Smiles for Life Foundation is an example of how individuals and foundations can partner with CHOICE Humanitarian to make a bigger impact in the world.
For people living in extreme poverty, access to dental care is non-existent, so children and adults are living in unnecessary pain that affects learning, working, and every aspect of life. We are pleased to highlight the work of Dr. Roy A. Hammond and the Smiles for Life Foundation for their commitment to worldwide dental health.Read more
Mrs. Irene and Mr. Gregorio are producers from Ejido de Detiña in Acambay, Mexico. They had a small, but not profitable, bovine production. At times they didn’t regain the investments made and had to sell animals in the face of an emergency.
Three years ago they requested a loan from CHOICE Mexico to buy breeding sheep. They attended workshops for entrepreneurs in animal production and, with this and their efforts, they were able to improve their production.Read more
In the Bolivian altiplano, at dusk, you can hear the sound of the wind, similar to the sound that emits the melancholic quena of the indigenous Aymara that inhabits these lands inherited from their predecessors that in their customs mixed their rituals with blood and the colonialist imposition. In Chacoma Alta, a community between mountains and high plateaus lives a hard-working, sacrificial woman who has lived all her life looking for places to supply water to her family, she tells us her life in this way.
My name is Emiliana Limachi Flores I live in the community of Chacoma Alta since I married Pablo Sirpa Atahuachi. I was born in the community of Jekeri on August 5, 1943. I have 7 children. 1 woman named Yola Sirpa and I also have 6 sons: Mateo, Gregorio, Samuel, Policarpio, Jose and Felix Sirpa.
Life can be hard for people living on the Andean Plateau. The altitude is high, vegetation is sparse, and growing food can be difficult. These conditions can naturally lead to situations where people are undernourished, and essential nutrition is a critical step in breaking the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.Read more
How CHOICE leaders are making change happen in their communities.
CHOICE Humanitarian’s mission is to end extreme poverty. That mission couldn’t be accomplished without the volunteers who dedicate their time and energy to making the world a better place—one village at a time. At every level of the organization—from our home office to the villages around the world—there are leaders and volunteers hard at work combating poverty.
One of those leaders is Pascal Karisa, a CHOICE Humanitarian native leader who’s making a big difference in his community in the Samburu District in Kenya.Read more
Harka is 51 years old and is from Lamjung, Nepal. He was born into a Dalit family. Dalit is a marginalized caste, inheriting desperate poverty and discrimination. His voice was rarely heard in the community.Read more
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