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

A Holistic View

Global Brigades uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals. Our model systematically builds community ownership and collaboratively executes programs with the end goal of sustainably evolving to a relationship of monitoring and guidance.


Empowered Communities | All Programs Implemented

# Community Name Country Population
1 El Zurzular Honduras 600
2 El Canton Honduras 500
3 El Ojochal Honduras 250
4 Palo Verde Honduras 250
5 Guaricayán Honduras 185
6 El Jute Honduras 380
7 El Junco y Joyas Honduras 200
8 El Encinal Honduras 185
9 Fray Lazaro Honduras 550
10 Tomatin Honduras 250
11 Piriati Embera Panama 780
12 La Concepción Honduras 570
13 El Espinito Honduras 450

Sustainable Health Systems

Our Public Health program supports the holistic model with four core initiatives: public health infrastructure, education curriculum, basic sanitation committee and the community health workers.

Public Health Infrastructure

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.

Education Curriculum

Education workshops for school children and community leaders are provided to empower them with the knowledge to take action and make positive behavioral changes.The curriculum addresses topics such as personal hygiene, healthy lifestyle, pollution and cleanliness.

Basic Sanitation Committee

To ensure long-term sustainability and maintenance, the Public Health program team trains and empowers local community leaders in the formation of a Basic Sanitation Committee. The Basic Sanitation Committee is responsible for carrying out in-home assessments and monitoring the status of the projects.

Community Health Workers/Entrepreneurs

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

Success Indicator | Empowered 300 Goal #4

Comprehensive adoption of public health infrastructure projects within a community.

Current status: 17 of 300 Communities

2019 progress

  • 2,507 Families Benefited with Public Health Projects

2018 progress

  • 1,939 Families Benefited with Public Health Projects

2017 progress

  • 667 Families Benefited with Public Health Projects

Annual Reports

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