WE ENVISION A WORLD GUIDED BY SOCIAL JUSTICE AND RESPECTFUL OF FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHTS
U4C was born out of a commitment to social justice and peace. Today, we work with hundreds of women and young people in especially vulnerable communities, creating sustainable positive change. We believe that when women and youth are sufficiently literate, healthy and economically empowered they can break the cycle of extreme, multi-generational poverty and will then improve the lives of others around them.
Progress has been made in helping many people rise out of extreme poverty. However, it is estimated that 2 billion people still live on $1.90/day (Source: World Bank) and women are disproportionately represented in this tragic statistic. They are at elevated risk of abuse and exploitation, often enduring violence and discrimination with respect to education, economic, and other opportunities. Millions of women, girls and young people lack access to education, healthcare, livable wages and remain under-represented in political & economic decision-making.
Our fight for social justice has been a journey. It started with an especially meaningful visit to Bolivia, our country of origin, where we were exposed to incredibly tragic living conditions in a remote mining town called Caracoles, approximately 7 hours outside of metropolitan La Paz City. While in Caracoles, we met many women who were born and raised to work in very dangerous and devastatingly cold mining projects. One woman, in particular, stood out. Her name was Luisa and she represented hundreds of other women waiting to greet us. Most of the women Luisa represented had lost their husbands in underground mining accidents, a tragedy far too common for most miners.
Our fight for social justice has been a journey, which has transformed the lives of many.
Respect, tolerance, humility, compassion, integrity and faith have guided our work.
Respect and Trust
U4C respects the dignity and capability of all people. Accordingly, we embrace a community-centered approach, engaging the people and communities we work with as full partners. Respecting local cultures and leadership while seeking to effect sustainable positive change is both complex and difficult.
U4C builds strong partnerships with local communities, like-minded organizations, local NGO’s and social enterprises. They share a common vision and fundamental values. They are fighters for social justice and peacebuilders.
U4C’s board, staff, and advisors share a common vision and fundamental values.
WHAT WE DO
“U4C is one of the most remarkable nonprofits I have ever known. Its approach to addressing incredibly difficult and complex challenges to humanity, cultural awareness and respectfulness, innovative creativity, and rock solid leadership, make U4C stand out as a very special organization. U4C is genuinely making a positive difference in conditions and locations too few are willing to take on!”
Bob Reid, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer | JF Maddox Foundation