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Brazil
Associação de Assessoria aos Povos da Floresta
Brazil | Manaus

Associação de Assessoria aos Povos da Floresta (AFLORA)/ SECOYA works with the Yanomami Indigenous people to promote differentiated education for Indigenous children and adolescents through the training of Indigenous teachers and educators, as well as health education.

Visit: secoya.org.br
Associação Núcleo de Educação Comunitária do Coroadinho Creche e Escola Porta de Papel
Brazil | São Luís

Associação Núcleo de Educação Comunitária do Coroadinho Creche e Escola Porta de Papel provides tutoring after-school programs focused on games and arts.

Visit: facebook.com/nucleodeeducacaodocoroadinho/
Associação Pazear
Brazil | Olinda

Associação Pazear provides daily soccer lessons for children and adolescents while helping them to strengthen their critical thinking skills and fostering girl’s empowerment.

Visit: facebook.com/pazearr
Biblioteca Comunitaria Moara
Brazil | Ananindeua

Biblioteca Comunitaria Moara is a community library focused on children’s education that aims to encourage reading while celebrating popular culture and Amazonian culture.

Visit: facebook.com/Biblioteca-Comunit%C3%A1ria-Moara-316596115694699
Cores do Amanhã
Brazil | Recife

Cores do Amanhã provides after-school and weekend activities for children focused on sports, arts, dance, crafts, and other topics.

Visit: coresdoamanha.com.br
Instituto Mãe Lalu
Brazil | Cachoeira

Instituto Mãe Lalu offers weekend activities for children that incorporate a learning methodology based on “cirandas,” a dance performed in groups and in a circle that is part of Brazilian popular culture, and “cantigas de roda,” popular folkloric tunes that are usually for children.

Visit: facebook.com/institutomaelalu
Projeto Construindo Sonhos
Brazil | Camaçari

Projeto Construindo Sonhos provides after-school and weekend activities for children focused on sports, arts, dance, story reading, and other topics.

Visit: instagram.com/adsjoficial/

 

 
Colombia
Caravana Cine
Colombia | Medellín

Caravana Cine is a group of young artivists who offer audiovisual and cinematographic education to promote innovative and captivating social critique. The organization helps youth from the city of Medellín and the department of Antioquia, especially from peripheral and rural areas, to overcome contexts of violence and inequalities while also fostering a sense of community ownership and pride.

Centro Cultural Popular Victor Jara
Colombia | Bogotá

The Centro Cultural Popular Victor Jara is an organizational space that is committed to fostering dignified lives through popular education. The organization works in Bogotá’s Usme neighborhood to cultivate a sense of community identity and promote leadership, citizen participation, and the expression of different artistic languages.

Visit: facebook.com/CentroCulturalPopularVictorJara/
Colectivo de Mujeres Afrodescendientes Wiwas
Colombia | Medellín

The Colectivo de Mujeres Afrodescendientes Wiwas is a network of Afro-descendant women focused on promoting the history of Afro-descendant people and the social and political empowerment of Afro-Colombian women through political education.

Visit: facebook.com/WiwasCol/
Culturas Campesinas
Colombia | Herveo

Culturas Campesinas is a group of youth and children from the town of Herveo in Colombia’s Tolima department that works to strengthen the rural population through awareness-raising activities and the production of audiovisual content. The organization promotes local culture and identity, transforming narratives and stigmas related to the rural population.

Visit: instagram.com/fculturascampesinas/
Fundación Dar Amor
Colombia | Cali

Fundación Dar Amor provides preschool and after-school programs for supplemental learning, violence prevention, and self-care, focusing on supporting children living with HIV and on diverse prevention programs for adolescents.

Visit: fundamor.org
Fundación Enséñanos a Creer
Colombia | Cartagena de Indias

Fundación Enséñanos a Creer provides after-school and weekend programs for children focused on stories, games, music, dance, arts and crafts, and other topics.

