Here are the projects we have been helping on around the world, since we started in 2004.
ONE LOVE BVI, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
One Love BVI is bringing help and hope to the people of the British Virgin Islands who lost everything in Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
One Love BVI's core purpose is to ensure that the people of the British Virgin Islands enjoy a bright and sustainable future with no family, child, community, or small business left behind.
One Love BVI is committed to the long term recovery and sustainable rebuild of the British Virgin Islands after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our goals not only include the immediate stabilization of life for the people living there, they reach beyond to support and facilitate initiatives that will ensure the enduring health and welfare of the islands' people, animals, economy, and environment for generations to come. We envision a future where all of these not only survive, but thrive.
PAPER TO PEARLS, UGANDA
Voices' first initiative of 2006 is Paper to Pearls™, a project in support of the refugees in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps of Northern Uganda.
In the fall of 2005, Voices for Global Change learned about a small number of women in three camps in the Gulu district who had formed cooperatives and were making paper bead necklaces. One month later, we had our project in place. Paper to Pearls™ sponsors the cooperatives by importing and selling the necklaces.
The income from the sale of the jewelry is transforming lives, as the money enables the women to buy additional food and medicine and to send their children to school.
However, although the income from the sale of the jewelry is invaluable, we felt we could do more. The result is Paper to Pearls'™ "New Horizons" Program. Through "New Horizons" the majority of the net revenue from the sale of the necklaces is returned to the camps in the form of education, training and entrepreneurship development.
The Takeo orphanage, cambodia
An hour outside of Phnom Penh, Cambodia in the village of Takeo, an initiative involving over 125 children has proven an inspiring example of what vision and compassion can achieve.
Voices' Ron Abney has been a guiding force behind the evolution of the Takeo Orphanage from a barely functioning, rundown hostel for a few children to a vibrant, well-equipped home and education center for scores of homeless children.
Takeo is an exemplar, a work of love and dedication that can serve as a model for the entire region.
The Ugandan Coalition for peace, democracy and development, uganda
Voices for Global Change was in Uganda in October, 2005, assisting in a project to develop an issue-driven, good-governance coalition in the Northern Region of the country.
As a sub-contractor on this U.S. State Department funded project, Voices provided training in community and media relations to the 155 participants in the project, primarily local government and civic leaders.
The project was the first of its kind in the country.