About Plenty

Founded in 1974, Plenty International is a not-for-profit 501-c-3 organization that was created to help protect and share the world’s abundance and knowledge for the benefit of all. Plenty supports economic self-sufficiency, cultural integrity and environmental responsibility in partnership with families, community groups and other organizations in Central America, the U.S., the Caribbean, and Africa.

Since 1986 Plenty has been assisting a project on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota that promotes and supports organic home gardens. Above is  longtime gardener, Manuel Martin, in his garden in 2012.

Since 1974, hundreds of Plenty volunteers have worked in 19 countries on projects such as village-scale organic agriculture, food production and nutrition, potable water, cooperative small businesses, solar energy, communications, primary health care, disaster relief, Fair Trade crafts marketing, and ecotourism.

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Plenty responded to the earthquake that ravaged Haiti in 2010 by sending relief supplies and supporting medical volunteers. Volunteer Elaine Langley, RN, worked in a clinic in Caye Jacmel.

In all its activities, Plenty seeks to collaborate across cultures and generations with groups and individuals who share a similar vision of human kindness.

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During Plenty’s first international project in Guatemala after the 1976 earthquake, Plenty volunteers and their families lived with the Cakchiquel Mayan people of the Central Highlands.

Each of us can make a difference. When heartfelt efforts are amplified by cooperation we move closer to a peaceful, fair, and equitable world. Plenty is a tool to help make that world a reality.

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Solar power workshop, Plenty Belize, 2012.

Plenty publishes a periodic Bulletin about its activities and shares updates through various social media outlets. Plenty relies largely on grassroots funding support by tax-deductible contributions from individual donors. Project grants are also solicited from foundations and other charitable funding agencies. We are always looking for ways to raise funding to further the good efforts of our program partners. Donations to Plenty are the lifeblood of our organization, are tax-deductible, and greatly appreciated.