Other Humanitarian NGOs
They [the poor] need your hearts to love them. So spread your love everywhere you go.
The organizations listed within this category are working in other worthy areas of third-world development and humanitarian services other than microcredit including education, literacy, health care, short-term relief, and more. These organization tend to have a BYU connection through my past courses and student internships.
President Jimmy Carter, Warner and friends: I feel that Jimmy Carter is without a doubt one of the greatest humanitarians in our country’s history.
Empowering Nations grew out of the Asian tsunami crisis of December 2004. My students and I mobilized our social entrepreneurship course into becoming a vehicle to serve communities destroyed by the huge waves of destruction. We focused on the country of Thailand, where eight-thousand people died and we knew that we could have a huge impact in a short amount of time. We eventually mobilized a hundred people and raised a quarter of a million dollars. During summer 2005, we helped rebuild three villages, started a jewelry making women’s cooperative, and provided a number of other services to the devastated communities. This project became known as “Wave of Hope”, a stark contrast to the waves of destruction from the Indian Ocean.
- “Youth-Based Social Entrepreneurship: Post-Tsunami Crisis Interventions” Social Entrepreneurship E-Journal, 14 pp., May 2008
The Alliance was begun in 1985 to develop a long-term relationship with a group of villages in Mali, a West African country. The Alliance undertakes projects requested by the villagers, who define their own needs, contribute labor to projects, and provide their own leadership. Projects include constructing wells, planting and fencing gardens, providing basic health care training, teaching literacy, and establishing a village bank, microenterprises and producer cooperatives.
I provided leadership on OUA’s board throughout the 1990s, going at least once a year to Mali to work on projects, lead expeditions of doctors, educators, health experts, and so forth. Some 50 BYU students and alumni have gone on those trips, served as interns, or otherwise helped us build OUA with a long-term set of impacts.
News and Media
- “Alliance Aimed at Connecting Utah and Africa.” The Daily Universe. September 9, 1999.
- “Utahns Team Up to Help Villagers.” The Daily Universe. February 16, 1998.
- “BYU Professor to Spend Christmas on African Aid Mission.” The Salt Lake Tribune. December, 1996.
- “Village Development and Microcredit in Africa.” Case Study, 1997.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those that have sought and found how to serve.
Chasqui Humanitarian is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Working in Peru and Bolivia, the foundation works with local civic and church leaders through projects that will empower them to acquire for themselves what they need, and even want, so that they will raise their own standard of living and have a more fulfilling life. Chasqui grew out of two courses I taught, one to EMBAs and the other to undergraduates in 1998. With a variety of projects, volunteers work in several areas including education, health, hygiene, housing, water, family gardens, agri-industry, small enterprises, micro credit, job & vocational training and English computer classes. Some 30 of my students since then have been Chasqui volunteers.
News and Media
- “Business Class Requires Students to ‘Save the World.’” The Daily Universe. October 14, 2000.
For I will consecrate of the riches of those who embrace my gospel among the gentiles unto the poor of my people who are of the House of Israel.
Doctrine & Covenants 42:39
HELP International programs are designed to commit volunteers to a lifetime of service in the struggle against poverty. Current programs are centered around three core initiatives: Square Food Gardening, Teaching English as a Second Language, and Microenterprise Training. Volunteers also work on house construction, and various projects that meet the needs of the communities in which they work. The long-term goal of HELP International is not to simple eliminate immediate needs, but to train and prepare volunteers to become life-long “social entrepreneurs,” thus perpetuating and exponentially impacting poverty alleviation efforts and building self-reliance. Since 1999, HELP and I have trained and sent out over 300 social entrepreneurs to seven countries in Latin America, mostly from BYU, but we also had volunteers from a dozen other universities.
News and Media
- “Y Student Puts Money Where Heart Is.” The Daily Universe. June 12, 2003.
- “Student Spends Summer in Service.” The Daily Universe. April 29, 2003.
- “30-Dollar Goat Helps Develop Self-Reliance.” The Daily Universe. December 9, 2003.
- “Organization Mobilizes Students to Change Lives.” The Daily Universe. September 24, 2002.
- “Students Help Others around the World through Internships.” The Daily Universe. January 22, 2002.
- “HELP International Comes to the Rescue Again.” The Daily Universe. April 19, 2001.
- “Business Class Requires Students to ‘Save the World.‘” The Daily Universe. October 14, 2000.
- “BYU Students Return from ‘Service Abroad.’” The Daily Universe. June 14, 2000.
- “Kennedy Center Exists to Give Students ‘International Experience.’” The Daily Universe. May 16, 2000.
- “Students Helping Others Achieve Their Entrepreneurial Dreams.” The Daily Universe. April 13, 2000.
- “Club Omni Latin Dance to Benefit HELP International.” The Daily Universe. April 5, 2000.
- “BYU Students Give Aid around the Globe through HELP International.” The Daily Universe. March 12, 2000.
- “Chamber Orchestra to Perform Two Shows.” The Daily Universe. July 14, 1999.
- “Run Raises Money for Hurricane Victims in Honduras.” The Daily Universe. May 10, 1999.
- “Students Raise Funds to Help Struggling Honduras.” The Daily Universe. March 27, 1999.
- “BYU Students to Help in Honduras.” The Daily Universe. January 20, 1999.
For one human being to love another human being: That is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task.
