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"Just as one candle lights another and can light thousands of other candles, so one heart illuminates another heart and can illuminate thousands of other hearts." - Leo Tolstoy

Welcome! Akeyi!

We are grateful you're here.

Third World Awareness is a grassroots charity based in Canada, dedicated to supporting and empowering communities in Haiti. We are a 100% volunteer-led charity, made up of a diverse group of passionate humans.

Our journey began in 1990 when our founder, the charismatic high school teacher John Callighan, embarked on the first volunteer trip to Kingston, Jamaica with 28 participants, including students and teachers. Little did we know that this trip would mark the beginning of numerous journeys, ultimately leading to over 30 years of dedicated efforts in Haiti

Read more about our vibrant history, how it all began and our breadth of work!


Our Vision

A thriving and vibrant society as its people and culture.

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Our Mission

Elevate potential.

Nourish community. Spread joy.

"Many Hands Make Light Work"

At Third World Awareness, we believe in the power of collective effort. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, each offering unique contributions, united by a shared intention - to serve and uplift others.

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TWA Testimonials

We have been working in Haiti for over 30 years. We've had volunteers from all walks of life join us on trips to work on a variety of projects, each sharing their heart, time and skills. Our trips and projects are successful because of the amazing local guides and partners who have become a part of our family. They graciously share their knowledge, culture and expertise.

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