Global Tribe was birthed in 1997 by Anthony Walton. Over the years, Global Tribe has left a legacy in New Zealand, Romania, Mexico, and Haiti. Today, Global Tribe is active in Africa, America and India.
Global Tribe is and has been focused on supporting the great social and business entrepreneurs in communities around the globe. Helping grass-roots leaders on the cutting edge achieve their goals in making poverty history.
The outcome of many years of working with those trapped in poverty, was the realisation that we could never donate people out of poverty. That if we did not assist in building an economic engine at the heart of these communities we may be simply creating a dependency on us, and doing more harm than good.
We have learned that assisting entrepreneurs in starting new models of businesses is the key to job creation and central to moving communities out of poverty.
Body & Soul Gyms
These where started to give the community and community based organisations and schools a place to use a low cost less posey gym, and connected to a number of other community services.
The Birth of Zeal
This initiative was about creating a space for youth in the city to grow and develop in their life-skills, spaces for young entrepreneurs, creatives, and a cool space to hang out with your friends. This startup was sponsored by government and city councils. A number of years ago Zeal became it’s own separate not-for- profit.
To Romania With Love - Anthony Walton
Spearheading a major paradigm shift in my (Anthony Walton) thinking, was our initiative to help children suffering in orphanages throughout Romania. The result of twenty-five years of dictatorship under Ceausescu saw these children living under hellish conditions.
Late one Saturday evening, I reflected on what I had seen of the Romanian children on the BBC World News that day. Pictures of naked children covered in sores, huddling together like animals in cages splashing in their own excrement.
‘To Romania with Love’ was a mission that eventually resulted in a shipment of food, medical supplies, clothing, and teddy bears being sent. This was not without experiencing the extreme frustration of trying to convince people to take action and give a piece of their lives in the form of money or other provisions, taking some responsibility for what was going on in our global village.
I then led a team of twelve doctors, nannies, and volunteers on a trip to Romania to a large castle housing over 300 children to give what love, affection, or meaning we could. We flew to Amsterdam to pick up the supplies that the Dutch had donated, then drove for three days to find ourselves at the gates of the castle I had seen on the BBC World News. Because communication was impossible, we had no way of making contact with the orphanage and had no idea if they would let us in. It was madness looking back. We were hundreds of thousands of miles from home with no guarantee of entry.
Global Tribe teamed up with Newsboys, a band based out of Nashville, raising teams and finance to build hundreds of homes for Mexican families caught in the poverty trap.
Teams where sent into Haiti from the US to help the rescue effort amidst Hell on earth. This happened in partnership with Dan Tasset and his One5 foundation.