizens.

– Brogan Dickson

Brogan is based in Scotland and focuses on Good News for The Borgen Project.

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Charities Fighting Global PovertyAccording to World Vision, a staggering 9.2% of the global population lives in extreme poverty, facing daily struggles for necessities. Yet amid this stark reality, there emerges a beacon of hope: passionate individuals who refuse to accept the status quo. Driven by a deep sense of empathy and urgency, these individuals have taken it upon themselves to initiate ripple effects of change, sparking movements that resonate across continents by establishing impactful charities fighting global poverty.

In this exploration of grassroots activism and compassion, we highlight three remarkable small charities fighting global poverty. These organizations not only exemplify the power of one person’s determination but also serve as tangible manifestations of the collective desire to alleviate poverty and injustice on a global scale.

Concern Worldwide

Founded by John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy in 1968, Concern Worldwide emerged from the heart of Ireland during a tumultuous period known as the Troubles. Despite the challenges in their own homeland, the couple was deeply moved by the crisis unfolding in Biafra and felt compelled to take action. Over the years, Concern has grown into a formidable force for good, reaching an astounding 36 million people globally with its humanitarian efforts in 2022.

Operating in 26 countries, primarily in Africa and the Middle East, Concern’s impact resonates across continents. Its dedication to alleviating suffering and addressing the root causes of poverty is evident in its latest endeavor in Sierra Leone, where it established a pioneering program aimed at strengthening food systems to combat nutritional insecurity. Through its tireless work and unwavering commitment, Concern Worldwide continues to be a beacon of hope for millions around the world.

Green Shoots Foundation

Jean-Marc Debricon established the Green Shoots Foundation in October 2010. The charity began its journey with a focus on microfinance, a tool described by Habitat for Humanity as vital in providing financial services to socially excluded populations. Over the years, the organization has expanded its vision, evolving into a beacon of hope for impoverished communities across Asia. With a multifaceted approach encompassing education, medical aid and economic empowerment, Green Shoots is dedicated to alleviating poverty at its roots.

The Green Shoots Foundation is present in seven countries across the region. From providing nearly 7,000 hours of training for health care professionals in Myanmar to empowering 5,500 students through its Food and Agriculture program in the Philippines and Cambodia, Green Shoots Foundation is sowing seeds of change and fostering sustainable development in some of Asia’s most vulnerable communities.

World Cow

Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Vermont, USA, World Cow stands as a testament to the power of art and altruism. Founded by D.J. Barry, this organization is on a mission to spread a message of unity encapsulated in its poignant slogan, “We’re all spots on the same cow.” In an interview with The Borgen Project, Barry noted that his inspiration stemmed from his deep love for street art and the serene beauty of Vermont, culminating in the creation of the iconic image of a Holstein cow adorned with the world map as its spots.

What began in 2015 as “Cow For A Cause,” a humble initiative by Barry and his family to raise funds for local charities addressing poverty in Vermont, has blossomed into a global movement. World Cow’s reach now extends far beyond Vermont’s borders, with impactful projects in diverse regions such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it nurtures the art movement and in India, where it provides essential resources like food, stationery and clothing to those in need.

Barry’s impact is global and everlasting. He described World Cow as “not something that can just go away because you see tattoos of it or these murals that are lasting for decades. It’s being printed everywhere and I think that the herd story, even long after I’m gone, will continue to inspire and grow, so I’m leaving that mark everywhere.” By fostering the arts in vulnerable communities, World Cow provides inspiration, enrichment and motivation for people suffering from the multifaceted dimensions of poverty. Through this innovative blend of art and activism, World Cow continues to sow seeds of hope and solidarity across continents.

Final Remark

The collective efforts of small charities fighting global poverty serve as a testament to the power of grassroots initiatives and individual determination. Despite limited resources, these organizations have managed to create significant impacts, reaching vulnerable populations and addressing systemic issues at the local and global levels. Through innovative approaches, unwavering dedication and a deep commitment to social justice, they have brought hope and tangible change to countless lives.

These efforts are working. Since 1990 the percentage of people living in poverty has declined from more than 50% to around 35%. Finally, as we celebrate their achievements, it becomes clear that the fight against poverty is not insurmountable and that every contribution, no matter how small, plays a vital role in building a more equitable world.

– Lauren Mckenna

Lauren is based in Manchester, UK and focuses on Good News for The Borgen Project.

