Preservation of culture and a women’s coffee cooperative are two grassroots projects by the members of La Laguna indigenous community in Nicaragua.
Toni Rüttimann is an independent humanitarian bridge builder whose pedestrian bridges have changed the lives of two million people.
Mayan Families is a non-profit organization that works with community development and poverty alleviation in indigenous communities in rural Guatemala.
When used correctly, bamboo is a material that has the potential to improve lives, boost local economies and contribute to environmental sustainability.
Long Way Home is a non-profit that is creating new skills, employment and awareness by building a vocational school out of waste and natural materials.
Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO that is upcycling old bicycles into pedal-powered machines that make manual labour and daily tasks easier without electricity.
En Via is a Mexican non-profit organisation that gives rural businesswomen interest-free microloans that are funded through responsible tourism.
O.U.R. Ecovillage is a permaculture based community that educates and brings people together to solve global problems.
I recently volunteered at an Indian reservation and learned a lot about the problems of Native Americans and reservations – and something about solutions.
A few years ago I participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program in Mongolia. It was a rewarding experience but I view it differently today.