Category: World Wide Initiatives

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 »

Schools in Zimbabwe are still closed – but food gets to the students

Zimbabwe has been under strict Covid lockdown measures, where no movement has been allowed and gatherings of more than 30 people are banned.  Travel is limited to essential travel only and schools are closed until further notice. For anyone else, this would have stopped the final distribution of the highly nutritious porridge meal packs that… Read more »

A special visit for the bushfire-affected koalas

Late last year you may remember Zoos Victoria announced that 14 bushfire-affected koalas were released back to their homes in East Gippsland. Here’s an update on how they are doing. After multiple surgeries for severe burns and treatment at Healesville Sanctuary, followed by rehabilitation at Phillip Island Nature Parks, vets have now completed the first… Read more »

An update from Safe Passage – Guatemala

As the pandemic raged through Guatemala City, Guatemala the 500 families whose children attend Safe Passage were particularly hard hit.  Their main source of income has been selling items recovered from the city dump and with the lockdown restrictions, their income quickly disappeared.  GCF with the support of our donors was able to provide support… Read more »

Long Tho Disability Child-Rearing Center- HUE city

Every year, Hue and Central Vietnam are hit by several storms and flooding which have been impacting the life of local people heavily. Long Tho Disability Child-rearing Center is a shelter and school for 87 disadvantaged and disabled kids, who cannot go to the normal public school to study. Fifty of them are permanent residents… Read more »

An Update on Maijuna Pandemic Prevention and Relief Efforts

Grand Circle Foundation has partnered with OnePlanet to support the Maijuna tribe in Peru since 2018. Coronavirus is having a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples throughout the Amazon. Indigenous communities are extremely vulnerable to the pandemic due to persistent inequality, discrimination, and lack of access to health care. With a total population of only 600,… Read more »

Trash to treasure in Zimbabwe – St. Mary’s

We are happy to announce that the St Mary’s Papermaking project has officially begun. The group of eight women began their training at the beginning of November and have taken to it with much motivation and excitement. Due to Covid-19, this project was delayed as travel was not allowed within the country. Now that some… Read more »

Frank Finds His Way

When we support scholarships through Grand Circle Foundation, of  course our hope is that every student will successfully complete their schooling, and continue on to a fulfilling career. But despite our best efforts in rural Africa, where so many families live in extreme poverty, some young people lose their way. Frank was one of these… Read more »

Meet Alan & Harriet – GCF’s new feathered friends

Just over 2 weeks ago I received a call from Magret, Head Mistress of Ayalabe Primary School, Karatu. The children from Grade 7 had rallied around and raised money to buy Grand Circle Foundation a Thank you gift, A white chicken, and Magret gifted GCF her Cock-rel to say, thank you for our kindness. They travelled… Read more »

Vietnam is facing the fourth typhoon to hit the country in October

As if a pandemic isn’t enough in 2020, natural disasters from fires to flooding have been everywhere as well. Our O.A.T. team in Vietnam sent us an urgent appeal this week to help the Minh Tu Orphanage after another typhoon recently hit Vietnam’s central and coastal regions. “The center of Vietnam is facing it’s fourth… Read more »