WHY The Global Fund for Children? AnnuAl RepoRt And ResouRce Guide 2008–2009

WHY The Global Fund for Children?
Annual Report and Resource Guide 2008–2009
Ingenuity begins from the ground up.
Innovation. Creativity. Resourcefulness. When instability looms and resources are scarce, these principles are all the more vital.
Children and youth, the inheritors of this tumultuous world, must not be overlooked; they are the seeds of a brighter future.
Community-based organizations are often best positioned to make a positive impact in the lives of children, even during
times of scarcity. Like a small child whose line of vision is close to the ground, grassroots groups have a unique and valuable perspective that larger institutions may miss. Rooted in local knowledge and leadership, homegrown organizations
understand their communities’ needs and have the flexibility to adapt when new or unexpected challenges arise.
Why begin with a child? Why start changing the world at the grassroots? Because ingenuity begins from the ground up.
Our Vision
Our Mission
we envision a world where all children grow up to be
productive, caring citizens of a global society. To this end, we work to advance the dignity
of children worldwide.
We Pursue Our Mission by making small grants to innovative community-based organizations
At The Global Fund for Children,
working with many of the world’s most vulnerable children and by harnessing the power of
children’s books, films, and documentary photography to promote global understanding.
Because worldwide, there
are more than 75 million
primary-school-age children
who are out of school.
Because education is a
basic right of all children,
regardless of their
individual circumstances.
Because children who are
well nourished are better
prepared to learn and to grow
into productive, caring adults.
Because all young
people must be
empowered to meet
the challenges and
opportunities that the
future will bring.
Because over 1 billion children
live in areas affected by armed
conflict, with millions internally
displaced or living as refugees.
Because investing in early
childhood development not only
benefits children and families
but also increases social equality
and generates high economic
returns for communities and
society as a whole.
Because an estimated 158 million
children aged 5 to 14 are engaged in
child labor, a practice that places them
in dangerous circumstances, limits their
opportunities for learning and play,
and perpetuates the cycle of poverty.
Because a society cannot
survive without protecting and
nurturing its youngest citizens.
Because more than
2 million children
under the age of 15
are living with HIV.
The Global Fund for Children
8Letter from the Board Chair & President
54Clinton Global Initiative: Under-8
55Grantee Partner: Yunnan Institute of Development
20 Learning
23 Grantee Partner: Door Step School
24 Enterprise
27Grantee Partner: Kalinga Mission for Indigenous
Children and Youth Development, Inc.
28 Safety
31Grantee Partner: Kiev Children and Youth
Support Center
32 Healthy Minds and Bodies
35 Grantee Partner: Nia Foundation
36 Responding to Crisis
39 Grantee Partner: KID smART
42Sustainability Awards
Grantee Partner: Asociación Mujer y Comunidad
48Special Partnerships
48 Goldman Sachs Foundation
49 Grantee Partner: The YP Foundation
50 Nike Foundation
51Grantee Partner: Association d’Appui et
d’Eveil Pugsada
52 Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation
53 Grantee Partner: Center of Support for Rural
Enterprise and Economy
Many of the photographs in this report were taken by Jesse Newman
and Tiana Markova-Gold during their 2008–2009 GFC/ICP Fellowships.
56A Closer Look: Investing in the future
of child waste pickers
Global Media Ventures
Our Donors
2008–2009 Grants
72 Selecting Our Grantee Partners
Resilience and Success in a Challenging Year
76Sub-Saharan Africa
Middle East and North Africa
86Central and Eastern Europe
Commonwealth of Independent States
92 East and Southeast Asia
98 Latin America and the Caribbean
106 South Asia
114United States
Presidential Innovation Fund
124Index and Credits
Letter from the Board Chair and President
Innovation in a
Time of Scarcity
Throughout India, one often sees motorized contraptions with four wheels trundling along crowded highways
or dusty back roads. Referred to as jugaad and cobbled
together using parts from old cars, carts, and anything
else on hand, these improvised vehicles provide a muchneeded, inexpensive mode of transportation.
