Pathfinders Project

Foundation Beyond Belief is sponsoring a year long volunteer service trip which will be the launching pad for the larger Humanist Service Corps.
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Foundation Beyond Belief
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Atlanta, Georgia
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This year Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is sponsoring the Pathfinders Project, a year-long volunteer journey, taking four humanist volunteers across the world to work in education, clean water, human rights and construction projects, and to evaluate programs for inclusion in a future Humanist Service Corps (HSC). The HSC will be a proud moment for all nonbelievers. Like the Peace Corps, the HSC will serve their fellowman in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries, but with more focus on encouraging and demonstrating the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.

Since FBB's launched in 2010, we have raised over $400,000 to fight blood cancers through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We have raised close to a million in just three years to help other charities in the name of humanism.

Fresh Water

What We Need & What You Get

Here's where you come in. A large portion of the expenses for this project will be funded through drives by the four individual Pathfinders and grants from major donors. For the remaining portion -- just over $16,000 -- we turn to the generous humanist community (these figures are variable): 

Travel: $4,000
Insurance: $1,000
Housing: $2,500
Food: $1,000
Project Donations (for construction materials, etc.): $6,250
Pathfinder Stipends: $400
Contingency & Misc $1,000

In exchange for your generous donation, you will not only know that you are helping individuals in developing countries as well as our gratitude, you will also receive a little something depending on the amount you contribute. Check out the "perks" to the right.

The Impact

The four Pathfinders will have a big impact on the areas that they are working in. Also, they are the pilot program for the Humanist Services Corps which will  eventually become the largest volunteer services organization for secular humanists. The initial project has three primary goals: 

1) complete clean water, education, and sustainability projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

2) engage in dialogue across religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries.

3) assess countries and partner organizations with the ultimate goal of selecting one site for launching the Humanist Service Corps.

Locales

TASK Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

Bridge of Life School (Cambodia)

Kasese Humanist Primary School (Uganda)

Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (Uganda)

Leo Igwe Research Project (Northern Ghana)

Children of the Border (Domican Republic)

Water Equador (Ecuador)

Aquayuda (Colombia)

Safe Passage (Guatemala)

Avivara (Guatemala)

Pathfinders Project and the Humanist Service Corps will enable humanists to put their values into action, thereby demonstrating those values to the world. Pathfinders Project has been described by Hemant Mehta as "the ultimate service project for Humanists" and by James Croft as "a life-changing opportunity." Certainly, Pathfinders Project will have a meaningful impact on each of the communities visited and a profound effect on each of the Pathfinders. Furthermore, Pathfinders Project will shape the humanist movement for years to come. In taking the first step toward launching the Humanist Service Corps, the Pathfinders are building the structure of a flagship program not just for Foundation Beyond Belief, but for the entire humanist movement.

So far, FBB has been successful in its previous endeavors. We have raised tens of thousands of dollars for disaster relief efforts here and abroad. We have a continuously growing group of volunteers beyond belief and we are one of the LLS' biggest contributors. All of this is done in the name of compassionate humanism. 

Other Ways You Can Help

You might not have the money to contribute at this time but we still need your help! Please let others know about this great project and share the link to this page.
 

FAQ

1. Q - Why should someone join the Humanist Service Corps instead of the Peace Corps?
 
A - The Humanist Service Corps and the Peace Corps have similar service aims, but function for different communities.  
 
The stated aims of the Peace Corps are to (1) provide technical assistance, (2) expose people outside the U.S. to U.S. citizens, and (3) expose U.S. citizens to people outside the U.S.
 
The Humanist Service Corps will (1) engage Humanists from around the globe in service, (2) provide technical assistance, (3) expose people unfamiliar with Humanism to Humanists, and (3) expose Humanists to people from other cultures around the world.  

2. Q - Will the volunteers be safe?
 
A - The embassies have been contacted and are aware of the duration of their stay and the nature of the work. In addition safety and preparatory measures have been well research and was done so prior to writing up the Pathfinders Project application documents. Insurance is also being provided.
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    Humanism

    You have our sincerest gratitude and will receive a tax-deductible receipt.

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    Humanists Give

    Same as "Humanism" level, plus a personal Thank You email from our Development Director.

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    Humanists Give More

    Same as "Humanists Give," plus a Foundation Beyond Belief wristband.

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    Humanists Give Even More

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    Humanists Give A Lot

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    Humanists Are Great

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    Humanists Are Amazing

    Same as "Humanists Are Great," plus you'll be featured solo in a blog on the Foundation's website.

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    Humanists Are Awesome

    Same as "Humanists Are Amazing," plus personalized postcards from the Pathfinders while they are working abroad.

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    Humanists Rock!

    Same as "Humanists Are Awesome," plus a personal phone call from the Director of the Pathfinders Project.

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