A grain of sand, given the right environment, will form a lustrous pearl. Communities scattered throughout the world have given rise to beautiful pearls – people who have grown up in these communities under harsh conditions and are providing others a path out of poverty.  They are resourceful, compassionate and dedicated, and they are leading the way to a better, kinder tomorrow. These people are our Global Pearls. Our job is to serve as a catalyst – unleashing their potential.


Our Mission

Our mission is to identify and empower the most effective grassroots efforts reducing poverty and suffering in developing countries, often using the tools of education and training, with a particular focus on the well-being of women, children, and other marginalized groups.

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OUR APPROACH

jhinukteacherIMPACT

Small, grassroots projects can do as much or more good as large, externally run projects at a fraction of the cost.  Read More.

EMPOWERMENT

Local leaders have the best understanding of how to design and implement solutions for the problems in their communities. Read More.

PERSONAL REWARD

We want you to feel connected to the work you support. Read More.

COMMUNICATION

Donors should be able to choose how much information they get.  Read More.

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Estudia Con Amor – Sandra Alonzo Pac
Girl Education
Economic Empowerment

Mothers abandoned by abusive, alcoholic husbands face great economic hardships and despair. Scholarships for their children bring hope for a brighter future and a supportive “family” which they so desperately need.  Read More.

Semillas de Esperanza – Sor Marta Eugenia Soto
Educational Scholarships
Rural to Urban Migration

Rural to urban migration is generating great stress on the cities of Honduras. Scholarship recipients want to use their educations to address problems their communities are facing.
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Heritage Trail – Juan Covarrubias Ccaihuari
Economic Empowerment
Protecting Against Foreign Exploitation

Many communities have been harmed by large companies exploiting the rich resources in Latin America. The communities along the Choquequirao trail are now in such danger.  Read More.

Rescue Women – Nakinti Nofuru
Girl Education
Girls Lead Clubs
Maternal Mortality Pilot

Life in the jungles of Cameroon is extremely difficult for girls and women. Physical abuse is common, maternal mortality can be as high as 1 women for every 10-15 pregnancies, and education is a luxury that many can’t afford. Four girls in our program trekked for 3 days through the jungle in hopes of receiving a scholarship.  Read More.

Matunget Project – Abraham Kosgei
Preschool Nutrition
Water Management
Running Tourism

Water is a resource that we often take for granted, but the Kalenjin who live in Matunget Village in Kenya’s Rift Valley know only too well how precious is this resource.  Read More.

JONG – Martin Richard Raju
Education
Orphan Support
Sumangali Rescue

One of the most heart-breaking issues facing Dalit (“Untouchable”) villages in Southern India is a practice known as sumangali, but after-school tutoring and education about child labor have eliminated the practice in the 50 project villages.
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New Light – Urmi Basu
Sex-Traffic Victims
Pre-School Education

It is extremely difficult and expensive to rescue women from the sex industry, but saving their children is a different story.  Jhinuk provides a secure, nurturing environment for the preschool children of Kolkata’s sex workers.  Read More.