Kristy McKee, Chairman of the Board
Worldhealer Inc. is a non-profit organization, operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 170(c)(2) and section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Founded in early 2009, Worldhealer's headquarters are located in Santa Barbara, California.
In an increasingly globalized world, Worldhealer believes that poverty and disadvantage in one area has widespread negative economic and social effects on the entire globe. In order to decrease these effects, we need to address the problems at their source by providing opportunities for individuals to participate in the betterment of their lives and communities.
By creating Worldhealer programs in developing countries, it is our intention not only to assist them, but to connect diverse communities to new places around the world. This exchange will add international education and travel opportunities, as well as the use of technology to facilitate instant contact between communities. Allowing participants to communicate directly with others around the globe removes barriers of distance, culture, and language. Direct communication and cultural exchange will illustrate how problems in other countries affect our local communities and how our communities are microcosms of the wider world.
Worldhealer's Founder, Roxana Bonderson grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. Beginning in her undergraduate years, she took every opportunity to travel extensively on her own, as well as studying abroad in Italy, Germany, Cuba and Brazil. Within a few years, she had reached nearly every corner of the globe and had experienced a tremendous variety of cultures first hand. It was during this time that she began to lay the intellectual foundations of what was to eventually become Worldhealer.
In October 2008, with the guidance of a retired nonprofit fundraiser, Roxana started bringing her vision to life. Worldhealer's dream has not changed much but instead evolved into a multi-layered program.
Worldhealer acts as the catalyst in the cycle of setting and achieving goals by supplying individuals with the right tools to improve their situations. Worldhealer believes that proper education, nutrition, and physical, mental and emotional health motivate individuals to live sustainable and responsible lifestyles. Worldhealer�s local and global programs create opportunities for individuals to develop their human capital as it pertains to their personal goals. Participants will acquire the necessary tools and skills to accomplish these tasks, creating a lasting impact on themselves and their communities.
Our philosophy embodies the true nature of the word solution: systemic change. Worldhealer believes that given the right tools, opportunities, and community based sustainable practices every individual in this world can improve their quality of life and realize their dreams. We do not pretend to know what is best for every community but we pledge to partner with and use the local knowledge from communities in creating programs to reach those goals. Worldhealer challenges the traditional nonprofit mold and ultimately envisions a world where there is no longer a need for its services.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.