Develop Communities!<br />Believe in Ideas!<br />Collaboratewith People!<br />
About GO!<br />“Growing Opportunities International (GO!) is led by the GO! Teamwhich comprised of many dedicated individu...
Growing Opportunities International orGOis a non-profit organization whose mission is to work in partnership with individu...
GO Board of Directors!<br /><ul><li>Born in Burnaby, British Columbia
Graduated from the University of Fraser Valley with her B.Sc. in Biology
She travelled to Tanzania for several months following graduation
There she discovered her new passion to want to create positive changes in developing countries
Upon returning she started a Masters in Public Health with a Global Health concentration
Paired up with Amanda Furst to create Growing Opportunities International (GO!)</li></ul>Amanda LaBoucane<br />Executive D...
<ul><li>Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her BA and B.Ed.
Following graduation Amanda volunteered in Tanzanian refugee camps through the Canadian based NGO, Right To Play
After her placement in Tanzania, she was accepted to Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
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  1. 1. Develop Communities!<br />Believe in Ideas!<br />Collaboratewith People!<br />
  2. 2. About GO!<br />“Growing Opportunities International (GO!) is led by the GO! Teamwhich comprised of many dedicated individuals around the world who work tirelessly to make GO! a success.”<br /> <br />GO! TeamGrowing Opportunities International (GO!) was founded by two very different individuals with one common goal and one common name!<br />
  3. 3. Growing Opportunities International orGOis a non-profit organization whose mission is to work in partnership with individuals who have sustainable project ideas in developing countries!<br />If the presented idea will make a positive impact and bring inspiring change to the community, then GO works hand in hand with its Colleagues in the organizing, constructing and funding of each project. Many conflicts currently existing in the rural areas of developing countries include lack of available health care, limited access to education, lack of parenting and support, and lack of activities for children.GO doesn’t simply donate money to the project but helps out until the project is self-sufficient and sustainable. The team works on a per-project basis with locals in the community closely developing and supporting the initial idea right through until a project is sustainable by itself!<br />
  4. 4. GO Board of Directors!<br /><ul><li>Born in Burnaby, British Columbia
  5. 5. Graduated from the University of Fraser Valley with her B.Sc. in Biology
  6. 6. She travelled to Tanzania for several months following graduation
  7. 7. There she discovered her new passion to want to create positive changes in developing countries
  8. 8. Upon returning she started a Masters in Public Health with a Global Health concentration
  9. 9. Paired up with Amanda Furst to create Growing Opportunities International (GO!)</li></ul>Amanda LaBoucane<br />Executive Director and GO Cofounder<br />
  10. 10. <ul><li>Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  11. 11. Graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her BA and B.Ed.
  12. 12. Following graduation Amanda volunteered in Tanzanian refugee camps through the Canadian based NGO, Right To Play
  13. 13. After her placement in Tanzania, she was accepted to Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO)
  14. 14. She spent two years volunteering as a math and science teacher in rural Rwanda
  15. 15. After her work with VSO-Rwanda she completed two short-term internships:
  16. 16. In Zanzibar, Tanzania with Youth Challenge International (YCI)
  17. 17. In Butare, Rwanda with Friends of Rwandan Rugby (FORR)
  18. 18. After completion of her work with FORR Furst returned to Tanzanian villages
  19. 19. She focused on collaborating with individuals in these areas by volunteering with a local bread baker and seller, jewellery maker, night street-food vendor etc. </li></ul>Amanda Furst<br />Executive Director and GO Cofounder<br />
  20. 20. Where they are now..<br />Amanda Furst and Amanda LaBoucane first met in Zanzibar, Tanzania,. They soon discovered their common vision to help bring positive change to communities in developing countries. <br /> Upon Furst’s return to Canada, the two formed a partnership and collaborated together not only their experience, but motivation, knowledge and drive to lay the foundation for GO!<br /> Bringing them together to establish growth and development in rural areas led them to create Growing Opportunities International GO!)<br />Through Furst’s various travels and experiences she learned about East African culture and way of life. This reinforced her belief in the power of partnerships!<br />
  21. 21. Past Events & Fundraisers!<br />1st Annual Growing Opportunities International  Charity Dodgeball Tournament<br />Sponsored by RedBull<br />Saturday, June 12th 2010<br />EPIC Bocce Ball Tournamentand RaffleSunday, August 15, 20102:00-6:00pmWoodhaven Park (St. James)$5/person. sign up in pairs or as individuals.Theme: Famous Duos!<br />
  22. 22. Recent Fundraiser!<br />GO! Christmas Card Campaign<br />Make a donation towards the new construction of Hero Home in a friend’s name and they will receive a handmade photographic GO greeting card!<br />
  23. 23. St. Laurent Nursery School <br />GO’s first completed project and current partnerships has included Rwandan nursery school teacher, Marceline Nierere and the St. Laurent Nursery School that was built in Rwanda in 2009. The two-classroom school house is now providing education for than 150 children. <br />The nursery school used to consist of Marceline’s front porch where as many children as possible could gather. She offered free nursery school five years prior to the children of her village. <br />Founder: Nirere MarcelineLocation: Musha, RwandaStarted: October 2008Status: Currently in its second year of operation with two teachers and over 150 students. <br />Marceline pictured here with her four children.<br />
  24. 24. Hero<br />Home<br />Hero Home will also have a recreation field and sports program since Tabitha is a dedicated athlete herself. <br />Tabitha Martin pictured here with her son.<br />Tabitha has worked with many NGOs and various orphanages around Tanzania.<br />Founder: Tabitha MartinLocation:Mwanza, TanzaniaStarted: February 2010Status: Acquiring title deeds to 20 acres of land<br />
  25. 25. VMC Key Club support:<br />-The service work and volunteer leadership group in our school, had Amanda come into present and share her experience <br />-We also learned a lot from her about what it takes to find the support to work on these projects and establish independent sustainability for a community<br />- We held a mass Halloween bake sale supporting the Rwanda nursery school and raised more then $200<br />-Key Club also supported the GO Christmas card campaign, and assisted in collecting donations for the construction of GO’s new project Hero Home at the jazz band concert<br />
  26. 26. Join the GO Team!<br />Want to get involved?<br />Email (Questions or Comments)- <br />contactgointernational@gmail.com<br />GO is always interested in hearing why or how you support their organization and are always looking to expand their Team!  By contacting them by email with a short description of how you're supporting GO they will feature you as a part of the GO team on their site! They are always looking for Winnipeg based volunteer and school groups who would like to be involved.<br />
  27. 27. Works Cited<br />Websites:<br />Furst, Amanda and LaBoucane, Amanda. Growing Opportunities International. <br /> Blogspot.,17 July. 2010. Web. 17. Jan. 2011.<br />http://growingopportunitiesinternational.blogspot.com/<br />Pictures:<br />Images of children and partnerships involved with GO. Photographs by The GO Team from “Growing Opportunities International,” by N/A Blog Spot, Feb. 2009- Feb.2010. Web. 17. Jan. 2011.<br />Boys running on Rwandan pathway. Photographs by UNICEF in Rwanda from “Unicef United States Fund,” by N/A Field Notes,16 Nov. 2009; Web. 17. Jan. 2011. <br />Children standing by fruit trays in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photograph by Oliviers, from “Oliviers Travel Profile,” by N/A Travel Pod, 24 Dec.2005; Web. 17. Jan. 2011.<br />Rural village in Sierre Leone. Photograph by N/A, from “Xinhua’s TV Channel To Reach Africa” by N/A World News, 12 Oct. 2010; Web. 17. Jan. 2011.<br />

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