Project Partners

Planeterra’s Project Partners have been working toward social and environmental goals for many years, some for several decades.  Their work spans the globe reaching the most vulnerable regions and peoples of Antarctica, Africa, Asia and Latin America. They address a wide range of issues, including education, healthcare, housing and skills training for youth, access to water, microfinance, healthy ecosystems, sustainable forestry and environmental research. We work with these partners to support ongoing programs and projects that our travel industry partners can become involved with.

Association des Femmes & Enfants Ruraux

AFER is a non-government organization (NGO) providing education and health services to rural women and children in Morocco.  The women of AFER provide handicraft training, literacy classes, citizenship awareness programs, and emergency health services to over seven hundred women and children in the M'Hoya District.  Run by a former head nurse, AFER is well aware of the lack of rights and access many rural members of society face on a daily basis.  Founded in 2008, AFER has already been the recipient of many government development grants and awards.  Planeterra and G Adventures have helped AFER develop their first revenue generating program through a community lunch program.  To learn more about this project, visit here.  

Asociación Ati't Ala' 

Ati't Ala' is a non-governmental organization (NGO) working for the sustainable development of the Lake Atitlan region of the central highlands of Guatemala.  Since 2001, the organization has strengthened and empowered local Mayan communities through creating opportunities for innovative employment, while protecting the watershed, and preserving ancestral knowledge.  Their work includes: Developing mechanisms and tools for the protection of Lake Atitlan through environmental management, research, policy and education; Developing municipal strategies and supporting the growth of small community tourist businesses, including a best practices program to assure sustainability and respect for local culture and resources; providing support and training to small businesses; and works together with other institutions, both non-governmental and governmental to effect regional policy and legislation to protect the lake region.  Planeterra partnered with Ati't Ala'  to promote food security and lake heath through our Save Atitlan Project as well as to provide capacity-building to our Mayan Community Homestay Project.

 

Azad Foundation

Azad Foundation is a non-profit organization working to empower underprivleged women in India to enjoy full citizenshop and earn a livelihood with dignity.  Azad works to equip resource poor women to become professionals and entrepreneurs in markets that have been traditionally closed to them.  Azad Foundation trains and prepares women with nominal economic and social captial to become professional and commercial drivers.  Over the course of 10 months to 1 year, women are trained to obtain their first driver's permit, and are also taught English, self-defense, grooming, and CPR.  Qualified women drivers are then provided employment opportunities in partnership with Sakha Consulting Wings Private Limited, (the for-profit sister organziation of Azad Foundation. 

 

 

Bal Prakash Children’s Centre, India

In Hindi, Bal means children and Prakash means light. Bal Prakash Children’s Centre is a school and refuge for at-risk children in Ajmer, India. At the moment, there are about eighty children in the school, 26 girls and the rest are boys. Their age range from six to seventeen and the oldest have been there for twelve years now. The centre is aimed at providing the children with an education, and the skills needed to help them develop into self-sufficient adults with a bright future.

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Give a Heart to Africa

Give a Heart to Africa empowers women of Tanzania by offering valuable FREE English, business, and vocational skills training in Moshi, Tanzania.  They equip women with the skills to gain more lucrative employment opportunities to help them help support their families.  Women are selected to become entrepreneurs, and are provided resources and seed funding to start their own businesses, graduates from the school are provided with a vocational learning space to prepare themselves to start their own business.  The main mission of Give a Heart to Africa is to help future generations of Tanzanian women give their female children a higher expectation of what to achieve in life.  Learn more about Planeterra's Project >

Inti Runakunaq Wasin, Peru

Inti Runakunaq Wasin (IRW) “House of the People of the Sun” is an institution in Cuzco, Peru, with the mission of contributing to the integral development of children and youth who find themselves in situations of risk, neglect and/or are victims of domestic violence, working towards familial integration, improvement of quality of life and promoting their positive participation in the development of the country.

Inti Runakunaq Wasin is open daily Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 12:30 and 2:30 to 6:30 and Saturdays from 3:00 to 7:00 providing the following programs: Personal Development, Education, vocational Skills, and program for children with special needs. Learn more about Planeterra’s support of the project ›

Lifestart Foundation

The Lifestart Foundation is a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient. Founded in 2000 by Australian Karen Leonard and supported by a team of dedicated volunteers, the Foundation applies a holistic approach to helping those in need through proven working programs and initiatives which are designed to effect a generational change.