This type of ingenuity is evident at Karm Marg (Progress
through Work), a New Delhi–based grantee partner
that provides shelter and vocational training to formerly
homeless young people. These youth create remarkable
products—jewelry, candles, handbags, yoga mats, and
more—using recycled materials. The profits from these
goods, which are marketed under the brand name Jugaad,
provide 60 percent of the funds needed to maintain the
shelter in which the children live. Both innovative and
resourceful, Karm Marg serves as a prime example of the
unique perspective that grassroots organizations bring to
the table in the effort to reach vulnerable children.
In the Hindi language, jugaad has a broad meaning,
indicating an innovative, low-cost way of operating
or providing a much-needed service. Since opening
its doors in 1994, The Global Fund for Children has
incorporated innovation, creativity, and resourcefulness as
guiding principles in all aspects of operations. Whether
it is using the royalties from Global Fund for Children
books to fund our grantmaking, or developing the key
metrics we use to scout out prospective grantee partners, innovation is at the heart of everything we do.
There is no question that the current economic climate,
with its accompanying scarcity of resources, is placing
a premium on innovation. And while the impact on
government and business is undeniable, the effect
on our grantee partners has been acute and deeply
troubling. Through a survey of our grantee partners, we
endeavored to assess the overall effect of the economic
crisis on their operations. The most severe impacts
include major cuts in funding, termination of donor
relationships, and warnings from donors to expect
substantial grant reductions in the future.
Despite this disturbing picture, we are heartened by
the knowledge that our grantee partners possess strong
resolve and the nimbleness that is inherent in communitybased organizations. We believe that the best solutions
are built from the ground up and are shaped to the
needs of the community. It is often in times of scarcity
that ingenuity, adaptability, and innovation spark
grassroots organizations to create programs that have
huge, long-lasting impacts. It is also clear that during
these difficult times, our partners are doing what they
do best—getting the most from available resources and
using their local knowledge to stretch shrinking budgets.
around the world. Since 1997, we have awarded over $14
million in grants to 362 groups in 72 countries.
• In a difficult economic climate, we were able to attract
a number of major gifts from funders such as Credit
Suisse, Oprah’s Angel Network, and the Oak Foundation.
• We expanded our grantmaking into six new coun-
tries—Burundi, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Russia, and Tajikistan—allowing us to reach vulnerable children in even more corners of the world.
• Our latest book release, Faith, which celebrates the
diversity of religious expression around the world,
became our fastest seller ever, boosted by a major sale
to Scholastic Book Fairs.
• We were able to award two Global Fund for Children/
Examples of innovation abound among our grantee partners. Since 2005, we have supported Men on the Side of
the Road (MSR), a South African organization providing education, training, and resources to thousands of
unemployed youth and adults who stand on the side of
the road every day in West Cape Town, waiting for work.
We awarded a Sustainability Award to MSR this year to
enable this exceptional grantee partner to initiate a partnership with a local pedicab company, which will display
MSR’s logo on its vehicles. Through this initiative,
MSR will create jobs for the young men in its programs,
increase its visibility, and earn additional revenue.
We draw inspiration from our grantee partners’ creative,
out-of-the-box approaches to solving difficult socioeconomic issues. It is in this light that we invite you to
celebrate the highlights of this year’s accomplishments:
• We awarded 488 grants valued at more than $3.28 million
to grassroots groups serving vulnerable children and youth
The board term of Raj Singh ended this year, and we
want to honor his service and thank him for his wisdom,
guidance, and support. We have made a gift in his
honor to Gramin Mahila Sikshan Sansthan (Sikar Girls
Education Initiative) in Rajasthan, India, which operates
a boarding school that offers high-quality education for
rural girls, many of whom were at risk of early marriage.
International Center of Photography Fellowships
this year. Jesse Newman traveled to Thailand and
Guatemala, photographing grantee partners working
in early childhood development as part of our Under-8
Initiative. Tiana Markova-Gold visited our partners
involved in the Nike Grassroots Girls Initiative in
Brazil and Nigeria.
