Organizations in Belize:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization whose US offices are based in Federal Way, Washington, and is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. In addition to a robust program here in the United States we work in close to 100 countries with a staff of over 45,000 employees.
World Forum Foundation
The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an on-going global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.
The mission of the World Forum Foundation is accomplished through two types of gatherings of early childhood professionals…
World Forum on Early Care and Education: Every two years 600 – 800 early childhood professionals from more than 80 countries gather to share ideas on a wide range of issues impacting the delivery of quality services for children and families.
Working Forums: In the alternate years, Working Forums—regional meetings of early childhood professionals focusing on specific issues—take place.
Both types of gatherings serve as “meeting places” where all those interested in promoting the well-being of young children and families can share ideas, strategies, and perspectives.
World Forum Projects: At World Forum gatherings people often come together to launch global projects on specific issues and topics.
Current projects include:
Men in Early Childhood Education
HIV/AIDS and Young Children
Peace Building with Young Children
Immigration and Young Children
Promoting Indigenous Cultures in Early Childhood Settings
Rights of Children in Children’s Homes
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.
New World Villages
The mission of New World Villages is to work to increase the health, educational level, and human dignity of impoverished people living in the Americas. We accomplish our mission by enhancing health and nutrition programs for the poor in the countries we serve. We also strive to improve the quality of education and increase the number of students attending and completing both primary and secondary schooling. This is accomplished through teacher training, enhancement of school infrastructure, expansion of the availability of information technology, and involvement of the community.
MARE: Marine Affairs Research And Education
To serve the global fields of ocean policy, management, and conservation with research and educational services. These services include MPA News – the worldwide forum on planning and management of marine protected areas, with subscribers in 110 countries.
As an industry leader and the world’s largest software company, Microsoft has a responsibility to act as a good corporate citizen all around the world. Whether it is complying with local laws and regulations, demonstrating ethical business standards, mitigating risks to the environment, or protecting human rights, Microsoft is committed to being a global leader in corporate social responsibility. Corporate citizenship is also core to the Microsoft business strategy and the way that we interact with customers, partners, governments, and employees. It is a way of doing business that recognizes the effect that Microsoft has on society and the effect that society has on our business. The Microsoft corporate citizenship mission is simple: to serve the public good through innovative technologies and partnerships and to deliver on our business responsibilities of growth and value to our customers, shareholders, and employees. This mission not only guides our work as a corporate citizen, but also provides a framework through which our business addresses new markets, technologies, and business models.
Highline Community College
Highline is a comprehensive community college, providing open access to adults for education and training opportunities. The College has a strong emphasis on global/international activities, including serving a large number of international students, offering study abroad programs, faculty exchanges and development work. The College also houses the Center of Excellence for International Trade.
Global Law Advocates
Promoting and helping design and strengthen pro bono legal programs worldwide to assure access to justice for the poor and disadvantaged and the organizations that serve them. Helping lawyers meet their social responsibilities to assure equal access to justice.
EarthCorps offers a 6-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders from around the world to learn the fundamentals of: Environmental Service, Community Building, Leadership.
Cross Cultural Health Care Program
Recognizing the different ways to health, the mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and healthcare institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.