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Causes: Education, Educational Services, International, International Development

Mission: Earth Child Institute is programmatic hub dedicated to the ‘children and environment’ of our world. This broad scope is based on the premise that any action taken to protect and restore the environment will benefit today’s children and future generations… and that children and young people who recognize the interconnectedness of all things and feel empowered in their own ability to think and act in harmony with the Earth will benefit the environment. A win-win scenario… empowering today for a sustainable tomorrow.

It is a ‘hub’ because we build bridges and bonds between and across sectors, structures, countries, programmes, projects and levels of awareness toward the inclusion and empowerment of today’s children and young people.

Whether you are a Government minister seeking to ensure that the rights, needs and capabilities of children are reflected in your National Adapation Plan for Action (NAPA) to address climate change; a UN agency seeking to support the participation of children in an intergovernmental event or process; a private sector organization seeking a win-win scenario for corporate social responsibility which will improve the lives of children; an NGO wanting to network with other ‘like-minded’ NGOs to share best practices and lessons learned; a classroom teacher or youth facilitator looking for participatory resource materials; or a 12 year old girl or boy looking for ways to get involved… the Earthchild Institute is ready to meet your needs.

All Earthchild programmes and materials are designed with three key goals in mind:

  • Individual Empowerment and Personal Accountability
  • Community Values and Social Action
  • Planetary Stewardship and Clobal Interconnectedness

Our intention is to motivate children, young people and the influential adults in their lives (including policymakers, teachers, youth leaders, parents, medical professionals, etc) to get involved on many different levels of awareness, advocacy and action to address the global challenges of water scarcity, energy security, climate change and environmental degradation. Although global in magnitude, these challenges are largely experienced at community-levels, where children, young people and their families live.

Results: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvc4VoEJV2E http://www.climate-change.tv/donna-goodman-and-coralie-norris-december-2010?where=cancun-cop16-un-climate-change-conference-2010 Donna Goodman from the Earth Child Institute discusses Article 6 within the negotiations. She notes the few funds allocated to children's issues, and explains that they are here to advocate for improved finance. Coralie Norris, from Haiti, shows how children can help be the solution to the problems.

Target demographics: 2.2 billion children and young people under the age of 18 on Earth today.

Geographic areas served: ECI is now working with partners in Brazil, Nepal, Ghana, Nigeria, Qatar, Togo and the USA

Programs: 2.2 Billion: Power of One Child + One Tree Campaign was launched at COP15 in Copenhagen on 9 December. Funds raised by the campaign are earmarked to support tree planting by children and young people at Power of One Schools in Ethiopia, Benin and Brazil and endowment of the Earth Child Institute Small Grants Programme for Kids which will be introduced at the International Children's Climate Change Conference in Brasilia, Brazil, June 2010.
 
The campaign and programme for implementation has been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme's Plant for the Planet: The Billion Tree Campaign, World YMCA and UNICEF as an effective mechanism to support the world's children as they combat climate change making a significant contribution to the offset of global deforestation.

Community Stories

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lee_9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one NGO that's really doing it: working on the UN level, global South-South communication, integrating new technologies, and focusing on local, youth environmental action. ECI clearly envisions a very exciting and globally supporting future that we shoudl all strive for.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Finding an organization that is doing the work to connect kids with the Earth, with nature, have a voice, and connect internationally is rare. Earth Child Institute does this, are working hard to get better, and deserve a shot and really connecting their cause with more opportunities to flourish.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

While many non-profits share the goal of engaging youth in global environmental conservation, very few do so as directly and creatively as Earth Child Institute (ECI). ECI has a noble, relevant mission and enormous potential to have an even greater impact. It has a dedicated and resourceful team allowing ECI to particulate in many global environmental initiatives. Most important to me, ECI has provided numerous opportunities for NYU Environmental Conservation Education graduate students and alums to gain valuable experience with its many projects. I know ECI can continue to develop and achieve even greater things.

Lesa W.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I work to engage children and youth in the "OLYMP-I-A" challenge, the practice of generating daily positive ideas and actions for green-living (and health and peace). The Earth Child Institute (ECI) has collaborated with the "OLYMP-I-A" to introduce the OLYMP-I-A challenge to children in Ghana and other countries. The collaboration is highlighted on ECI's new website at http://www.earthchildinstitute.org/the-olymp-i-a-challenge/. I am so impressed with the Earth Child Institute's leadership and staff and their openness to creative approaches, partnerships, and collaborations to empower children to make a better world. I have been fortunate to meet and partner with ECI and look forward to future joint endeavors. ECI is making a difference in children's lives and was instrumental in bringing the "power of one child" message to the recent Rio+20 conference in Brazil.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Earth Child Institute (ECI) is a leader and pioneer for environmental education and is dedicated to supporting children in fostering a relationship with nature and their local environment. ECI is an inspiring nonprofit because it is one of the global leaders engaging children around the world on issues of sustainability, environmental health and innovative ideas to protect and support their local resources and environmental systems.
In a time when concerns of “nature deficit disorder” and children’s general detachment from nature is prominent, I can’t think of anything more important than teaching children and youth to better care for their environment and empowering them with lifeskills that promote greater participation, voice and inner strength. Such objectives and skills are essential for the coming generation, especially at a time when the earth they are inheriting needs substantial protection and care. I believe children are natural environmental stewards and am grateful for organizations like ECI that provide environmental education and interactive and engaging activities that bring children outdoors and foster their natural inquisitive and curious nature.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4



