Our Global VIllage is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to empower grassroots leaders around the world to improve their communities by providing knowledge, resources and support.
Launched in 2011, Our Global Village (OGV) is a Houston, Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to empower grassroots leaders around the world to improve their communities by providing knowledge, resources and support. OGV marshals the goodwill and resources of everyday people in the U.S. to enable global grassroots leaders to facilitate change in their own communities.
Founder and Executive Director, Roxanne Paiva, has been traveling off the beaten path for fun and for service since the age of 18. Enchanted by the people and cultures of far-flung places, Roxanne also started to recognize the social injustices all around her in the places she visited in South and Central America, Asia and the Middle East. The dire poverty and needs were in direct contrast to the beauty and spirit of these same places. Despite the negatives, she also found wonderfully giving people like Yuwadee, who, alongside her husband in a small village in northern Thailand, started saving “street girls” – little girls as young as six who did not have a safe future – by offering refuge in their own home with their two sons.
In 2008, Roxanne had a life-changing experience soon after Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma (Myanmar). Traveling in Thailand at the time, she was able to obtain a visa and see first-hand the devastation and suffering of the people and many minority ethnic tribes, who often did
not receive the aid being sent to Burma. Most of the resources were being horded by the oppressive military junta. Friends and family rallied and wired over $5,000 to neighboring Thailand, enabling her to bring funds for school books, food, clean water, building supplies and clothing directly into the hands of the Burmese people, without going through the military.
From these experiences, she learned what a difference a few people halfway around the world could do to support the people in places like Burma, and to fill in the gaps when the efforts of larger NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and governments did not reach these same people. She came back to the states with a newfound mission to develop a way for people to connect to these special people and places, and Our Global Village was created in early 2011.
Since its founding, OGV has supported grassroots leaders in Detroit, Guatemala, Thailand, Burma and Mozambique to serve the homeless, provide residential and educational programs for street girls, build cultural bridges to improve community relations among different ethnic tribes, empower rural women to engage in the civic and community decision-making process, provide emergency disaster relief and offer a youth leadership summer camp.
Traditional charity often meets immediate needs but too often fails to enable people to solve their own problems over the long term. Because our grassroots leaders and their communities are a part of the solution, our approach has the potential to have long-term benefits, long after charitable dollars run out. We support leaders who have found solutions to a range of issues in their communities.
OGV staff travels to regions and works with populations that typically have been under-supported by the traditional, mainstream NGO (non-governmental organization) networks. Talking to people, on the ground, in the far-flung villages of Burma, Thailand and Mozambique, for example, we’ve been able to uncover special needs, but also special people amongst many working hard to address those needs. This is the environment in which OGV works.
OGV carefully seeks out, vets and selects grassroots leaders based on our grantmaking policies and procedures. We select changemakers that promote economic independence, self-sufficiency, gender equality, education and who tackle a host of other social issues.
Our Global Village’s mission is only as powerful as the individuals who become involved by sharing knowledge, resources and support with these leaders. Inherent in our model is the act of connecting local citizens with global cause.
There is tremendous need in our world for grassroots leaders both locally and globally, as effective change takes great leadership. Every day, leaders are identifying challenges and developing innovative solutions to problems – quietly, with great humility and in the spirit of service. It is these very leaders that Our Global Village (OGV) supports.
We invest in leadership at the local level by providing resources critical to the missions of grassroots leaders, which has enabled them to address homelessness, prevent child trafficking, empower refugee women artisans, educate and inform rural villagers to have a voice in the civic process, and more!
To our friends who have supported the work in our inaugural year, we, and the grassroots leaders we serve, thank you deeply. To our new friends, we hope you can join us to increase our reach to continue to find, qualify, support and grow our network of leaders.
OUR Global Village welcomes your support for grassroots leaders around the world. As a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Simmons Foundation
Joshua Reynolds, MSW, MBA
Care For Elders
JD Locke Lord, LLP
Roxanne is one of the people who still believes that if we unite together, we can change OUR world. She is the Executive Director of OUR Global Village, as well as Co-Founder of The Community Cloth program, for which she is currently responsible for managing the day to day key functions.
She has a Certificate of Nonprofit Leadership from Rice University’s Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives and recently graduated from Leadership Houston Program, Class XXXI. Since 2004 she has served as an ESL volunteer locally and abroad. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, Roxanne helped manage and grow a family business, gaining over 10 years of experience working in the residential and commercial architecture control industry.
Roxanne has a B.S. in Education with a specialization in Biology and Geology from University of Texas at Austin (2002). Never afraid for a new adventure, and never afraid to take her husband with her, she has served agents of change in North, Central and South America, Africa and Southeast Asia.