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Public Health Crisis in UgandaThe escalating population in Uganda, now surpassing 49 million, underscores a pressing public health crisis. Various factors, including mental health, food insecurity, education and agricultural practices, collectively contribute to the deterioration of public health, highlighting the critical need for global charitable support

Uganda faces severe food insecurity, with a Global Hunger Index score of 25.3. Additionally, the prevalence of infectious diseases, inadequate health care infrastructure and food scarcity exacerbated by unpredictable weather patterns, floods and the repercussions of COVID-19 further exacerbate the decline of public health.

Nevertheless, charitable organizations worldwide have made significant strides in addressing the public health crisis in Uganda, providing essential health care and resources for a more robust and secure future. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the average life expectancy at birth in Uganda saw a notable improvement, rising from 45.7 years to 62.2 years for males and from 50.5 years to 64.2 years for females between 1991 and 2014.

Medical Teams International

Effectively addressing the public health crisis in Uganda requires concerted efforts. It is imperative to prioritize enhancing both physical and mental well-being. A Lancet Psychiatry correspondence in 2022 revealed that approximately 32% of Uganda’s population grapples with mental illness, a challenge compounded by insufficient resources and a shortage of psychiatric nurses. Additionally, in 2020, more than 69% of Ugandans experienced food insecurity, with more than 21% facing severe food shortages. Furthermore, the prevalence of life-threatening diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis contributes to more than 50% of morbidity and mortality rates in the country.

Since 2004, Medical Teams International has actively collaborated with Uganda, prioritizing accessibility to health care for refugees and locals. Through comprehensive programs, the charity offers prenatal care for mothers, administers vaccines to children and operates clinics providing life-saving treatments for various diseases and malnutrition. Over the years, Medical Teams International has conducted more than 834,000 malnutrition screenings and facilitated the safe delivery of more than 32,000 babies in Uganda.

Furthermore, Uganda faces a prevalence of mental health disorders, surpassing that of other low-income countries. Compounding this issue is the inadequacy of mental health services and the lack of the necessary resources for effective intervention. The influx of refugees into Uganda has exacerbated the demand for mental health support, evidenced by approximately 277 reported suicide cases in refugee settlements in 2023 alone. Unfortunately, Uganda has only about 53 psychiatrists, equating to roughly one psychiatrist per million people, posing a significant public health concern. However, Medical Teams International has trained more than 1,600 volunteers in psychological first aid to address this challenge. By providing counseling and promoting mental health awareness, the organization aims to improve access to care and mitigate the impact of mental health disorders in Uganda.

Hope Health Action

Hope Health Action (HHA) is another organization actively addressing the public health crisis in Uganda. The charity dedicates itself to serving the people of Uganda specializing in health care, disability care and emergency response. The country has experienced a significant influx of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with more than 1.6 million refugees and asylum seekers arriving in Uganda as of 2024, according to the WHO. Consequently, the demand for health care has surged, underscoring the essential role of organizations like HHA in providing emergency medical services to Uganda’s growing population.

Among its initiatives, HHA prioritizes health programs for vulnerable women and children, offering health education, immunizations and treatment for malnutrition. The organization also identifies high-risk cases requiring urgent hospital or clinic care. The CRADLE project, specifically designed for high-risk pregnancies, supports thousands of women and children. Additionally, HHA provides critical support to disabled individuals in Uganda through community-based rehabilitation efforts. The organization aims to uplift and empower Uganda’s most vulnerable citizens by offering local partners training, materials and financial assistance.

Seeds for Development

Seeds for Development is actively addressing the public health crisis in Uganda, mainly focusing on impoverished farming communities in Northern Uganda. The organization’s initiatives are to provide these communities with essential support, including regular meals, access to education for children, safer housing and the establishment of sustainable businesses to foster community rebuilding.

Agriculture is pivotal in Uganda’s economy, with approximately 68% of the population engaged in agricultural activities. The country benefits from favorable soil and climate conditions, contributing to its agricultural success, which accounts for about 85% of export earnings and 21.9% of GDP. However, disruptions caused by unpredictable weather patterns, floods and the impact of COVID-19 have severely affected Uganda’s agricultural sector and supply chains, leading to widespread food insecurity and economic strain.

