GoPhilanthropic Foundation collaborates to expand the power and potential that resides at the grassroots, where under-resourced communities are working to gain equal access to education, health, human rights, and opportunities that we are all entitled to.
The positive shifts that are required to solve our greatest global imbalances will require us to listen more carefully, trust more deeply, and commit more fully to becoming a better humanity — together.
We believe communities are strongest when they do for themselves. Our purpose is to collaborate in expanding the power and potential that resides at the grassroots, where under-resourced communities are working to gain their fair and equal access to education, health, human rights — the opportunities we are each entitled to.
We represent 40+ program partners across 8 countries in 3 main areas of focus: Education, Health, and Human Rights. Most are small, yet extremely dedicated community-led organizations working at the root of some of the most challenging issues of our time; human trafficking, child-labor, gender inequity, early marriage, and a lack of access to health care and education found in indigenous communities.
The spirit of our partnerships is reflected in our values and belief in a community philanthropy model: one of equity, self-reliance, and shared power.
India is home to the largest number of child laborers in the world.
Anuradha, founder of AVANI, is a former child laborer herself and has spent decades fighting for the protection and promotion of women and child rights. Anuradha is now a well-known advocate and force for social change in in the Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India where AVANI is based. AVANI is a prime example of how grassroots, community-centric work can solve some of India’s toughest problems, including child labor, child trafficking and female infanticide. AVANI’s primary focus is on high-risk industries like brickyard and sugarcane factories where migrant and child laborers are employed. Through courageous action and advocacy the AVANI team has been highly successful in motivating families and the brickyard owners to stop sending children to work, having now reduced child labor in the region’s brickyards by 95%.
Centro Maya has been working to promote the rights of people with special needs in Guatemala for over three decades. Providing basic services for the progress and development of citizens with disabilities is technically a responsibility of the Guatemalan government; in reality, these services unfortunately remain nonexistent, particularly in rural, indigenous areas. Centro Maya not only steps in to provide these integral services around the Lake Atitlan and surrounding areas, but advocates politically for disability rights and more widespread, government services.
Centro Maya provides holistic services for people with disabilities, addressing not only their physical abilities, but their nutrition, mental health, education, family life, empowerment, self-esteem, professional development, leadership, inclusion in society and overall well-being. In Guatemala, where even the most basic services for people living with disabilities are hard to come by, it’s astounding to come across such comprehensive, progressive support for this underserved population.
In 2019, there were 230 million boys under the age of 18 in India. Research showed that 116 million of these boys would grow up to be physically violent and 56 million to be sexually violent. ECF was established in 2009 with a mission to address this national epidemic and raise every boy in India to be gender equitable. They believe that if boys and men are given the tools, knowledge and space to learn and practice respectful positive behaviors, they can become powerful allies in the fight for gender equality.
ECF works not only within their own communities, but across the entire country. Their collaborative programs and emphasis on sharing with other CSOs is a unique approach in the NGO-world, where too often scarce resources mean that organizations feel in competition with each other or territorial about their work. ECF wholeheartedly shares their findings, resources, trainings, and even funding sources, because they know that collaboration is the best way to scale up their work and to enact sustainable, widespread change.
“Schools don’t teach kids, people do.” This is what PEPY (Promoting Education, emPowering Youth) founders, Daniela Papi and Greta Arnquist, learned after they raised funds to support a school-building project in Cambodia back in 2005. When the project was completed, they visited Cambodia to see the newly-built school, designed to house 500 students, only to find it empty and unused. From that point forward, they knew they must invest in people rather than facilities, in order to support the true development of education in Cambodia.
Now, PEPY aims not only to educate young Cambodians, but to provide them with opportunities and build their capacity to achieve their dreams – giving them the power to make the changes they wish to see in their own communities.
In 2015, PEPY Empowering Youth transitioned to become a registered Local Non-Governmental Organization (LNGO) run by Cambodians, for Cambodians.
When Blue Dragon assists a child in crisis, they make a long-term commitment to that child’s recovery, healing and overall well-being. For example, although trafficking rescues are high-risk and require intensive planning, the Blue Dragon team recognizes that the real work takes place post-rescue.
Blue Dragon offers highly comprehensive services thanks to having built a skilled and dedicated team of child protection professionals: social workers, lawyers, psychologists, educators, medics and child care workers. Strong, collaborative relationships with law enforcement and other agencies broaden their services and capacity even further. They aim to partner with each child, and their family whenever possible, to allow them to reach their full potential. The case management plan for each child is different, specifically tailored to that child’s unique needs, personality and goals for the future.
