NGOs

The World Water Crisis: How Travelers Can Help

Brianne Miers - March 22, 2017
the floating village of Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia

Today is World Water Day, which brings attention to the fact that 1.8 billion people around the globe live without access to clean drinking water. Anyone who has traveled to developing countries knows all the tips to avoid getting sick from contaminated water – asking for drinks without ice, avoiding fruits and vegetables that have been washed, and using bottled water to brush your teeth.  But can you imagine being at risk …

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More Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Brianne Miers - March 8, 2017

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same rights and opportunities that men enjoy. To honor the day, I asked some fellow travelers to recommend organizations they know …

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Organizations Empowering Women around the World

Brianne Miers - March 8, 2017
woman making necklace for Project-Tres in India

Today is International Women’s Day, which is dedicated to celebrating “the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.” However, it also recognizes that in many places in the world – even in the developed world – women are still being systemically denied many of the same rights and opportunities that men enjoy. To honor the day, I asked some fellow travelers to recommend organizations they know …

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Womentum Pays it Forward to Help Women around the World

Brianne Miers - February 20, 2017
women in India

Prabha Dublish is the co-founder of Womentum, a non-profit organization that crowdfunds donations to help women in developing countries start their own businesses. A junior at Babson College, she got the idea for Womentum after a trip to Delhi, India, in summer 2015. Womentum launched in April 2016 and has since funded women entrepreneurs in India, Uganda, Ecuador, and Colombia. 

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Humanity Unified International: Empowering Women and Communities

Brianne Miers - September 21, 2016
women in Rwanda working with Humanity Unified International

Maria Russo is the executive director of Humanity Unified International, a non-profit organization she co-founded with her husband, Anthony, in 2015 with the goal of lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty through education, food security programs and economic opportunities. She recently took time from her busy schedule – she’s also editor of The Culture-ist – to answer my questions about HU Int’l’s beginnings, programs and plans. 

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Beau Miller: How Aythos Responded to the Nepal Earthquake

Brianne Miers - August 10, 2016
Beau making delivery after the earthquake

Beau Miller is the executive director of Aythos, a non-profit organization he founded seven years ago to implement economic development projects in remote Himalayan villages in Nepal. Since 2012, Aythos volunteers and local staff have trained hundreds of farmers – including women – and helped plant thousands of fruit and nut trees, which provide nutritious food and critical income for villagers. I first interviewed Beau after the devastating April 2015 earthquake, and recently asked …

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How The Umbrella Foundation is Helping End “Voluntourism” in Nepal

Brianne Miers - May 31, 2016
Caroline Scheffer outside with kids

In summer 2003, I volunteered as an English teacher at an all-girls government school in Pokhara, Nepal. Even though my experience was mostly positive, I’ve since questioned whether my decision to volunteer with children was a responsible one, as I’ve learned more about the ugly side of the “voluntourism” industry.  Caroline Scheffer is a former Country Director of the The Umbrella Foundation, which works to alleviate the impact of trafficking, …

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