Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)
The SHOFCO model is centered around a school that provides a superior education with free healthcare, food, and psychosocial services. The school gives students the support they need to complete their education and the tools to find a path out of poverty for themselves and their families. Our girls are tomorrow’s leaders. SHOFCO believes education is the key:
"By linking community services with a school for girls, we show that girls and their education are part of an ecosystem of value, and we invite the whole community to participate. Placing schools for girls at the epicenter of our programing makes schools portals for large scale social change. This approach enables both genders to be part of the solution and builds a community invested in its own future—ultimately, transforming the face of urban poverty."
For more information, visit SHOFCO's website at http://www.shofco.org
The Barefoot Foundation
--THE BAREFOOT FOUNDATION SERVES UNDERPRIVILEGED THROUGH SCHOOLING IN COLOMBIA--
"Education is the key to a better world for everyone, not just underprivileged children. Education is not just books and facts; it is also social and emotional growth. We help children exercise their basic right to an education, paving the way for their growth in society"
To learn more about the barefoot foundation vist their website at fundacionpiesdescalzos.com/barefoot-fundation
The Starfish Foundation
The mission of Starfish is to unlock the potential of young women to lead transformational change. Right now, we believe the place where this change is most needed is Guatemala, which has the unfortunate distinction as home of this hemisphere's worst gender equality gap. The goal of the foundation is to create truly meaningful, long-lasting change. The name is starfish because they are among the most resilient creatures on Earth.
The premise is simple: find a generation of teenage girls living in poverty but who possess extremely highaptitude, and mutually commit to bring forth the full potential of each young woman. These girls are called Girl Pioneers. The Starfish program takes a holistic approach to transformation- providing not only access to schooling, but also mentorship and leadership support and instruction for each Girl Pioneer. Find out more at http://starfish-impact.org/
The Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage, cares for more than 50 Asian elephants in a beautiful forest conveniently located near the famous city of Chiang Mai. Beyond being an exciting tourist experience, the TECC is also known for its pioneering work in conservation and science. The TECC also proudly houses six of HM King Bhumibol's ten white elephants in the Royal Elephant Stables.
As Thailand's only government-owned elephant camp, the TECC promotes affordability and accessibility. The admission price is only 200 baht for adults ) and 100 baht for children. Being often visited by Thai families and schoolchildren, the TECC's foreign guests never feel caught on the tourist trail. Guidebooks consistently praise the TECC for its relaxed, non-commercial atmosphere.
The TECC offers many enjoyable Activities. Day trip "musts" include watching elephant bathing, the elephant show and a visit to see our baby elephants. Most guests take an elephant-back ride and tour our hospital. Overnight activities include our popular Homestay program and trekking in the forest.
Active in Conservation, the TECC operates an onsite Hospital and manages Thailand's first mobile clinic, treating needy elephants free of charge. The TECC has an excellent natural breeding rate, usually producing at least two baby elephants a year.
The TECC has also done cutting-edge research in Science, especially in reproduction and artificial insemination as well as major studies in the biomechanics of how elephants move ("locomotion").
The TECC has broken new ground in Arts & Culture. It was the first place in Thailand where elephants learned painting. It is also the home of the internationally famous Thai Elephant Orchestra.
The TECC is operated by the Forest Industry Organization, a State Enterprise of the government of Thailand. It houses the National Elephant Institute of Thailand, a center of learning which shares its vast library and trained specialists with other agencies and organizations working to help the country's 2,700 domesticated elephants.
Apoyo Positivo is a non-profit organization that works with HIV/AIDS research and awareness that is based in Madrid, Spain. Apoyo not only seeks to provide awareness and promote research for HIV, but provides counseling and rehabilitation for those affected by the disease. The non-profit also seeks equal rights and non-discrimination for those individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Apoyo Positivo offers educational programs, group counseling, as well as social care homes and hospitals. http://www.apoyopositivo.org/
Taabar is a non-profit that helps orphans, runaways, and street kids in India by providing various rehabilitation programs. Taabar means "small and loving children" in local dialect, who need special protection and care. They walk aimlessly; They sleep at city arcades; they are vulnerable for any type of exploitation by adults and criminals. These children are engaged in some type of economic activity like begging, vending, selling cigarettes and tobacco, peddling lottery tickets, etc. At the end of the day they contribute their earnings to their family, continuing this cycle of exploitation. Taabar is a Jaipur based NGO, which was established in the year 2007. A portion of the proceeds from our Live India Collection go to support Taabar, learn more about them atwww.taabar.org