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Photo: Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center
Photo: Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center

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Most of the participating organizations will be holding a special event in their community in honor of Good Deeds Day on April 10, and welcome all travelers and community members to join them on such day of giving. This is a great opportunity to do something good during this year’s Good Deeds Day and experience something special along the way. Of course any support provided to these organizations, which are hard at work doing good all year-round, is welcome and encouraged! Check out the organizations below and click the organization links for more details on Good Deeds Day specific events and general organization activities.

Photo: Cooperar Peru

AFRICA

YAAPHA: YAAPHA (YOUTH IN ACTION AGAINST POVERTY AND HIV/AIDS) is a non profit organization working in Tanzanian mainland. Established in 2010 and registered in July 2011. YAAPHA operates in Kilimanjaro, Tabora and Kigoma Regions. Location: Moshi, Tanzania, Africa

Peace Friends of Hope Foundation: Peace Friends Of Hope Foundation is a not–for profit community based charity duly registered with the Department of Gender Labor and Community Development No.340. The organization was founded in 2008 as an urgent response to systems, conditions and structures that perpetuate Poverty. Location: Kisoro, Uganda, Africa

Spice Without Borders: We envision an open-minded society transformed by the creative and critical voice of the women. Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

ACHIERO WOMEN NETWORK: We are a community women organization based in homabay working with women and children. we also have a community school project for the needy and we do promote women empowerment. Location: NAIROBI, Kenya, Africa

The Unique Light Foundation: We are a Grassroots Non-profit charity who put our resources into helping disadvantaged girls, women and children acquire education, health, opportunities and economic independence. Location: Kasoa, Ghana, Africa

Centre Des Hommes: WE ARE CENTRE DES HOMMES working for the sustainable development of the people through volunteering. We are looking for international volunteers willing to provide support and assistance to the most vulnerable populations through collective participation projects. Location: Kpalimé-KLOTO, Togo, Africa

RUDEC Cameroon: RUDEC-Rural Development Centre is a business enterprise that focuses on children, women and environmental protection that focuses on tourism development as a project. Location: Belo, Cameroon, Africa

Dovic Relief Cameroon: The Dovic Relief Fund believes the economic empowerment of Women will reduce the poverty levels of the area. Location: Douale, Cameroon, Africa

ALL WIN Community Organization: We are a community based development organization that is working with grassroots organizations for sustainable development. Location: NAIROBI, Kenya, Africa

Masindi Community Foundation: Masindi Community Foundation, MCF, exists to strengthen community philanthropy so as to build social capital for promoting and facilitating asset based development as an approach that enables local citizens establish and manage sustainable social enterprises capable of improving their livelihoods. Location: Masindi, Uganda, Africa

Skylight Special Centre: Skylight Special Centre is a Community Based Organization working with Orphans Vulnerable Children. Our main objective is to improve the welfare of children with special needs from deplorable background through all-inclusive activities. Location: Nairobi, Kenya, Africa

Guzakuza: Food Insecurity is a Global Threat and Graduate Unemployment is a national security threat. Guzakuza incubates groundbreaking ideas and accelerates game-changing Agribusiness start-ups, that improve food security,create jobs and wealth. Location: Accra, Ghana, Africa

Chemelil-Kopere Community Based Organization: A Community Based Organization involved in activities focused on alleviating poverty through education of children. Location: Kisumu, Kenya, Africa

BIWATI Community Organization: A community organization providing education to the children and women support program. Location: kisumu, Kenya, Africa

Campaign for Children with Learning Disabilities: Campaign for Children with Learning Disabilities (CLED) is a Ghanaian nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organization working to improve the life and access to education for children with Learning Disabilities. Location: Kasoa, Ghana, Africa

GRIKOB Foundation Ghana: The Foundation is a humanitarian intervention aimed at empowering women. GFG is an innovative organization that adopts education (formal/ non-formal) coupled with skill / vocational training geared toward helping women to be independent and self-reliant. Location: TAKORADI, Ghana, Africa

Training of Rural Women in Uganda: (TORUWU) supports women in the local community through providing opportunities to enhance their craft making skills. We also have projects for the children of the community. Location: Kampala, Uganda, Africa

Volunteer +256 afrika international [vuai]: Volunteer256afrika international, it’s a volunteering organization which is a legally registered (no: 2750) humanitarian non-governmental organization committed to relieving the suffering of the poor, working to promote transformation development and human dignity and self-reliance. Location: Jinja eastern Uganda, Uganda, Africa

Change African Child International: Change African Child International is a non governmental, non profit organization with its goal to support both the infected and affected people with HIV/AIDS and other related diseases. Location: Kampala, Uganda, Africa

FAITH VICTORY CHAPEL: Is a community church involved in community development and overall education support for the needy in the community we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of beliefs and individualization. Location: Kenya, Africa

One Heart Christian Foundation: We are a NPO operating on Christian values to help educate, counsel, teach and mentor youth in the rural area that we serve. We support rural schools through volunteer assistance while we counselling youth and women and run youth programs over weekends to promote positive interaction. Location: Malmesbury, South Africa, Africa

Photo: Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Inc.
Photo: Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Inc.

