The Foundation for Sustainable Development and the Masaya Without Borders Association have teamed up to use waste to create community gardens to fight hunger.
A respected authority on international community development, Mireille’s experience spans programs in 30 countries throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with field work in a dozen. She brings nearly 20 years’ management and leadership experience in the nonprofit and private sectors, ranging in scope from community-based to international policy levels. Prior to joining FSD, Mireille was a director at the Institute for OneWorld Health, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a team leader for USAID’s flagship child survival project (BASICS). She has also consulted for major international development organizations and domestic public sector programs and worked in federal legislative advocacy. In 2012, Mireille served as a national mentor with Clinton Global Initiative University, and she continues to lecture on international development at conferences, universities, and symposia around the country. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Atlantic and Travel & Leisure for her work with FSD, and in BBC World’s Best Documentary 2007, Kill or Cure: Kala Azar 2 for her prior work in India.
About the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD)
FSD has been described as the “gold standard for global engagement programs.” Our program sites are in 6 countries and 10 cities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. For almost two decades we have supported more than 300 community partner organizations and trained more than 3,000 volunteers. Our community development efforts have maintained an ongoing project sustainability rate of 80 percent, addressing health, social, environmental, and economic issues by responding to community priorities and offering training, grants, and volunteer support to our community partners. In 2012, we supported 242 projects and invested more than $840,000 in our partner communities. As a result, our work directly improved the lives of 142,000 people around the world. From a women’s beekeeping business in Kenya to nutritional education for mothers in Nicaragua and cook stove projects in India, FSD listens to community priorities and supports local leaders to achieve their vision for a better future.