Jon Rawlinson has been fortunate enough to work on a number of non-profit projects in the past. This continues to be the most rewarding type of work that he does.

The Nata village blog

http://natavillage.org

On March 4, 2006, Nata made history by becoming the first village in Botswana with a website. The site is a unique opportunity for the reader to witness the battle to control the spread of HIV/AIDS in an African village. Botswana has the second highest HIV infection rate in the world (37% for ages 15-49). The co-founders, Melody Jenkins a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Seloma Tiro a local businessman and Jon Rawlinson were all frustrated that millions of dollars pour into Botswana due to the AIDS pandemic yet little money reaches remote villages like Nata.

The website natavillage.org offers the visitor a 10 minute documentary, over 350 flickr photos and a blog that gives the reader an intimate look into the lives of the villagers. The reader is given the opportunity to donate directly to the village and the funds are managed transparently by a local 6 member board of trustees with very little overhead cost. The donor can see the results of their generosity through regular photos of what is purchased. People living with AIDS (PLWA’s) in Nata must travel 60 miles to reach the ARV (anti-retroviral ) clinic. Many can’t afford the $4.00 bus fare. The trust provides transportation money for all members of the PLWA support group to reach their life saving ARV’s. The trust also purchased a sound system and generator for an out of school youth group that provides vital HIV/AIDS educational activities to Nata and the surrounding villages. We hope to serve as a model for other villages and change the way aid is distributed in the developing world.  To date the website has raised over $50,000 for the village.

Jon Rawlinson designed and built the Nata village blog.  He also shot and produced this documentary about the village. This aired on Current TV in 2007.

Coral Cay Conservation

http://coralcay.org

Coral Cay Conservation are award winning specialists in coral reef and tropical forest conservation.  You can join their projects as a volunteer, researcher or specialist and work hands-on, out in the field.  With their new conservation holidays, mini expeditions and special discounts - they offer a responsible alternative to active breaks away, plus the chance to travel with a purpose and really make a difference in the places that need it most.

Ian McLeod and Jon Rawlinson traveled to the Philippines where they shot and produced this documentary. This aired on Current TV in 2007.

Kiva

http://kiva.org

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world.

Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions (MFIs), Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help fund small businesses run by low-income entrepreneurs around the world.

Jon Rawlinson shot all the footage from Bulgaria in this video.  This aired on Current TV in 2006.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

http://raincoast.org

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by their research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of the Great Bear Rainforest.

They Investigate to understand coastal species and processes
They Inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities
They Inspire by building a vision of stewardship for this fragile coastline

Their vision for the Great Bear Rainforest is to protect the habitats of umbrella species. They believe this approach will help ensure the survival of all species and ecological processes that exist at different scales.

Duncan Rawlinson designed and built the Raincoast website.

Ian McLeod and Jon Rawlinson shot the footage for this video in Northern B.C.