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Global Partners for Development

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Causes: Economic Development, International, International Agricultural Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Global Partners for Development?s core belief is that people can achieve the greatest success when they are recognized as capable, responsible, and committed. Partnership is the key to our work. Working closely with grassroots African leaders, Global Partners supports communities that have the drive and initiative to tackle the basic problems of chronic hunger and poverty, but lack access to training and outside resources. Our aim is not to just fix things today, but to help craft solutions that bring self-reliance and positive change for future generations. From the beginning, Global Partners has worked in direct partnership with African community leaders and organizations. Together, we take to the next level the adage, ?It?s better to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish.? Once a person learns to fish, their obligation is to teach someone else. This is the spirit of Global Partners in action. We work with village and organization leaders that want not only to improve their own lives, but also to create educated, healthy communities and thriving economies to spread benefits worldwide.

Geographic areas served: East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania)

Programs: Construction of clean water supply systems, hygiene education and latrine construction. Contaminated water is responsible for a myriad of health problems including typhoid, cholera and parasitic infections. Women and children walk miles each way carrying heavy containers of water. Gathering just 20 liters of water can take up to nine hours a day; this amount is only sufficient for one household for two days and just for cooking food. Reducing the amount of work that women have to devote to water collection improves the economic situation by giving them time to use for other more economically useful purposes. Hygiene education teaches people to avoid diseases that currently flourish because of lack of clean water.

a rural african schoolgirl faces many educational challenges as well as copes with the burden of her responsibilities at home. Her graduation from secondary school is a victory in the face of overwhelming odds. To support these girls and help them realize their dreams, global partners created the marlene assell education fund. This scholarship program now includes university, pre-university and college (nursing, teaching, vocational) as well as lower secondary education. We are committed to helping young women realize their full potential.

support for raising livestock for nutrition and income. Passing on the gift is the heart and spirit of the gpfd farm animal program. The original gift of an animal increases many times over as first-born female off-spring are passed on to another village group family member. Before a woman receives her animal she completes an intensive training program designed to make her successful in the care and feeding of her animal, and in marketing what the animal produces. This training includes business skills and accounting. These training and business skills are key to our successful animal husbandry projects.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

This group of hard working, intelligent and dedicated people have generated immeasurable good with the hundreds of projects implemented in rural east Africa over the past few decades. My most appreciated aspect of the organization is the extremely high level of integrity upon which they operate. In the world of non-profits, my experience has shown that there are many "opportunities" to shade the truth in order to depict the organization in a better light... GPFD refuses to play that game.

I've also had the privilege of traveling to east Africa with GPFD on several occasions. On these trips, we meet with our partners and local community members, visit past, present and future GPFD projects, and work tirelessly to develop and implement ever better projects. Also, I've noticed while traveling that many NGO's tend to work in areas that are relatively close to urban areas since this makes it easier to implement projects; however, these projects are not necessarily assisting the neediest of the needy. GPFD travels far and wide to engage and work with the communities having the most extreme levels of poverty.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Global Partners for Development has a big heart and a focused agenda. They have changed/improved the lives of every single girl who has received one of their scholarships. A great example of how caring donors can achieve lasting impact.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Global Partners for Development is a grass roots based organization making a tangible and sustainable difference in East Africa in the realms of education (especially for girls), water development and public health. Projects are done through direct partnership with East African communities bringing together Africa partner leadership, management, resources and funding. The projects are genuinely made in East Africa with compassion and ownership. Participating with Global Partners can bring ones desire to make a difference to life.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Global Partners for Development is just the greatest. It's well run by extremely competent and caring staff. They use donor money in the most efficient manner possible consistent with making sure the money will be well used. Their success rate with projects in East Africa is remarkable. I've also been impressed with their responses to donors including project reports. Hundreds of thousands of Africans have benefited from a mix of GPFD projects such as clean water, Healthcare centers, Schools built, Scholarships provided to young girls and more. It's my favorite charity!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My favorite Charity. GPFD is an extremely effective charity at getting funds for needed development projects to beneficiaries in East Africa. They work directly with community leaders and groups to identify what is actually desired and needed in each case. Expenses are razor thin and Daniel and Amy are the best people to work with. Lots of clean water projects and girls scholarships.

Donor

Rating: 5

Global Partners has been providing invaluable financial assistance and support to communities in East Africa since 1989, and from 1978 to 1989, it operated as an organization which raised millions of dollars in the campaign to eradicate hunger from the planet. It has a 38-year track record of proven, effective results.

Headquartered in Rohnert Park in the Sonoma Valley of Northern California, Global Partners funds grassroots community development projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. it has supported education through the building of schools and student and teacher housing and the provision of girls' scholarships; increased access to health care by building and supplying medical dispensaries, funding sanitation projects, and underwriting healthcare education; provided clean drinking water to communities by funding water supply systems; provided financial support to women's economic generation projects; and given hope and new-found energy to communities throughout the region. In the developing world, every little bit helps, and that "every little bit" over the past 27 years has positively impacted the lives of over one million East Africans.

Global Partners is an organization with the utmost integrity and accountability to its donors. Its staff members travel to East Africa yearly to monitor projects and confirm that donor funds are being spent properly. Over the course of the last 27 years, most of Global Partners' Board of Directors and many of its donors have also traveled to East Africa to view projects and meet with community leaders. I have personally traveled to East Africa 5 times and can attest to the enormous difference being made as a result of Global Partners' work there.

I give Global Partners my highest commendation and would recommend it to anyone considering providing financial support to communities in East Africa.

Daniel124

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is easy to say that an organization does community driven work, has sustainable projects and crates real partnerships with communities. It is a lot harder to actual make that happen on the ground. This is what is truly amazing about the work that Global Partners does. They have a very real and authentic approach to doing what they say.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is great. I recently saw a video about a partnership they are involved in with Ohio State to build out failed water sites in Tanzania. They do amazing work that is very community oriented.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It's my observation that Global Partners for Development's capacity to fulfill its mission is due to the people and partnerships that make the Global Partners' development model work. GPFD has been making a direct difference in East Africa since 1989. It started as a grass roots organization and continues to operate from that foundation. I contribute to GPFD because I can count on the funds going towards designated programs in education, water development, hygiene education, girls education scholarships and school and clinic construction. The funded projects have resulted in vastly improved health and well being of rural East African communities. I've been a board member since 1993 and have witnessed first hand the difference GPFD has been making in peoples' lives in East Africa. It's been a joy to serve.

Anna113

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has been doing great work to end poverty and hunger since 1978. Global Partners does direct work in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya & Tanzania) in a partnership with local East Africans, The organization responds to real needs on the ground with efficient sustainable solutions impacting thousands. Water and education projects are two of the most common contribution to communities in East Africa. I've been involved as a volunteer and serving several terms on the board since 1999.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Highly effective in its work and respected by every international and grassroots African organization with which it has partnered for 25 years, Global Partners for Development has brought tangible and life changing results to hundreds of thousands of people in towns and remote communities throughout East Africa. Its signature achievements are all about results: translating donor funds directly to practical community projects to improve health, clean water, girls' education, and women's development; every project locally sourced and managed; empowering community leaders to ensure sustainability; partnerships based in transparency, integrity, respect. Travel with GPFD to see their projects in action, meet the villagers in charge, and prepare to be totally inspired.

Donor

Rating: 5

These folks are doing good things. I recently received and update that they may be fighting global insurgency through helping local sponsors pursue their eduction proposals. 3 cups of education - for real. They are rated in the top 2% by Charity Navigator, Schweitzer Award winners etc.

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