Seeds for Development has responded by implementing forest gardens and regenerative agroforestry practices, empowering farmers to support their families sustainably. Since 2020, the organization has been working to establish forest gardens to support across Uganda, utilizing innovative technologies such as Geographic Information System mapping to optimize crop planning and growth. Moreover, Seeds for Development prioritizes education, providing monthly contributions to schools and offering nutritious porridge to students, alleviating the burden on parents and enabling them to focus on agricultural activities while ensuring their children receive a quality education.

Mental health, food insecurity, education, health care and farming persist as significant challenges in Uganda, exacerbated by the ongoing influx of refugees fleeing conflict. Charitable organizations sustain their efforts in Uganda to address these pressing issues and uplift communities. Fortunately, the concerted efforts of numerous charities dedicated to alleviating the public health crisis have made significant strides in assisting Uganda.

– Emily Whatley
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Hank Green and Hodgkin LymphomaHank Green, a science communicator, internet sensation, and advocate for authentic self-expression, recently underwent treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma. He not only faced his diagnosis publicly but also used the opportunity to educate others about inequitable cancer care. Additionally, he designed some whimsical cancer-themed socks.

Hodgkin Lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, often leads to swollen lymph nodes. According to the National Health Service (NHS), this disease mainly affects people older than 75 and those between 20 and 40 years old. It is relatively uncommon in the United Kingdom (U.K.), with more than 2,000 new cases each year. However, it is relatively easy to treat; 80% of those diagnosed survive for more than five years after diagnosis.

Early diagnosis is important for all types of cancer, as it means that the cancers are less developed, are more likely to respond to treatments and require patients to have fewer treatments overall.

Inequitable Cancer Care

Treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is relatively inexpensive and accessible. However, these treatments are less available in countries with less robust health care systems. According to the American Cancer Society, “no screening rest has been shown to lower the risk of dying from [it].” This makes diagnosis challenging, as the most accurate method for detecting Hodgkin lymphoma is through a biopsy, which involves taking a tissue sample from a swollen lymph node and requires specialized care.

Cancer Socks

In response to his treatment and the global state of cancer care, Hank Green collaborated with Partners in Health (PIH) to design a set of interchangeable cancer socks. He directs 100% of the profits from this project toward making cancer care more equitable.

Mondeh Mansaray

Hank Green’s brother, John Green, visited Sierra Leone in 2019 as part of their joint work with PIH. During his visit, he encountered Mondeh, who had been incorrectly diagnosed with tuberculosis. The lack of diagnostic equipment in Sierra Leone — no MRI machines, CT scanners or even X-ray machines — prevented an accurate diagnosis. Four years later, a PIH doctor suspected Hodgkin lymphoma, enabling Mondeh to travel to the capital city for a biopsy. Despite the new diagnosis, Mondeh lacked access to the necessary IV chemotherapy in Sierra Leone and had to travel to Butaro Cancer Hospital in Rwanda for effective treatment.

Partners in Health

PIH financially supports families like Mondeh’s, making otherwise inaccessible treatments available. By strengthening health care systems and training community health workers—individuals passionate about improving their communities—PIH saves lives. Due to this organization, more than 3,000 people per year receive cancer care they would otherwise not access. This support is crucial because funding for cancer care globally does not align evenly with the cancer burden.

The organization does more than provide care; it integrates communities into the health care system’s development. For instance, at the Butaro Cancer Centre of Excellence, women held 30% of the construction jobs created in the local economy. Additionally, local stakeholders participated actively, assembling much of the furnishings on-site using locally sourced materials.

PIH operates in 11 countries, but its influence extends far beyond, as evidenced by Mondeh’s cancer treatment. The organization engages in on-the-ground treatment, advocacy and research, aiming to disseminate knowledge to practitioners worldwide.

Looking Forward

The collaborative efforts of influencers like Hank Green and organizations such as Partners in Health are pivotal in transforming the global landscape of cancer care. Their dedication to equity in health care continues to illuminate paths to improved access and treatment for all, regardless of geographic or economic barriers.

– Rachael Denton-Snape

Rachael is based in High Wycombe, UK and focuses on Global Health and Celebs for The Borgen Project.

