Innovative Grassroots Development Supports Sustainable Solutions to Community Challenges
Rural villages are struggling every day to combat a variety of societal issues, each an integral component to the healthy growth of communities. These issues include poverty, malnutrition, deforestation, land degradation, a lack of employment opportunities, and insufficient educational funding for vulnerable children.
Village Volunteers has developed a series of initiatives to solve common challenges shared around the world such as access to clean water, food, shelter, education, and more. Although projects may begin in a single destination, they address needs that many communities face. This makes them transferable and able to be implemented anywhere donations and volunteers are available.
We helped to build a Ceramic Water Filter Plant with the capacity to make 10-12,000 filters a year to provide access to clean drinking water in areas where over 1 million people are without potable water. The program is also designed to disseminate public health education about water and provide local economic opportunities.
Feed Villages Sustainable Agriculture project promotes sustainable farming methods and education through demonstration farms, workshops, and the development of tree nurseries. Feed Villages also establishes community seed banks and educates on seed collection to encourage sustainable crop production and support enhanced biodiversity. The goal is to bring about significant, long term change in resource-poor, small-scale farming communities.
The Moringa Tree Project facilitates the development of moringa tree nurseries in rural communities. The Moringa tree has rightfully been nicknamed the “miracle tree”. Its leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, and seeds have a multitude of uses, making it an extremely valuable resource. The Moringa Tree Project is a sustainable approach to combating poverty, malnutrition, and environmental degradation. Trees purchased from local environmental youth clubs fund education and provide social enterprise opportunities for rural women’s cooperatives, schools, orphan homes, and clinics.
Water Hyacinth is an invasive aquatic plant species that reproduces at an alarming rate, causing not only environmental but also economic and public health issues in effected communities. The Water Hyacinth Sanitary Pad Project is a sustainable social enterprise that produces sanitary pads out of water hyacinth. The production of a locally made pad from water hyacinth provides girls and women a low cost, biodegradable product that sustains income-generating jobs and provides school girls with access to necessary personal hygiene products.
Youth Outreach Mentors (YOM) empowers, inspires and educates youth about HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equality and healthy lifestyle practices for HIV positive people.
The mission of Village Volunteers is to address poverty at multiple levels, recognizing the impact that interrelated issues play in its continuation.
Village Volunteers has had to and still relies on the efforts of dedicated volunteers who have provided thousands of hours of expertise and valuable skills in our Seattle office and around the world.
Today, Village Volunteers’ work impacts the lives of thousands daily, works with partner organizations in Asia and Africa, and continues to grow as a self sustaining organization with a reputation for tangible and meaningful results.
More About This Charity
Hunger and Poverty Relief
Village Volunteers (VV) 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.
- This Achievement raised $2,300,000
- This charity raised $500,000 in the past year
- This Achievement helped 850,000 people
- This charity helped 90,000 people in the past year
- 50,000 trees planted, 4 tree nurseries developed. 12K water filters provided, 30,000 small farmers trained in biointensive organic farming methods