We are encouraged by our ability to continue to attract
strong philanthropic leaders to our board of directors,
helping to ensure the continuation of our support when
our grantee partners need it the most. It was with great
pleasure that we welcomed Joan Platt to our board this
year. Joan is a philanthropist and community volunteer
whose focal interests are human rights, education, and
international development. We were also excited to
announce Margot Perot as the chair of our new Dallas
Leadership Council. Margot is an active member of a
number of national and regional boards, with an emphasis
on humanitarian, healthcare, and arts-related institutions.
These accomplishments affirm our work during this
time of extreme economic distress. Like the inspirational
Jugaad products produced by the children of Karm
Marg, The Global Fund for Children relies on a combination of innovation and resourcefulness for its success.
To ensure continued assistance to those most in need, we
are being diligent with operational expenses and at the
same time seeking creative, diversified funding sources.
We are grateful to all of our supporters, who ensure that
our grantee partners may continue their essential work
with children and youth around the world.
With our sincere gratitude,
Juliette Gimon
Chair, Board of Directors
Maya Ajmera
President & Founder
Our Impact ARound the World
Total value of Grants to Date
2008–2009 Value of Grants
Total Number of Grants to Date
2008–2009 Number of Grants
The Global Fund for Children believes that positive, lasting change
happens from the ground up. That’s why we identify and support
homegrown organizations that are rooted in local initiative and driven by
entrepreneurial leaders. Inherently invested in the communities they serve,
these grassroots groups not only understand their communities’ unique
needs but also have access to the language, knowledge, and local resources
that can help provide solutions. As small, flexible organizations, our
grantee partners often pioneer groundbreaking approaches that earn
them recognition as local resources and models.
Because our grantee partners are as varied as the
children they serve, we also need to be flexible in our
grantmaking support. In addition to maintaining core
grant investment portfolios that respond to children’s
fundamental needs, we offer additional strategic
grants to our partners for organizational development,
emergency situations, and special opportunities. This
method of grantmaking allows us to tailor our grants to
the particular needs of each organization.
Total Number of Grantee Partners to Date
2008–2009 Number of Active Grantee Partners
Total Number of Countries to Date
2008–2009 Number of New Countries
Our Impact ARound the World
We believe that to thrive in childhood and mature
into contributing adults, children and youth must be
engaged in the learning process wherever they may be.
They must also be productive, safe, and healthy. These
elements provide the basis for children’s development
and positive engagement with the world around them.
This fiscal year, eight grantee partners received these
awards to acquire technical assistance and consulting services in their region, with the value of these
services totaling $49,250. Our regional consultants
offer diverse services such as helping to create strategic
plans, improve information management systems, and
develop human resources.
Program Grants
Legal Assistance
The Global Fund for Children has four core program
portfolios: Learning, Enterprise, Safety, and Healthy
Minds and Bodies. We also maintain a Creative Opportunities portfolio to fund innovative programs that do
not fit into these four major emphases and a Responding to Crisis portfolio for emergencies and post-disaster
recovery and renewal work at the community level.
Detailed descriptions of our grantmaking by portfolio
are provided throughout this report.
Our grantee partners can access pro bono legal services
from a network of 160 independent law firms through
our collaboration with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation. This fiscal year, these law firms assisted grantee
partners with applying for legal status in their home
countries and nonprofit status in the United States, and
also advised one grantee partner on land rights issues.
Portfolio Grants
Technology Grants
$1,066,500 to 98 grassroots groups
$22,000 to 5 grassroots groups
Rapid Response Grants
Health and Well-Being Grants
$17,550 to 11 grassroots groups
$139,000 to 139 grassroots groups
Creative Opportunities
Portfolio Grants
$55,500 to 7 grassroots groups
Portfolio Grants
Opportunity Grants
$577,000 to 52 grassroots groups
$31,857 to 28 grassroots groups
Sustainability Awards
Presidential Innovation
Fund Grants
$400,000 to 16 grassroots groups
$23,500 to 7 allied grassroots groups
Affinity Grants
$17,473 to 11 peer organizations
Tracking Grants
$15,000 to 15 grassroots groups
Recovery and Renewal Grants
$143,000 to 10 grassroots groups
GFC UK Trust Grant
$61,228 to the UK Trust
Development Awards
Film Grants
$49,250 to 8 grassroots groups
$7,500 to 1 film production company
Portfolio Grants
$463,000 to 41 grassroots groups
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Portfolio Grants
$337,500 to 33 grassroots groups
Supplemental Grants
In addition to our core program grants, we provide
health and well-being supplemental grants to our grantee
partners on a competitive basis. Our grantee partners
apply these $1,000 grants in the most appropriate way
to improve the health, hygiene, and nutrition of children
in their care, thereby providing a more holistic and integrated approach to the children’s overall well-being.
We also help our grantee partners seize opportunities
for conferences, training workshops, travel, and financial
leveraging by offering supplemental support on a caseby-case basis. These opportunity grants allow grassroots
leaders to share experiences and practices with others,
acquire useful skills and knowledge, increase their organizational visibility, and build a network of relationships
beyond their own communities.
Value-Added Services
In addition to financial support, we offer value-added
services that help our grantee partners optimize the use
of our grants, strengthen their organizations, and increase
their sustainability. These services ensure an excellent
return on our small investment and come in the form of
expert assistance on organizational development, legal
assistance referrals, support for network development and
training, and facilitation of additional funding.
Launched in 2007, the KLARA (Knowledge, Learning,
and Resource Access) Network provides our grantee
partners with a virtual forum through which to engage
in dialogue, search for funding sources, link to resources,
and meet other grantee partners. With renewed efforts
this year, we greatly increased KLARA’s utilization as an
enhancement to our knowledge initiatives by sharing the
results of our surveys and facilitating discussion about
important global trends such as food security and the
global economic crisis.
Our leveraging work helps grantee partners identify
and pursue opportunities for additional funding in
order to promote sustainability and growth. These
efforts are crucial since our support is often the first
significant contact our partners have with international
donors. We play an active role as advocates for our
partners’ work, helping them achieve recognition and
visibility. We often facilitate introductions to government, multilateral, and private donors through our
networks and strong reputation for finding great groups
operating under the radar.
Since 1997, we have leveraged over $3.4 million for our
grantee partners. We have begun tracking and monitoring this important service, and this fiscal year alone
recorded 47 successful leveraging actions, which secured
over $836,000 in new funding for our partners.
Organizational Development Awards
We understand that strengthening the organizational
capacity of our grantee partners not only optimizes
their use of grant funding but also makes them more
sustainable over the long term. We offer customized
organizational development and management support
to individual grantee partners via regional consultants.
Over the years, we have accumulated substantial knowledge
and experience in grassroots grantmaking, groundbreaking philanthropy, and organizational capacity building.
Our grantee partners also have much to share with each
other and with the global development community as
Our Impact ARound the World
practitioners and advocates reaching the world’s most
vulnerable children and youth. Our knowledge management initiative aims to gather, distill, and disseminate
this knowledge to our grantee partners as well as to the
wider development and philanthropic communities.
Measuring Outcomes
Our metrics framework is a core set of indicators
that help us to better understand and assess our own
effectiveness and to measure the value of our grantee
partners’ programs and services. This tool includes
eight indicators that measure grantmaking effectiveness, organizational capacity, and program effectiveness.
Grounded in the best practices of peer organizations
and in our own extensive experience, this cutting-edge
framework is designed to help our grantee partners
expand the reach and depth of their work.
This year, we continued the implementation and refinement of our metrics, gathering our first full set of data
from our grantee partners. This allowed us, for the first
time, to analyze our partners’ organizational and program
capacity both quantitatively and qualitatively. Our metrics
indicators continue to evolve: a group of Harvard University graduate students compared our capacity assessment
tool to those designed and used by other organizations
and offered advice on tool revision, and a Georgetown
University graduate student intern was dedicated to revising the reporting requirements for our grantee partners
to refine our metrics data collection process.
