The community of Tzuncoc is in rural Guatemala, and here students must cross a river to get to primary school. Some students walk as much as 1.5 hours a day to school, and several accidents have resulted when students have tried to cross the river.Read more
Our Expedition Philosophy
This is NOT poverty tourism
CHOICE Humanitarian is an international development organization whose purpose is to eliminate extreme poverty. We are NOT a travel company, and this is NOT poverty tourism. CHOICE believes in hand-ups, not hand-outs. With over 36 years working in international development, we have learned that for humanitarian expeditions to be sustainable, they MUST be part of a larger, locally driven program that exists long before expeditions arrive and the programs must have commitments from every community that lasts long after the expeditions leave.Read more
I have the great privilege of being the Field Director for CHOICE Humanitarian. Recently I was working with our Kenya team and some communities there, and I came to realize the true meaning of unity. Muungano is a Swahili word meaning come together or unity. In this small village in Kenya, Muungano is more than a word, it is a culture. In Dzugwe the population is predominantly Muslim with the largest minority group practicing Christianity.Read more
May 2018 was a significant month for the Pop family. In addition to carrying out all of his duties and responsibilities as the Director of CHOICE Guatemala, Olger has been 'moonlighting' as a student at the University of Rafael Landivar. Olger has worked diligently for two years and now he has received his Master of Science Degree from the Faculty of Environmental and Agricultural Sciences in Tropical Agroforestry at the Campus of La Verapaz. CHOICE Humanitarian is extremely proud of Olger's accomplishment and would like to share his achievement widely.Read more
What if a group of people made some big audacious goals to make the world a better place for everyone and the whole world agreed to do their part to make those goals a reality? Well you'd have the Sustainable Development Goals.Read more
As part of the Spring Into Action campaign running from April 16 – May 1, we will be posting daily about topics related to extreme poverty and how anyone and everyone can join the movement to end it.
Your Morning Latte Can Tip the Scales
What was your morning like? Did you stop on your way to the office and buy a latte or go through a drive-through and grab a quick breakfast? If so, then before mid-day you spent more money than someone who lives in extreme poverty has to spend in an entire day.Read more
Liliana is 11 years old and lives in the community of Rincon de la Concepcion Mexico State. And she is the youngest person working in egg production in her community.Read more
It’s International Women’s Day & we're celebrating rural women who are working hard to benefit their families and communities.
We know when a community focuses on literacy; the general health and standard of living naturally increase. However, many women in remote Guatemala only speak their native language of Q’eqchi’ and therefore they are not able to find work or go to school outside of their village where Spanish is the predominant language.Read more
Mrs. Adriana is learning how to raise swine to sell and to provide her family with nutritious food as part of a class that CHOICE Mexico is teaching.
Recently CHOICE Nepal hosted the Honorable Mrs. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal for the Inauguration ceremony of the Agriculture Laboratory Building at the Janakalyan Secondary School in Palung, Makwanpur, Nepal.
The lab will benefit 1,245 students of Janakalyan Secondary School and all the farmers from the community. Students will learn new techniques, and the farmers can test the quality of soil and as well as disease in plants. Agriculture is the main source of income in Palung. Twenty thousand families in Palung are engaged in vegetable farming due to the proximity of Kathmandu which gives them a broader customer base.Read more