Founded in 2013, we are a grassroots organization seeking to serve, protect and empower vulnerable and under-reached populations worldwide.

 

We believe that all people are of equal dignity and value, regardless of race, religion, creed or citizenship and that God calls to be examples of relentless service and selfless love to all.

We aim to not only serve communities, but to support local changemakers in creating and implementing locally-owned solutions to challenges in their own communities.

We work to protect vulnerable people around the world, survivors of sexual violence, children, families affected by conflict, communities and more. 

We seek to be bridge builders, between people living in rural and vulnerable communities around the world, and the international community and forum. 

We hope to do our part to empower local voices, promote peace and justice, support stronger communities and end suffering. 

 

 

Serve

We believe that whatever we do, must be with a service-minded heart. We are careful to keep this in mind in all that we do, from how we fund-raise, to what projects we work on, and how.

Protect

Vulnerability and poverty do not exist in vacuums. They are connected to a variety of socio-politico-cultural issues, including conflict. We work to remain sensitive to conflict and to focus on protection from project design, to implementation, to our advocacy work. 

Empower

We are not an implementing organization. We support local change makers, individuals and organizations, and work with them to prevent and respond to challenges in their own communities. We seek to amplify local voices and actions. 


How do we engage with partners?

What do we consider when we develop our projects and nurture partnerships with local partners? 

1. Are we aware of, learning more about and considering the root causes of the challenge we are working to address?

2. Are we responding to the need and are we doing so in a way that is adaptable, responsive and responsible?

3. How can we build structural change, and bridge the gap between the local and the policy?

A scene from Cafe Quotidien, Bukavu, South Kivu. A social enterprise project, promoting local small business and training and employing young women from Bukavu and environs.

A scene from Cafe Quotidien, Bukavu, South Kivu. A social enterprise project, promoting local small business and training and employing young women from Bukavu and environs.

Connecting the girls of Cafe Quotidien with the staff of the Afya Bora Health Center. The girls brought with them supplies from our Channel Initiative community: reusable sanitary pads, Neosporin and more, and pooled their resources to purchase soap, rice and sugar for patients at the clinic. While there, they learned about how the clinic operates, and study-opportunities to join the medical and/or nursing profession.

Connecting the girls of Cafe Quotidien with the staff of the Afya Bora Health Center. The girls brought with them supplies from our Channel Initiative community: reusable sanitary pads, Neosporin and more, and pooled their resources to purchase soap, rice and sugar for patients at the clinic. While there, they learned about how the clinic operates, and study-opportunities to join the medical and/or nursing profession.


Our Core Team

Dominique Vidale-Plaza
Founder and CEO

 

Kirthi Jayakumar
Activism and Advocacy

Ashley Pfeiffer
Advocacy and Fundraising

Volunteer Opportunities


Content Manager

We're looking for a web-savvy individual who can assist us with updating our website and various online forums on a regular basis. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or post-grad qualification 
  • Experience with developing content for non-profit and/or advocacy organizations
  • English language fluency 
  • Must be willing to commit a min. of 5 hours per week
  • Knowledge of SEO is a plus!

If you are interested in joining our team, please reach out to community@channelinitiative.org with your cover letter and cv to learn more.


Contribute to our Blog

We encourage people of all walks of life to contribute to our blog with prose, poetry, commentary, opinion pieces and more. Our community promotes inclusion, critical thinking and respectful but thoughtful and intelligent discourse. Submissions that do not meet our moderation guidelines, or that we deem inappropriate will not be posted. Our team may contact you with edits as necessary.

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