Portfolios 2017

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Education

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Education 

GoodWeave International

GoodWeave International submitted a proposal for a $10,000 general operating grant. GoodWeave is laser focused on eradicating child labor in the global supply chain. The bulk of its efforts target the carpet weaving industry in South Asia which, as a region, accounts for half of the 168 million child laborers globally. In addition to carpet weaving, through its Sourcing Freedom program, GoodWeave is expanding its work into five new industries in Nepal and India. This includes an implementing partnership with Sustainable Agriculture Network to remove child labor from the tea supply chain. Recently, GoodWeave’s corporate partnerships with Target – which the West Foundation helped launch through a strategic administrative grant– was highlighted as an outstanding cross-sector partnership at the Skoll World Forum. Unrestricted funds will offset costs necessary to essential and effective internal operations.

Proliteracy

Proliteracy requests $10,000 in renewed support for the second year of its African Women’s Health Literacy Project. Over the course of this 3-year initiative, Proliteracy will co-develop participatory health and literacy manuals with trusted NGO partners in Liberia, South Africa and Rwanda. Each independent curriculum will focus on the specific health needs of unique target populations. Previously, the organization received $15,000 in funds to launch this initiative in Liberia and seeking funding to expand its efforts into South Africa in collaboration with a local NGO, Connect Network. By producing manuals with partners across multiple countries, Proliteracy aims to demonstrate that literacy training can also address myriad local public health needs. Despite delays, the final efforts in Liberia were highly successful

Giving Back to Africa

Giving Back to Africa was awarded multi-year unrestricted funding at the level of $10,000 annually for three-years (2017-2020). Over the course of the next few years, GBA anticipates expanding its US-based and DRC-staff with the aim of strengthening overall program development. GBA’s three-year vision includes an ongoing commitment to the Teacher Learning Circles program, a continued emphasis on Community Service Actions and the Students Learning Garden as well as the construction of an implementation manual to document its pedagogical method. Regarding human capacity, GBA seeks to promote Dr. Jerry, the current Program Manager, to Country Director with a renewed focus on strategy for his role. GBA will simultaneously shift many of Dr. Jerry’s day-to-day duties to Mr. Kagaba, the DRC Program Officer/Garden Supervisor. In the U.S. office, the creation of a paid, 12-month Fund Development Internship will strengthen the grant procurement process

Boys Hope Girls Hope

Boys Hope Girls Hope received a $7500 grant of unrestricted funds to be allocated towards its Guatemalan arm Esperanza Juvenil. In 2016, the West Foundation supported the highly successful Road to Excellence program which connects 170 youth with college, career, and life skills programming. High school completion rates and college entrance rates for this program remain at the remarkable level of 100%, while Esperanza Juvenil college scholars retain 94% continued enrollment. This is a singular achievement in a country home to more than 1.6 million out of school youth and where middle school completion rates are less than 40%. With significant fundraising and strategic leadership from its Guatemalan board, Esperanza Juvenil also recently purchased a second site in Guatemala City. This site expansion will eventually allow the organization to double the number of students served in Guatemala with a special focus on reaching more students from rural communities.

Cooperative for Education

Cooperative for Education received a multi-year, unrestricted grant of $30,000 ($10,000 per year over three years) to deliver its education and literacy programs in the Guatemalan Highlands. Co-Ed’s cadre of services includes a revolving schoolbook program, the installation of computer labs in rural communities, and a culture of reading training program for teachers. Additionally, through its Thousand Girls initiative, the program provides scholarship funds to indigenous girls. CoEd is a longstanding West Foundation partner with an evidence and results-driven approach.

Building Tomorrow

$10,000 unrestricted grant to advance its overall mission of bringing education to Ugandan students. Building Tomorrow’s strong and sustained partnership with the Ugandan government is an impressive credit to its leadership team and efficacy as an organization. With over 10,000 students served to date and 41 employees, many of whom are Ugandan, the organization is an established leader among its peers in the education and school construction space. This is also an extremely lean organization with demonstrated good stewardship of funds and excellent impact results.

