Working in partnership with underserved communities around the world to facilitate transformational and generational change.
Driven by a powerful belief that everyone, no matter where they are born, deserves an opportunity to education and basic life necessities like access to healthcare and clean water, Craig and his team partnered with underserved communities across the world to facilitate transformational and generational change.
What began as a fight against child labor grew into a global movement that worked in partnership to empower communities with the tools and resources to break generational cycles of poverty.
The cornerstone of these partnerships came in the form of an innovative, five-pillar, international development model, which was engineered over 25 years to work in five key areas—education, water, health, food and opportunity.
Over 25 years, Craig and his team worked with hundreds of communities in Asia, Africa and Latin America, giving 200,000+ children the opportunity to get an education, empowering 30,000+ women with tools to gain economic self-sufficiency and providing over 1 million people access to healthcare and clean water.
Some of the more notable partnerships were created in Ecuador and Kenya. For example, in Ecuador’s Chimborazo and Amazon regions, partnerships were formed with local communities to eliminate barriers that prevent children from accessing education, improve healthcare, and open up income opportunities. This included the construction and operation of a Women’s Empowerment Centre and an Agricultural Learning Center.
In Kenya, the focus was on the Maasai, Kipsigis and Kisii communities, which were supported to create sustainable solutions that empower them to build brighter futures for themselves and their families and ensure the survival of their vibrant cultures.
Projects included the Kisaruni Group of Schools, a group of girls’ and boys’ boarding high schools that provide access to quality secondary school education including scholarships to local students, and WE College, the first and only post-secondary institution in the region.
The Women’s Empowerment Centre supports local women in the community by providing a safe space to participate in financial literacy training and work on artisanal projects to generate income and provide for their families. At the Baraka Hospital, critical medical care is provided to tens of thousands of people in rural Kenya, including services for expecting mothers at the Baraka Maternity Wing. To date, the hospital has treated over 130,000 patients.
These community partnerships have resulted in generations of children being able to go to school alongside significant improvements in healthcare, access to clean water, financial literacy training, economic opportunity and food security, all of which have empowered communities to thrive.