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The Rustic Pathways Foundation Inc

  • Chardon, OH
  • www.rusticpathways.org

Mission Statement

Mission: To support communities in their efforts to implement locally-driven, sustainable solutions to their development challenges.

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is a 501 © 3 organization that aims to harness the passion, energy, and generosity of the Rustic Pathways community to drive forward meaningful community-prioritized development initiatives in the areas of education, infrastructure, community health, social services, and economic development in the United States and abroad.

With thousands of students traveling to over 18 countries and participating in over 200 community projects annually, Rustic Pathways has grown into a powerful force for creating positive change in the world. The Foundation emerged in 2006 as an effort to enhance and sustain the positive impact of Rustic Pathways. From remote villages in Ghana to the backwaters of the Mekong River, we often find ourselves operating in areas where few or no other nonprofits operate. We develop long-term relationships with willing and enthusiastic community partners to implement a range of development initiatives. The Rustic Pathways Foundation leverages the passion and generosity of the Rustic Pathways community to implement the most necessary and impactful community-prioritized initiatives that have been selected only after the most careful consideration and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.

Main Programs

  1. Rustic Pathways Children's Home
  2. The Nasivikoso School Project
  3. Monte Coca Batey Project
  4. Sacred Valley Project
  5. Floating Village School Project
  6. Education for All | BSDA Partnership Program

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Service Areas

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International

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to strengthening communities and increasing educational and enrichment opportunities available to underprivileged youth in the United States and abroad.

ruling year

2007

Executive Director

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Mr. Eric Bragg

Keywords

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scholarships, travel, community, development, community development project, international aid, education

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EIN

02-0776291

 Number

7249748500

Physical Address

15345 Chardon Windsor Road

Huntsburg, 44046

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

International Student Exchange and Aid (Q22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We are global citizens with decades of experience as volunteers, guides, and educators who believe in the positive impact of connections across cultures.

With thousands of students traveling to over 18 countries and participating in over 200 community projects annually, Rustic Pathways has grown into a powerful force for creating positive change in the world. The Foundation emerged in 2006 as an effort to enhance and sustain the positive impact of Rustic Pathways. From remote villages in Ghana to the backwaters of the Mekong River, we often find ourselves operating in areas where few or no other nonprofits operate. We develop long-term relationships with willing and enthusiastic community partners to implement a range of development initiatives. The Rustic Pathways Foundation leverages the passion and generosity of the Rustic Pathways community to implement the most necessary and impactful community-prioritized initiatives that have been selected only after the most careful consideration and comprehensive stakeholder engagement.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Rustic Pathways Children's Home

Improving Access to Education

In the rural agrarian villages surrounding Mae Sariang in northwestern Thailand, school is not offered beyond sixth grade. In order to pursue an education beyond this level, young students must relocate to a larger town center like Mae Sariang. Some are lucky enough to have relatives with whom they can stay, but others are not so fortunate. Boarding houses are available for a fee, but many families choose to forego this option in favor of saving money and having extra labor on their farm. The obstacles to receiving a secondary education are many.

The Rustic Pathways Children’s Home aims to support young students of the Mae Sariang area in their efforts to receive a secondary education. RPCH currently provides accommodation, meals, school uniforms and supplies, medical expenses, academic support, English language support, and leadership enrichment programs to 15 girls and 16 boys in grades 5 through 12. Students living at the Children’s Home attend local schools. Since its founding in 2007, RPCH boasts an 87% high school graduation rate among its students, with many of them continuing on to universities, vocational schools, and facilities of higher education.

The Karen People

The vast majority of RPCH students are Karen-Thai. The Karen people are one of the many Hill Tribe ethnic groups who have lived in the mountains along the Thai-Burma border for centuries. Karen people living on the Thai side of the border have long been marginalized by the Thai authorities and have struggled to gain access to basic public services like healthcare and education. On the other side of the border, the Karen people have historically faced violent persecution at the hands of the ruling military junta. Many Karen refugees or Karen-Thai people lack the relevant skills that would allow them to thrive in Thai society. The Rustic Pathways Foundation is proud to support this community.