Nurturing Minds

$10,000 in general operating support for the 2017 fiscal year. Nurturing Minds is the fundraising arm of the Sega Girls School, a boarding school for disadvantaged girls in Tanzania. Sega scholars are bright and motivated students who previously dropped out — or were deemed at high-risk of dropping out of school — due to conditions related to poverty. While at Sega, scholars receive career coaching, life skills programming, environmental stewardship opportunities, and entrepreneurship training, in addition to rigorous coursework. Sega scholars pass the Tanzania National Exam and continue onto tertiary school at exceptionally high rates. As a small organization, general operating support will be particularly useful for meeting annual goals.

Livelihoods Development

Strategies for International Development

Strategies for International Development requests $30,000 for its poverty graduation efforts in Alta Verapez. Alta Verapez is both the poorest department in Guatemala as well as the department with the highest rates of poverty and the most families producing coffee. In 2017, SID plans to work with 850 farm families in 28 communities to increase their income by nearly $300, thereby graduating from poverty. Sub-objectives of this initiative include improved business decisions, increased coffee husking, decreased soil erosion, increased crop productivity, leaf-rust controls, and sales to exporters. Female farmers will receive additional training in the areas of leadership development, public speaking, and goal-setting.

Qdrat School

The Qdrat School requests $12,500 for the ongoing support of its women literacy and vocational training program in Northern Afghanistan. This renewal of grant funds will be issued and distributed through the Rotary District 6560 Foundation. The Qdrat School currently serves 500 students, including many girls in an area with exceptionally high rates of female illiteracy. The school itself has expanded beyond elementary education for children to include adult women’s sewing and literacy programs. It is unlikely that participating girls and women would otherwise receive any type of formal education. Women from within the broader region are hired to staff the program as literacy instructors. Despite the volatile geopolitical context and ongoing threat of the Taliban, The Qdrat School is a resilient grassroots effort expanding opportunity for women and girls in a remote and impoverished area of Afghanistan.

Opportunity International

Opportunity International received $10,000 in targeted support for Education Finance (EduFinance) Program. EduFinance leverages the microfinance model to increase access to credit among schools, school leaders, and parents in marginalized communities. Opportunity currently implements EduFinance in 10 countries with an estimated 1.9 million children impacted since the program launch in 2012. The organization now seeks to expands in education-focused financial tools, specifically the School Improvement Loans and School Fee Loans in partnership with MFIs in new countries to reach a total of 2.5 Million children impacted by 2018. School Improvement loans allows schools to meet the expanding needs of communities and serve more students annually with a higher quality education experience. The 2017 expansion of EduFinance will roll-out new partnerships in Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda. The 1-Year projected expenses for the expanded EduFinance initiative are $3,910,000. An average school improvement loan operates on a 12-36 months cycle and costs approximately $10,000.

Map International

Map International request a $10,000 administrative and strategic grant to offset costs of the critical infrastructure development needed to comply with the federal “Drug Supply Chain Security Act” (DSCSA). Full implementation of the necessary procedures will result in prescription medicines being accurately tracked across the supply chain from the manufacture to the end user. The total costs for the project are $200,000 while the long-term effects will include the ability to better verify the legitimacy of drug product, enhanced detection of illegitimate products, and more efficient recall of drugs.

Village Enterprise

Village Enterprise was granted a two-year renewal of its $10,000 unrestricted grant. In 2016, Village Enterprise experienced outstanding outcome success, regional expansion, and continued recognition for its thought leadership as an innovator in the poverty graduation sector. Looking forward to the close of FY 2017 and into FY 2018, VE will continue this leadership trajectory with its selection as the global pilot for the highly innovative Development Impact Bond. Additionally, through its new Flagship Partner – Lwala Community Alliance – VE will train an additional 4200 entrepreneurs via an expansion into Kenya. Other exciting development include new formal linkages between the Business Saving Groups (BSGs) and the replication of its model through the self-funding Village Enterprise Accelerator.

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise received a $7500 grant to launch its Artisan Business Coaching program in Peru. This initiative will provide technical skills and business development training with a specialized focused on the unique needs and barriers faced by indigenous artisan entrepreneurs. The pilot of the business coaching program will offer tailored record keeping training for illiterate artisan populations. Attaining record keeping skills will better prepare artisans for acceptance into the Alliance- Kiva Artisan Loan Program while strengthening their confidence as business owners. AAE already secured funds to develop the business coaching program, AAE specifically requests a West Foundation grant to pilot that initiative with 20 artisan business owners at the TINKUY gathering of weavers in the Cusco, Peru, and the 2017 TEDWomen Conference in New Orleans.