Knowledge Exchange Workshops
Global Trend Surveys
Regional Knowledge Exchange workshops provide an
opportunity for our grantee partners to share experiences,
forge strong networks, discuss organizational challenges
and methodologies, and learn about broader issues affecting children and communities in a particular region. This
year, we held two Knowledge Exchange workshops: 20
grantee partners from five countries in Central America
gathered in Managua, Nicaragua, in January 2009; and in
March 2009, 24 grassroots groups from nine countries in
West Africa came together in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal,
for our first Knowledge Exchange in the region.
As part of our effort to gain and share knowledge from
the grassroots experience, we conduct online surveys
to gather on-the-spot information about global trends.
This information provides new insights and is disseminated to our network of grantee partners, primarily
through KLARA; to our own staff, who compare
data cross-regionally; and to the wider community of
stakeholders, including other donors, policymakers,
the media, and researchers. This year, our surveys on
food security and the global economic crisis provided
comprehensive insight into the significant effects of
these crises on organizations serving vulnerable children
worldwide. This data helped guide our grantmaking
strategy, as we pulled back on adding new organizations
to our docket in order to focus on supporting our existing grantee partners.
Tracking Grants
All of our past grantee partners are eligible for a $1,000
tracking grant every two years in exchange for basic
information on their current status. This allows us to
monitor their development and evaluate our record in
making “good bets” on emerging organizations. Since
2003, these tracking grants have been given to 44 organizations, providing a total of $72,000 in support to our
former grantee partners.
This year, 15 tracking grants were approved. We
analyzed data from grant recipients’ surveys as a knowledge cluster, highlighting trends and themes that our
former grantee partners reported. We were particularly
drawn to their experiences with leadership and management transition as they continue to grow and evolve.
This year’s William Ascher summer fellow was Megan
Kauffmann, a graduate student at the Sanford School
of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research for
us focused on setting guidelines for successfully identifying and supporting grantee partners that implement
livelihood training programs. Megan traveled to Mali
and Nigeria to visit some of our partners doing this
work and developed case studies on their programs.
This fellowship was created in honor of our founding
chair, William Ascher, currently the Donald C. McKenna
Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont
McKenna College.
This year, we welcomed Amy Oyekunle into our
office as the fourth participant in the international
fellows program, which enables practitioners to spend
time conducting research in Washington, DC. The
executive director of grantee partner Kudirat Initiative
for Democracy (KIND) in Nigeria, Amy researched
adolescent girls, bringing her keen insight and experiences to our current work with the Nike Foundation’s
Grassroots Girls Initiative.
Our Impact ARound the World
grassroots partners
serving vulnerable
children worldwide
Central &
Eastern Europe &
of Independent
Bosnia and
United States
Latin America
& Caribbean
Dominican Rep.
East &
Southeast Asia
Burkina Faso
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Middle East
& North Africa
Sri Lanka
no matter where they are, children must be learning. They must be healthy,
safe, and cared for. They must know their potential, and use it to pursue their dreams.
Why? We believe that every child everywhere deserves access to a quality
education. Not only is education every child’s right, it is also one of the
keys to creating a healthier, more caring, and more productive global society.
Education is regarded as one of the most effective
means of reducing poverty, hunger, and social inequality. Despite overall gains in providing access to and
increasing the quality of education in the last decade,
75 million children in the world are out of school.
The desperately poor; those living in remote, conflicttorn, or marginalized communities; ethnic minorities;
groups disenfranchised by gender or social stigma; and
the disabled continue to have little access to education.
Because education is a lifetime inheritance.
Community-based organizations are often best positioned to serve these difficult-to-reach populations.
Rooted in local leadership, they have the knowledge
to tailor programs to the needs and circumstances on
the ground and are able to utilize local resources to the
fullest. Homegrown groups are often more innovative
and flexible than more formal institutions, and they
have a greater ability to meet vulnerable children where
they are—in rural villages, in urban slums, at curbsides,
and in marketplaces.
Our priority areas under this portfolio are safety-net
schools that catch and reintegrate those who have
drifted away from the formal school system and those
who never had the chance to go to school; early childhood education; and complementary and supplemental
learning initiatives such as tutoring centers, children’s
libraries, and literacy assistance.