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Charities in El SalvadorAs the smallest country in Central America, El Salvador is home to 6.3 million people. Among the Salvadoran population, 27% live below the national poverty line. Despite ranking as the 17th highest country in global crime, factors, such as poor access to education, and a recent increase in immigration also contribute to El Salvador’s high poverty rate. As the country’s economy grows, economic disparity continues to challenge El Salvador. According to the World Bank, the rate of extreme poverty rate increased by 4% in 2022. The most vulnerable populations, including women, children, Indigenous people, the LGBTQI+ community and those with disabilities, still face economic challenges that sustain the cycle of poverty. The work done by nonprofits, such as the following five charities operating in El Salvador, address poverty and strive to improve the lives of impoverished Salvadoran.

Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation

The Salvadoran American Humanitarian Foundation (SAHF) is a Miami-based non-profit that provides humanitarian aid to Salvadorans in need. The foundation collects donations from the United States and distributes them to hospitals, clinics, orphanages, nursing homes, libraries and schools in El Salvador. In partnership with its sister organization, the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL), SAHF shipped more than $19 million in aid to El Salvador in 2022, directly helping 62,535 Salvadorans and 157 organizations.

FUSAL

Established in 1986, the Salvadoran Foundation for Health and Human Development (FUSAL) is the Salvadoran-based sister organization of SAHF. FUSAL is responsible for receiving the goods shipped by SAHF. They distribute items, such as medicine, medical supplies, hygienic products, clothing, food and educational goods to vulnerable Salvadorans across the nation’s 14 states. Since its conception, FUSAL has distributed about $850 million of donations to 630 beneficiaries, including hospitals, schools, care and community centers, and other Salvadoran NGOs.

The Poma Foundation

The Poma Foundation is a Salvadoran organization that aims to promote the social, economic and personal development of the impoverished. Through various educational, cultural and wellness programs, such as FUSAL and the Higher School of Economic and Business (ESEN), the Poma Foundation creates opportunities for vulnerable Salvadorans to break the cycle of poverty. Since 1984, the organization has granted more than 1,300 scholarships, donated $1 million dedicated to the distribution of COVID tests and produced over 329 national theater shows.

Americares

Americares is a global nonprofit that provides relief and health care to developing countries. Their presence in El Salvador began in 1984 and increased following the 1986 earthquake. Americares works alongside FUSAL to provide medicine and medical supplies to Salvadorans in need. In 2003, the organization built the Americares Family Clinic. The clinic, located in Usultan, sees about 30,000 patients yearly and offers low-cost, high-quality medical care to local families in El Salvador.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Since 1999, the Salvadoran chapter of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) continues to provide support to vulnerable Salvadoran youth. NPH’s main house, Casa Sagrada Familia, offers shelter, education and food for 373 children emancipating from difficult environments. In addition to its internal programs, NPH’s external programs provide educational tools, such as primary education and scholarships, to low-income Salvadoran students. 

Despite a third of the country’s population living in poverty, these charities operating in El Salvador are dedicated to improving the lives of poverty-ridden Salvadorans. According to a study conducted by the World Bank Group, the national poverty rate decreased from about 40% in 2009 to 26.6% in 2022. Through various educational programs, cultural opportunities and humanitarian aid provided by non-profits, El Salvador is advancing in the fight against poverty.

– Naima Rasheed
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Meg and Rose: A Small Business in South Africa Alleviating PovertyAccording to ASPEN Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), small businesses are essential for the growth of the national economy in South Africa. The country’s high unemployment rates stand at 32.1% in 2024. However, ANDE suggests that a small business in South Africa can create jobs, bolster the economy and empower local communities. 

According to Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS), about 30% of employed people in South Africa work for a small business. These enterprises have become a significant source of income for many people from marginalized backgrounds. In post-Apartheid South Africa, small businesses face disadvantages compared to larger companies due to the lingering effects of Apartheid policies. Despite these challenges, many Black female South African entrepreneurs, a key demographic in small businesses, have spurred economic growth in South Africa.

Meg and Rose: A Family Enterprise

Meg and Rose, a family-run, female and Black-owned small business in South Africa, is creating positive change in its Cape Town community. Founded by three generations of women—grandmother Rosemary Solomons, mother and company president Meagan Van der Merwe and daughter Zoe Van der Merwe—the business began after a significant life change. When Meagan lost her job following Uber Eats’ acquisition of OrderTalk, a Cape Town-based tech company where she worked, she turned to crocheting, drawing and painting for joy and fulfillment.

