Chapter 1 / Sharing Stories

The Latitude Project

Words: Hannah Chew

Images: Provided by The Latitude Project

At OCIN, we believe that change often begins with a simple action that can grow into a much larger movement. We are committed to supporting our community, locally and globally, through conscious choices we make on a daily basis. Whether it be access to clean water or a safe place to come home to at the end of the day, it’s easy to take resources that seem essential for granted. We believe through our platform, we hold the responsibility to use our actions and voice to help amplify the initiatives and solutions that our Collective are driving forward, that are focused on bringing these privileges to those that currently do not have them.

The Latitude Project, founded by sisters Alanna and Jennifer Tynan, is an organization dedicated to bringing international communities together to lead countless initiatives alleviating the stress of poverty. Founded nearly 10 years ago, The Latitude Project has helped thousands of families throughout Latin America access clean water, healthcare, education, and safe shelter.


As ocean lovers, one of our favorite initiatives is their “See the Sea” program, which resonates with our mission to share the beauty and joy offered by the water that surrounds us. This initiative brings families and kids in Nicaragua to the beach, right to the coastlines, to play in and experience the ocean for the first time in their lives.

The Latitude Project’s community-driven approach is an inspiring example of how sustainable solutions can be achieved when we work together. The Tynan sisters believe that communities should be the agents of their own change, and we could not agree more. We are amazed by The Latitude Project’s innovative approach to global change and knew that we wanted to get involved.


This summer, The Latitude Project is hosting their second Market for Good in Victoria, and we are humbled to participate along with a talented network of local artisans and socially conscious businesses. At the Market for Good, you can shop a curated collection of items that have been donated to the event, and 100% of the proceeds will support The Latitude Project’s on-the-ground charitable initiatives.


Heartwood and Co.

1402 Broad Street, Victoria, B.C.

June 21: Launch Party Event – Good shopping, sipping & live music. 5-10 PM.

June 22 & 23: 10 AM - 5 PM

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If you're in Victoria, we hope you get a chance to stop by and check out the Market.

Thank you to Alanna, Jennifer, and the Latitude Project team for including us in your mission to empower communities internationally. 

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

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