Community Partners

International Partners

Community Partners are at the centre of all aspects of ORICE work.  While student learning outcomes are important, they are impossible to be achieved without the collaboration and co-education of the partner organizations.  As such, ethical engagement principles, such as reciprocity and sustainability are critical to ensure that partner organizations gain value in addition to providing rich educational opportunities.

ORICE has established ongoing relationships with the following community partners.  With courses and programs, the partners themselves determine priority projects, and together we match the project needs to various disciplines and courses.  It is for this reason that a partner may work with one discipline, such as economics, for a period of time, and later work with psychology; or perhaps the project demands an interdisciplinary approach, and both will be involved simultaneously.

Please note that students do not apply to work with a particular organization but rather, students apply to a course or program that has been previously matched to the organization and their associated scope of work.  For further information about the work of our community partners, please visit their websites.

Uganda


  • Good Samaritan School for the Deaf (Kitengesa, Masaka District, Uganda): A school for deaf students whose “ultimate goal is to change the negative stereotypes currently held towards deaf people and promote their equal rights by working with parents and community members. More information
  • Tekera Resource Centre (Tekera, Masaka District, Uganda): “TRC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of Tekera and Lwega and build a model community.” More information
  • Kitengesa Community Library (Kitengesa, Masaka District, Uganda): The KCL strives to promote a reading and learning culture to students and adults in the village of Kitengesa. More information More information (Facebook Page) More information (Wikipedia)
  • Ibanda Community Library (Kafunjo, Ibanda Town, Ibanda District, Uganda): The IBL is “aimed towards increasing the reading culture within the community.” More information (Facebook Page)
  • The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) (Mbarara, Mbarara District, Uganda): “TASO works to contribute to a process of preventing HIV infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of life of those affected by HIV/AIDS.” More information
  • Salama Shield Foundation (Lyantonde Town, Lyantonde, Uganda): “Through intimate, participatory, and storied encounters, SSF learns about critical needs, and together with community members, searches for appropriate solutions.” More information
  • Busolwe Public Library (Busolwe, Butaleja District, Uganda): “BPL aims to improve the district’s reading culture in English and its local language, Lunyole, in order to increase the community’s literacy rates.” More information

Kenya


  • Little Rock Academy (Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya): “Little Rock is dedicated to creating an inclusive and empowering educational environment.” More information
  • Carolina for Kibera (Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya): “CFK exists to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change, and alleviate poverty.” More information
  • SWARK (Nairobi, Kenya): SWARK’s “primary mission is to support capacity building in environmental conservation, eco-tourism, and development through training and research.” More information

Mexico


  • Tsomanotik (Tzimol, Chiapas, Mexico): “Tsomanotik aims to build a society that is sustainable, equitable, and built on principles of solidarity through a productive agro-ecological centre, education, and community programs.” More information

Costa Rica


  • Matapalo Sea Turtles Conservation (Matapalo, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica): “Through the Matapalo Beach Investigation Program, we protect and conserve sea turtle nests and carry on a program of investigation to aid in efficient conservation, protection of endangered species, and the proper planning of tourist activities.” More information  
  • Quelonios del Caribe (Bataan, Limón Province, Costa Rica): Quelonios del Caribe aims to “manage and contribute to the conservation, research, and education on the coast of Costa Rica while developing initiative to preserve natural resources based on community involvement.” More information

Bolivia


  • Jaraña (Marquina, Cochabamba, Bolivia): Jaraña was founded “with the goal of contributing to socioeconomic development in rural populations through projects focused on agriculture, education, sanitation, and the promotion of women’s rights.” More information
  • FSA (Sucre, Chuquisaca, Bolivia): The Foundation of Solidarity and Friendship (Fundacion Solidaridad y Amistad) “serves children and young people who are impoverished and marginalized, giving them access to education and economic opportunities.” More Information 
  • Oasis Boliviano (Rio Chico Valley, Sucre, Bolivia): Oasis Boliviano uses sustainable ecotourism practices to enact projects in local communities that promote health, sustainability, and capacity building. More information

India


  • SELCO Foundation (Bangalore, Karnataka, India): Selco Foundation “envisions a social sustainable society by creating avenues for asset building, enhancement in quality of life, and wealth creation through sustainable energy applications.” More information
  • Megshala (Bangalore, Karnataka, India): Megshala “focuses on teachers as a way to address the problem of education in India to create the much desired multiplier effect.” More information