The Maasai Stoves & Solar Project 

The Maasai Stove & Solar Project strives to reduce indoor smoke in the homes of people in the developing world, caused by indoor cooking fires that poison the air, causing illness and death. This profound international health crisis affects millions, and is a severe problem in Maasai homes. The Project replaces the open fires with our locally-produced stoves, reducing smoke by ninety percent. This work saves lives while improving the overall quality of life. Innovations include Women’s Installation Teams, and custom stove designs based on the actual needs of those who cook with them.  At The Maasai Stoves & Solar Project's core, the project is committed to public health, women’s empowerment, locally-built solutions, environmental conservation, the mitigation of climate change, and a culture based on mutual respect and creativity. Learn more about Planeterra's Project >

New Hope Cambodia

New Hope Cambodia, located in the community of Mondul 3 inSiem Reap, is a grass roots, rapidly growing Non-Government Organisation (NGO) run by two dedicated individuals, a local Khmer called Sot Suo (Kemsour) and an Australian woman, Kerry Huntly.
 
The focus of New Hope is 'free education for all' as the founders recognise the vital role education plays in helping break the cycle of poverty. However the organisation cannot ignore the chronic malnutrition, ill health and horrific living conditions of its community.This environment places families at high risk of falling victim to child traffickers. For this reason, New Hope Cambodia's activities and programs address the daily issues facing families in crisis situations and, at the same time, find ways to work toward a better future. New Hope Project ›

Nyamirambo Women's Centre

Nyramirambo Women’s Centre is a group of eighteen women that begun a self-help group in Kigali, Rwanda. The NWC members are women aged between 22 and 46 years, with education levels ranging from zero education to University. The NWC is a diverse and heterogeneous group bringing together socially de-privileged and marginalized, hard working women (mothers) and girls from different social, cultural and religious backgrounds.  The Nyamirambo Women's Centre (NWC) was established with the aim to support local, disadvantaged women to continue their education and training, and to gain better opportunities for employment.

 

 

Rupalaj K’istalin

The Community Association of Ecotourism Guides at Rupalaj K’istalin offers new travel alternatives for visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the natural and cultural heritage interwoven into the fascinating mosaic of modern-day Guatemala. Lake Atitlan is considered one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. On its shore, surrounded by rolling hills and jagged peaks, lies the pueblo of San Juan la Laguna, the place where the Tz’utujil people live. Rupalaj K'istalin manages a community homestay program and a cultural tour that visits several small artisan businesses in the village. Planeterra worked with Rupalaj to help improve their homestay business through our Mayan Community Homestay Project.

 

 

Shamrakshak Samuha Nepal (SASANE)

In 2007, a group of human trafficking survivors gathered together for the purpose of creating a unique organization to protect human trafficking survivors, run by survivors.  Within one year, these women had selected seven educated board members and drafted a constitution for SASANE.  In March 2008, SASANE was registered as a non-governmental organization in Nepal.  Today SASANE provides programs and educational resources to empower female human trafficking survivors and girls at risk of being trafficked or re-trafficked.  Human trafficking survivors have an immense potential to create social change, and, due to their experiences, play a vital role in eradicating human trafficking in Nepal.  To view details on this project visit here.  

 

STREETS International

In the six years since its founding, STREETS has proven its ability to provide terribly poor, disadvantaged, orphaned, trafficked and out-of-school youth a life-changing opportunity to transition away from poverty and life on the streets.

Part culinary and hospitality school, and part full-service restaurant, STREETS’ comprehensive 18-month training and education program includes daily English classes, computer language lab, life skills, and recreation classes. Supervised housing, food, clothing, basic medical care, financial, community and social support are part of the comprehensive curriculum. Program participants, called Trainees,  apprentice at the Streets Restaurant Café -- the popular restaurant located in Hoi An, Vietnam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Just a short while ago, these kids from such dire backgrounds of poverty and neglect had little hope for the future. Having completed the STREETS program all are  well on their way to lives of self sufficiency and dignity with careers in international hotels and resorts.  To learn more about this program visit here.  

The South Georgia Heritage Trust

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) was established in 2005 to raise funds to support its two primary purposes:

To help efforts to conserve and protect those species of indigenous fauna and flora that breed and grow on South Georgia or in the surrounding seas and to raise awareness of South Georgia’s threatened species.

To assist with efforts to preserve the historical heritage of South Georgia, including selected historical sites of importance, and increase international awareness of the human history of the island through the South Georgia Museum.

SGHT is registered as a charity in Scotland, with a branch in Norway and representation in the USA. It has a board of ten international trustees, who administer SGHT funds in pursuit of SGHT’s primary purposes. Planeterra has partnered with South Georgia Heritage Trust through our Habitat Preservation in Antarctica project.