Visit: fundacionfec.blogspot.com
Fundación Espíritu Indomable
Colombia | Quibdó

Fundación Espíritu Indomable defends the rights of and empowers Black, Afro-Colombian, Raizal, and Palenquero communities in Colombia, strengthening their ethnic identity through a methodology that combines combat sports with life skills, education, health, food security, and entrepreneurship for development and peace building.

Visit: espirituindomable.com
Fundación Haga Que Pase
Colombia | Cali

Fundación Haga Que Pase provides complementary educational activities focused on music, the arts, ecology, and nutrition to public school students in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Cali, particularly those with large Afro-Colombian and migrant populations.

Visit: hagaquepase.org
Fundación Niñas de Luz
Colombia | Bogotá

Fundación Niñas de Luz creates opportunities for girls in Bogotá’s Ciudad Bolívar neighborhood and empowers them through mentorship to become leaders in their own lives by helping them develop their talents, critical thinking skills, and personal social projects.

Visit: funiluz.org
La Red Popular Trans
Colombia | Medellín

La Red Popular Trans (RPT) is a transfeminist collective of trans people and dissidents of the sex/gender system that uses cultural and political actions to make visible, recognize, demand, guarantee, and realize the rights of the trans population at the local, national, and international levels.

Visit: facebook.com/redpopulartrans/
MARE
Colombia | Valledupar

MARE provides science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education experiences to children in public spaces, schools, and local “labs”.

Visit: marelab.co
Músicas de la Tierra
Colombia | Popayán

Músicas de la Tierra offers itinerant music school that teaches traditional instruments and styles in rural and Indigenous communities. The organization inspires young people through playful music education that broadens their horizons and empowers them to face life’s challenges with creativity and strong cultural roots.

Visit: musicasdelatierra2.simplesite.com
Ruleli Corporación Social y Cultural
Colombia | Cartagena de Indias

Ruleli Corporación Social y Cultural offers theater, dance, and creative arts programs as well as homework help and skills-building to children of all abilities.

Visit: facebook.com/Ruleli-Corporaci%C3%B3n-Social-y-Cultural-1824841781106728
 
Ecuador
ASOCIACIÓN COMUNITARIA HILARTE
Ecuador | Guayaquil

Asociación Comunitaria Hilarte provides educational and rehabilitation services for children and young people in Guayaquil, using art and play as its primary tools.

Read more: Announcing the 2021 Sustainability and Dignity Award winners
Visit: asociacionhilarte.wixsite.com
Fundación UBECI
Ecuador | Quito

Fundación UBECI empowers at-risk children in Quito’s local markets and prepares them to enroll in school by engaging them in mobile classrooms set up in large tents in the markets.

Visit: ubeci-foundation.org
 
Guatemala
Asociación AMA
Guatemala | Poptún, Petén

Asociación AMA is dedicated to promoting leadership, democratic participation, sustainable economic development, and access to comprehensive education on sexuality and sexual and reproductive rights for women and youth in Peten.

Read more: Stories in the Making | Celebrating International Women’s Day
Visit: asociacionama.org
Asociación Dejando Una Sonrisa
Guatemala | Jocotenango

Asociación Dejando Una Sonrisa is a youth-led nonprofit that provides educational, psychosocial, and nutritional services to children and youth living in impoverished sectors to improve their quality of life, as well as that of their families and communities.

Asociación Futuro Vivo
Guatemala | Guatemala City

Asociación Futuro Vivo is an educational program that supports community development and rehabilitation, offering academic education, nutrition, adult literacy, comprehensive family support, and medical attention to socially, economically, ethnically, and culturally vulnerable populations.

Asociación Generando
Guatemala | Chimaltengango

Using a feminist, youth-centered, and culturally appropriate approach, Asociación Generando (ASOGEN) advances human rights and provides integrated support services to survivors of gender-based and sexual violence.

Read more: First steps toward healing for volcano survivors | Empowering girl survivors of violence in Guatemala
Visit: asociaciongenerando.org
Asociación SERniña
Guatemala | Sacatepéquez

Asociación SERniña is a youth-led organization that fosters gender equality and empowers children and youth to reach their full potential. In partnership with local schools and community groups in Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez, SERniña facilitates workshops on gender equality, leadership skills, and healthy masculinities, including a comprehensive program for boys and young men known as SerNiño.

