Human Security Practitioners

In 2011, the Ford Institute began connecting with the human security practitioners located in southwestern Pennsylvania. These practitioners frequently provide a conduit for GSPIA students to become interns with Western Pennsylvania human security and human rights organizations.  Ford publicizes their programs to the GSPIA community and works with the organizations on projects of shared interest.

(AJAPO) Acculturation for justice, access and peace outreach

AJAPO's mission is to provide a continuum of care which empowers African and Afro-Caribbean refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into the Greater Pittsburgh Community and Allegheny County.

American Friends Service Committee

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. AFSC's Pennsylvania Empowering Voices for Peace and Justice Program seeks to bring people of divergent views together to build a peaceful and just world.


Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.  Amizade is dedicated to promoting volunteerism, providing community service, encouraging collaboration, and improving cultural awareness in locations throughout the world.  Since its inception, over 4,500 volunteers from North America, Europe, Asia, and South America have participated on Amizade programs.

Anzar Exchange 

Anzar Exchange is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen the global community by promoting cross-cultural understanding and sustainable development.  Anzar Exchange fulfills its mission through 3 main programs in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco: Anti-Desertification, Ecotourism, and Goods Exchange & Promotion. 


Awamaki is a small non-profit that works to create economic opportunities and improve social well-being in rural Peru. It is registered in the United States as a 501(c)(3) and in Peru as a non-profit civil association. Awamaki is diversified and currently runs programs in education, cultural preservation, and sustainable tourism.

Bright Kids Enterprises

Bright Kids Books is a small online store on which donates all profits to Bright Kids Uganda. The online store maintains an inventory of 100 to 300 books that can be purchased on  As of 2011, the book sales have generated almost $300 for Bright Kids Uganda, and new books continue to flow in, thanks to book drives and generous donations.

Bright Kids Uganda, Entebbe Home

Bright Kids Uganda provides housing, basic necessities and education to vulnerable and economically disadvantaged children in Entebbe, Uganda.  BKU hopes that these children will have a chance to fully realize their potential and to become leaders and productive members of the their community.

GSPIA Connection: Several GSPIA students have been interns.

Bright Kids Uganda Foundation, U.S.A. 

The Bright Kids Uganda Foundation, U.S.A. supports the Bright Kids Uganda Entebbe Home through fundraising in the United States.  Since 2009, Bright Kids Uganda Foundation, U.S.A has raised money to send children to school, and sent three interns from the University of Pittsburgh to the children’s home to help with specific projects. 

GSPIA Connection: Professor Louis A. Picard

Brother's Brother 

The mission of Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF) is to promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural and other resources. All BBF programs are designed to fulfill its mission by connecting people’s resources with people’s needs. 

Cameroon Football Development Program 

The Cameroon Football Development Program (CFDP) uses the soccer field as a classroom to provide interactive education on serious health and social issues like HIV/AIDS to Cameroonian youth. By combining sport with group discussions and activities, CFDP imparts leadership, teamwork, and personal responsibility to participants. The program works to empower the next generation of leaders who will help to improve the overall health and social climate within their communities.

Computer Reach 

Computer Reach is a technology outreach mission primarily serving the communities of Pittsburgh, PA. The mission of Computer Reach is to make technology available to people most in need through refurbished equipment, computer literacy, training, and support. They are unique in that they provide professional support, service, and training bundled with each computer.

Daya I.C.P.I (International Consultants for Peace Initiatives) 

Daya Center for Peace is an NGO based in Hyderabad, India working for peace and conflict transformation. Daya: International Consultants for Peace Initiatives (I.C.P.I) collaborates with Daya Center for Peace to support them in their goals and missions from the heart of Pittsburgh.

EarthSpark International 

EarthSpark empowers communities in Haiti by eradicating energy poverty. They achieve this by partnering with entrepreneurs and organizations to develop local businesses and country-scale supply chains, sustainable infrastructure, and innovative pre-pay micro-grid systems for clean and efficient energy technologies. EarthSpark seeks to drive sustainable economic development by providing access to better quality energy services.

Fields of Growth 

Fields of Growth is a charitable organization with community based partnerships in Uganda (East Africa) and Costa Rica (Central America).  Fields of Growth aims to harness the passion of athletes into positive social impact through international service, global learning and youth sport development.

FOCUS North America 

As an expression of Christ’s love FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter.

Foundation for the Realization of Economic Empowerment 

FREE is a faith-based Christian developmental organization committed to empowering women to rise above poverty. FREE aims to reverse the marginalization of women by providing them with the opportunity to better their lives and to restore them to a place of equality while respecting and honoring the men in their lives. FREE’s main areas of focus are teaching jewelry-making skills and developing jewelry enterprises, opening libraries and maintaining a literacy project, and building self-esteem.

Global Links 

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to promoting environmental stewardship and improving health in resource-poor communities, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our two-fold mission provides hospitals with a socially and environmentally beneficial alternative to sending hundreds of tons of still-useful surplus materials to landfills. 


Global Pittsburgh improves the region's global competitiveness by creating long-term relationships connecting the Greater Pittsburgh community with international leaders and influencers.  They connect globally-minded people and organizations in the Pittsburgh Region and around the world through member activities and hosting programs. Global Pittsburgh hosts international leaders for the U.S State Department, attracts and welcomes international students and professionals to the region, and connects corporations with international resources.

Haitian Families First 

Haitian Families First (HFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, nutritional and educational support to help Haitian families remain together and create a self-sufficient future.  HFF visit families in their communities, providing food, formula, and even medicine. They take children to doctors and enroll them in school.  They believe that healthy and educated families can rise above poverty and help develop more resources for Haitian families.

Homeless Children's Education Fund (HCEF) 

The Mission of HCEF is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County by providing educational programs and services, serving as a trusted advocate, sharing expertise, and facilitating collaborative relationships that maximize the collective impact among community partners.

International Orthodox Christian Charities  

International Orthodox Christian Charities, Inc. is the official international humanitarian organization of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas.  IOCC offers emergency relief and development programs without discrimination to those in need worldwide, to enable them to continue to improve their own lives and communities and to have means to live with dignity, respect and hope. 

Kaduna Library Project  

The Kaduna Library Project collects books to build up the collection of a new public library in Kaduna, Nigeria.  

The Nyadire Connection  

The Nyadire Connection (TNC), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a faith-based, non-profit organization that seeks to support and sustain the Nyadire United Methodist Mission in northeastern Zimbabwe, Africa. Nyadire Mission offers a hospital, primary and secondary schools, an orphanage, teaching & nursing colleges, a farm and many other services to the community. We connect the people & organizations of Pennsylvania with the people of Nyadire for mutual benefit.

Pressley Ridge

Pressley Ridge, a non-profit organization founded in 1832, provides an array of services to keep children and families together so that youths with challenging behaviors can remain in their homes, schools and communities. Pressley Ridge offers innovative community-based programs in six states and the District of Columbia, and internationally in Portugal and Hungary

Rukmini Foundation 

The Rukmini Foundation was established in order to address the root causes of discrimination and disenfranchisement of girls in the poor areas of Nepal. The Rukmini Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of underprivileged girls by empowering them through a holistic program of quality education, supportive mentoring services and a physical well-being program.

World Affairs Council 

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Through its range of programs and activities, the Council strives to play a key role in the overall development of the region. This, in turn, makes Pittsburgh more competitive in the international marketplace, which only supports its long-term economic revitalization.

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