DONATE

The Rustic Pathways Foundation aims to fund the entire annual operating cost of the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home, and would not be able to do so without the generosity of the Rustic Pathways community. Donations help to provide students school uniforms, school fees, medical expenses, academic support, a weekly allowance for personal items, and more. It also enables a child to receive the more intangible benefits of the Rustic Pathways Children’s Home, like a loving staff, close friends, a window into the outside world, and a path to a brighter future.

Donors of more than $550 will receive regular updates and communications from students at the home. All donations, big and small, are appreciated.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=rustic-pathways-childrens-home

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$550

Program 2

The Nasivikoso School Project

The Nasivikoso School Project

In 1995, The founder of Rustic Pathways and current Fiji country director Evan Wells drove up into mountains of Fiji’s main island and explored the highland village of Nasivikoso. They slept in simple bamboo and thatch huts that Aliverti Nasokia, then a village elder, had constructed to accommodate the few visitors who ventured as far as Nasivikoso. As luck would have it, Mr. Nasokia was a former principal and education officer committed to improving access to education in his community. This was the beginning of a Rustic Pathways community partnership that started with the rebuilding of a burned down kindergarten and has since expanded to a variety of initiatives ranging from efforts to improve sanitation and water access to the Nasivikoso Village School Project. Today, the Nasivikoso Village School Project remains a broadly supported and vitally important initiative that aims to improve access to education for the youth of Nasivikoso. The Rustic Pathways Foundation is proud to have partnered with the people of Nasivikoso to make their vision a reality.


The Project

This community-prioritized education initiative emerged due to the lack of a local elementary school in Nasivikoso. Prior to the launch of this project, the only way for the youth of Nasivikoso to receive an elementary education was to travel weekly to a boarding school where they would live in dormitories, away from their parents, and with limited supervision. During Fiji’s rainy season, the roads to the school would often become impassable, frequently causing students to miss class while they waited for the weather to clear. The people of Nasivikoso prioritized the construction and funding of a school that would allow their youth to live at home with the care and support of their family while receiving a quality elementary education.

Support for the Nasivikoso Village School Project is extensive. With deep roots in the community, the Rustic Pathways Foundation has a range of vital partners that support this project on a local level, in addition to a wide range of higher-level governmental assistance. With the support of the Village School Committee, the Ministry of Education, the Prime Minister and the Commissioner Western (a divisional director of ministries), we are confident that we have achieved consensus around the best strategy for improving access to elementary education in Nasivikoso. Moreover, we feel that this a sustainable, long-term solution that will continue to meet the educational needs of the Nasivikoso youth for generations to come.

Since 2011, the villagers of Nasivikoso, Rustic Pathways and the Fijian government have constructed five classrooms, two toilet blocks and one teacher’s living quarters. The school accommodates 64 students in grades 1 to 4. Despite our progress, there is still more to do to fully meet the prioritized needs of the community. We plan to construct an additional classroom and an additional teacher’s quarters, connect to a new water source to improve supply, and purchase more essential supplies for the school.

DONATE NOW

Your money will open doors for the children of Nasivikoso by ensuring that they have the knowledge and skills to be the leaders of the future. It doesn’t take much! $100 enables the purchase of a desk and a chair for a student at the school. $500 paints a classroom inside and out. $1000 tiles the floor of a classroom. $17,000 builds a new classroom or a teacher’s house. $400 provides a connection to the electrical grid. It’s our world. It’s our future. Let’s make it better.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=nasivikoso-school

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$17,000

Program 3

Monte Coca Batey Project

Monte Coca Batey Project
Why Monte Coca?

In 2012, Rustic Pathways partnered with a local Dominican nonprofit, ASCALA, to assist with an ongoing latrine construction project in Monte Coca. The community was in dire need of homes with cement floors–a priority when it comes to providing adequate and sanitary housing conditions. After cementing the floors of multiple homes in 2013 and 2014, it became clear that the best approach to providing safe and sanitary housing to this community would be to build new homes.