It is estimated that there are nearly 100,000 children trapped in forced labor in Nepal – typically working 15+ hour days in hazardous, deplorable conditions, with limited food, no protective gear, and often without pay. In addition, the trafficked children often suffer from physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Child Rescue Nepal (CRN) was created to counteract this extremely dark industry and fight for the rights and futures of all children in Nepal.
The courageous CRN team works tirelessly to rescue trafficked children, provide them with extensive counseling and rehabilitation services, and when possible and safe, reunify and reintegrate them with their families. Not only is CRN on the frontlines rescuing children, they are also actively working to prevent the high prevalence of trafficking by increasing children’s access to education. With 40% of Nepal’s population under the age of 18, CRN knows the best way to create a path for future development is to prioritize both the protection and education of children.
Fighting Gender Discrimination & Human Trafficking with Grassroots Innovation
Steeped in ancient wisdom, spiritual and inspiring, chaotic and disorienting. There is truly no way to fully describe India — one simply needs to experience it. Combine this magical, once-in-a-lifetime journey with exploration of the important challenges facing women, young girls and underprivileged children in India today.
This rich and thought-provoking trip will involve visits to cultural sights as well as engagement with a host of courageous change-makers, community leaders and small local non-profits working on the prevention of some of India’s greatest human rights challenges — gender discrimination, child marriage, and human trafficking. Journey through New Delhi, Udaipur (Rajasthan), then venture off the beaten path to the villages surrounding Kolhapur for a rare and intimate look at the power of empowering women and children at the grassroots.
Engage in discussions relating to the ever-present caste system in India, the biases facing young girls, women and widows and opportunities available to contribute to and support the positive change underway.
An In-Depth Look at Human Rights & Community Health in Nepal
Nepal is a region offering staggering beauty in many forms — home to eight of the world’s ten highest peaks, including the ultimate summit, Mount Everest. The religious blend of Buddhism and Hinduism create a rich tapestry of ancient culture and tradition. Yet despite its natural splendor and heritage, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and after a decade long civil war, it continues to struggle with political instability and corruption. On April 25, 2015, Nepal suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake, changing the face of the country forever.
Join us as GoPhil returns to Nepal to experience the resilience of the human spirit first-hand and to meet with a variety of courageous change-makers making headway in two important areas relating to human rights and rural community health. Engage with community leaders and small local non-profits working hard to develop a stronger Nepal. Explore this magnificent country while taking part in insightful discussion topics related to international aid, recent politics and social and economic development work In Nepal.
Strengthening & Scaling Sustainable Communities in Indigenous Regions of Guatemala
Despite its rich and beautiful ancient history, robust tourism industry and being the largest economy in Central America, Guatemala’s human development index is the lowest of any other country in the region. Due to a combination of historical events such as Spanish colonization, and the more recent US-backed civil war where approximately 200,000 Mayans were killed, the indigenous people of Guatemala continue to remain undereducated, underprivileged and unrepresented in a vastly corrupt government.
Approximately 70% of indigenous children in Guatemala are chronically malnourished—ranking it the fourth highest rate in the world. And like many areas of the world, girls and women are thought to be of less value than men. Many describe the face of Guatemalan poor as young, female, indigenous and rural.
GoPhil’s Journey to Guatemala invites travelers to experience the immense natural, historic and cultural magnificence of this region while also delving into the alarming lack of educational, health and economic opportunities in Mayan communities. Meet with courageous change-makers and programs applying creative and innovative methods to fighting poverty, discrimination and gender-inequality. Learn about and join GoPhilanthropic’s partnership model that focuses on strengthening and scaling the work of various NGOs making important progress.
An In-Depth Look at the Link Between Poverty & Human Trafficking
Rich in culture and history, this journey takes you from the archeological wonders of Angkor Wat to the bustling streets of Hanoi, then onto the picturesque terraced terrain of Sapa — the fertile, northernmost region of Vietnam. While this region of SE Asia offers staggering beauty in many forms, it also ranks among the poorest in the world.
The intergenerational post traumatic effects of the Khmer Rouge and Vietnam War are still tangible today and have resulted in extreme poverty and a lack of education. Effects of this destruction are seen in a widespread weakening of the family and community networks and a vulnerability to human trafficking, now one of the fastest growing industries.
Together we will combine a cultural exploration of these magnificent yet complex countries with a deep dive into the issues surrounding poverty, gender-discrimination and human trafficking. Meet with GoPhil’s carefully vetted group of courageous change-makers and local non-profits working hard to rebuild stronger families, communities and futures through community-driven education and empowerment programs.