During the time spent working in different parts of the world, I have come across and collaborated with several non-profit organizations. Here I mention a few that I have been particularly impressed with and consider worth supporting.
Samaanta Foundation, Nepal
This organization works on access to higher education in Nepal, providing comprehensive fellowships to deserving students from underprivileged backgrounds. Led by Shrochis Karki, a scholar of Nepali education, the work of the foundation is rooted in rigorous research that has pointed to significant barriers to education in Nepal. As a young yet very dynamic organization, the foundation can benefit from both monetary contributions and volunteer work. Please see an International New York Times article about their work and the Samaanta website for more information. Updates about Samaanta's most recent work can be found on the foundation's Facebook page.
ESCIP Trust, India
ESCIP (Empowering Spinal Cord Injured Persons) is an organization started by a dear friend Jonathan Sigworth, whose film More Than Walking showcases his personal journey of becoming fully independent once again after an accident that left him a quadriplegic. Inspired by his experience, the trust provides peer-mentoring and transitional living opportunities for spinal cord injured persons in India. Those who have benefited from ESCIP's programs have gone to become not only independent members of society, but often turned into advocates for the disabled, creating ripple effects through communities in India. To find out more about ESCIP and the ways you can support their work, please visit the ESCIP website.
United World College National Committee, Marshall Islands
The national committee in the Marshall Islands sends one, or several, high students a year to one of the international campuses of the United World Colleges. All the students selected so far have attended with the support of full scholarships. Since possibilities for fundraising within the Marshall Islands are limited, the sustainability of this project largely depends on outside sources of funding. if you would like to help, please contact me for further information.
A not-for-profit started by a friend and mentor anthropologist Sienna Craig and Ken Bauer, DROKPA (a word whose literal meaning in Tibetan is 'nomad') works with pastoralists in the high-altitude Himalaya to support grassroots development projects and social entrepreneurship. To learn more about their work and the ways in which you can support them, please visit the DROKPA website.