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GCF Schools

San Francisco School and Microfarm

The microfarm is fully equipped to sustain the community for generations to come—and in Costa Rica, this means more than just providing sustenance. It also means that children will learn how to succeed in a society that relies heavily on agriculture. Our donations have also provided the school with new handicapped accessible classrooms,  additional restrooms,… Read more »

Sonafluca Primary School

The Sonafluca Primary School’s village was once home to a large hacienda, where all of the residents worked to earn their living. When the owner of the hacienda passed away, he left the land to the community. Today, every family in Sonafluca owns a small plot to farm, and while they are too poor to support themselves… Read more »

Nyangatjatjara Aboriginal College

The Aboriginal students at Nyangatjatjara College are from non-English speaking, poorly-educated communities, and lag in literacy and numeracy skills, with little experience beyond their remote communities. Located in Central Australia, Nyangatjatjara College is the only community-based school south of Alice Springs. Three campuses serve three Aboriginal communities: Mutitjulu, Imanpa and Kaltukatjara, providing education from Primary… Read more »

Escuela Sol de Pacifico

This remote school was scheduled to be closed by the government and the children transported to a larger, distant school. The community banded together to keep the school open, preserving local traditions. The Sol del Pacifico School educates a group of 19 children—ages 6-12—who live in a rural community on Chile’s Pacific Coast. GCF and the… Read more »

Escuela El Laurel

The 230 students at El Laurel School are the sons and daughters of the coffee pickers from the region, and attend classes only in the morning. GCF provided funding to renovate the library, add solar power, and purchase uniforms and musical instruments. We also updated the kitchen and helped the school begin a chicken rearing… Read more »

Chhoeu Teal Primary School

In this primary school of 8 classrooms, the most urgent need was to update the bathrooms. With funding from GCF and help from the community, 4 toilets and hand washing basins were built. GCF funded computers to help students learn English, but first needed to provide funding for and access to electricity. To supplement the… Read more »

Nepal Earthquake Relief

In the wake of the devastating 7.8 earthquake in 2015, Grand Circle travelers and associates came together to fund Grand Circle Foundation’s relief efforts. We identified and continue to work with 5 organizations in Nepal:  Himalayan Trust Foundation, Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, Yeti Foundation, Environmental Camps for Conservation Awareness and 7 Summits Women. With the help… Read more »

Himalayan Trust Nepal

Sir Edmund Hillary, on his many treks through the Annapurna Range of Nepal had come to hold a special place in his heart for the Sherpa communities living there. Resources like schools and hospitals are scarce in this rugged mountainous expanse.  Through the Himalayan Trust, established in 1960, Sir Edmund Hillary and other supporters like… Read more »

Kinderdijk Windmills

Kinderdijk is made up of 19 historic, well-preserved windmills, which became protected by UNESCO in 1997. Kinderdijk takes its name from a 16th-century legend involving a baby (or kinder), a cradle, and a cat that all survived being tossed into raging waters. For centuries, the Dutch were at the mercy of frequent floods. Around 1740,… Read more »

Shree Tanchok Basic School

This school of only 19 children aged 3 to 10 years old is our newest partner in Nepal. Our very first project was to renovate the existing toilet so that the children and teacher have a hygienic environment.  We look forward to helping the children at this small school succeed in the years to come.