Using her artistic skills along with her mother’s sewing expertise and her daughter’s social media management abilities, the trio started selling handmade crochet dolls, home decor and accessories on their Instagram page. Some of their unique products include a customizable hand-painted tote bag priced at 200 South African rands—approximately $10.65 or £8.51—and a crocheted “Melody the Mellow Bunny” doll for R700.

Community Engagement and Customer Relations

Each product from Meg and Rose requires hours of meticulous work, and the company creates every item with love. The Entrepreneurship and Empowerment in South Africa Program, through Boitshoko ke Phenyo Consulting, found that about 95% of the business’s orders come from women in the Cape Town area. As Cape Town residents themselves, Rosemary, Meagan and Zoe have developed and maintained strong relationships with their customers, who are often fellow community members. For instance, they stay in touch with customers, offering congratulations on new babies and checking to ensure that their products are both loved and well-used.

Nonprofit Work

Rosemary, Meagan and Zoe directly alleviate poverty in Cape Town through their nonprofit. They established Mike’s Helping Hands in honor of Rosemary’s late husband, Mike, who was known for his generosity and service to the community. This organization, funded entirely by donations and profits from Meg and Rose, initially aimed to distribute meal kits to those unable to afford food. Mike’s Helping Hands has since broadened its efforts, driven by its mission: “In kindness lies strength, leave no one behind.”

The business’s nonprofit initiative, Dream Day, also supports young impoverished South African women during significant events like prom and graduation by providing dresses at no cost and offering makeup and hair services for only R20. Recently, the organization collected used toys and clothing to distribute to children who lack these essentials. Rosemary, Meagan and Zoe have strengthened their community ties in the collective fight against poverty by encouraging their friends and neighbors to participate.

Inspiring Future Generations

Meg and Rose supports its Cape Town neighbors with hard work, respect and love through its business and ongoing initiatives. Moreover, with its influence as a small business in South Africa, Meg and Rose aim to continue promoting Black female entrepreneurship in the country.

– Estelle Lee

Estelle is based in Seattle, WA, USA and focuses on Business and New Markets for The Borgen Project.

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Charities in GuyanaGuyana has made positive impacts in reducing poverty within the country; however, it was once one of the poorest in South America. Due to the discovery of oil production in 2019, Guyana’s GDP per capita is quickly increasing and the country could continue as one of the countries with the fastest economic growth as new oil production begins. The country is rich in natural resources and in addition to abundant rainforests and agricultural land, the country’s natural reserves also include gold and diamonds. Guyana’s proud decline in poverty shows a change from 60.9% of the country’s population living in poverty in 2006 to 48.4% in 2019, according to the World Bank. Accessibility to education and health care still needs improvements since COVID-19 additionally worsened conditions in these sectors. These five charities are operating in Guyana to make positive changes for the people living in Guyana.

Friends of Guyana (FROG)

In an interview with The Borgen Project, founder Scott Stadum shared more about Friends of Guyana. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Kati Ringer and Scott Stadum founded FROG in 2007. Their original idea was to give microgrants to Peace Corps Volunteers. They wanted to fund smaller projects in Guyana, which was not available when they started. Eventually, the organization extended microgrants to anyone who wanted to start a project in or about Guyana, Stadum explained. The charity also funds projects focusing on education and health. A notable project that FROG funded was a short film called ‘The Seawall’ which was filmed and directed by Guyanese-born Mason Richards. The movie went on to show at the Cannes Film Festival a decade later, Richard Mason is now the president and chairman of FROG.

The Guyana Foundation

Supriya Singh-Bodden founded The Guyana Foundation in 2013. The charity’s focus is to provide skills training and counseling to those in need in Guyana. The charity has worked on many projects and has remarkably collaborated with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives to build an innovative bakery in Capoey costing $15 million. The charity teaches catering, business, sewing and IT skills which people can use to start micro-businesses. The Guyana Foundation also works to teach these skills to refugees from Venezuela who have migrated to Guyana. Additionally, it provided water and solar-panelled lights to towns and villages and essentials such as blankets and curtains to schools. The charity also provides support for farmers by providing wellness classes, private counseling and informative workshops.