What is a batey?

“Batey” is the local term to describe the villages and communities that spring up to provide labor for sugar production. Due in part to the international market for sugar and the overwhelming power of large sugar companies, workers rights’ abuses and unfair wages are commonplace in these communities, making bateys some of the poorest communities in the Western Hemisphere.

Why focus on housing?

Cement floors are a priority when it comes to providing adequate and sanitary housing conditions. They improve the safety of the homes while alleviating some of the health concerns during the hurricane season when the dirt floors become muddied. Governments worldwide have prioritized cement floors in their development goals because they decrease the spread of pathogens related to many common illnesses. Studies show significant reductions in parasitic diseases for children who live in a home with a cement floor.

The People of Monte Coca

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is proud to partner with Monte Coca’s unique and remarkable neighborhood association. The association formed in 1992 and does an exemplary job of making collaborative decisions that represent the communities’ collective needs. Since Rustic Pathways began working in the community, they have put an enormous amount of “sweat equity” into their projects. Community meetings always have high turnout, and the project priorities of the Rustic Pathways Foundation are determined by consensus based on pre-determined criteria. The dedication and tenacity of this community make our partnership ideal. As an organization that values community prioritization, we are thrilled to work with this neighborhood association.

Our Community Champion

Roberto Escanio is a native of Monte Coca and strong and respected leader in the community. He has great pride in Monte Coca and is always looking for ways to improve it. As the former president of the neighborhood association, he is still an active member and is very involved in a local organization called Servicio Social de la Iglesia Dominicana that does a wide range of charitable work in many communities of the area around Monte Coca. Roberto has worked with Rustic Pathways several years and has helped make Monte Coca a great community partner.

Our Goals

It costs less than $8,000 to construct a new home that could be inhabited by as many as six people. Our goal is to impact ten families over the course of the next five years by providing them with a safe, sturdy, and sanitary home. Help us reach our goal.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=monte-coca

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$8,000

Program 4

Sacred Valley Project

Sacred Valley Project
Today, female access to education is a pressing issue, as it is proven to have a substantial impact on reducing poverty. Moreover, studies show that educated women are more likely to have smaller and healthier families, as well as a stronger voice in family negotiations. These are just a few of the many reasons why the Rustic Pathways Foundation is proud to partner with the Sacred Valley Project in an effort to improve access to education for young women in Peru’s Sacred Valley.

High in the Peruvian Andes, the Sacred Valley is home to various communities of Quechua-speaking indigenous people who often live in isolated mountain villages. Access to public services, including education, is limited in these communities, making it common for children to walk several hours to reach the nearest elementary school. Attending high school poses an even greater challenge, as high schools are often limited to town centers that are too distant for a daily commute on foot. The option of moving to an urban center in pursuit of an education is all-too-frequently made available only to boys, thereby making it even more challenging for girls to attend high school.

The Sacred Valley Project is a Rustic Pathways Foundation partner organization based in Ollantaytambo. Since its founding in 2009, it has worked tirelessly to address the issue of access to education for girls in the Sacred Valley, in part by providing housing for twenty young women who would not otherwise be able to attend school. In addition to the safety of a comfortable dormitory, students participate in leadership workshops, receive meals and homework help, among other efforts giving them the resources to become educated and empowered women.

The success of this project can be measured in numerous ways including high grades, strong graduation rates, or good job placement. Alex Ball, the project’s founder, has a much more comprehensive definition of success. When asked to describe the most significant impact that the Sacred Valley Project has on the lives of its young women, he replied by saying, “We give them confidence. We give them the confidence to speak on their own behalf. We don’t just teach the public speaking, we teach them that they have a voice and that it is okay to have ideas and articulate them. This might be one of the most valuable things that we do.”

Since its founding in 2009, the Sacred Valley Project has taken a deliberately measured approach to growth in order to gauge its own success, and make necessary changes and improvements with time. Six years and countless success stories later, the Sacred Valley Project is gearing up to help even more young women further their education. With the recent addition of a new dormitory housing six new students, the project plans to add five new young women on annual basis.

