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The project featured below has received an award in the FBB Small Grants program. This page gives individuals an opportunity to continue supporting this outstanding effort.
Project: Pathfinders Project
The Pathfinders Project is ready to go. Our four Pathfinders started their global service marathon on July 15, volunteering, developing relationships, and evaluating eleven organizations in eight countries around the world. One of their stops is Ghana. Ghana ranks 135 out of 186 on the United Nations Development Index. Our Pathfinders will volunteer with two organizations in Ghana. First, they will visit Accra, where their project will be with the Alliance for African Women's Initiative. AAWI has a strong presence in Accra serving woman in the areas of health, education, social rights, and empowerment.
The Pathfinders will also visit Leo Igwe's refugee camps in northern rural Ghana, where women accused of witchcraft from across the region are seeking refuge, food, and shelter. This project has the support of the International Humanist Ethical Union, where Leo is employed. This project was previously featured as a small grants beneficiary in Q3 of 2012.
Small grants at Foundation Beyond Belief are funded in two ways. Members can choose to select a box in the donation allocation area that says “Small Grants or Greatest Needs,” and anyone can donate directly to a small grants project (both non-members and members giving an additional donation on top of their regular contribution). The Pathfinders Project still needs financial support to make their trip a success—you can donate to them at the top of this page.
Because Pathfinders is sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief, this small grant will cover the Pathfinders' expenses while in Ghana, including housing and food (less than $10 per person/day), transportation, and small donations to both the Alliance for African Women's Initiative and the Igwe refugee camps.
Pathfinders Project and the Humanist Service Corps will enable Humanists to put their values into action, thereby demonstrating those values to the world. Pathfinders Project has been described by Hemant Mehta as "the ultimate service project for Humanists" and by James Croft as "a life-changing opportunity." Certainly, Pathfinders Project will have a meaningful impact on each of the communities visited, and a profound effect on each of the Pathfinders. Furthermore, Pathfinders Project will shape the Humanist movement for years to come. In taking the first step toward launching the Humanist Service Corps, the Pathfinders are building the structure of a flagship program not just for Foundation Beyond Belief, but for the entire Humanist movement.
Donations to this project are tax deductible.