On The Road

'On the Road' tells the stories of our travels to visit grassroots organizations around the world. Join us on the journey: you’ll meet courageous leaders, hear inspirational stories about the children they serve, and learn how global change begins at the grassroots.

Grassroots Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis


GFC’s grassroots partners are helping refugees who are on the move to safer destinations, and are assisting families that have resettled with securing basic support and rebuilding their lives.

Children at the Center of Our Work

A Studio Xang program participant introduces his group’s paper elephant.

While participating in a regional convening of GFC grassroots partners, program officer Tara Sun Vanacore is reminded of GFC’s core mission.

Meet One of the Swazi Heroes of Young Heroes Foundation


In Swaziland, Young Heroes Foundation helps children and youth living with HIV/AIDS to stay in school, find careers, and become self-sufficient.

Fundraising: How passion for change leads to change for passion

Participants engaged in a discussion during the Knowledge Exchange.

The challenge: raise as much “money” as possible (using artificial currency) at GFC’s South Asia regional Knowledge Exchange. Learn how one young social entrepreneur won donors’ hearts.

West Africa Knowledge Exchange: A Great Deal of Peer Learning

West Africa Ghana KE 2015 3

The 2015 West Africa Knowledge Exchange began with the telling of a heart-wrenching story, and ended with a deeper understanding of issues affecting vulnerable children.

Lessons from the Boys of Suhrawardy Udyan

Children in a classroom run by JAAGO Foundation.

A newspaper article prompted GFC’s Emmanuel Otoo to reflect on child protection and care during his travels to visit GFC grassroots partners in Bangladesh.

Lessons in Language and Empathy in Tajikistan

Mamadou Diallo (back row, right) poses for a photo with grassroots leaders from Central Asia.

In early June, I had the chance to participate in GFC’s 2015 Central Asia Knowledge Exchange in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. I usually work with GFC grassroots partners in West Africa, so this was an opportunity to experience a different region, and it was exciting to learn directly from participants how they were improving the lives of […]

Community Leaders Gather to Learn More about Child Protection

Participants at the Central Asia GFC Knowledge Exchange in Tajikistan.

Although all GFC grassroots partners work with children and youth, many lack official child rights and protection policies in their own organizations. GFC is setting out to change that by facilitating special sessions on this topic.

A Great Model for Central Asian NGOs

Young beneficiaries of Children of Tien-Shan, a GFC grassroots partner in Kyrgyzstan.

Located in Kyrgyzstan, Children of Tien-Shan runs an emergency shelter for vulnerable children, with the eventual aim of reuniting them with their biological families or placing them with foster families.

In Ghana, Grassroots Organizations are Growing to Better Serve Children

Beneficiaries of a girls' education program run by Ghana Women's Voices Foundation.

Whether running a mobile library system or empowering girls through education, community-based organizations in Ghana are making great strides in serving vulnerable children and youth.