Rainer Maria Rilke, German lyric poet
The Paramita Group attempts to temper the desperation that could give rise to terrorism and amplify the peaceful protests of Tibetan refugees by 1) Assisting the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in assembling and implementing human security and human development strategies relevant to Tibetan socio-economic and spiritual aspirations, 2) training Tibetan monks, nuns and volunteers in microfinance, health, and literacy methodologies that address the “whole person” and 3) providing Tibetan refugees with on-going technical consultation throughout the development process. Paramita was started by two of my OB 551 students who designed and implemented this NGO as a course project.
This NGO was established by BYU student, Todd Manwaring, along with alumni, professors, and local business leaders to enable LDS nonprofit groups to collaborate and share resources and skills that collectively impove life for the world’s poor families. We worked primarily with LDS converts to set up a bakery co-op of worker owners. LDS experts from Utah, Washington, and California all rendered assistance, along with welfare missionary couples.
News and Media
- “Humanitarian Service Helps and Heals.” The Daily Universe. January 19, 1999.
- “Humanitarian Link Aids People in Poorer Countries.” The Daily Universe. January 18, 1999.
Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
CHOICE (Center for Humanitarian Outreach and Intercultural Exchange)
CHOICE is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization which sponsors “volunteer expeditions” in which families, organizations, groups of associates, or singles (trained or previously untrained) “work side by side with the rural poor to develop projects which the villagers request and will be able to sustain after the expedition departs.” CHOICE volunteers have worked with water supply systems, greenhouses, schools & literacy, and have provided health & medical assistance. Numerous BYU and University of Utah students and alumni have served on CHOICE’s committees, expeditions, as well as done 6-month internships that have overseen and mentored.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
George Bernard Shaw, playwright
LDS Humanitarian Services / Latter-day Saint Charities
As an outreach effort of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Humanitarian Services and LDS Charities are heavily involved in providing aid and technical assistance to both non-LDS and LDS needy, especially internationally. Often working in conjunction with other NGOs, this organization has helped channel relief to crisis areas such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, and Kosovo, as well as supporting grassroots development projects in Central America and elsewhere. I’ve enjoyed helping to create, advocate, informally consult with and mentor students to work with these programs, as well as advise LDS Humanitarian couple missionaries either before they go, or while they serve around the world.
For of him unto whom much is given much is required.
Doctrine & Covenants 82:3
Worldwide Organization for Women (WOW)
Worldwide Organization for Women’s mission is to bring all women to the understanding of their divine worth and influence upon society. Furthermore, it seeks to strengthen, support, and unite women and men of faith in order to create a peaceful, moral, and loving environment that values the sanctity of human life, preserves the natural family, and fosters worship of God.
Worldwide Organization for Women believes in the divine worth and attributes of all women and acknowledges and values the innate power women possess as an influence for good in the home, marriage, family, and community. WOW currently works with women’s groups in Nigeria as well as at the United Nations.
Whatever you fear most has no power—it is your fear that has the power.
Eagle Condor Foundation
Poor LDS returned missionary in Peru who struggles to eke out an existence by producing hand-made high chairs to sell to other impoverished families.
The Eagle Condor Foundation works in Peru with a branch office located in the northern region of Chiclayo. The foundation seeks to enrich lives and empower LDS members and their neighbors while building self-reliance. Eagle Condor’s primary objectives are to create sustainable hope and dignity among LDS members of lesser developed areas through purposeful and well thought-out humanitarian field programs. It endeavors to provide Peruvians with employment opportunities while teaching principles of solid business practice which will enable them to be self-sustaining and, thus, raise their standard of living. Started in 2004, this new NGO is headed by BYU alumnus Jaime Figueroa and we are collaborating on a joint research project between the Latter-day Saints in Peru and my BYU researchers.
Projects include microentrepreneurship skill training, potable water projects, indoor/outdoor sewage projects, family gardening, libraries, medical/dental services, small business creation, and microcredit.
News and Media
- “Shon Hiatt Returns from Chiclayo and Piura.” Eagle-Condor News. May 21, 2004.
Global Change Agent partner Shon Hiatt conducting microfinance impact analysis with an Eagle-Condor client.
It was the doctrine of Joseph Smith, the original revelator of ‘Mormonism,’ that the spirit and body constitute the soul of man. It has always been a cardinal teaching with the Latter-day Saints, that a religion which has not the power to save people temporally and make them prosperous and happy here, cannot be depended upon to save them spiritually, to exalt them in the life to come.
President Joseph F. Smith
Lifework International Foundation
Lifework International Foundation has a clear mission “to enable women and families to reduce poverty and despair, and to become more self-reliant by building character, capacity and community.” Lifework International (LIF) exists because two-thirds of the world’s population is near or below the poverty line and struggles to meet basic needs. LIF believes that the way to make lasting improvements for families is to integrate principles of self-reliance into projects designed to improve education, health, and economic conditions. This integrative approach is an enabling process in which lives are transformed from dependency, disease and poverty to increased self-sufficiency, healthier living and better economic conditions. LIF is currently has projects in Nicaragua. LIF was launched by a former MOB and development student of mine, Sherie Rogde, who has mounted an innovative project in Nicaragua.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination….
Maya Angelou, poet
Be a life long or short, its incompleteness depends on what it was lived for.
David Starr Jordan, Educator, Scientist, former President of Indiana University and Stanford, Peace Activist