Our partner organization, Global Brigades, is an international non-profit that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through university volunteers and local teams.

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Find the program that will enhance your course and inspire your students. With options in nursing, public health, business, social enterprise, social justice, community development, engineering, medical, and dental, each unique program offers varying learning objectives. All program listings in the catalog can be modified to be an in-person offering.

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Kambia's Real-World Impact

  • Healthcare
  • Economic Development
  • Water & Sanitation

Expanding Patient Care Access

Our medical clinics and preventative health workshops are implemented within partner communities through the utilization of students working alongside our local doctors. Community members are provided with pro-bono general medical consultations, pap-smears, vision screenings and other specialized care based on the scope of the health professionals.
1,341,926 Medical Patient Consultations

Community Health Entrepreneurs

Select volunteers living in the community are trained by our staff to become Community Health Entrepreneurs (CHEs). CHEs provide basic medical care, monitor chronic conditions, and serve as point persons for urgent care cases year-round.
629 CHEs Trained

Regular Access to Doctors & Medication

Our Healthcare Professional Access program provides affordable access to doctors and medication on a regular (monthly-quarterly) basis using a financially sustainable model. Patients can access general medical consultations, optometry, OBGYN, and dental care in their own community.
47 Communities participating in the HCP Access Program

Community Banks

Local leaders are identified and trained by our staff and volunteers to organize Community-Owned Banks to provide critical financial services to the community. Local governments recognize these banks as legitimate institutions allowing them to provide access to savings and loans.
201 Community Banks Established or Trained

Access to Capital

Community banks provide access to savings, loans, and financial literacy. Through regular training, our staff and volunteers work to create a culture of savings in the community alongside the creation of the banks. Saving demonstrates the value of longer-term horizons, goal setting, provides for a safety net, and capitalizes local banks with funds available for entrepreneurs to take loans or create micro-enterprises. In addition, access to loans and education on responsible loan usage allows communities to further grow their businesses.
13,443 Loans Disbursed

Income Growth

Our staff identify business opportunities and facilitate consulting projects between the volunteers and entrepreneurs to help small businesses grow. Staff and volunteers help entrepreneurs determine the financial return on potential investments and whether loans are a prudent tool for growth.
1,611 Business Consultations


Volunteers and donors contribute the essential funds for community-owned banks to lend to local businesses for their investments. The funds are repaid and recirculated back into the local economy, exponentially growing the accounts. Commonly, our banks start with just a few hundred dollars but will grow within 2-3 years of having more than $10,000 USD. For communities averaging about 100 homes and making less than $2 it can be life-changing.
$852,673 Invested in Community-Owned Banks & Businesses

Clean Water System Design

Water systems are designed, planned, and budgeted with partner communities, international volunteers and the support of our local staff of engineers. Designs take into account accessible water sources and community needs with the goal to provide clean water piped directly to families’ homes.
58 Water Systems Constructed

WASH Leadership

Local leaders are identified by the community to serve as the community’s Water Council, which collects monthly water fees from households to operate and maintain the constructed water system. This locally empowered team ensures the future sustainability of the project once construction is complete and receives regular follow-up from our local staff. A Basic Sanitation Committee is also trained to carry out in-home assessments of Public Health projects, such as latrines, clean burning stoves, and water storage units.
32,052 People with Access to Clean Water

Clean Water System Construction

Once designed, clean water systems are constructed with local community members working alongside volunteers and local engineers. Systems include the collaboration between community members, government, and Global Brigades. Construction may take several months to complete and can include several large-scale components, such as dams and storage tanks.
32,052 People with Access to Clean Water

Healthy Households

Volunteers, masons and families work together to implement projects to improve health, hygiene and sanitation. Eco-stoves to target respiratory diseases, latrines and water filters to decrease the spread of infectious diseases and parasites, and water storage units and showers to improve hand washing and hygiene. Through collaboration with Community Banks, families save in order to contribute financially to their WASH infrastructure, thus investing in their own health.
3,620 Families Benefited with Public Health Projects
*Statistics provided represent impact across all countries and all communities

Responding to COVID-19

Each of our partner program countries has been tremendously impacted by the pandemic and have prohibitive travel policies. In addition to monitoring these travel policies, we are considering a variety of factors to determine when volunteers will be able to travel abroad to participate in in-person programs. We appreciate the trust you place in our teams, both nationally and internationally when you participate in our programs. Our team is dedicated to protecting the health and ensuring the safety of all our volunteers, staff, and community partners. Travel restrictions and social distancing guidance are positive steps to help prevent COVID 19.

Kambia groups are encouraged to join our virtual programs and to continue preparing for 2022 in-person groups. Now more than ever, our community partners count on your continued support to ensure we can empower them to meet their health and economic goals.

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