ASIA

Teach Peace Build Peace Movement, Inc: Is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit organization that aims to make every Filipino child and youth a peace builder. Location: Quezon City, Philippines, South East Asia

Helen Keller International: Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition. Location: Hanoi, Vietnam, South East Asia

Indian Social Service Institute: The Indian Social Service Institute’s purpose is to promote Social, Economic and Cultural advancement of the rural and urban weaker sections through Education, Research and Field action programs. Location: Pudukkottai, India, South Asia

Yayasan Slukat Learning Center: Founded in 2007 and is a registered non profit organization that provides free after school education for the children in the Gianyar village. It is a new model for combining Balinese and expatriate forces to provide opportunities for the children. Location: Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia

The Learning Center: We believe education is the essence of all opportunities. With this belief we founded TLC to provide educational opportunities to serve underprivileged children so that they are given the chance to change their future through education. Location: Kathmandu, Nepal, South East Asia

Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center: The Ban Nai Soi Community Learning Center seeks to provide a high school education, practical vocational skills, and community development skills to high school aged children living. Location: Mae Hong Son , Thailand, Southeast Asia

Nepal Friendship Society: we are an NGO based on chitwan, Nepal. Our one of the area is Education. we are helping poor and marginalized children for to support and promote their Education. we believe we can change the developing world with upliftment of Education and Gender Equality. Location: Chitwan, Nepal, South East Asia

Arakan Workers: we are helping Burmese migrant workers’ right. Location: Mae Sot, Thailand, Southeast Asia

Shri Jasnath Asan: Shri Jasnath Asan is a 500 year old ashram on the edge of the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. It falls within the Hatha Yoga Lineage, descending from Shiva/Gorakhnath. We welcome visitors from September – April to our yoga institute and retreat center, as well as our Ayurveda wellness programs. Location: Panchla Siddha, India, South Asia

Salt Lake City Prayasam: We educate, advocate and inform about–and through–cinema. Location: Kolkata, India, South Asia

Photo: Project Favela

LATIN AMERICA

Otra Cosa Network: An NGO that works in Northern Peru with the vision of equal opportunities in Peru for everyone to succeed and thrive. Location: Huanchaco, Peru, South America

BiblioWorks: Is founded on the simple principle that literacy and education are critical components for the creation and vitality of sustainable communities and cultures. We believe that where knowledge, literacy, and learning exist, people have the resources they need to solve social issues, maintain and strengthen their cultural identities, as well as to grow their community economically. Location: Sucre, Bolivia, South America

Andoriña Hostal & Organic farm: A hostel with volunteering options in the hostel and on an ´organic farm´. The hostel offers a homely feel, tasteful decoration, excellent breakfast and the many common areas and terraces. Location: Amaipata town, Bolivia, South America

Ecuador Tierra Viva ETV: The Ecuador Tierra Viva Foundation is a non-profit charity organization, based in Ecuador. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of the Ecuador’s neediest communities through provision or improvement of water, health and education services. Location: Quito, Ecuador, South America

Project Favela: We are the best little pre school in the world! Project Favela operates a school in favela Rocinha here in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. We are getting results nobody thought we could with our kids. We have a unique teaching system and an intense curriculum for our students. We are a one of a kind project! Location: io de Janeiro, Brazil, South America

Latin American Foundation for the Future: Latin American Foundation for the Future (LAFF) is a UK-registered charity supporting marginalised children in Peru as a partner organisation, and the local organisations which work with them. Location: Peru, South America

Cooperar Peru: In 2010, a group of friends from university, currently professionals in the area of development communication dedicated their internship to a social project in the community of Tankarpata. At the end of the year, the project became a non-profit civil association, known as CooperarPerú. Location: Cusco, Peru, South America

The Yepez Foundation: Fundación Yepéz A. C. is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Sea Turtles as well as other community conservation projects through sustainable methods. Location: Veracruz, Mexico, Central America

Latin American Sea Turtles: LAST has close to thirty years’ experience working with Costa Rican sea turtles, and staff are experts when it comes to sea turtle population management, community based conservation, coastal management and volunteer assisted research. Location: Costa Rica, Central America

Fondation SunCampDR: We are Canadian living in a small Eco-Village at the end of the local community Munoz village in Puerto Plata Dominican republic. We receive international volunteers for the concept Volunteer Vacation. The volunteers have an immersion in the local community and pass on their skill or knowledge. Location: Munoz by the River, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, The Caribbean

Volunteering Trujillo: We are an association that helps children and youth with difficulties to learn English as a second language. The children need to learn English specially in Trujillo which is the first touristic destination in Peru and English is necessary everywhere as 65% of the income in the city comes from tourism. Most of the children and teens will be working in the area of tourism when they grow up. There is nothing better than having a native speaker who will help with pronunciation, grammar, spelling and to assist the Peruvian English teacher in the classroom. Location: Trujillo, Peru, South America

Banco de Alimentos de Buenos Aires (Food Bank of Buenos Aires): The Banco de Alimentos is a non profit organization that help people suffering from hunger. We act by requesting donations of food, out of the commercial market but fit for consumption, to companies, farmers and supermarkets, in order to store, sort and distribute it to 704 community organizations. Location: San Martín, Buenos Aires , Argentina, South America

Biodiversity Research Institute: The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops projects on biodiversity and environmental education for the purpose of ecological conservation. Location: Iporanga, Brazil, South America

Tortugas de Pacuare: Tortugas de Pacuare it’s a non profit organization 100% created by Costa Rican people. Our organization was founded to protect one of the most beautiful and endangered animal species as sea turtles. Location: Limon, Costa Rica, Central America

This article was written by Givingway and appears here with permission.

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