Donate to Village Earth this Holiday Season and Support Grassroots Organizations in 15 Countries

It’s the most important time of the year for generating support for Village Earth’s 20 Global Affiliates in 15 different countries. We need your help to reach our goal of raising $30,000 in support of our Global Affiliate Program. Help us flip the traditional aid model on its head by putting local organizations and local solutions at the forefront. Village Earth helps connect you to innovative, impactful organizations working on the front-lines of social and environmental justice around the globe. Make a difference today by making your holiday gift to one of our Global Affiliates listed below.

Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and family to also make a donation to Village Earth and help us get the word out by liking and sharing us on social media (bottom of page).

Global Affiliates

BurundiAmahoro Project
CambodiaCambodian Rural Development Team
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USAEarth Tipi
SriEco-Friendly Volunteers
CambodiaEmpowering Youth Cambodia
South SudanForum for Community Change and Development
MongoliaGer Community Mapping Center
LiberiaGrowing Liberia Democracy (GOLD)
NepalInstitute of Cultural Affairs (Nepal)
CambodiaHuman and Hope Association
TheJalamba Nursery School Project
ColombiaJenzera
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USAKnife Chief Buffalo Nation
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USALakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USALakota Lands Recovery Project
MexicoLiving Roots
Amazon BasinMaloca
BoliviaRio Beni Foundation
IndiaSarada Development Group
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota USATasunke Wakan
ZambiaTitukuke RCDA

Winter 2018 Classes for the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development

Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.

Don’t miss out! Registration deadline is January 12th, 2018!

COURSENEXT OFFERED
Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationJanuary 12th, 2018
Community-Based HealthcareJanuary 12th, 2018
Development and the Politics of EmpowermentJanuary 12th, 2018

Students can enroll in just one course or complete all four courses at Colorado State University to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.  We also offer specialized tracks for those who would like their certificate program to focus in on a particular subject area within the field of sustainable community development.

Village Earth Welcomes Our Newest Affiliate “Ger Community Mapping Center” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Village Earth is happy to announce the newest member of our Global Affiliate Program “Ger Community Mapping Center” based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ger Community Mapping Center (GCMC) is a non – governmental organization dedicated to sustainable, equal access urban development through community engagement and participatory decision-making. The GCMC, formerly a community group named Eco Friendly Community, has been doing community mapping activities in the ger areas since 2012.

Ger promotes community mapping as a planning, awareness and outreach tool to advocate for sustainable, participatory and eco-friendly solutions to address local urban problems.​​ ​​​The central focus of their work is to engage local communities in discussions about issues they face in their local environment. As a former community group, they know how to reach out to and involve community members and do this by facilitating discussions with community members through community workshops, street meetings and gatherings. At these discussions they collectively identify issues, solutions and the next steps to improve these people’s communities.

We encourage you to follow Ger Community Mapping Project on Facebook and Twitter.

Village Earth is proud to represent and support so many amazing organizations around the globe.  These organizations understand the challenges in their own community and environment, and can generate creative solutions.  They often, however, need additional support to gain greater control over the decisions and resources that shape their lives, whether it’s cleaner water, protected land, thriving enterprises or better access to healthcare and education. Your donation to any of Village Earth’s Global Affiliates is tax-deductible to the extent allowable by U.S. law.

 

2018 Course Schedule for VE/CSU online certificate program in Sustainable Community Development

2018 Course Schedule for the Village Earth/CSU Online Program in Sustainable Community Development

The Village Earth/Colorado State University online certificate program in Sustainable Community Development is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.  Each course costs $390.

