Take a moment to look back at a year GlobalGiving nonprofit partners filled with hope and perseverance. Here are 22 of the best photos of 2022.
Photo: Die Arche Kinderstiftung Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk
Die Arche’s motto, “Making children strong for life,” sums up their work. From support centers in inner cities across Germany, Die Arche provides socially disadvantaged children and young people with free lunch, homework help, and other after-school activities.
Photo: Highland Support Project
Estela is one of 250 women that the Highland Support Project mentors through its women’s circle program, which organizes mutual support groups in Guatemala. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to grow and learn because when we sell our weaves, we get an extra income for our families,” Estela said. Enterprise development is part of the empowerment programming that local social workers facilitate through the Highland Support Project.
Photo: Aktion Sodis e.V.
The Aktion Sodis e.V. food security project in Micani, Bolivia works with families to build solar tents that protect vegetables from the increasingly extreme weather that is straining food resources and leading to a rural exodus. The project helps families expand their gardens and gain experience in sustainable agriculture.
Photo: Fundacion Musica para la Vida, A.C.
Children in Mexico face many challenges every day—violence, drug trafficking, social alienation, and poverty are only a few of them. Without access to nurturing community programs, they are more likely to get involved in harmful activities. That’s why Fundacion Musica para la Vida, A.C. offers a safe space for youngsters where they can create a different path for themselves.
The pervasive racial and economic barriers in Puerto Rico’s Loiza municipality make it difficult for young people to enroll in higher education and complete their studies. To help students achieve the economic freedom that comes with a college degree, Colaborativopr provides stipends to cover academic costs like school supplies and tutoring.
Photo: Health in Harmony
Health In Harmony partners with Indigenous peoples and local communities living in and around the Manombo Forest in southern Madagascar. Together, they implement community-designed solutions to halt deforestation and protect animals like this wide-eyed lemur.
Photo: LIBERTY TO LEARN BERHAD
For refugee youth living in Malaysia, the opportunity to pursue higher education is extremely limited. Less than 0.1% of young people who are refugees in the country are enrolled in universities. LIBERTY TO LEARN BERHAD is working to change that by providing scholarships to student hopefuls.
Photo: Nafasi Art Space
Nafasi Art Space is Tanzania’s most vibrant and vital independent art space. It provides artist studios and mentorship, training for curators and arts managers, and creates platforms for artists to reach the public.
Photo: Forever Wild
Forever Wild’s goal is to protect 5 million acres of Australian wilderness by 2023 and preserve the land by working closely with Indigenous communities. Within the 500,000 acres protected in 2022 are incredible natural habitats and important sacred sites that date back 40,000 years.
Photo: LIN Center for Community Development
LIN Center for Community Development’s program, Narrow the Gap, works to distribute grants to local nonprofits whose initiatives align with the Sustainable Development Goals. By empowering these organizations, the program can address community needs throughout Vietnam.
Photo: Imani Collective
Imani Collective believes that if people have access to training and dignified work, they become changemakers. In Kenya, the collective sets its artisans up for success by providing holistic support programs that include child care, daily meals, and in-house counseling.
Photo: Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest rhino sanctuary in East and Central Africa and is home to the world’s last two northern white rhinos. They are committed to protecting the rhinos and the other wildlife that call Ol Pejeta home.
Photo: Yayasan Tunas Aksara
Half of Indonesian classrooms don’t have books for students to read aside from textbooks. Yayasan Tunas Aksara works to fill that gap with their “library in a box.” By providing at least five schools in each of Indonesia’s 34 provinces (170 schools in total) with reading books on various levels, they are creating a self-sustaining program that nurtures literacy.
Photo: Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders’ family graduation program offers an 18-month initiative that equips families with the resources and skills they need to earn a living, send their children to school, and live with independence and dignity.
Photo: Manali Strays
In the Himalayan town of Manali, India, Manali Strays is the only animal rescue and veterinary service. They treat medical problems, provide rabies shots, and sterilize strays to create a more harmonious relationship between local communities and animals.
Photo: Ubuntu Partners Trust
The Ubuntu Partners Trust education fund works with towns and tribal communities marked by high unemployment and social discord. By providing education and mentorship, the fund equips students with the skills and confidence to become gainfully employed and bring stability to their communities.
Photo: APOPO vzw
APOPO trains African giant pouched rats to detect landmines and cases of tuberculosis using their incredible sense of smell. They also involve their HeroRATs in landmine response by training them to find people in collapsed buildings. Each rat has a backpack that enables communication with victims.
Photo: Peace Winds Korea
At least 645,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to shelters in Moldova, but they lack food and supplies to stay healthy. Peace Winds Korea has stepped in to support with meals, sanitation products, warm clothes, and other basics to keep evacuation centers comfortable during the winter months.
Photo: YouMeWe NPO
Nearly 45,000 children live in institutionalized care homes across Japan. JOEE by YouMeWe NPO provides creative English lessons to help these children succeed in school and access jobs in Japan or abroad when they leave the care home at the age of 18.
Photo: Nepal Water for Health
About 81% of Nepal’s population lacks access to safe water. Nepal Water for Health continues to strengthen its WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) services to achieve its mission of ensuring those 24 million people can use clean, safe water.
Photo: Women in Progress dba Global Mamas
Women in Progress dba Global Mamas is committed to providing fair compensation to women artisans by connecting them with a larger global marketplace. In turn, these women are able to better care for their families, pay off debts, and begin saving income.
Photo: FUNDACION AMPARO Y FORMACION PADRE JOSE KENTENICH dba FUNDACION NINOS DE MARIA
By building a recycling plant, FUNDACION AMPARO Y FORMACION PADRE JOSE KENTENICH dba FUNDACION NINOS DE MARIA is working to create employment opportunities for single mothers in the La Comuna neighborhood of Quito, Ecuador. These mothers have limited options to support their families, with most living off of $20 a month. The plant will employ 80 of these women.
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