Brick by Brick

In 2012, my best friend Michelle and I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of traveling to Africa to help complete a humanitarian project that we spear headed, and is led by a local community member named Peter. Peter operates a micro-development farm that helps farmers grow their food better. While visiting Peter’s family and home [...]

A Tale of Hope, Justice, and Clean Water

These are the words and thoughts of GO volunteer and Chairwoman of our Champion Fundraising Board, Katlyn Torgerson, during her travels to the Ecuadorian Amazon in August. She was able to visit the work of a community behind the Clearwater Project, which is finding a way to give to people what many lack– clean water. Katlyn [...]

Through our Lens

Dena Hangaard and Lesley de Dios are two GO Volunteers currently helping to install a micro-lending program for small-holder farmers in Kampong Speu, Cambodia. The project is led by the Sao Sary Foundation, which helps provide poverty alleviation support to rural villages in the surrounding community— and stop human trafficking where it starts. Dena and [...]

GO at SOCAP13

  Five years ago GO began as a small idea sketched out on a paper napkin in a Berkeley cafe. We had no resources and were fueled by determination, passion, and a hypothesis that would quickly evolve as we began to test (and test, and test) our theory of change. About four years ago, I [...]

Reflections of ClearWater

Our trip to Ecuadorian Amazon is ending and the ability for me to comprehend, and truly relate, what really just happened is beyond what symbolic words can describe. The purpose here, our why as I frame it in my mind, was to visit with various indigineous communities who are building a path towards regaining a [...]

Farming for the Poor in Malawi

Rev. Jawati, the founder of New Life Center in Malawi, is a man whose mission in life is to help the poor and vulnerable children in his community.  He does this in many ways, most recently by establishing a working farm to grow crops year-round to feed the children and create jobs for their families. [...]

A Celebration of Creativity and Human Dignity in Ecuador

The lack of clean water for the indigenous communities of Ecuador has been a reality for decades. Now, with the installation of the ClearWater filtration systems, the communities are invigorated to come together and reestablish cultural bonds and express themselves. For the people of Rumipamba, who recently inagurated 55 water systems for their communities, it [...]

Neal Eberly on joining GO and SSF in Cambodia

My first day with the GO delegation was spent visiting the killing fields museum located just south of Phnom Penh. It is a somber place with subtle markers showing the layout of a typical Khmer-rouge prison and killing station. A couple of the Sao Sary Foundation (SSF) staff were with us and it was all [...]