Utah Valley Global Health Group

A blog about global health for those living in Utah Valley and their friends.

Utah NGO Round-Up

Posted by ryanlindsay on June 5, 2008

All of the following Utah-based NGOs are involved in orphan care. They all seem to follow a pattern beginning with the building of orphanages, and then expanding their efforts beyond orphanage construction to include education, health and other initiatives. Some of these organizations have partnered with each other, I’m sure they could all learn from each other through some collaboration on this site!

Kaiizen

Kaiizen was started by some BYU students who saw a need and took action. The Kaiizen Foundation took something mainstream, such as an apparel company, and put a humanitarian twist on it. Kaiizen exists to raise money for orphanages all around the world. It is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that raises money through the sales of their apparel and through various benefit concerts, parties, and surf/skate competitions. I’m impressed by how they are able to rally the youth to get involved in global problems.

They currently have projects in Baja, Mexico and Maceio, Brazil. There are at least three more trips planned to the Baja this year. June 26-29, October 16-19, December 4-7.

Visit the Kaiizen website and become a member for only $30. Your donation will help improve the lives of orphaned youth around the world, and you will get a great looking Kaiizen t-shirt and sticker.

A Child’s Hope Foundation

A Child’s Hope Foundation provides orphaned and abandoned children in developing countries a healthy, caring environment while seeking a loving family for them. Based in Provo, Utah the foundation currently works in Haiti, Mexico, Peru, China, South Korea, Bulgaria, and Ukraine.

Volunteers can help with work trips (which are short term typically 1-2weeks). Opportunites to serve longer as caregivers in orphanages is an option. Their next volunteer work trip will be to Mexico to help build orphanages and will take place August 25-29 (they especially need individuals w/masonry skills). They often keep interested individuals posted through newsletters.

One Heart Bulgaria

One Heart Bulgaria is based in Providence, Utah. All of its programs support orphans in Bulgaria. This happens through sponsorships of individual orphanages; completion of special projects for the orphanages; providing specialized medical care; implementing life skills training programs for the teenage orphans; and training orphanage staff, to properly care for the orphans.

One Heart Bulgaria has a recent newsletter highlighting their activities. There are many different ways to donate. This organization has a seemingly well established internship program for volunteers to help in an orphanage for 4+ weeks.

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project

The Afghanistan Orphanage Project (TAO Project) initiated from a group of Utahns in the 211th Aviation Battalion who were stationed in Afghanistan. The project is dedicated to providing orphaned and homeless children shelter, food, clothing, health services, education, and love. They have a huge orphanage in the works that will house 1,000 children. Another focus of the TAO project is to bring Afghanistan children to the United States for life-saving surgeries.

Recently they went to film a documentary on the building efforts. The villagers agreed to donate their labor each Friday, the Islamic holy day, to the building of the orphanage. The director, Shah Karimi is a native and will run the orphanage. This organization seems to be making good steps into making the development sustainable.

The Blueberry Foundation

The Blueberry Foundation – was created in 1994 and is based out of Salem, UT. They work in constructing, refurbishing and maintaining orphanages as well. They advertise the need for help with July 2008 projects to Ukraine and Philippines.

If you are from an NGO and you would like something specific advertised, you can email me at unacceptableglobalhealth@gmail.com and I’ll post to this blog.

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