Entries by Ruth Curran

Celebrating International Indigenous People’s Day

The UN reports that there are approximately 370 million indigenous people living globally. In communities across more than 90 countries, indigenous peoples play an important role in sustaining culture and heritage, but they continue to face significant challenges.1 Although the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted over a decade ago, […]

Earthboxes in St. Lucia

One of Global Volunteers’ most successful projects on the island of St. Lucia is the installation of Earthboxes throughout the village of Anse La Raye, a small fishing village with approximately 3,000 residents. Since 2012, volunteers have ventured out to share a spade and a bit of sun with their new island neighbors, and planted nearly 150 Earthboxes for members of the community.

Improving Health and Happiness in Peru

Paula is a 13-year-old young woman living at Sagrada Familia, a Global Volunteers’ community partner, in Ventanilla, one of Peru’s poorest urban communities near the capital city of Lima. During the summer months (December through February), Sagrada Familia quiets down, with only the resident children attending sessions at the school, eating in the dining hall, […]

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Young Mother Finds Hope and Health in Tanzania Program – Impact in Action

Meet Rebecca, a young mother enrolled in Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential demonstration program (RCP) in Ipalamwa, Tanzania. In the fall of 2017, 28-year-old Rebecca was excited to enter the program when she became pregnant with her third child. She hoped that joining RCP would provide access to new resources and knowledge to improve the […]