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Sarayaku Kichwa Ecuadorian Amazonian community

In 2020 we were introduced to Patricia Gualinga and her tireless decades long defense of her community, deep in the Ecuadorian Amazon.  The pandemic, an oil spill and historic flooding all devastated the village of 1350 people.                 Grand Circle Foundation partnered with Amazon Watch to provide an… Read more »

Streets International

    Founded in 2007 and based in Hoi An, Vietnam, STREETS is a comprehensive and fully-supported 15-month culinary and hospitality training program. Disadvantaged and vulnerable youth living in poverty are chosen to participate in this no-cost program. Each Trainee participant is provided classroom instruction with hands-on experience in the culinary arts and/or hospitality services,… Read more »

Windhu Candra Budaya (Sudi Dance School)

The school was founded in 1998 by Mrs. and Mr. Ketut Sudirawan, two professional Balinese dancers, with great passion about the preservation of the Balinese culture, arts, and traditions. Together with 2 volunteer dance teachers, the school provides lessons in traditional Balinese dance and gamelan musical instrument for local and neighboring villages’ children aged between… Read more »

Invisible Cities – Scotland

Invisible Cities is a global social enterprise that trains people who have experienced homelessness to become walking tour guides of their own city. They offer alternative walking tours to locals and tourists alike to help them see the city differently. They give people a voice, when they haven’t had one before, putting them at the… Read more »

2020 Covid support

Covid-19 stopped the Costa Rican economy and families were unable to have their basic needs covered.  As tourism has stopped all over the world, communities have been affected, especially in countries such as Costa Rica, where the tourism industry represents 6.3% of gross national product (gp). Stopping tour operations, determines directly in the family’s income,… Read more »

My Son Sanctuary

My Son , is Vietnam’s most significant ruin from the ancient Champa Kingdom, which prospered from the second to 15th centuries. Nestled in an isolated valley overlooked by Hon Quap (Cat’s Tooth Mountain), My Son was established as a religious center in the fourth century. As part of a 5 year commitment to UNESCO, $100,000… Read more »

2020 Covid Relief

Due to COVID-19 and the impact that it is having on livelihoods, many families’ household income was drastically reduced, making it difficult to feed their families. In Zimbabwe, this led to a nationwide food crisis as many households cannot afford the basic necessities. With the help of donations from our generous travelers, Grand Circle Foundation… Read more »

Cat Women’s Handicraft Cooperative

Started in 2012 by the local municipalities in Turkey, these education centers offer women the opportunity to learn both traditional handicraft skills as well as new ones. The Nevsehir Public Education Center has donated both the space and provides a teacher to organize courses for the local women to participate in. At Nevsehir, over 100… Read more »

Pantry Packers

Pantry Packers is the food distribution arm of Tzedakah Central/Colel Chabad, the oldest continuously operating network of social services in Israel – established in 1788. Every month Pantry Packers delivers crates containing all the necessary foods and household maintenance supplies to Israel’s poorest families and senior citizens. Every recipient is screened and selected on a… Read more »

Young Women’s Christian Association

Established in 1923, the Kyoto YWCA is a non-profit community service organization working for empowerment of women — offering services focused on the needs of women, children, and foreign residents in Japan. The YWCA of Kyoto just opened their nursery in April 2020 and the foundation looks forward to working with them to get their… Read more »