Food for the Poor

Food for the Poor began its work in Guyana in 1991. The charity’s goal is to transform the lives of underprivileged citizens of Guyana. The charity has a religious background and works closely with churches. Food for the Poor has carried out multiple projects within Guyana, these projects have helped fund medical care for adults and children who do not have the funds to pay for non-life-threatening medical procedures. In 2022, the charity constructed 92 houses for families and provided shelter for 552 people. The homes were partially furnished and had access to clean water and facilities. Families who did not have access to electricity were also given solar panel systems. The charity has also provided hot meals, breakfast hampers, clothing, school supplies and assistance to schools.

Save Abee Foundation

Save Abee Foundation’s goal is to build centers around the whole of Guyana that provide education to children in poverty. Save Abee provides free education in math, computer technology and English. It also provides grants for scholarships so that children can continue further education. The charity not only provides vital education for Guyanese children but also provides remote medical care. In Guyana, it can take hours for people to travel to get medical, dental and vision care. Save Abee travels to people in need to provide them with the health care that they need.

On top of this, the charity provides food, clothing and toys to those in more unfortunate communities. The Borgen Project corresponded with the Save Abee Foundation’s founder, Sham Tilak, who was born in Berbice Guyana. Impressively, the Save Abee Foundation has helped an estimated 25,000 people, the founder explained. Sham Tilak founded the foundation in 2011 and the charity is still going strong. Save Abee Foundation’s tremendous efforts have not gone unnoticed, and it has many supporters backing its cause. Starbucks, which runs The Starbucks Foundation, opened its first store in Guyana, in 2023 and donated a grant of $10,000 to Save Abee Foundation. The grant will help the foundation reach its target of educating 200 Guyanese youths on computer technology skills.

Mothers’ Union

Mothers’ Union works with people globally, and it started its charity work in Guyana in 1926. The charity has 2,300 members supporting the organization’s generous operations in Guyana. Mothers’ Union provides child day centers and parenting programs, to support families and better their relationships. The organization provides food for families in need and nutrition programs, they also opened a community shop in Annai village.

Mothers’ Union works in some of the most indigenous parts of Guyana and has supplied reusable sanitary towels for girls and provided support to women and teenagers, both male and female. The charity also runs sewing centers, where it provides school uniforms and mosquito nets, which has improved the rates of diseases spread by mosquitoes. Mothers’ Union has a religious background, and it provides prison ministry and church communities. The charity also works to educate people on gender-based violence.

Wrap Up

These five charities operating in Guyana are only a few of many helping to end poverty for Guyanese people. Guyana has made extraordinary efforts to build itself up and make positive impacts for its nationals. Access to education has risen and Guyana attained 91% and 103% enrolment at nursery and primary school levels, according to the World Bank. The World Bank also reports that an estimated 76% of Guyanese people can access health care services. The organizations listed today are a few of many charities operating in Guyana to secure a better future for its citizens.

– Raquel Smith

Raquel is based in London, UK and focuses on Business and New Markets and Good News for The Borgen Project.

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DanceaidDanceaid is a charity based in the United Kingdom (U.K.) that uses the energy of dance to transform the lives of children. Using dance-based activities, the charity raises funds to alleviate certain hardships that are often experienced by orphaned, poor and disabled children, both in the U.K. and abroad. The programs it runs focus on things such as food insecurity and education, with the aim of helping children in need reach their full potential.

Founded in 2009, Danceaid uses slogans such as “dance a little, live a little, save a life” and wants to get everyone involved, from “tiny tots to groovy grannies shaking a leg to make a difference.” DanceAid runs a whole range of dance-based events and activities to raise funds. For example, it runs dance competitions and shows, a “design your own medal hanger” scheme, triathlons and danceathons and has celebrity endorsement from JLS star Aston Merrygold.

The Main Aim of the Charity

The main aims of the charity are education and training, the prevention and relief of poverty, overseas aid and famine relief. It does this by providing finance, human resources, buildings, facilities, open space and aid services. The charity primarily operates throughout England and Wales, the Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Turkey and Ukraine.

Impacts

A key example of Danceaid’s work is in the city of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. In Manila, children are forced to live and work in the streets from as young as 3 years old and face serious problems such as food insecurity. In August 2013, Danceaid launched a “feeding program,” just after the city had been hit by monsoon floods, leaving the community without food. The charity currently feeds 100 children every day in Manila. A year later, in 2014, it launched a feeding and support program for Manila entitled Mama and Me. This program is for mothers who are so malnourished that they cannot produce breast milk and for babies who are malnourished, underweight and unwell.

