AFRICAID (Tanzania) AfricAid is dedicated to promoting girls’ education in Africa as a pathway to positively transforming lives and communities. AfricAid recently won the prestigious Ashoka Changemakers Award for its innovative teaching training program in Tanzania and partnered with Dot-to-Dot Children’s Books to produce On My Way to School, a children’s book written by students in rural Tanzania.

BRAC (Bangladesh) BRAC is a development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. They were founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and over the course of their evolution, established themselves as a pioneer in recognizing and tackling the many different realities of poverty. Today they reach more than 138 million people with programs in microfinance, education, health, livelihood training and human rights.

FABRETTO CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION (Nicaragua) Fabretto is a 4-Star Charity Navigator nonprofit organization that is helping over 6,000 underserved youth in Nicaragua by providing them with access to education and other resources necessary to help break the cycle of poverty. Fabretto provides services to young people throughout their entire childhood, from pre-school to adolescence and into young adulthood to permanently reduce poverty.

FACING THE FUTURE Facing the Future creates tools for educators that challenge students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future. They develop low-cost, standards-based curriculum resources for K–12 science, language arts, social studies, and math to engage students in learning about social, environmental, and economic issues that affect their lives. They also provide professional development services to equip school districts, schools and educators with sustainability and global education frameworks and content, instructional strategies, and curriculum resources to motivate students to excel academically.

HEAL AFRICA (Democratic Republic of Congo) HEAL Africa is featured on Oprah’s For All Women Registry and is also highlighted in the bestselling book, Half the Sky – and for good reasons. HEAL Africa operates a hospital in Goma, DR Congo where they treat women suffering from fistula or injuries resulting from gender-based violence – both physical and psychological. HEAL Africa’s goal is that each patient leave the hospital healthy and able to live a dignified, independent life. The hospital in Goma serves patients with a variety of illnesses other than fistula. Children who are at the hospital for long periods of time either as patients or with a parent may attend the little school on the hospital grounds. There are vocational classes for women recovering from fistula: literacy, small business skills, sewing. HEAL Africa has many programs to prevent illness and poverty; community –based programs to inform about HIV, safe motherhood, economic empowerment, gender and justice issues for all ages. These are carried out in communities in North Kivu and Maniema provinces.

HTAC – Help the Afghan Children (Afghanistan) Founded by Afghan-American Suraya Sadeed during the height of the Afghan civil war (1993) due to the horrific conditions she saw of Afghan children, Help the Afghan Children is one of Afghanistan’s most influential and successful educational organizations, providing innovative programs and model schools for thousands of children each year. In recognition of its successes, HTAC and Ms. Sadeed have received numerous awards and honors, including substantial support from the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and Oprah’s Angel Network.

Water for People WATER FOR PEOPLE Water For People (WFP) helps people in developing countries improve their quality of life by supporting innovative and long-lasting solutions to their water and sanitation problems. Working closely with local government and communities, WFP is working to create a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation and no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. Learn more at

Wildlife Conservation Society WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY (WCS) The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. WCS does this through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. In addition, WCS runs the New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and Queens Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Teachers can find resources at To learn more about the Wildlife Conservation Society, visit

Women for Women International WOMEN FOR WOMEN Women for Women International helps women rebuild their lives, families, and communities so that they can overcome the horrors of war and civil strife. By providing women survivors of war with the resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, Women for Women helps them become active citizens while also promoting the development of viable civil societies. Learn more at