At LEAF International, we believe in participatory and endogenous development. LEAF International recognizes that true and meaningful community building must be based upon reciprocity and authenticity. In order to contribute to cultural community building in an appropriate and effective manner, all LEAF International programs are based upon collaborative partnership. LEAF believes in building individuals and communities up so that they may become the fullest expression of themselves. To do this, LEAF acts as a catalyzer, an ally, and a supporter by teaming up with already established, local organizations in the countries and the communities in which we operate.
Below are the incredible organizations and individuals that we partner with around the world. You can find out more about them on our individual country pages, or by clicking on their images to check out their websites.
works to preserve Central American indigenous chants through research, education, and dissemniation. Using art and technology to preserve the intangible human heritage through the knowledge and respect of human diversity, the orgnanization records indigenous song and oral traditions in the field, helps to produce CDs and provides concerts to let these voices be heard by local and global audiences–promoting knowledge and respect of ancient cultures.
Through their work, Proyecto Jirondai is preserving languages that are at the risk of extinction. An advocate for the preservation of indigenous culture, and the founder of Proyecto Jirondai, Luis Porras, serves as LEAF International’s Program Coordinator in Costa Rica. Together, we are providing support systems for these indigenous communities to continue to thrive.
PEG Partners (Proyecto par alas Escuelas Guatemaltecas) was founded by peace activist and musician David LaMotte. The non-profit organization works to improve learning environments in Guatemalan schools. PEG is composed entirely of volunteers, with all donations going 100% to projects in Guatemala. They oversee the music program at the Cedin School and provide local instruments and teaching artists.
Child Aid provides scholarships for each student to attend the Cedin school. Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunities for underserved rural and indigenous Latin Americans through childhood literacy and education programs.
Prosjekt Haiti’s is an amazing community-driven organization. A model of service, the organization’s goal is to contribute to a better future for the people associated with their projects, and it continues to grow towards meeting the needs of families in Haiti. The program fosters leadership and has multi-generational community members, and has been creating a thriving supportive community in Port-au-Prince since 2000. Prosjekt Haiti believes that the best way of cultivating meaningful change is to provide people with knowledge and skills that enable them to improve their own situation. Prosjekt Haiti therefore focuses on education, capacity building and value creation.
Grammy-nominated musicians, Boukman Eksperyans is more than just a Haitian-born band, but a platform for social change for their fellow Haitians. As a band, their music is a worldly, high-energy fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae. As individuals, they are activists, and serve as the teaching artists for Haiti’s LEAF International and Prosjekt Haiti program.
The Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for communities, animals, and the environment. Through tens of thousands of young people in almost 100 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website. Roots & Shoots began programs in Tanzania in 1991 to support children to learn and teach others about ways to improve the environment. The programs are strong, have stable international support, and maintain global recognition.
Home of Hope Orphanage provides a safe haven for hope and trust by addressing children’s physical, educational, medical and moral needs. There they are free to play and laugh. They stay until they are adopted, married or ready to live independently. With our friends at the Wilmington Yoga Center, a LEAF International music and arts education program was started at Home of Hope.
TWAAYF (Total War Against Aids Youth Foundation) is a youth-led community development organization comprised of artists working to empower children and youth in Likoni, Kenya. TWAAYF fosters personal development and self-sufficiency among young people, while promoting economic development in the civil society within Likoni community.
Cradle to Career – Kenya is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of Kenyan orphans and vulnerable children, from preschool through college to career, by providing for their immediate needs, and offering access to the best education possible. In turn, these educated young adults will “pay it forward” to the next generation in their community.
Our Partner: Indigenous Campesino Theatre Laboratory of Xocen
a beautiful amphitheater designed for professional concerts. Tom Jones from Asheville founded the partnership with the goal of instilling local pride through the excellent challenge and beauty of music. The program also supports local artists by providing drums made by local Mayan artists and costumes made be a local seamstress.
Sister Cites of Asheville, NC partnered as a sister city with Valladolid, Mexico. They have helped coordinate and connect LEAF International to the program at the Xocen Theater.