ADEMI – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

ADEMI – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

“On the 14th day of Christmas….” Christmas is a time of community and few know the true meaning of working in community like ADEMI. Who are they? ADEMI – Asociacion de Mujeres Ixpiyakok – is one of the first organisations we have come across which is 100% created, and fully managed by, women who have […]

Asociacion BPD – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

Asociacion BPD – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

“On the 11th, 12th and 13th day of Christmas FieldWorks gave to ye…”     Who are they? Asociación BPD (ABPD) (known as ALDEA in the US) addresses the principal needs of rural Mayan communities in the Department of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.  Working directly with indigenous communities they empower them to tackle issues like chronic malnutrition […]

Caras Alegres – 2017 Charity Advent

Caras Alegres – 2017 Charity Advent

“On the 8th, 9th, 10th day of Christmas FieldWorks asks of Ye…” who is going to take care of the children while we’re at work?’ For the poorest communities in Xela there is Caras Alegres     Who are they? Caras Alegres works in Las Rosas, Xela, one of poorest neighbourhoods, with 1 in 2 […]

Asociación SERES – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

Asociación SERES – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

“On the 5th, 6th and 7th day of Christmas FieldWorks gave to ye….”   Who are they? SERES is a transformational leadership organisation that empowers youth in low-income rural economies of Guatemala and El Salvador to become active leaders in their communities. Why we like them? What’s not to like!? SERES is inspiring the Guatemalan […]

Roots of Health – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

Roots of Health – 2017 Charity Advent Calendar

“On the first 3 days of Christmas FieldWorks gave to ye…” Roots of Health Who are they? Locally known as Ugat ng Kalusugan – their mission is to provide women with much needed access to maternal and reproductive health services across the island of Palawan. They work with women and youth to ensure they have […]

Still at it… A short update

Still at it… A short update

OLA people in search of a better world! Apologies for the long radio silence.  I hit a bit of a writer’s block and Fede has been busy reminding himself what it was like to have a normal ‘job’, with a stint of forced emotional self-discovery along the way.  But…we have returned as verbose and pedantic […]

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

Silver bullet? Sorry, there is none.

I recently read two things that irritated me. This article in the Washington Post about the role of philanthropy and this blog piece on Watsi (this second one i urge you to read).  Watsi is start-up that aims to “provide healthcare for every person in the world”.  It’s basically individual crowdfunding, at a push Kiva […]

A “good” NGO – bridging the trust deficit

A “good” NGO – bridging the trust deficit

A recent question on Facebook made me realise it was time to share more thoughts on one of the key elements of FieldWorks.  When Fede and I started this journey we felt, and continue to believe, that the system is unbalanced. It overlooks organisations who collaborate effectively with their end users in favour of those […]

Business or Charity?

Business or Charity?

So one of the three troubled, quizzical look, queries we get, along with “What do you do?” and “…but how do you make money?” is “…so you’re not a charity?”   Correct.   At this moment in time, we’re not a charity. I know that might come as a shock to some of you.  You […]