Venture 2 Impact, is an organization and a movement that started in 2006 to help communities globally break the cycle of poverty. Our approach to development takes more than just material poverty into account. We address issues of isolation, vulnerability, powerlessness, physical weakness, among other forms of poverty. We aspire to create an environment where local communities and our volunteers can grow.

Our Mission: To transform individuals, families and communities out of poverty into lasting well-being.

Since our inception, volunteer trips have been an integral part of our work. Our volunteers travel to work on projects in partnership with communities in Africa, South America, and Asia annually. Through our volunteer program, we’ve been able to start a micro-lending program for farmers, help scale a women’s only coop, build homes, schools and orphanages, and facilitate English and computer education – to name a few initiatives.

Venture 2 Impact aims to break the cycle of poverty with a focus on the three E’s model: Education, Empowerment, and Economic Development. We believe that through initiatives in these three areas, we are able to bring individuals out of poverty and into lasting well-being. While our initiatives within each category ebb and flow based on local needs, solutions, and opportunities, these pillars are the strong foundation to all the work that Venture 2 Impact does.

Ron Abarbanel
I am the son of immigrant parents and grew up in Quebec in an isolated French community. I was marked by cultural and language barriers, racism, and poverty. After completing computer systems engineering my passion turned to learning about and helping others face the complex social problems that underlie even the most normal life. This journey has led me to work with countless people in medicine, athletics, academics, technology and other professional fields.

I am deeply motivated by creating environments that bring vastly different people together intent on making a meaningful contribution. With the right structure and content, these environments help us learn from each other, they break down barriers, and everyone experiences personal transformation.
Fadi Al Qassar
I’m a transplanted Jordanian, a recovering ad guy and an AmEx Ashoka Emerging Innovator. I first stumbled upon volunteering and working with marginalized communities in university. I joined a community of changemakers who believed that helping our neighbours locally and globally will have a transformational impact on everyone involved. This motivated me to co-found Venture2Impact, and create volunteer opportunities for others who want to join the movement.

I wanted to create an approachable way to educate volunteers about complex problems, allow them use their natural skills and abilities for good and convert them into changemakers.
Bryanna Jew
Project Coordinator
Bryanna is from Southern California and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia to work after finishing university. Her passion is to serve and care for people, especially the poor and marginalized, and to show them that they are seen, known, and loved just as they are. As V2I's project coordinator, Bryanna is here to help volunteers through the whole process from signing up for a trip all the way to debriefing the experience upon returning home and coordinating the many details in between.


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