A new cohort of community leaders

This month, we offered 12 community leaders scholarships to our program. The training has begun, they are working their way through our introductory courses, and will be in our training program for the coming two years. Our mission is to equip people for locally-led social change. This cohort consists of 12 individuals from eight different…

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A Clearer Purpose and Direction

Robert did not have any formal training on how to effectively serve his community until working with Cultivate. His community organization is working to address extreme poverty in Kampala, Uganda. Because of Cultivate, Robert is learning how to manage his time better, improve his computer skills, and set clear goals for himself and his organization. He…

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The Challenges of Funding for International Development 

There are many challenges international development organizations face. Often, they work in a context where poverty and oppression are commonplace for most members of the community, and where the lack of infrastructure, good governance, and human resources creates even more difficulties. However, for most nonprofits and NGOs, having adequate funding is still the biggest challenge…

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Trying a Different Approach

How can we best work with communities and their members to produce lasting change? We must ensure they are the ones driving and determining what happens to their community.

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Changing the Cycle: The Health Crisis of Period Poverty

Like many other students in Kenya, Jane’s life has been affected by the cycle of poverty. Although she is old enough to attend secondary school, the difficulties of purchasing basic needs have taken away many educational opportunities. Whenever she had her menstrual cycle, she would miss school. Unable to afford sanitary pads, Jane either shared…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global South

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply impact our global trainees, as it has for members of our own immediate communities. Great challenges and devastation are limiting these community leaders’ access to resources for their programming as well as their own livelihoods. We asked our trainees how their communities are being impacted, and they shared…

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A Year in Review

This past year has been significant in our journey as an organization. Fifteen community leaders participated in our program. These leaders are now empowered and equipped with knowledge and skills, which they are using in their social impact programs. Thousands of people worldwide are being impacted by their work. As we invested into these leaders, we…

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In Remembrance of 9/11

Today is a day of remembrance and mourning in the USA for the terrorist attacks that happened 18 years ago. The world changed after this event in so many ways, not only for Americans, but for humanity as a whole. We now live in a world where people have more fear, more uncertainty, and more…

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Could I Be Your Child?

Gasilda is an 11-year-old Mozambican girl who is already pregnant by her 70-year old husband. Her story is horrific, but it must be told. Consider if she was your child. What if your poverty forced you to a similar choice? Maybe such choices do not happen in America, but should we ignore them only because…

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Podcast: Why change in development is so needed

Our Executive Director was recently featured on The Twin Cities Wellness Collective’s podcast. Click below to listen! Here are a few of the topics discussed: There are so many community insiders who have potential, the commitment to make long term changes, desire to improve, and create lasting impact in their community. However, the barriers to their…

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