Danceaid also runs projects in rural South Africa, with a focus on young people affected by HIV and AIDS. Its preschool for children aged 3 to 6 provides children with food, toys, books, education on topics such as colors, numbers and patterns and language education in both local languages and English. The charity also runs a drop-in center for affected families, which not only provides cooking utensils and food but also basic fuel to cook.

Also in South Africa, Danceaid currently runs a football program for 100 young boys, with under 13, under 15 and senior teams. The funds Danceaid raises get to put toward footballs, football boots, registration fees for players, transport to games and a healthy meal before engaging in the sport. Since Danceaid initiated this program, one of its players has subsequently been elevated to the South African Premiership, indicating its significant success.

– Eva McMonigle
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Charities Operating in LaosLaos, a country located in Southeast Asia with a GDP of $2,054 and 18.3% of the population living in poverty, ranks 115th out of 167th in the overall Prosperity Index. According to an article from Amnesty International, multiple areas pose a problem for the country’s human rights, including “economic, social and cultural rights.” However, here are five charities operating in Laos that are helping Laotian people have access to things that are easy to take for granted such as education, access to water and appropriate health care.

GreenHeart Foundation

GreenHeart Foundation is a humanitarian nonprofit organization that has made a “continuous pursuit to address issues of poverty, gender inequality, sex trafficking and unexploded bombs and promote creative expressions through the Preservation and Perpetuation, and Promotion of culture and arts in Asia.” Alongside USAID, the foundation has helped “establish and promote cottage weaving industries along with Consortium and the Lao Women’s Union.” The project provided various benefits to more than 533 weavers. GreenHeart Foundation has helped women express themselves through their artwork which is a part of their life through their traditional cultures. Expressing themselves through creativity can help these women get recognition in a country that’s struggling with social and economic rights.

The Asia Foundation

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization that focuses on improving lives and expanding opportunities across Asia and the Pacific. It plays an active role in working “with the Lao government to improve human rights and help communities manage the development and safeguard their natural environment.”

Natural resources account for more than a third of Laos’ total economic growth, which puts increased pressure on the environment. The Asia Foundation provided support to three villages in the Xe Bang Fai district and Khammouane province, helping the people “develop sustainable and economically viable wetland management plans.” Allowing people to use wetland resources can help them financially while also supporting “smallscale riverbank erosion protection measures,” according to The Asia Foundation.

Laos Educational Opportunities Trust (LEOT)

Established in 2006, Laos Education Opportunities Trust (LEOT) aims to “supplement local efforts and ensure students can access quality education and the skills they need to be successful in the future.” This includes community projects, scholarships and sponsorship programs that support children as students and work with isolated or rural villages to “improve the health and sanitation of families and communities.”  This has posed an equal opportunity for all children regardless of their social or economic status within their family households.

Laos Rehabilitation Foundation (LRF)

Laos Rehabilitation Foundation (LRF) is a nonprofit, nonreligious, and nonpolitical organization that aims to “provide medical services to Laotian people and surrounding communities with a greater focus on children and the poor.” LRF has had many accomplishments, including “providing items of personal hygiene and clothing to the children of Home of Light, a school for blind children” in Vientiane. LRF has also completed various construction projects for the country including building various health centers and schools to help provide children the best care that they deserve.

The World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been “involved in supporting the development of health services and health systems in Laos since the country became a member of the organization in 1950.” WHO’s mission towards Laos is to “achieve the highest level of health for all health sector reforms and universal health coverage for the country by 2025.” Providing health care to all people living in both rural and urban areas could help the country improve its human rights and fight poverty.

It is through these five charities operating in Laos that Laos continues to receive help to better improve their country environmentally, economically and socially. Laos could potentially improve its human rights record through charities that have helped make a difference in providing better human rights.

– Nevin Guler
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Charities Operating in BangladeshBangladesh has made significant strides from poverty to becoming one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. The poverty rate has gone from 41.6% to 18.7% in the past decade. While improvements in health care and education are notable, many areas still lack essential resources. Bangladeshis living in poverty-stricken areas have inadequate access to healthcare, education and food, with about 25% of the country being food insecure.

In addition, Bangladesh has the fourth highest child marriage rate in the world, primarily affecting rural populations living in poverty. These populations often turn to child marriage as they are unable to provide for their daughters. Despite progress, disparities persist, leaving some regions underserved.

