Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Chinese proverb
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 2008, Worldhealer's headquarter is located in Santa Barbara, California.
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, working and volunteering abroad in Italy, Germany, Cuba, Brazil and Australia. Within a few years, she had reached nearly every corner of the globe, learned several languages and 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.
The programs Worldhealer has developed and implemented are comprehensive educational and leadership programs that encourage respect and understanding of the world, its people and cultures and current events, and with it promote appreciation, self-worth and community-based service inspiring long-term systemic and behavioral change.
Worldhealer was created based on the belief that by exposing young people to global issues and challenges, it will raise their awareness and understanding of the wider world, develop critical thinking skills, and promote philanthropy and cooperation. This fosters intellectual and personal growth worldwide and encourages a positive global future of sustainable economic and social community development.
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. Worldhealer challenges the traditional mold of society and ultimately envisions a world where we collectively assume responsibility, commitment, advocacy, accountability, and cooperative action.
Worldhealer’s Emerging Leaders Program teaches participants to live their lives with conviction, purpose and passion; and inspires participants to lead by example, intentionally living up to their potential every day. By recognizing that change starts within ourselves and embracing the powerful influence that each and every one of us has on the people in our lives, Worldhealer empowers each participant to pass on this philosophy to others in their community.
Worldhealer’s Emerging Leaders Program is the backbone of our service programs because we exercise the concepts of teaching/learning and paying it forward. Generating a shift in awareness and consciousness further guides our participants in becoming facilitators of the change they want to see in their own lives, and fosters them to be active in developing how they think, feel and perceive the world. Participants surpass their limiting beliefs and other obstacles and in doing so, achieve sustainable and exponentially greater global success.
Worldhealer acts as the catalyst in the cycle of setting and achieving goals by supplying individuals with the right tools to improve their current circumstances. Worldhealer believes that proper education, nutrition, and physical, mental and emotional well–being 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.