Global Brigades USA

  • About Global Brigades USA
    Global Brigades USA is the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Our mission is to empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities and inspire all involved to collaboratively work towards an equal world. Since 2005, more than 30,000 volunteers from 800 university groups have traveled to implement our nine skill-based programs to benefit more than 600,000 community members in Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Ghana.


Sustainable Transition Fund

The Sustainable Transition Funds will be used for two related initiatives that help accelerate Global Brigades' ability to transition its relationship with community partners from doing brigades to one of follow-up and consulting with local technicians. 1) Clean Water: Local Water Brigades teams work with government municipalities and community leaders to build full-scale clean water projects in communities. In Honduras, they will be building wells in communities where our traditional gravity systems will not work. In Ghana, they will be expanding the government's current piped system into communities it does not have the resources to access. Panama does not currently invest in clean water projects because of evidence that the local government will be gradually providing water on it's own accord. Since Nicaraguan operations just started, we are still just assessing patient data and strengthening community relationships to identify the best way to solve water challenges. In Honduras, for every $100, approximately one family will receive access to clean water piped into their home. 2) Microfinance (Community Bank Capitalization): This initiative infuses money in the community-owned "banks" that our Microfinance teams help establish and provide follow-up on. Once the funds are in the community, bank leaders issue loans to families for a variety of meaningful purposes, including: replicating public health infrastructure projects such as latrines and eco-stoves, education, health emergencies, and growing the businesses. All four countries have the capacity to strategically receive these funds. 100% of these donations will go directly into these community projects without a dollar going to overhead.

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