Our priorities
schools, early
education, and
and supplemental
This fiscal year, we awarded grants valued at $1,066,500
to 98 grantee partners within the Learning portfolio:
In Mumbai’s largest red-light district, mothers who
hope to discourage their children from becoming
second-generation sex workers know where to turn.
They come to Prerana (Inspiration), which operates
This Fiscal year,
we awarded
grants valued
at $1,066,500
to 98 grantee
partners within
the learning
a variety of programs to support the human rights of
sexually exploited women and their children. Prerana’s
Night Care Centre, preschool and daycare center, educational support program, and institutional-placement
program offer educational services for children who
might otherwise fall victim to the commercial sex
trade. This year, our grant supported the Night Care
Centre, which served 500 children.
Recognizing that the one-size-fits-all approach rarely
works in education, Rural China Education Foundation (RCEF) promotes education that is relevant to
rural children’s livelihood opportunities and knowledge
needs, which significantly differ from those of urban
children. Under the Integrative Rural Education
Program, RCEF staff and volunteers serve as teaching coaches to strengthen rural teachers’ educational
methods and curriculum, cultivating promising locals
as innovative teachers. Our grant this year was used
for teacher and staff salaries and for communication
and travel between sites so that educators could share
teaching methods, experiences, and support.
Each week at the District of Columbia’s jail, a group
of incarcerated young men gather in a circle to discuss
a piece of contemporary literature. These teens’ poor
academic performance—their average reading ability
is at the fifth-grade level—coupled with their fresh
criminal records, have a devastating effect on their
prospects for educational or professional achievement.
Our grantee partner Free Minds Book Club and
Writing Workshop introduces incarcerated youth to
the life-changing power of books and creative writing
by mentoring them and connecting them to support
services throughout their incarceration and after their
reentry into the community.
They live in slums, on train platforms, and
on the streets. They work on fishing docks
and in marketplaces and as domestic
servants. They are migrants, moving with
their families between villages and the
city. These are Mumbai’s uncounted and
undocumented children, and they are
everywhere—except in school.
Door Step School is trying to change
that. A nonprofit that targets street- and
slum-dwelling children, Door Step finds
vulnerable children and engages them
in learning wherever they may be. The
organization’s strategy is multifaceted:
preschools introduce literacy and prepare
young children for formal schooling;
mobile libraries and a school-on-wheels
bring structured learning to children’s
workplaces at docks and markets; and a
study center provides a space for schoolgoing children to get homework help and
support. At present, Door Step’s programs
reach over 7,000 children.
The Global Fund for Children supports
Door Step’s core program: communitybased nonformal education classes. By
bringing services directly to children
rather than removing them from their
families and communities, Door Step
accommodates working and migrant
children and young girls, who represent
Grantee Partner
Door Step School
Mumbai, India
some of the hardest-to-reach children in
Only two years ago, Jyoti was counted
among these children. Door Step came
across Jyoti, who had never attended
formal school, while conducting a regular
survey of the slum where she lives with
her family. Her parents had not previously
considered education for their daughter,
but after Door Step staff convinced them
to send her to one of the organization’s
classes, she began to thrive.
“She show[ed] great interest in reading
stories, which she would enact for the
class, sometimes using puppets,” says
Bina Sheth Lashkari, director of Door
Step School. After spending a year in the
nonformal education class, Jyoti enrolled
in a formal school and continues to
love learning.
“[A] number of these children, being firstgeneration learners, need quality educational inputs to cope with the regular
studies taken up at schools,” Lashkari
says. “The number of nonformal classes
[is] decreasing, and study classes are
increasing to fulfill the needs of schoolgoing children.”
This year, a grant from The Global Fund
for Children supported approximately 100
children enrolled in nonformal education
classes. During the past four years, Door
Step has more than doubled its budget
by securing diverse sources of funding. A
2009 Sustainability Award winner, Door
Step plans to establish a low-risk reserve
fund to further safeguard the organization’s long-term viability.
Door Step’s innovative and successful
projects have had a measurable impact
in Mumbai. Door Step reports an overall
increase in the number of school-going
children in the area it serves. Like Jyoti’s
parents, more families are making their
child’s education a priority. Door Step is
nimble in addressing this shift, altering
its strategy to provide more supplementary services.