Winter Session: January 12th – February 16th, 2018

Spring Session I: March 2nd – April 6th, 2018

Spring Session II: April 20th – May 5th, 2018

Summer Session I: June 8th – July 13th, 2018

Summer Session II: July 27th – August 31st, 2018

Fall Session I: September 14th – October 19th, 2018

Winter Session I: November 2nd – December 7th, 2018

 

*Schedule Subject to Change

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Lakota Lands Recover Project Develops Searchable Allotment Map for Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe

Village Earth’s Lakota Lands Recovery Project is excited to announce the release of our latest mapping project, the merging of the original allotment maps with the contemporary parcel map for the entire Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and was realized with support from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. This updates the current parcel map on the Pine Ridge Land Information System (PRLIS) accessible at http://lakotalands.net/ and makes it possible to locate the original allotments by entering a surname into the search form. Alternatively, one can identify the original allottee of any parcel by hovering over it with their mouse and clicking on it which opens a pop-up information window (see image below). This project entailed the manual entry of data for 20,584 separate parcels. 

Summary of the Data

  • Total Unique Parcels = 20,584
  • Total Allotted Parcels = 16,762
  • Total Un-Allotted Parcels = 2,739
  • Total Number of Unique Surnames = 2,229

The creation of allotments was part of the General Allotment Act, also known as the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887. The creation and issuing of allotments began on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1904, under Executive Order of July 29, 1904 and continued until 1923. During this period, government officials carved up the Reservation into parcels and issued them to Lakota families. United States policy towards Native Americans during the first part of the century was focused on the cultural and economic assimilation of Native Americans into the majority culture. Furthermore there was a great deal of pressure to open up Indian lands to white settlers. “By the 1880’s settlers had filed upon most of the arable land in the West under the Homestead Act and other federal statutes. Indian reservation land then, in a sense, comprised the agrarians’ last frontier” (Gibson, 1988: p 227). Furthermore, the practice of communally managed lands by tribes was viewed as a non-productive and irrational use of resources. To address these interests, in 1887 the U.S. congress passed General Allotment Act (GAA) also known as the Dawes Severalty Act. The purpose of the act was to liquidate Indian land holdings by dividing the land up into 160-acre allotments to heads of households. After all the allotments were issued remaining lands in the West, which totaled over 60,000,000 acres, was opened up to homesteaders (Gibson, 1988).

Click here to access the Pine Ridge Land Information System

Special thanks goes out to Subashini Subbaiah, Emma Giles, Bryanna Gilbert, Alex Dierker, Steven Spence, Rachel Stevenson for their help on this project.

 

 

Autumn 2017 Classes for the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development

Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.

Don’t miss out! Registration deadline is October 30th, 2017!

COURSENEXT OFFERED
Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationJanuary 12th, 2018
Community-Based HealthcareJanuary 12th, 2018
Development and the Politics of EmpowermentJanuary 12th, 2018

Students can enroll in just one course or complete all four courses at Colorado State University to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.  We also offer specialized tracks for those who would like their certificate program to focus in on a particular subject area within the field of sustainable community development.

Fall 2017 Classes for the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development

Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.

Don’t miss out! Registration deadline is September 11th, 2017!

COURSENEXT OFFERED
Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationJanuary 12th, 2018
Community-Based HealthcareJanuary 12th, 2018
Development and the Politics of EmpowermentJanuary 12th, 2018

Students can enroll in just one course or complete all four courses at Colorado State University to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.  We also offer specialized tracks for those who would like their certificate program to focus in on a particular subject area within the field of sustainable community development.

Village Earth is Looking for a GIS/Data Analysis Intern in the Fort Collins, Colorado Area

Village Earth is looking for a GIS/Data Entry and Analysis Intern in the Fort Collins, Colorado area to assist with new and ongoing research and advocacy projects with Native American communities. This is an unpaid internship but may turn into a paid position. Interns will be expected to commit 10hrs per week under close supervision and training from existing Village Earth staff. Interns could work from home or at the Village Earth offices at Colorado State University’s foothills campus but must be available for regular (weekly) in-person meetings in Fort Collins, Colorado. Eligible applicants must have either completed academic courses in or have related experience with social research methods and GIS and be comfortable using ESRI ArcMap, QGIS, MS Excel/Libre Office Calc. Academic credit may be available but must be coordinated first with your academic adviser. This person (ideally) would start their internship immediately.

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter describing their experience and qualifications for this position to [email protected].

Learn About the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development