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Causes: Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Village Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and growth.

Results: Since 2003, Village Volunteers has grown from a consortium of four community-based organizations in Kenya to 24 partner programs in Ghana, India, Nepal, and Belize. With the support of volunteers and donors around the world, Village Volunteers has: - Built classrooms, dormitories, clinics, libraries and resources centers. - Built a ceramic water filter plant in a village in Kenya that is locally owned and managed that makes 10,000 to 12,000 water filters a year. - Provided tuition for a student who graduated from medical school who will be opening up clinics in under-served villages near Mt. Elgon. - Provided 14 young women with college scholarships to be educated as nurses or teachers. Supported hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children through youth sponsorships. - Supported the founding and ongoing development of Youth Outreach Mentors (YOM) and the Environmental Youth Action Corps (EYAC): youth groups that educate and inspire members to share what they have learned in village communities. - Started Kick it With Kenya, a youth soccer tournament and leadership conference that provides healthcare services to impoverished communities and participants annually. - Supported hundreds of trainings in bio-intensive farming methods, workshops in briquetting, solar cooking, etc. - Developed tree nurseries and demonstration gardens using bio-intensive farming methods. - Provided bicycles to be used as couriers for medical supplies and a host of other necessities for a Masaai community, and set up a bicycle repair business for a youth group.

Target demographics: Village Volunteers does not believe in simply giving aid but partnering with stakeholders who work towards self-sufficiency in rural villages through projects that foster economic and educational opportunities, food security, improved health conditions, public health awareness and support for vulnerable children.

Geographic areas served: Kenya, Ghana, India, Nepal & Belize

Programs: - Micro Enterprise Development: supporting self-sufficiency and technical assistance. - The Environmental Youth Action Corps: Local advocates for a healthy future. - The Butterfly Project: Creating a brighter future for young women and their communities. - Feed Villages Sustainable Agriculture: A model for health, practical and sustainable agricultural techniques. - Youth Outreach Mentors: Empower, Inspire, Educate. - Kick it with Kenya: Promoting youth health awareness, leadership and empowerment through soccer. - Orphan & Vulnerable Child Support: Providing nurturing support to orphans and vulnerable children. - Ceramic Water Filter Program: Providing clean water with locally made and resourced water filters.

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Village Volunteers is a great organization. It works in partnership with rural villages to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education and growth. There are a number of non-profits out there that organize volunteering aboard, so it can be a hard choice knowing which one to go with. But with extremely low operating overhead and staff to help you through each step of the process, you can be assured that by using Village Volunteers you'll have a smooth, seamless experience, and the knowledge that you're getting the most bang for your buck. If you're ready to have the experience of a lifetime, check out the website at www.villagevolunteers.org