To address these challenges, several charities are actively working on the ground in Bangladesh. They aim to ensure equitable access to vital resources for all citizens. These organizations play a crucial role in bridging the gap and empowering communities through supporting health care, education and poverty alleviation. Here are five charities operating in Bangladesh:

Save the Children

Save the Children is a global nongovernmental organization (NGO) that stands as a vigilant guardian for children worldwide, committed to shielding them from potential harm. Operating in Bangladesh since 1970, its initiatives encompass essential programs such as health, education and protective measures.

Noteworthy achievements include spearheading the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) MaMoni Maternal Care Strengthening Project, a five-year program that began in 2018. It aimed to increase access to quality maternal and newborn health care and to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate for marginalized communities.

Additionally, there’s the Reading Enhancement for Advancing Development (READ) project, a five-year program that took place from 2013 to 2018. This initiative provided training for teachers and reading materials for students, impacting more than one million learners. Moreover, Save the Children’s efforts extend to aiding Rohingya refugees residing in southeastern Bangladesh by building facilities such as toilets, health care centers and learning centers, exemplifying its unwavering commitment to the well-being and production of vulnerable children in the region.

Jaago Foundation

Jaago Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that is dedicated to empowering underprivileged individuals across Bangladesh, with a focus on education, youth development and women’s empowerment. Currently, its endeavors include blistering technological skills among students and expanding access to education through digital platforms.

In addition, it provides scholarships to women, ensuring they can pursue and continue their education, thus fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. Through its efforts, it has helped provide access to education to more than 3,500 students and engaged 16,000 children in reading initiatives. Through these initiatives, the Jaago Foundation is catalyzing transformative change and paving the way for a brighter future for all.

Thrive Global

Thrive Global has been on a mission to combat child hunger in Bangladesh by providing nutritious meals to schools. It has collaborated with local NGOs since 2012. USAID approximates that 25% of Bangladesh remains food insecure, including 36% of kids under 5 years of age. Children remain one of the most vulnerable populations to malnutrition.

Thrive Global’s targeted efforts are concentrated in underprivileged areas, particularly urban slums, where access to adequate nutrition is often scarce. Each day, it provides meals to about 2,100 students at 11 different schools across Bangladesh; 20 more schools are currently on the waiting list to receive daily meals.

Recently, Thrive Global has extended its reach to the Philippines, expanding its impactful initiatives beyond borders to address the pressing issue of childhood malnutrition in more communities. Through dedicated work, the nonprofit is sowing seeds of hope and nourishment for a brighter future for children in need.

Girls Not Brides

Another of the charities operating in Bangladesh is Girls Not Brides, an international organization that is at the forefront of the global movement to eradicate child marriages. Launched in Bangladesh in 2013, it focuses on nurturing youth leadership and empowering young activists, as well as advocating for increased investment in programs aimed at ending child marriage.

In 2017, the organization was involved in the technical revision of the Child Marriage Restrain Act, a law intended to make sure that girls under the age of 18 and boys under the age of 21 are protected from unlawful marriage. It continues to lobby the government for the enforcement of the act while simultaneously striving to raise public awareness throughout the country.

Girls Not Brides has reached nearly 50,000 girls across Bangladesh through its efforts to end child marriage. This nonprofit is driving meaningful change toward a future free from child marriage in Bangladesh and beyond.

Brackett Refugee Foundation

Brackett Refugee Education Fund is a nonprofit foundation established in 1997 and dedicated to providing education for refugees, particularly internally displaced children. It supports children in poverty-stricken regions by providing financial contributions so they can go to school. With a focus on Burma, Bangladesh, India and Thailand, it supports students at various levels, including to hundreds of university students, offering them a chance at a brighter future amid adversity.

In Bangladesh, the organization supports educational assistance to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar through the Children on the Edge program, which sets up learning centers and digital initiatives. By focusing on providing access to education, it empowers these vulnerable populations to foster resilience and opportunities for a brighter future.

Looking Forward

Bangladesh’s progress in tackling poverty is evident, but challenges persist, particularly regarding regional disparities in access to essential resources. Charities operating in Bangladesh play a vital role in bridging these gaps and fostering a more equitable society. As Bangladesh continues to develop, ongoing efforts to address inequality are essential for ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to thrive in the country’s evolving landscape.

– Adrita Quabili
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