Earth Child Institute INC has helped our team at Earth Child Institute Ghana to start working in rural schools and local communities and have assisted us with human resource and materials on climate change and WASH related activities which has helped us to organize training programs for both the pupils, teachers and local communities in the mfansiman district. Introduction of the Power of One Child Global Action Classroom by Earth Child Institute Inc has provided the kids in Ghana the opportunity to learn from kids in other countries via digitally and this has gone a long way to expose the kids about environmental practices in other countries and how they can improve their practices in Ghana.



Earth Child Institute Inc is an important partner for ECI Ghana to implement and create opportunitie for kids at basic and elementary schools in local communities to demonstrate ownership of processes and initiatives to address local environmental challenges. This has enabled and empowered the kids who have planted trees and watered them daily which has been dubbed ONE CHILD + ONE TREE to instill environmental friendly lifestyles among the youth as future leaders and thereby helping to reduce greenhouse gas emitting practices among Ghanaians.


With ECI Ghana, Earth Child Institute Inc helps to deliver global environmental benefits such as natural resource management, biodiversity conservation and environmental education. Almost all projects have capacity building components and has empowered the kids to be environmental ambassadors in their respective schools and local communities.

Ann_19

Board Member

Rating: 5

Earth Child Institute started out as a project at Global Education Associates, UNNGO, to focus on children's education and participation as global citizens. Donna Goodman has nurtured ECI into a great nonprofit that now has their own UN NGO status, a tribute to the global importance of their work and influence. ECI ensures children's leadership on global and local levels not as leaders for tomorrow but today's leaders. The organization is a model of leadership excellence, changing the thinking that children should not be taken seriously into empowering children to be heard at United Nations conferences and locally as key stake holders in finding solutions. Namaste!!! Ann

Mika V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ECI does an outstanding work! I like especially their campaign THE POWER OF ONE CHILD + ONE TREE= A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Earth Child's Institute's campaign to plant a tree for every child on earth. They have certificates you can purchase in honor of new babies - the perfect gift for kids with more than they need and the planet!

Tobi Isaiah O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Earth Child Institute is pursuing a cause that ensure we live a sustainably today and tomorrow. the work of ECI inspires me because of their style, approach and understanding of what they do. I recommend that many other organisation should take a clue from ECI in order to enhance their impact and reach.

1 Heather33

Donor

Rating: 5

I have dedicated 2012 to raise money for Earth Child Institute. I am very impressed with the passion they have for their work. It has been a pleasure to work with the staff, and director Donna Goodman, who have been so supportive and keep me updated on where my donations are going and how my monies are already making a difference. Earth Child is very appreciative of my efforts and makes me feel like an important member of their team. I have the utmost respect for the important work Earth Child is doing for our planet and our children and look forward to a long relationship with this agency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ECI brings together two issues that should receive more attention than they usually do by policymakers: children and the environment. Working with them, I have been able to meet amazing youth and children environmental advocates and help empower them to keep up their work, as well as bring environmental education to future leaders and advocates.

Betsy R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

What i find most amazing about ECI is, its founders dedication to superb details of perfection and yet always with great flexibility for providing the most amazingly creative programming reaching everyone's needs. I am so thrilled to be associated with Donna Goodman and her team.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ECI was a strategic partner for the development of an interactive Guide on Climate Change to supporting the local actions of children and young people. ECI played a leading role in helping to facilitate the consultative process and the writing of the Guide. This NGO has the capacity to deliver results as it was demonstrated with the production of this important resource.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ECI recently supported the development of an impressive campaign in Latin America via the Cartoon Network, to inform children about environmental threats. Throughout the past year, I have learned about ECI's informed and unique methods of promoting the education of children about environmental threats and opportunities.

