About Us

Global Humanitarian Alliance (GHA) is a student organization at Worcester Polytechnic Institute WPI devoted to helping people in need. We began as the first student chapter of Industry's Humanitarian Support Alliance NGO, Inc. ( IHSAN). In 2008, two student teams, Team Alcoa and Team Roche, in the Global Problems Seminar (GPS) class Making Our World developed plans to provide potable water to the residents of Malewa, Kenya and to facilitate improved hygiene and sanitation in the area. Members of the national NGO reviewed the team's reports and decided to support the teams' implementation plans. From there, IHSAN Student Chapter was born and our first project was implemented in Malewa, Kenya by three of our six founding members. Today, we continue to make a significant impact in the lives of others. After changing our name to GHA, and expanding our partnership to multiple non-governmental organizations, we have continued to grow and provide for many. We, an alliance of like-minded people, devote our time and energy to creating a better environment and future for impoverished communities. around campus and around the world. Located in Worcester, MA at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (), We work on creating sustainable solutions to problems involving water, sanitation, and hygiene in third world countries.

This branch, officially established in 2010, is the first ever student chapter of IHSAN.

Mission Statement

We are devoted to helping the underprivileged people of third world nations and those within our own community in Worcester. It is our desire to offer our time, energy, and skills to help provide misfortunate youth with clean water, sanitation, and education. To achieve this vision, we actively seek out those in need, collaborate with them, and design and implement a personalized plan to fulfill their needs. To further expand this vision, we reach out to like-minded individuals and unite with them on equal ground to pursue a better future.

History

Global Humanitarian Alliance (GHA) is a student organization at WPI focusing on helping the people in need. It started as the first student chapter of Industry's Humanitarian Support Alliance NGO (IHSAN).

The initial seeds of our organization were laid in 2008 when several students from the Global Problems Seminar (GPS) class Making Our World were searching for a project idea.

Two teams of note in this seminar were called Team Alcoa and Team Roche. Alcoa designed a plan to install a device called the Potable Water Crank in the slums of Malewa, Kenya to provide potable water to the city's residents. Roche designed a plan for the same region to facilitate hygiene and sanitation in the area. What separated these teams from the others is that their work did not end in planning. The plans were brought forth before IHSAN. Members of the national NGO reviewed the team's reports and decided to support the implementation of the plans. Three of the six IHSAN Student Chapter founders (Matthew Connolly of Team Roche, Anna Chase of Team Alcoa, and Tayeisha Jackson, a new recruit) traveled to Kenya during the summer of 2010 to implement the action plan developed during the GPS class. The team also addressed other major issues in the region through four other projects.

Through the development of each project the founders realized they had a real opportunity to make a significant impact in people's lives. They worked with WPI to create the first ever student chapter of IHSAN. IHSAN is currently working with other campuses to give other students this same opportunity, to help improve the lives of people around the globe.

Today, we changed our name to GHA, standing for a wider involvement. We, the alliance of like-minded people who devote on a sense of better environment and future, are marching towards wider, deeper and better noble cause and a world that influencing by our generation.

Achievements

2012 Program of the Year Award

2011 Community Service Award

Featured twice in The Towers

Week of Inspiration, Service & Hope

Local Renovation Project

Featured in Worcester Magazine

Global Poverty Project

Today, we changed our name to GHA, standing for a wider involvement. We, the alliance of like-minded people who devote on a sense of better environment and future, are marching towards wider, deeper and better noble cause and a world that influencing by our generation.

  • Kenya Team

Through the development of each project the founders realized they had a real opportunity to make a significant impact in people's lives. They worked with WPI to create the first ever student chapter of IHSAN. IHSAN is currently working with other campuses to give other students this same opportunity, to help improve the lives of people around the globe.