Organizations in Watersheds:
Construction for Change
Construction for Change partners with rural communities to build schools, medical facilities and other critical infrastructure where it is needed most. By providing infrastructure, we empower local non-profit organizations to create opportunity and break the cycle of poverty in their communities.
We provide the following services for our non-profit partners: 1. Construction financing grants up to $50,000; 2. Design concepts and blueprints; 3. Volunteer project management to oversee the construction phase; and 4. Capacity building among local residents in construction-related trades and skills.
It is Global Visionaries’ mission to educate and empower youth to become active community leaders and global citizens who promote social and environmental justice through community service at home and abroad. This is accomplished through local high school student participation in the yearlong Global Visionaries Youth Leadership Program. The program engages youth of diverse socio-economic backgrounds, 40% of current participants are students of color, in cross-cultural understanding workshops, anti-oppression training, local service-learning work teams, and an international cultural immersion and service-learning trip to Guatemala.
Mangrove Action Project
The Mangrove Action Project (MAP) is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide. Its main goal is to promote the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs.Through its global network and offices in the U.S. (International Office), Thailand (Asia Regional Office), Indonesia, and Latin America, MAP is stimulating the exchange of ideas and information on the conservation and restoration of mangrove forests, while promoting sustainable livelihoods for coastal communities.
One Equal Heart Foundation
One Equal Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports locally-led community-based programs in Chiapas, Mexico. One Equal Heart works with our Chiapas-based partners to help the Tseltal Maya create healthy families, healthy communities, and a healthy planet.
In Seattle, One Equal Heart raises funds and awareness for sustainable development programs that emerge from the wisdom and experience of the Tseltal Maya. One Equal Heart offers experiential and educational opportunities for the local community to explore the Tseltal indigenous vision as we work together to build a sustainable future.
SeaChar.Org is working to research, educate and promote the use of biochar and clean biochar production. Biochar has great potential to favorably impact climate change, soil productivity, food security and the production of carbon negative sustainable biomass energy. Our technology development is producing clean burning fuel efficient alternatives to open fire burning of wood or charcoal for cooking and commercial scale charcoal production. We prioritize crop and forestry waste products as new energy input sources. As such our work and the resource we represent supports all of the following areas :
• creation of new entrepreneurial fuel cycles
• decreased cost of cooking and heating inputs
• decreased cost of agricultural inputs
• creation of in country manufacturing
• potential carbon credit (offset and sequestration) funding
• increased agricultural productivity
• creation of clean energy and value added products sector, from green waste
• improved indoor air quality
• improved food security
• improved water quality
• improved green and animal waste handling
CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE:
• improved soil tilth, water handling, nutrient cycling and productivity
• reduced fertilizer leaching
• reduced methane and NO2 emissions from ag. activities
• biochar is a long lasting carbon sink for carbon taken from the CO2 cycle, thus it is a major “wedge” strategy for the reduction of atmoshperic CO2 levels
• reduced deforestation, due to redirected and/or more efficient fuel cycles
• reduced desertification, through (anthropogenic) soil building
• brown field soil remediation
• biochar/stove program development support
• biochar plot testing
• training trainers on the use and potential of gassification
technology (stoves to village energy production)
With the support of the Global Washington community, we will work to make SeaChar.Org a resource for experienced partners seeking to build positive, sustainable infrastructure world wide. SeaChar is currently working with Agros International to evaluate the requirements for a successful biochar development project in rural Central America.
Water for Humans
Water for Humans is a nonprofit social venture enterprise working to bring sanitation and clean water to communities in need through partnerships with local communities, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, universities and governments. These partnerships ensure clean drinking water, create local jobs and protect local water assets.
Over 884 million people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion lack proper sanitation. Potable water shortages and contaminated water sources are some of the leading causes of illness and death worldwide, resulting in waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and parasite infections.