Rania E.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4


I have learned about Earth Child Institute (ECI) in the past year, and have been impressed with the approach and objectives of the organization because I truly believe that climate change and environmental interventions are the essence to sustainable social and economic development in the world we live in today, and tomorrow. In addition, Donna Goodman’s passion, commitment, and advocacy for promoting the climate change education WITH children are inspirational and at the same time very practical. She takes the partnerships that she establishes to another level by ensuring that the projects that are implemented engage and empower the children that are engaged in the activities. And I value this approach because it puts children empowerment in another frame, rather than those that are the future stakeholders, but are, as they should be, the current stakeholders!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked with ECI over several years particularly around the climate education agenda and have found them , and particularly its Executive Director, Donna Goodman, extremely committed to helping increase awareness of climate change in schools and with young people in general. I work with a whole range of organisations and I can confidently say that ECI embodies what tackling climate change is really all about both in its clarity and commitment to its objectives and its approach to working in partnership with analagous organisations that can compliment and be complimented by the work of ECI.

Steven L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Earth Child Institute (ECI) is an organization with an important mission. Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information and accredited as an NGO observer to the UNFCCC, ECI works with governments, donors, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations to develop and facilitate innovative practical, values-based and cost-effective and participatory solutions across-sectors to meet the rights, needs and capacities of children as key stakeholders of the future.

The core focus of its work is related to climate change, water, children’s environmental health and education for sustainable development. The cornerstone campaign of Earth Child Institute is called 2.2 Billion: The Power of One Child + One Tree = A Sustainable Future for All which seeks to empower and mobilize the world’s 2.2 billion people under the age of 18 to reforest Mother Earth. The campaign is endorsed by UNEP’s Plant for the Planet, Billion Tree Campaign and UNICEF’s Unite for Climate initiative.

Executive director Donna Goodman is the highly creative, widely respected, and able force propelling ECI forth. Having known Donna for many years, it is a pleasure and privilege to now be collaborating with her on a jointly conceived initiative: Power of One Child - A Global Network Regenerating Mother Earth and its Children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Earth Child Institute promotes the essential, natural link between children and nature that can be utilized to empower kids and protect nature. As children are spending more time indoors, organizations, such as ECI, are becoming increasingly important in preserving the relationship between children and their natural environments. When children recognize the impact of the individual on earth and how each child is part of a fluid ecosystem, they are more likely to work to change environmental conditions. Emphasizing children as drivers of change in terms of sustainable development, the Earth Child Institute invests in empowering an influential future generation of environmentally conscious leaders. Earth Child Institute itself is driven by young leaders, such as Lyly in the position of Program Director. Nothing is more powerful to an organization looking to empower children than a young woman like Lyly demonstrating the impact of the individual on the environment and development. Partnerships with organizations such as UNICEF and Cartoon Network enlarges Earth Child Institute's reach and effectiveness, enabling more children and stake holders to benefit. Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change as well as have distinct needs and rights that need to be met in order for a child to grow to be a healthy and influential adult. With this in mind, Earth Child Institute is an effective organization working to give a voice to two important elements of the earth that do are not often heard, children and the environment.

jean-bolen

Donor

Rating: 5

ECI is a hands-on, on the ground, heart-motivated NGO. Donna Goodman, founder and president, has years behind her working with UNICEF on projects involving the environment and children, prior to this she was a a successful entrepreneur. I have been on parallel event panels at the United Nations and know her to be inspired and inspiring. I met interns she is mentoring, and support ECI as a donor. My publisher (Red Wheel-Conari) for Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet, will be planting a tree for every hardcover purchased--through one of ECI's innovative programs, girls and boys at a school in Togo will be doing this.


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Martine

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to meet Donna GOODMAN Director of Earth Child Institute last year 2010, when she came to Dapaong-TOGO with other donors to visit some realizations in some primary schools achieved with their financial support. These realizations were water-tanks, water closets, hands washing sets, very useful and appreciated by the beneficiaries.

In our discussion, I told Donna that I had a school and that with the students we planted trees. She was promptly interested and before leaving Dapaong, she gave me 8$ for the school. The environmental club in the school used the money to buy some seeds for our last year Tree Planting Campaign.

Back to the States, we kept exchanging information. The Earth Child Institute team wanted to know more about my school and our activities. We were glad to share our experience with them and to know also what they are doing. ECI was very interested and promised to give us 100$ for our 2010 Tree Planting Campaign. Finally, it’s 200$ we received from their Kids Helping Kids programme of the Power of One Child + One Tree = A Sustainable Future for All campaign. The money for our school was raised by a child’s birthday party in New York City.

We used the money to buy seeds, sacks to plant trees, different tools to work in our school garden. It was of a good help for us. Because of that, we had been able to plant, sell and also give more than 2500 trees. We also sent pictures of our planting activities for the children in New York to see how we’ve used their money.

This year again, ECI has decided to help our school associated with “Like A Tree: How Trees, Women and Tree People can Save the Planet”. We are sure it will work.
This will enable us to plant 7000 trees. Schools, teachers, school children, families, political authorities are associated to this project.
Also with the donation, our school can register more children whose parents can’t afford the school fees for their children. And this will help the school a lot.

It’s the first time since we have started our Tree Planting Campaign in 2007 that we receive a financial help. Even for the school, we receive no help from the government.