Global Partners: Organizations we Support
"If not now...........then
If now today...............then
Why make your promises?
A love, declared for days to come
Is as good as none.... "
— Tracy Chapman, If Not Now...
LEAPNOW is committed to generating positive change in the world, and helping those who wouldn't receive help if we don't act. Over the years of sending groups and individuals overseas, we've come across and have chosen to support individuals and grassroots projects that are doing extraordinary work with very little in the way of support or resources.
LEAPNOW Passage to India: Sanghamitra Sarkar. A native of India and resident of Varanasi, Sanghamitra has guided Westerners to live and study and volunteer in India since 2002. A fluent English speaker and member of the LEAPNOW staff for many years, she hosts our groups that travel in central India, sets up homestays and internships, provides vital orientation to the culture and smoothes the way for our students and group leaders. In addition to working with LEAPNOW students, Sanghamitra hosts individual travelers in India throughout the year. Sanghamitra has degrees in Indian History and Travel and Tour Management, and with her strong love of travel, culture, and meeting new people, she is a great point-person for Westerners entering the country and liaison between Indian and Western culture. Sanghamitra also works with individual travelers to provide them with a gentle and culturally rich landing and entry into India.
Kalpana Sharma - Sarnath, north India
Kalpana is one lone woman in Sarnath, who is working to improve things for those in need in her community. For 2011/12 LEAPNOW has pledged to find 20 supporters to support 20 children to go to school. It costs only $100 to send one child to school for one year - click here to see photos, learn about the children, and to send a child to school for a year. Without your generosity, these kids won't be able to attend school.
Guria - India
A husband and wife who direct a small organization in Varanasi who regularly put their lives on the line to eradicate underage prostitution in the Red Light District of Varanasi. They have a school for children of prostitutes, do HIV/AIDS awareness training, and are at the forefront of the fight against sex trafficking and prostitution. Their goals include eliminating second-generation prostitution, eliminating the trafficking of women and girls, and supporting and rehabilitating survivors of exploitation.