Portfolio 2014

A Self-help Assistance Program

A Self-help Assistance Program: $7,000 to launch its Tools for Empowerment program in Haiti. As part of its long-term vision to expand livelihood skills development in Haiti, the organization provided trade tool kits to vocational school graduates in partnership with on-the-ground partner Salesian Missions.

African Wildlife Foundation

African Wildlife Foundation: $15,300 to support its Easements for Education program in Namibia. Rural farmers in Africa often experience serious crop damage from wildlife moving through their lands and trampling fields. Their solution has been to erect fencing to prevent the animals from using their lands as throughways, disrupting instinctive travel patterns that prevent creatures such as elephants from access to food and water. Easements for Education creates a win-win situation by paying farmers to allow animals access through their property – with the legal agreement that the fees paid will be used to send their children to school.

Aspen Institute

Aspen Institute: $10,000 in the final installment of a three-year, $60,000 cumulative grant to initiate a new program, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. This endeavor will work in a variety of capacities provide assistance to the millions of artisan handcrafters whose work comprises $34 billion in international trade annually, yet who lack access to markets, business capital, and a stable value chain. Many of these issues are inherent to an industry that is highly informal and lacks the appropriate coalitions and networks required to leverage change in the overall business environment. The Alliance will work to establish and promote best practices for the industry (including such linkages), conduct research for the industry, market and publicize the industry to achieve public awareness regarding authenticity and sustainability of products, and create a worldwide coalition of artisans, aid-to-artisan organizations, foundations and corporations to begin the work of formalizing and regulating the industry as a whole, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department.

Blue Planet Network

Blue Planet Network: $10,000 to design and strengthen its metrics and evaluation system. The project provided members with a working tool to systematically track baseline, output, and outcome measures; and to implement it throughout the organization’s network of more than 100 member programs in 27 countries.

BlueEnergy

BlueEnergy: $12,600 to pilot its Prepared Family Initiative in two coastal communities in Nicaragua. The project tested and refined methodologies in two villages over an eight month period as part of an intensive three-year program. Long-term, the study will assist a series of vulnerable communities in building holistic community development plans based on self-identified energy, economic, and environmental health needs.

Boys Hope Girls Hope International

Boys Hope Girls Hope International: $15,000 for its Guatemalan affiliate: Esperanza Juvenil to implement its Road to Excellence program. This program provides a 5- year college and workforce preparatory curriculum to youth from impoverished socio-economic backgrounds. These holistic and comprehensive modules emphasize leadership and complement Esperanza Juvenil’s existing high quality educational programming by providing the critical layer of support needed to propel Guatemalan youth towards achieving the full potential of both themselves and their communities.

Children International

Children International: $15,000 to expand its Into Employment Program in Zapopan, Mexico. This program is an important component of Children International’s holistic educational support of underserved youth in Latin America. The 15-month program teaches leadership and technical skills to youth in preparation for the workforce. Local market conditions and businesses are vetted to closely match student trainings with local employment opportunities and needs, and participants receive assistance in job placement support. Additionally, students may also choose the microenterprise track and launch their own individual entrepreneurship. Graduates of both tracks are encouraged to join peer networks or “Empowerment Circles” to ensure a strong social support network and foster job retention.

Cooperative for Education

Cooperative for Education: $15,000 to expand delivery of its Culture of Reading Program (CORP) to indigenous populations in the Guatemalan highlands. Elementary level schoolteachers are trained to incorporate effective reading education into the classroom. Participating educators are taught appropriate techniques, and also receive locally sourced storybooks, access to an ongoing peer support network, and resources to acquire additional classroom reading materials.  This training will be used over the arc of their careers, enabling them to impart quality reading education to an entire generation of schoolchildren.
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