Help these young Peruvian women grow and learn.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=sacred-valley

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Budget

$8,000

Program 5

Floating Village School Project

Floating Village School Project

Rustic Pathways staff in Prek Toal, Cambodia learned that a section of the village’s primary school was sinking. In this unique community, almost all of the village’s structures are stilted or floating on water. The current primary school consists of two floating buildings with a total of five classrooms, but the constant degradation of the structures by environmental elements have caused one of the two buildings to sink so deep that it can no longer be used. All of the students now occupy two classrooms, forcing teachers to limit classroom time and divide students into sessions in order to ensure that everyone can attend school. The struggles don’t end there, however, as the remaining school building is in need of repair and has begun to sink. On a daily basis, teachers pump water from the bottom of the building to keep it afloat. The remaining life of this structure is uncertain, and the community lacks the resources and funding to keep it afloat.

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is proud to partner with the people of Prek Toal to ensure that 285 students have safe, year-round, permanent access to their primary school. The community determined that the best long term solution was to build a new stilted school on land during the dry season, allowing for a durable and safe school for the children of Prek Toal. The government and the regional department of education are unable to assist financially in the building of this school, making the support of the Rustic Pathways Foundation essential. The government has provided land for what would be a five classroom structure that would accommodate all of Prek Toal’s primary school students. Our local partners need our support to get this school built.

The five classroom building will cost $100,000 to complete, but this structure will immediately fulfill the community’s needs and will ensure that all of its children have permanent access to a primary education. We hope that you will help us make this dream a reality.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=floating-village

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$100,000

Program 6

Education for All | BSDA Partnership Program

Education for All | BSDA Partnership Program

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is excited to move forward with efforts to support one of our partner organizations in Cambodia, Buddishm for Social Development Action. Founded in 2005, The BSDA is a local Cambodian organization with a broad range of initiatives, including education and vocational training for orphans and vulnerable children, as well as support for drug users and those infected with HIV/AIDS. It has worked in various sectors of Kampong Cham since its founding. Rustic Pathways has always maintained a close relationship with BSDA, and hopes to help it to reach its 3.5 year goal of getting 550 out-of-school children into primary school by providing scholarships and a drop-in center, as well as by raising awareness about the value of education.

BSDA’s efforts to provide education to 550 out-of-school children is part of a much broader movement of 16 NGOs who intend to transform the educational prospects of vulnerable children all over Cambodia. The organization determined that it would need $185,000 and 3.5 years to reach its individual benchmark. It has made substantial progress, and now needs less than $40,000 to reach its goal of getting 550 children into primary school. As a long-term supporter of the BSDA and its scholarship programs, the Rustic Pathways Foundation is thrilled to rally the Rustic community around this initiative.

It requires the BSDA less than $350 annually to provide a vulnerable, out-of-school Cambodian child with the support necessary to stay in school. What can you do to help?

Get involved. Help the BSDA reach its goal.

http://rusticpathways.org/?project=project1

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$40,000

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To support communities in their efforts to implement locally-driven, sustainable solutions to their development challenges.
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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International

The Rustic Pathways Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization committed to strengthening communities and increasing educational and enrichment opportunities available to underprivileged youth in the United States and abroad.

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Executive Director

Mr. Eric Bragg

BIO

Eric joined the Rustic Pathways Foundation as the executive director in 2014. He was first introduced to the Rustic Pathways community as a program leader in Costa Rica in 2009, and later served as a program leader in the Dominican Republic and Ghana. In addition to his role with the Rustic Pathways Foundation, he currently serves as Ghana country director. A passionate changemaker and fundraiser, Eric brings an eye for innovative and impactful international development solutions. He earned an M.Sc. in sustainable development from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Karlskrona, Sweden, where his master's thesis addressed how large corporations can increase ecological sustainability and improve working conditions at the farm level through improved buying practices for agricultural commodities. Eric earned his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in political science and history. He spent a semester living in Santiago, Chile while studying at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Jessemin Sheyda Losick

Sustainable Travel International

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity