Author: Jan Byrnes

Patricia Gualinga – Human Rights Defender

“Destroying the Amazon is the destruction of the world.” – Patricia Gualinga The Amazon has been called the “lungs of the world”, producing one-third of the world’s oxygen. Deforestation and oil excavation threaten this rich biodiverse region, and ultimately, all of us. Many of those fighting to defend the Amazon are the Indigenous leaders who… Read more »

Support for the Kichwa Indigenous Community in Ecuador

“MY ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS UNDER WATER AFTER EXTREME FLOODINGS! My family, my friends, and people along the Bobonaza river basin have lost their homes, crops, animals, everything. The bridge that connects my community is destroyed. The school is gone. It is the worst flooding ever in the region. I am devastated and I feel powerless… Read more »

Remote learning at Sinamune Disabled Orchestra

In 1992, Maestro Edgar Augusto Palacios, together with his wife Marcia and daughter Ada, founded the Sinamune Disabled Children’s Orchestra. A national music system for special-needs people (mostly children and young adults), Sinamune was created by the Cultural Foundation “Edgar Palacios” to help students overcome mental and visual challenges to develop the motor skills needed… Read more »

Albania Earthquake Relief

When disaster strikes in an area visited by Grand Circle and Overseas Adventure Travelers, Grand Circle Foundation makes every attempt to support recovery efforts, relying on our regional associates to identify needs and worthy organizations. On November 26, Albania was rocked by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, killing 51 people, and leaving thousands with homes destroyed… Read more »

Saving Serengeti’s Species From Poachers

The Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania is a world-renowned natural landscape. The Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles that takes place there is the largest hoofed mammal migration on earth. With resilient populations of predators and iconic wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, and rhinos, the Serengeti National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage… Read more »

Wine to Water: Our partnership continues to grow

In 2015, Grand Circle Foundation launched the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Initiative, to ensure all schools and villages that are supported by GCF have an adequate supply of clean water and toilets that meet or exceed the local standards. Clean water improves health, education, agriculture, economic development and women’s empowerment. Currently, 86% of all… Read more »

Citizens Count in New Hampshire

Citizens Count is a nonpartisan nonprofit that provides the people of New Hampshire with the tools and information they need to make a difference. Citizens Count provides in-depth profiles of candidates, tracks and explains key issues, and builds connections between people and their elected officials.  Historically, the organization has focused on adult voters, but now… Read more »

Ocean Recovery Alliance: Global Alert – Floating Trash

The Lewis Family Foundation provided funding to Conservation Media Group to support the creation of this video – to spread the awareness about the Global Alert app and platform,  as well as how best to engage stakeholders in their communities to build collaborations focused on cleanup, prevention, and better management of watersheds and coastlines. Each… Read more »

Eliminating plastic water bottles at Alnoba

Sometimes the big global environmental problems seem daunting, and we wonder just what one person can do to make a difference. The answer is: each of us can do at least one thing—and if all of us do something, change happens. Alnoba was conceived by the Lewis Family as a model of sustainability with a… Read more »

Protect Our Winters

The Lewis Family Foundation and Grand Circle Foundation began a partnership with Protect Our Winters in 2011 and have donated $210,000 to support their efforts to educate and advocate on climate change issues. Founded by professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, Protect Our Winters (POW) turns passionate outdoor people into effective climate advocates. POW leads… Read more »