LTI was formed following visits by Bill Downer, Cindy Downer and Jess Downer to countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Mexico and Grenada. While visiting these countries, we were awed by the beauty of the cultures we encountered, and the friendly, talented people we met. We were also humbled by the conditions under which many communities lived. Many people are forced to work in deplorable conditions at factories or in the sex trade in order to earn a meager living. In addition, many communities we encountered did not have access to basic education, healthcare, sanitation, nutrition or clean water. Our experiences compelled us to become involved in creating positive change in communities around the world.