Agora Partnerships

Agora Partnerships received $10,000 to cover general operating expenses. Most recently, the West Foundation supported the re-launch of Accelerate Women Now and its content marketing campaign.. Moving forward, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, Agora seeks to triple the number of companies its serves annually through the Accelerator from 25 to 75 by 2018. The organization remains steadfastly committed to its 50/50 promise (50 percent female run company participants and 50 percent male run company participants) as it expands.

Shared Interest

Shared Interest: $3,000 in emergency funding to off-set the strain placed on the organization following a severe draught.

Smiles Forever

Smiles Forever : $10,000; This is the second of three installments of a multi-year grant to implement and demonstrate the effects of silver diamine fluoride on dental health in rural Central America.

KickStart International

KickStart International: $12,500; This is the final installment of a multi-year grant to build organizational capacity in the areas of training and performance management.

TechnoServe

TechnoServe requests $10,000 in funds to expand its data analytics and reporting platform to include a module for tracking and monitoring and evaluation data from its entrepreneurship programs. Previous funding from the foundation had gone to the establishment and implementation of the cocoa production program in San Martin, Peru. Accelerating the growth and income of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the developing world is at the cornerstone of TechnoServe’s poverty alleviation model. However, the current project and data collection system for its entrepreneurship efforts has serious inefficiencies. TechnoServe’s coffee programs around the world have increased monitoring and evaluation efforts by using a modern, customized, cloud database system – PIMA. Expanding the PIMA system to include its entrepreneurship efforts will allow TechnoServe to capture field data using mobile tools, more effectively track results across multiple entrepreneurship programs and more efficiently make adjustment to increase overall impact. Given TechnoServe’s commitment to working with marginalized communities and direct alignment with the foundation’s vision for livelihood development at all levels of economies, full funding is recommended. Recommendation: $10,000

Grassroots Healthcare

Hesperian Health Guides

Hesperian Health Guides was awarded $30,000 in flexible, multi-year support ($15,000 per year over the next two years) for its ongoing book projects in its grassroots healthcare series. The 2017 tranche will cover ongoing production of the following books: Health Actions for Women (Spanish language adaptation), Workers’ Guide to Health and Safety (Spanish language adaptation), new translations of Health Actions for Women, Workers Guide to Health and Safety, a NEW Where there is No Doctor, and other titles. Additionally, the organization will continue to build out on-line and mobile app content. Multi-year funding will provide Hesperian with an additional measure of flexibility and security in working towards strategic projects.

Environmental Management

Thousand Currents

Thousand Currents received unrestricted, multi-year funding at the level of $10,000 annually for three years. This organization exemplifies the myriad ways philanthropy can respectfully elevate and support the development of community voice. Foundation monies will be strategically leveraged to build the capacity of grassroots movements and organizations in the Global South.

Companion Community Development Alternatives

Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) $10,000 in flexible funds to better plan, implement and strategically finance solar power and clean water projects in Salvadoran and Nicaraguan villages. CoCoDa aims to diversify and broaden its fundraising base through a variety of new strategies, including hosting double-bottom-line events such as the Solar Powered Water Project Conference in October of 2017. This conference will introduce North American funders to the grassroots innovators working to increase powered water systems in Central American. The conference will also allow for a learning exchange among field practitioners from Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Lifewater

Lifewater requests $10,000 in unrestricted funds. Lifewater’s approach to transformational community development leverages hygiene education and infrastructure development to simultaneously decrease water borne disease and improve access to education for girls in the region. Their multi-tiered approach begins with public health education, which leads to latrine pit construction and culminates with clean water system development. Lifewater’s approach is closely aligned with the West Foundation’s interests in community-led development, education for girls and environmental health. Most recently, West Foundation monies supported the construction of a 6-door latrine at Omito Primary School in 2015 and general operating expenses in 2016.

Servant Leadership 

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