Mercy Nyambura – Rainwater Harvesting Tanks Project


Poor women-headed households often lack access to clean water, partly because they are unable to harvest rainwater. This forces them to get water from polluted wells, open pans, or rivers. The consumption of contaminated water results in water borne diseases, resulting in high hospitalization costs and deaths. Mercy Nyambura Kariuki [...]

Norly Germain – A Cistern of 15000-gallon of Water in the Community of Jeannette



Founded by Dr. Norly Germain and his colleagues, “Hope and Change for Haiti” (HCH) supports vital infrastructure projects in Paillant – Haiti. In Paillant, housing is dilapidated and shoddy; residents have only limited, arduous access to water. HCH’s two current projects consist of building and providing sturdy and earthquake-resilient homes [...]

Shania Childress, Open Closets For The Homeless



Shania's Open Closets for the Homeless is an innovative project to help homeless residents meet their basic and immediate needs. Open Closets are placed in local communities and allow people in need to take hygiene items such as toothpaste, sanitizer, feminine products, small blankets and similar items to make it [...]

Pritha Gopalan, Yalla!: A trusted, scalable software solution that connects relief agencies with vetted volunteers



Yalla! is a software that allows relief agencies and volunteers to customize volunteer participation and effectively support newly-arrived Syrian refugee families in New Jersey. Relief agencies and non-profits are stretched beyond their capacity in meeting the considerable health, educational, and financial needs of families forced to migrate due to the [...]

Hank Stapleton, Mobile Free Store For Homeless Veterans



New Hope Christian Outreach is a public charity that provides basic supplies to homeless veterans in our region. There are other organizations that operate free stores in the area, but Hansel Stapleton, our director, saw there was a need for a MOBILE free store that would DELIVER supplies to the [...]

Rebecca Singleton, The Promised Group: Project RESET

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Rebecca and Troy Singleton are the founders of project RESET (Rebuild. Educate. Stabilize. Employ. Transform.), a program designed to provide minority citizens returning from prison with an opportunity to reset their lives through transitional housing, job training, financial literacy, and intensive case management. The founders believe that if given the [...]

Fredrick Ouma Okumu, Cooksmart For Sustainable Livelihood Project

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Cooking over wood fired stoves is a huge health hazard for community members who breathe in  the fumes, and also a  huge source of deforestation. After witnessing the impact on his community and the surrounding environment, Fredrick Ouma from Esidende village founded Cooksmart For Sustainable Livelihood, a bio-mass energy saving project [...]

Erik Rodriguez, “Mission Week” Camp for Refugee Children

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The UrbanLife high school student leadership teams are planning a camp during spring break, where the participants will be elementary school aged refugees from countries all over Africa and Asia, who have relocated to our neighborhood (City Heights and Southeast San Diego). The youth will use the money for supplies [...]

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