In 2007, Encouraging the World originated in the mind of its founder during a mountain hike in Cyprus. Since its conception, Encouraging the World (ETW) has worked in orphanages, juvenile homes, schools, and churches throughout the world.
ETW began in Bethlehem working with the Al-Harah Theater Group and Contacting the World. ETW choreographed and co-directed Facehook?!, currently touring the Middle East and Europe. This work aims to communicate the lives and struggles of Arab youth through music, dance, and drama.
ETW has launched several projects in the Philippines to serve orphan and juvenile communities, recruiting 50 volunteers from Thailand, Baltimore, Holland, and the Philippines. These projects included tree plantings, clothing drives, hosting a “Nutrition Month” for an elementary school, and feeding an indigenous community of 600 children and families.
In 2013, ETW was incorporated in Baltimore, Maryland and founded with a vision to offer youth volunteer community revitalization projects, awareness of global competence, international excursions, big brother support, performance and visual arts, sports, special events, English lessons, Bible classes, youth leadership and conflict resolution workshops.
Encouraging the World was presented with the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award with partnerships through the Knight Foundation. January 2014, our founder, Cirron Lanier Greenidge, was recognized as an Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation for his work on Encouraging the World. Recently, Encouraging The World became a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc..