Author: Barbara Sirigos

Endoro Primary School in Tanzania is now 4th out of 107!

  Endoro Primary School in Tanzania was recently awarded a “Most Improved” in Standard 7, certificate by the Karatu District of Education.  Standard 7 is the nationwide exams that all students take to see if they qualify to move on to secondary school. We’re proud that with your generous donations we’ve been able to supply… Read more »

World Water Day 2024

Lemong'o Primary School

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci World Water Day – held on March 22nd since 1993, is an annual UN Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater. In 2015 GCF created the WASH (WAter, Sanitation, Hygiene) initiative to ensure that our schools have access to water and toilets. Since… Read more »

Home away from home – Kenya

Lemong’o has come a long way since we first started visiting.  From 5 children to over 300 and with the newly opened boys dormitory, the capacity to grow to 500+.  A game-changing opportunity for so many children in this community.   The completion of a girls dormitory at the school is another game changing opportunity… Read more »

Lukosi Secondary School gets an updated Science Lab

CITW (Children in the Wilderness) our partner in Zimbabwe, oversees projects at the schools and villages on our behalf.  They just sent us a welcome update regarding the Lukosi Secondary School. “We are thrilled to announce that Grand Circle Foundation has successfully been able to renovate and refurbish the Lukosi Secondary School Science Laboratory, bringing… Read more »

From the streets of Vietnam to STREETS International

When we were introduced to Neal Bermas, the founder of STREETS International we knew that we’d met someone just as passionate about creating opportunities as we are.  And thus a great partnership began in 2019. You can read more about the STREETS International program here.  Since our partnership began we’ve now funded 45  life-changing scholarships…. Read more »

A day of daring leadership at the Alnoba 2022 Environmental Leadership Awards

    “It is easy to get to habituated to the threads and disasters we hear on morning news. Don’t. The morning news is yours to change.” – Samantha Power Dear Friends, On October 19th, we were honored to host the Alnoba Environmental Leadership Teach-In Day and awards dinner.   More than 150 leaders joined us… Read more »

Patience….rewarded

“Patience is key. Remember: A jug fills drop by drop.” Buddha The Khewan Lhakhang monastery of Gangtey, Bhutan is home and school to young monks, ages 7 to 15.  And at 9600 feet, already challenged in the living conditions of these young disciples but when an OAT traveler saw the condition of the kitchen she… Read more »

Going under Down Under – conservation & The Great Barrier Reef

  Grand Circle Foundation and the Lewis Family understand the importance of conservation.  To achieve this in Australia, we partnered with the Coral Nurture Program.  Due to the warming of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, parts of it have seen coral bleaching.  The Coral Nurture Program works to maintain healthy reef sites in… Read more »

Sotang School – Nepal

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“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary On May 29, 1953 a tall, quiet beekeeper from New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa companion, Tenzing Norgay stood atop the ‘roof of the world’ at 29,035 feet. It has been said that while many could… Read more »

Thankful Thursday

  Frank Alex came to be sponsored by GCF and Ken as he graduated primary and enrolled in secondary school.  A top student, he dreamed of being a nautical engineer.  Frank thrived the first few years but as happens with many teenagers, he lost his way for a short bit and left school. After a… Read more »