The mission of Alistar International is to encourage marginalized people to achieve their desired potential and to enable them to live in communities and environments that are mutually sustainable. Alistar does this through the strategies and primary activities of empowerment, technical assistance, training, and human rights projects.
Who We Are
Alistar International is a non-profit 501 (c) 3, non-governmental organization based out of Los Angeles, California. With over 25 years working in the field, AI is involved in indigenous human rights - with focus on land, environmental management, and socio-cultural self-determination, autonomy, and sovereignty.
Alistar International was founded in 1993 by the Greer family with the intentions of carrying out the philanthropic interests of the family. At this time, the Greer family had been involved in various charitable organizations, including Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among others.
Initiating Alistar International meant expanding our charitable activities into the field, which we began in 1994 in Nicaragua, Central America. After working in Nicaragua for over 25 years, among other countries, we have been involved in both community assistance projects and have participated in securing indigenous land rights for territorial groups.
Over the past decade, we expanded our work to include projects of indigenous land defense in the Pacific Islands, including the support of Native Hawaiian land management in areas of high biological diversity, such as currently endangered wetlands and forest areas.
In recent years, we have continued our efforts in Central America and the Pacific Islands while expanding to other geographical regions, such as the Middle East/Region of the Levant, Asia, and Africa.
For Alistar International, working with indigenous leaders around the world means partnering with those supporting the rights of indigenous in each continent. As such, Alistar continues to maintain relationships supporting these leaders as Good Will Ambassadors of Alistar International.
Principles and Goals
Principles and goals of Alistar International:
1. Empowerment and Consciousness-Raising
2. Sustainability and Local Community Participation
3. Preservation of Local Cultures and Traditions
6. Self-Determined Community-Based Assistance
7. Networking, Cooperation, and Partnership
8. Research and Evaluation, Sharing Information