Our Story

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GCA was born in 2005 with a bag of rice and beans donated to a kitchen for underprivileged children in the rural community of Colonet, Mexico.

Since that time, we have grown into an important international humanitarian organization with many projects in Mexico and the African nation of Burundi.  We are continuing to grow and expand every day as we build on our successes of the past and look forward to the future.

Our projects are changing and saving lives all over the world.


meals served to children at Frances Kitchen over 11 years


people have used the community center


served daily with fresh and clean water in Burundi


houses built for an entire village of Batwa people


school uniforms for underprivileged Batwa children


bowls of porridge served to the Batwa children of Gahararo

Who We Are

Global Care Alliance, formerly known as The Frances Kitchen Project, Inc., was founded in 2007 by Niles Sharif. Our very first project was to build a stand-alone kitchen at a severely impoverished school in the Mexican farming town of Colonet. Our partner in that project was a lady named Frances Sifuentes, hence the original name of our organization. Frances continues to feed 125-150 children a hot and healthy meal each and every school day throughout the year. For many of the children attending the school, the meal they are served by Frances is the only hot meal they ever get.

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Niles R. Sharif

Mr. Sharif, a trial lawyer with 30 years of experience, is the founder and president of GCA.  Mr. Sharif is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he earned a BA in Rhetoric.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and was admitted to the California Bar in 1988.  He is also a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Sharif founded GCA as The Frances Kitchen Project in 2005, formally incorporating as a 501c3 nonprofit charity in 2007.  The name of the organization was formally changed to Global Care Alliance in 2018 to reflect that fact that GCA has become a global organization with operations on multiple continents.

Mr. Sharif is married Barbara Sharif, his wife of 34 years.  The Sharifs have three adult daughters, all of whom are involved in the work of GCA.

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