Organizations in Sustainable Business Operations:
Breakthrough Partners operates in strategic regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify and build indigenous leaders who will lead an “Inside-Out” change process to pursue transformational, sustainable solutions to profound ruin, devastation and brokenness.
Esperanza International Foundation
The mission of Esperanza International Foundation is to free children and their families from poverty through initiatives that generate income, education, and health; restoring self-worth and dignity to those who have lost hope. This is accomplished through a program that focuses on Microenterprise Development, Education and Training, Health Care and Health Education.
iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service
iLEAP: The Center for Critical Service is a 501c3, tax-exempt nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate and inspire a new generation of social leaders who are motivated by a commitment to service and have the practical skills, rigorous critical thinking, and global community of support to create positive social and systemic change in the world. In the pursuit of this mission, iLEAP designs and delivers a variety of experiential educational programs that serve as the catalyst for this new generation, and, work to nurture meaningful collaborations between people, organizations, and community. All of our programs emphasize social enterprise, collaboration, conversation and dialogue, and rigorous engagement with ideas and theory. We develop these unique programs in close partnerships with colleges and universities, civil society groups, and for-profit businesses, and programs range in length from one day to nine months.
Initiative for Global Development
The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) is an alliance of business leaders working to end global poverty. IGD addresses poverty by promoting government policies that create an environment where private enterprise can thrive and by working with business leaders to increase growth and investment in developing countries.
Lift Up Africa
Lift Up Africa (LUA) works to create community-led sustainable development projects that are intended to help bridge the gap between abundance and need. Our projects address problems such as disease, hunger, employment, and lack of education; use local labor and materials whenever possible; and concentrate on basic needs such as clean water, health care, reliable and sustainable food and energy sources, education, and employment.
Living Earth Institute
Empowering communities to protect their health and environment through the sustainable use of water resources.
The Living Earth Institute (LEI) is a Seattle-based non-profit 501(3)(c) organization founded in 1999 to aid international communities in developing sustainable water resources. Our primary focus is the development of water supply and sanitation projects; however, through experience, we know that in order to make these projects sustainable, we must take a holistic approach. This means that we work with the community to implement income generation training, micro-lending programs, literacy classes, hygiene education, and other programs to meet community-defined needs.
Lumana provides financial services to rural Africans living in poverty with the mission of helping them reach their personal and financial goals.
Lumana partners with rural African women to create microfinance, business education and leadership development opportunities in their communities. Our program is run by a small staff and dozens of committed volunteers from all over the world to create better financial products(including savings opportunities) for rural African families.
Our organization was founded by a group of young leaders who had graduated from the UW business school and decided to use their skills to create world changing programs in the places that needed it most. In the past 2 1/2 years we have sent over 21 volunteers to Ghana to work for several months on projects to benefit our microfinance clients and through this program we have opened the door to many young people interested in experiencing Africa in a meaningful and productive way.
Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries.
Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1.7 billion in assistance to people in 107 nations. Our global programs are supported by headquarters in North America and Europe and field offices in some of the world’s most troubled and challenging regions. Last year, we helped 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries turn crisis into opportunity.
Mona Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports grassroots educational initiatives around the globe. Its main objectives are to provide quality education to all children, to raise the status of women and girls, and to build community capacity in areas where its partner projects are located. The Mona Foundation achieves these objectives by giving 100% of designated funds, and 97% of general funds, directly to its projects, to-date impacting the lives of more than 30,000 children, women and their families. The foundation provides logistical and material resources, as well as technical training and strategic consulting for its projects. Some of the projects supported include a school for children of immigrant farm workers in California, a secondary school in Tanzania that now provides a dormitory making it safe for girls to attend, a school in Haiti for street children, and a training institute in India that teaches women practical income-generating life skills. The Foundation is based in the Seattle area and was voted the “Best Favorite Local Charity of Western Washington‟ for 2010 by KING5 and Evening Magazine.
PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health. By collaborating with diverse public- and private-sector partners, PATH helps provide appropriate health technologies and vital strategies that change the way people think and act. PATH’s work improves global health and well-being.
Rwanda Girls Initiative
To create a world where all children, regardless of country of origin, will be socially, emotionally and intellectually prepared to succeed in school, life and in their community.
To create long term systemic change and opportunity for all children and communities in developing countries through access to high quality education that creates lasting empowerment and sustained independence.
We believe access to education is the fundamental right for all and not just a privilege for those who can afford it. We aim to provide a high quality secondary school education for girls in Rwanda, supporting the ‘whole girl’ through a boarding school environment. We intend to develop a community of learners, which includes students, teachers and parents.
We support an environment of academic excellence, ensuring that graduates will become inspired young leaders filled with confidence, a love of learning and a sense of economic empowerment to strengthen their communities and foster Rwanda’s growth.
We will develop a new model for investing in the education of girls in Rwanda which will be rooted in connections to the local community, strengthened by national and international partnerships, and supported by diverse and sustainable sources of income.
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.
Seattle University is a premier educational institution that offers students unique global opportunities in higher learning, including international academic and service programs that challenge students to test the theories and analytical approaches to understanding humanity in a dynamic intercultural setting.
SightLife transforms lives by unlocking life’s possiblities for corneal blind individuals around the globe.
Working with surgeons in over 30 countries, SightLife and our partner eye banks restore sight to more than 30 men, women, and children each day. This is accomplished through eye banking, which is the recovery and placement of eye tissue used in cornea transplants.
Unitus Seed Fund
Unitus Seed Fund (USF) makes seed-stage venture investments in “BoP startups” that serve low-income populations. Our portfolio companies create opportunities for economic self-reliance, education, and obtaining basic necessities for millions of people living at the base of the economic pyramid (BoP). We accelerate the growth of these early-stage businesses by providing funding, support, and strategic connections.
Washington Global Health Alliance
WGHA’s mission is to strengthen the community of like-minded public and private organizations in Washington committed to developing a dynamic, diverse, global health workforce through research, education, training, mentoring, and developing and delivering cutting-edge global health solutions.
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.
West African Vocational Schools
West African Vocational Schools is a Christian, Seattle-based nonprofit that teaches job skills to people in Guinea-Bissau, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world.
World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief’s mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.
Compared to walking, bicycles represent an enormous leap in productivity and access to healthcare, education and economic development opportunities. The simple, sustainable nature of bicycles empowers individuals, their families and their communities.
To accomplish our mission, we:
*Work with suppliers to improve bicycle design while ensuring all changes are culturally appropriate
*Enhance distribution with local sourcing, manufacturing and assembly as much as possible
*Partner with existing NGO, government and community based organizations
*Train mechanics in maintenance and repair while strengthening the existing supply of spare parts
*Measure and evaluate the impact of bicycles; communicate the results to improve programs and increase awareness