Visit: sernina.org
Coincidir
Guatemala | Guatemala City

Coincidir defends the rights of children and youth in Guatemala through a grassroots movement that connects girls in rural communities and small urban centers affected by social violence with youth-led advocacy for policy and social change.

Read more: Her music is her power – Flaka’s story  | Teen girls put mayoral candidates to the testHumanitarian aid that empowers communities | COVID and education: Innovating to increase access to education in Central America
Visit: coincidir.org
Colectivo Vida Digna
Guatemala | Quetzaltenango

Vida Digna is a Mayan organization in the western highlands of Guatemala dedicated to affirming indigenous migrant identities. Vida Digna supports young people, women, and families from the countryside to fulfill their potential and to support the growth of their communities.

Visit: vidadignaguatemala.org
ConnectED
Guatemala | Antigua

ConnectED provides local leaders in education with the skills, training, and resources they need to improve educational outcomes in their communities.

Visit: connectedfellows.org
Jóvenes por el Cambio
Guatemala | San Marcos

Formed by young people from the department of San Marcos, Jóvenes por el Cambio develops the social and educational capacity of children and young migrants from the region. In addition to providing direct assistance and facilitating workshops and trainings aimed at migrant children and youth, the organization is part of numerous advocacy networks at the transnational and local levels.

Read more: “Wanting to change the world, I ended up changing myself.” – Veraly’s story | Becoming a fighter: Nancy’s story | Crossing borders to walk together | Cruzando fronteras para caminar juntxs
Visit: facebook.com/people/Jxc-San-Marcos/100009473883677
Organización Sololateca por los Derechos de las Mujeres Jóvenes Indígenas
Guatemala | Nahuala

Organización Sololateca por los Derechos de las Mujeres Jóvenes Indígenas (SPDMJI) designs and facilitates workshops with girls, adolescents, and women on issues of self-esteem, gender-equity, indigenous women’s rights, and preventing early and forced marriage and violence against women.

Read more: Learning is more fun at the fair!
Visit: facebook.com/orgsololateca.nahuala
Red de Jóvenes Artistas por la Justicia Social
Guatemala | Quetzaltenango

Red de Jóvenes Artistas por la Justicia Social is a network of young people from different departments in Guatemala who use art as a tool for advocacy and empowerment. Its members have organized workshops, festivals, murals, trainings, debates, and exhibitions to raise awareness about issues that impact youth, to influence public policy, and to spark dialogue.

Visit: facebook.com/JAxJS
Tan Ux’il
Guatemala | Petén

Founded by youth in Petén, Tan Ux’il (We Are Growing) promotes rights-based sexual and reproductive health education as an essential strategy to combat STIs, unwanted pregnancies, and sexual violence among adolescents and youth. Its trained youth promotors – who come from some of the most marginalized communities in Petén – use a peer education model to provide counseling, help young people reflect on power relations and other behaviors, and promote youth’s access to contraceptives.

Visit: tanuxil.org
Women’s Justice Initiative
Guatemala | Patzún

Working closely with rural communities, Women’s Justice Initiative improves the lives of Guatemalan indigenous women and girls through education, access to legal services, and gender-based violence prevention. Its adolescent girls program works to prevent early and forced marriage through improving girls’ knowledge of their rights; transforming local norms that condone child marriage; creating safe spaces for girls; and ensuring that parents and community leaders take action to delay early marriage.

Visit: womens-justice.org
 
Haiti
ORGANISATION HAITIENNE POUR LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DURABLE
Haiti | Petit-Goâve

Located in Petit-Goâve’s Delattre community, Organisation Haitienne pour le Developpement Durable (OHDD) promotes sustainable development through education, culture, civic engagement, and environmental protection.

