ProWorld Announces Launch of ProWorld Foundation to Expand Volunteer Abroad Impact

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The ProWorld Foundation expands the global impact of ProWorld’s volunteer abroad community through fundraising efforts that provide clean water, limit indoor air pollution, or protect the environment in developing countries.

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“Whether we are installing stoves in rural Peru or providing bio gas energy to families in Thailand, the ProWorld Foundation is dedicated to lasting change and impact in developing countries,” said Richard A. Webb, president of the ProWorld Foundation.

ProWorld, a social enterprise that offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and faculty-led groups in developing countries, today announced the launch of the ProWorld Foundation, a non-profit designed to expand the global impact of ProWorld’s volunteer abroad community through fundraising efforts. Ninety percent of all donations made to the ProWorld Foundation will go directly to the communities it supports.

The ProWorld Foundation operates independently, but in conjunction with ProWorld to support its mission to empower communities, promote social and economic development, conserve the environment, and cultivate educated compassionate citizens. Donations made to the ProWorld Foundation will be used to further the impact of ProWorld’s volunteer abroad activities, by injecting additional funding and resources to key volunteer abroad projects.

“The ProWorld Foundation provides additional economic support to projects that promote social entrepreneurship and innovation in some of the direst economic environments across the world,” said Richard A. Webb, president of the ProWorld Foundation and founder of ProWorld. “Whether we are installing cleaner burning stoves in rural Peru or providing bio gas energy from elephant waste to families in Thailand, the ProWorld Foundation is dedicated to lasting change and impact in developing countries.”

Just in time for the season of giving, the ProWorld Foundation’s first major initiative will be a holiday fundraising campaign entitled, “Give the Gift of Clean Water.” The campaign will attempt to raise $7,500 to provide 250 families in Peru with clean water for two years. A $30 donation provides a family with Peru with clean water for two years, by providing them with a ceramic water filter.

The ProWorld Foundation is also currently accepting donations for five projects in five countries where ProWorld regularly sends volunteers abroad to work with local communities.

Provide clean water to families in Ghana or Peru
For $30.00, you can provide clean water for a family in Cape Coast, Ghana or in the Sacred Valley, Peru for two years through a low cost ceramic water filter designated to effectively remove 99.88% of water-borne disease agents.

Provide rural families in Peru with a cleaner burning stove
A $50.00 donation provides a rural family in Peru with a cleaner burning stove designed to reduce indoor air pollution.

Support equine therapy for disabled children in Mexico
For $25.00, you can support the Fundacíon Oaxaqueña de Equinoterapia (FOE) in San Agustin Yatareni, Oaxaca, in providing one equine therapy session as a tool for children with disabilities to learn, develop and be accepted.

Create clean, sustainable energy for rural families in Thailand
A $40.00 donation provides ten years of energy for a rural family in Thailand by turning elephant dung into a clean and sustainable source of gas for cooking and electricity, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels and wood.

Create a youth center in Belize
For $25.00, you can help keep at-risk youth off the streets of Punta Gorda, Belize through a donation to the Mathew Nunez Boxing Gym and Youth Resource Center, which will open once the donated building has been repaired.

ProWorld’s founders, Richard A. Webb and Nick Bryngelson, started ProWorld ten years ago with the vision of creating sustainable change by working closely and collaboratively with local communities to connect them with global volunteers. Volunteer abroad opportunities are offered in Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, and Thailand, and focus on important global issues: health, environment and social/economic development. To date, ProWorld volunteers have logged almost 700,000 hours of volunteer service and injected more than $6 million of needed capital into local economies.

About ProWorld Foundation
The ProWorld Foundation (http://www.proworldfoundation.org) is a non-profit that seeks to fund innovative projects based on community needs that support ProWorld's goals to empower communities, promote social and economic development, conserve the environment, and to cultivate educated compassionate global citizens, through volunteer engagement abroad.

About ProWorld
ProWorld (http://www.proworldvolunteers.org) offers volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities for individuals and faculty-led groups with community projects in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure magazine listed ProWorld as one of its “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.” ProWorld is part of the Intrax family of programs devoted to fostering international understanding through cultural exchange and educational programs, with operations in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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