Ronilson de Assis Magalhaes, otherwise known as Nilson, enjoys working with metal and semiprecious stones. Nilson creates exceptionally unique jewelry in his Rio de Janeiro shop. He has been dedicated to his craft for over 20 years and has created a truly beautiful design style recognized throughout Brazil. Sara and Philip have visited him several times and enjoy spending time with him, the others who work with him, and his family.
Using alpaca silver, Nilson carefully welds the metal into designs that are then embedded with semi-precious stones including amethyst, onyx, rose agate, citrine and many others. Nilson is continuously working to create new designs. He is also committed to training others to work with him and is recognized as an excellent mentor and teacher.
exciting, visionary, social entrepreneur, hardworking, caring, community based
Women of Hope is a unique ministry located in Guatemala that weaves together business and discipleship, seeking to raise up fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. This Business As Mission project employs impoverished and often uneducated women, providing them with a fair wage for their work
pioneer, hardworking, sustainable development, people focused, part of the community, not apart from the community
TWCH is a faith based, Christian organization operating in Haiti with the objective of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We work to accomplish this goal by coming side by side with communities and families to build relationships, communities and trust so that we can have even more opportunities to share Christ’s love.
The Homework Haven is an after-school program that provides a quiet place for students to complete their homework with the assistance of adult tutors. We strive to help each child realize their full potential by encouraging the development of strong reading comprehension and math skills.
social entrepreneur, hardworking, caring, community based
More than 100 women in the village of Soatanana in Madagascar formed a co-op in 2003 to join forces in creating lambas, one of the world’s most unique textile products. With no electricity or running water, the women create beautiful scarves and wraps completely from scratch — from gathering the silk cocoons to weaving and dying the yarn. Their skill and products are truly remarkable.
When Grace Happens is hands on help and hope for the underserved in our community. As a Raleigh, NC based organizations, its mission is to help impoverish areas within the city. This organization gives out bus passes, free haircuts for job interviews, and other way they can help get impoverished people back on their feet.
The Red Balloon Project is a group of passionate volunteers who care about doing right by others, especially kids who are fighting a battle. We partner with local organizations like the MeFine Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House to identify families in the Triangle area of North Carolina that they can serve at our parties. Speaking of parties, the Red Balloon Project organizes parties that are themed to the children we’ve invited. Their first – a Princess Party – had all the trimmings including arrival in a horse-drawn carriage, a personal princess host (from our partner, the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant Organization) and a tiara & sash decoration station. Every party has a fun photo booth, an awesome dance party and cake — OF COURSE THERE’S CAKE!
From princesses to superheroes, Red Balloon Projects organizes parties that allow kids to be kids no matter the health challenge they are living through. Our goal is to replace missed memories from missed parties due to their illness with an awesome memory from our party. Encouraged to invite 5-10 friends, each child gets to have their own party inside of a bigger party. Born in the Triangle area of North Carolina, The Red Balloon Project has no limits in terms of the children it serves.
Oak City Recovery Run Club fosters supportive connections for people in recovery through exercise and fellowship. They meet every Tuesday at 6:00 PM outside Healing Transitions in downtown Raleigh. They run 1, 3, or 5 mile routes throughout the Dorthea Dix campus.
Indefatigable, compassionate, excellent leadership, serving a hard to reach population.
A River Blue is a Uganda NGO whose mission is to heal Ugandan communities that have suffered from the rebel army. They started in 2006 as a festival, and then began their community building efforts. These efforts include the “development activities in promoting agriculture and agribusiness, water and sanitation, environment protection, private sector development, gender equality and human rights, health & HIV/AIDS support” In 2015, through discovering the online webpage, contacted TWC seeking partnership. TWC accepted this request and has been providing an access to United States connections ever since.