Visit: facebook.com/Organisation-Ha%C3%AFtienne-pour-le-D%C3%A9veloppement-Durable-OHDD-120487501392066/
 
Honduras
Academia de Liderazgo Social
Honduras | Tegucigalpa

Academia de Liderazgo Social is a youth-led organization that empowers children and young people to take on leadership roles and get involved in political and social issues. It was founded by university students and provides youth with leadership development programs and training in community organizing.

Visit: academialiderazgosocialhn.org
Artemisa
Honduras | Tegucigalpa

Artemisa promotes the empowerment of girls, youth, and adolescents of all genders through a feminist and sexual diversity lens using art, theater, and dynamic discussions around social inclusion, sexual and reproductive health and rights, access to justice, and human rights.

Read more: COVID and education: Innovating to increase access to education in Central America
Visit: artemisahnd.org
Casa ASTI
Honduras | Comayagüela

Casa ASTI builds relationships with children and families who live and work on the streets of Tegucigalpa’s urban market district, providing them with the support they need to return to and stay in school; keep their youngest children safe; and break the cycle of extreme poverty.

Visit: casaastiong.wixsite.com/my-site
Centro de Niños con Necesidades Educativas Especiales
Honduras | Peña Blanca

Centro de Niños con Necesidades Educativas Especiales (CNNEE) is a solidarity initiative that promotes inclusive education with and for all by supporting families with preschool education and developmental therapy for young children, children with disabilities, and children with learning disorders.

Visit: cnnee.org
Educación Diaria
Honduras | Ojojona

Educación Diaria provides quality, innovative, and creativity-based preschool education to children from low-income families on the outskirts of the town of Ojojona, Honduras.

Visit: facebook.com/groups/174784829271001/
Fundación Centro Cultural Infantil
Honduras | San Pedro Sula

Fundación Centro Cultural Infantil promotes an integral bilingual education with a focus on artistic expression for the development of children and youth in Honduras.

Visit: facebook.com/cci.sps
Gojoven Honduras
Honduras | Tegucigalpa

A youth-led and youth-serving organization, GOJoven Honduras promotes comprehensive development to improve the quality of life of adolescents and youth through capacity-building, collective advocacy, and a focus on guaranteeing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all youth in Honduras.

Visit: gojoven.org/gojoven-honduras
Redes Juveniles de la MANORCHO
Honduras | Choluteca

Redes Juveniles de la MANORCHO are a consortium of four municipal youth networks that promote leadership trainings for young people in rural villages and advocate with their respective municipal governments for appropriate investment of public funds designated for youth programs.

Visit: facebook.com/Red-Juvenil-MANORCHO-100471604695338
United Way Honduras
Honduras | Tegucigalpa

United Way Honduras collaborates with other Honduran nonprofits and local government agencies to advance quality early childhood learning and youth development programming through social responsibility commitments from the Honduran private sector.

Visit: unitedway.org.hn
Un Mundo
Honduras | La Ceiba

Un Mundo is a community development organization that promotes dignity, community, and self-sufficiency of people living in the protected watershed of the Cangrejal river through access to sustainable education, health, and livelihoods services.

Visit: unmundo.org
Unidad de Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer y la Familia
Honduras | La Ceiba

Unidad de Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer y la Familia (UDIMUF) works to build a more peaceful, equitable, and just society that transforms inequitable gender relationships and contributes to decreasing violence against women. Its programming includes working with middle and high school girls to build their leadership, knowledge in civic participation, sexual health and rights, and skills to protect themselves against sexual abuse and violence.

Visit: udimufhn.org
Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras
Honduras | San Pedro Sula

Founded by two brothers who discovered breakdancing as an alternative to gangs when they were teenagers, Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras is a youth-led organization that uses urban arts to engage young people. It empowers youth in neighborhoods with a significant gang presence to practice different art forms while exploring social issues that impact their communities.

Read more: Dance to belong, dance to be better: The story of JC Rock
Visit: facebook.com/W.Z.N.Hnd/

 

Mexico
Al Otro Lado
Mexico | Tijuana

Al Otro Lado is a bi-national, direct legal services organization serving indigent deportees, migrants, and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico.

