Global Team for Local Initiatives

A nonprofit organization

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Global Team for Local Initiatives―Since 2008 GTLI has helped the indigenous people of Southwest Ethiopia adapt to their changing world to find a path out of chronic poverty and dependence. 

What is at stake? 

The indigenous tribes of southwest Ethiopia are in a downward spiral of poverty and desperation caused by persistent drought and the reduction of land available for grazing. The impact is greatest on the most vulnerable―the women who shoulder most of the heavy work and the children, many who are orphaned or abandoned, who face malnutrition, disease, and early death.

Healthy Children

Tribal traditions equate large families with wealth. In the past more children meant more people able to work. The reality the tribes face today is that frequent births mean unhealthy mothers and underfed and unhealthy children.

Since 2011 we have cared for orphaned and abandoned children, striving to give them a chance for a healthy life. While helping individual children is significant and meaningful, our long-term goal is to educate and empower them to become future leaders of their people.

We need your help

Please donate today. 100% of your gift goes toward helping  children under our care in the South Omo Zone of Ethiopia.

More about GTLI

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P.O. Box 19144
Minneapolis, MN 55419