Read more: Supporting migrants on both sides of the border
Visit: alotrolado.org
Alianza por la Integración Comunitaría Utopía A.C.
Mexico | Mexico City

Alianza por la Integración Comunitaría Utopía A.C. (APIC Utopía) promotes a healthy childhood for children and youth in and around Mexico City through academic and extracurricular activities that improve participants’ educational attainment, well-being, and chances for success.

Read more: Opening doors for youth with martial artsBecoming a champion: Jimmy’s storyAPIC UTOPÍA: 7 years building dreams | Crossing borders to walk together | Cruzando fronteras para caminar juntxs
Visit: utopiaac.org
Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova
Mexico | Tapachula

The Human Rights Center Fray Matías de Córdova specializes in the defense and promotion of the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers, international migrant population and their families.

Visit: cdhfraymatias.org
Colectivo Kokopelli Tlalli
Mexico | Ecatepec de Morelos

Colectivo Kokopelli Tlalli is a group of young environmental activists who combat food insecurity and strengthen sustainable agricultural practices within urban communities. Kokopelli Tlalli provides technical education and hands-on support to families to help them grow their own vegetable gardens as a way to generate an alternative source of food and income.

Visit: facebook.com/cecasolar.cursos.3
Colectivo Mujeres Utopía
Mexico | Chimalhuacán and Nezahualcóyotl

Colectivo Mujeres Utopía (CMU) is a group of bold feminist activists seeking to break the cycle of violence against girls and women in Mexico. The organization offers education, safe spaces, and opportunities for young women who are either at risk of or survivors of violence, empowering them to lead safe, full lives in both their individual and professional spheres.

Visit: facebook.com/mujeresutopia
Colectivo Seres
Mexico | Guanajuato

Colectivo Seres supports children and youth at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, offering prevention education and HIV testing for at-risk populations and providing direct services to HIV-positive children and youth to improve their quality of life, help them avoid stigmatization, and ensure that they receive proper care from local and public entities.

Visit: colectivoseres.org
Colectivo Tajpianij
Mexico | Puebla

From the Nahuatl word meaning caretakers, Colectivo Tajpianij is a youth-led organization that seeks to be the caretaker of the forest. The organization fosters awareness of and strengthens environmental conservation practices while also piloting new strategies to preserve green spaces in its community.

Visit: tajpianij.wixsite.com/tajpianij
Colectivo Túumben Káambal
Mexico | Quintana Roo

Meaning “new learning” in Nahuatl, Colectivo Túumben Káambal is a group of young, passionate activists working to protect their Indigenous cultural identity. Túumben Káambal helps youth become agents of change in their community while also preserving their cultural heritage by strengthening intergenerational ties.

Visit: facebook.com/people/Colectivo-Túumben-Káambal/100075975437199/
Espacio Migrante
Mexico | Tijuana

A bi-national organization that works in San Diego and Tijuana, Espacio Migrante works to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees, empower migrant communities, improve their quality of life, research the phenomenon of migration, and raise awareness of the issue.

Read more: Children between borders: An interview with Espacio Migrante
Visit: espaciomigrante.org
Otros Dreams en Acción
Mexico | Mexico City

ODA works to build a transnational community for reintegration support and advocacy for the rights of returned and deported migrants in Mexico. ODA and its bicultural community space [email protected] House empower young migrants with direct services, educational activities, and cultural advocacy to help them achieve their dreams.

Read more: They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds | Stories in the Making
Visit: odamexico.org
Red de Intérpretes y Promotores Interculturales A.C.
Mexico | Oaxaca

Red de Intérpretes y Promotores Interculturales (RIPI) is a collective of more than 80 young human rights defenders who seek to guarantee justice for Indigenous communities throughout Mexico. Speaking more than 64 Indigenous languages and dialects, RIPI members provide legal translation, accompaniment, and representation to Indigenous Mexicans.

Visit: redinterprete.org
Sin fronteras
Mexico | Mexico City

Sin Fronteras promotes and defends the human rights of migrants, refugees, and their families through social work services; legal representation and psychosocial assistance; education and outreach; national, regional, and international networking; and advocacy for improved migration legislation, policies, and programs (including alternatives to the detention of migrant children).

Visit: sinfronteras.org
Voces Mesoamericanas Acción con Pueblos Migrantes A.C
Mexico | San Cristóbal de las Casas

Voces promotes the organization and voices of indigenous migrants (especially children, women, and youth) for the defense and exercise of their rights and to help them build “Lekil Kuxlejal” (good living) in the migrant and transnational communities of Mesoamerica and North America.

Read more: “I am a worker, not a servant”: Paty’s story | From death to life: the path of my story | The Migrant Museum: Artivism and youth leadership
Visit: vocesmesoamericanas.org
 
Nicaragua

For security reasons, GFC is naming its partner organizations in Nicaragua only when they have asked to be publicly identified.

 
Panama
Fundación Espacio Creativo
Panama | Panama City

Fundación Espacio Creativo (FEC) transforms young lives in Panama through dance and education. FEC uses contemporary dance as a tool for personal and social transformation for children and adolescents from low-income communities.

Visit: fec.org.pa
 
Peru
AmpliaMente
Peru | Lima

AmpliaMente is a youth-led organization that coordinates community projects with the goal of providing mental health services and resources for children, adolescents, and young people in Peru. The organization works to promote psychological wellbeing as an intrinsic part of the holistic development of children and youth to unlock their potential and help them tap into their own strengths.

Visit: facebook.com/AmpliaMentePsico/
Escuela Resiliente
Peru | Lima

Escuela Resiliente empowers young social change agents interested in combining art and cutting-edge environmental practices to drive positive environmental conservation impacts.

Visit: facebook.com/escuelaresiliente/
Ollas Sostenible
Peru | Lima

Ollas Sostenible seeks to guarantee food security for low-income social sectors of Lima through sustainable solutions and a holistic approach. The organization’s vision is to create self-sufficient and resilient communities even in the face of climate emergencies and supply chain disruptions that impact food, water, and energy security.

Visit: facebook.com/OllasSostenibles
PsicoPride
Peru | Lima

PsicoPride is a group of young psychology professionals that aims to promote the sexual rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Peru. Through a gender-inclusive and intersectional approach, the organization works to increase access to sexual and mental health resources, education, and services.

Visit: psicopride.wixsite.com/website
Voces Violeta
Peru | Lima

Voces Violeta is a feminist and interdisciplinary youth organization founded by a group of psychology students. Voces Violeta promotes the mental health of children and youth through community actions, advocacy campaigns, and projects based on a gender-inclusive, intersectional, and anti-racist approach with a deep respect for diversity.

Visit: instagram.com/vocesvioleta/

 

united States
FIHANKRA AKOMA NTOASO
United States | Washington, DC

Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso (FAN) provides youth in foster care with a safe and stable after-school environment to ensure that they have the educational and social support necessary to escape the cycle of poverty.

Visit: fan-dc.org
Homies Unidos
United States | Los Angeles

Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace through gang prevention, promotion of human rights in immigrant communities, and youth empowerment.

Read more: My name is Gerardo López | Breaking bread: A community response to the pandemic in Los Angeles
Visit: homiesunidos.org
Immigrant Youth Coalition
United States | Los Angeles

The Immigrant Youth Coalition is an undocumented and queer/trans youth-led organization based in California.

Visit: theiyc.org
LaUnidad11
United States | Houston

LaUnidad11, named for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, is a protection network based upon a model of mutual aid, a solidarity organizing model where families and communities are individually and collectively prepared in the event of an arrest, detention, or deportation.

Visit: facebook.com/LaUnidad11-1611027612533346
Tahirih Justice Center
United States | Houston

Tahirih Justice Center is the only national, multi-city organization providing a broad range of direct legal services, policy advocacy, and training and education to protect immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

Visit: tahirih.org 

Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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