Why? We believe that enterprise programs must meet working children
where they are, and must acknowledge their need to earn an income while
promoting a more supportive work environment. Such an environment
guarantees safety and dignity, balances work with learning and recreation,
provides opportunities for growth and advancement, and gives youth a
degree of control over their time and their earnings.
Our grantee partners have found that, when supported
by training, youth can successfully lay the building
blocks of creative enterprises in their communities.
Developing entrepreneurial skills in young people
ensures that they will be better prepared to contribute
positively to the economy and better able to support
themselves, even during times of economic uncertainty.
Because leadership creates opportunity.
We support comprehensive programs that recognize
the range of educational, economic, and social skills
that vulnerable children and youth require to develop
into productive adults. Rather than opposing involvement in any type of labor, we promote opportunities
for adolescents to engage in enterprise and entrepreneurial training that promote their personal growth
and development and respect their fundamental
dignity and rights. Rooted in the concept of asset
building, programs under this portfolio help young
people accumulate and protect assets that will allow
them to pursue a better future.
Our priorities for this portfolio include youth-led
enterprise, children’s banking and savings, entrepreneurship and leadership development, and comprehensive livelihood programs.
This fiscal year, we awarded grants valued at $463,000
to 41 grantee partners under the Enterprise portfolio:
In the slums of Bhavnagar, India, children are learning
how to save toward a better future. At Shaishav (Childhood) Trust, a child rights organization, the Balsena
program provides child laborers and other children
with a platform to voice their needs and aspirations and
Our priorities
include youth-led
and savings,
and leadership
development, and
This Fiscal year,
we awarded
grants valued
at $463,000 to
41 grantee
partners under
the Enterprise
discuss issues and rights. Balsena’s Bachat (Savings)
Bank helps children aged 8 to 14 learn independent
decision-making skills regarding money, time management skills, and how to utilize resources wisely. Our
grant has supported the expansion of the Balsena
program, which last year registered 479 children as
active savers with the Bachat Bank.
Youth living in rural areas of Jamaica face immense
challenges, especially if they are young parents.
Regional rates of adolescent pregnancy, substance
abuse, and violence are disproportionately high,
while rates of school enrollment and employment are
disturbingly low. The Rural Family Support Organization (RuFamSO), based in the rural region east of
Kingston, recognizes that teenage parents need guidance in good parenting and income generation in order
to raise healthy families and break the cycle of poverty.
RuFamSO’s Roving Caregivers program makes weekly
visits to young parents’ homes to teach parenting skills,
while its vocational training program combines basic
literacy and math with training in commercial food
preparation, garment making, and masonry. To encourage financial responsibility and management, participants pay for a portion of the training costs.
Since 2003, shortly after the end of the civil war in
Sierra Leone, we have supported the Sam-Kam Institute
(SKI), which provides education and career alternatives for ex-combatants, victims of kidnapping by
combatants, victims of rape, and victims of forced labor.
Through SKI’s People Developing Vocational Skills
program, students aged 11 to 22 learn marketable skills
such as welding, carpentry, sewing, auto mechanics,
and computer technology, and receive training on
entrepreneurial practices and workplace safety. This
year, with our support, the program provided vocational
skills training to more than 300 children and youth.
Nestled in the mountainous rainforests of the northern Philippines, where
terraced foothills dip into valleys of rice
paddies, are the Kalingas, a tribal group
of subsistence farmers. Geographically
isolated, the Kalingas have preserved a
strong cultural heritage and traditional
techniques of farming and banking. But
like many traditional cultures, they suffer
from limited socioeconomic opportunities. Only 42 percent of the adult Kalinga
population holds a high-school diploma,
and a large number of the out-of-school
youth in the region are involved in drug use
and criminal activities. Lack of education,
compounded by poverty and tribal wars
that still affect the area, means that Kalinga
youth find few livelihood opportuntities.
“If we have illiterate and malnourished
children today, what kind of society will
we have in the future?” asks Donato Bumacas. In this seemingly bleak question, he
sees a solution. “Children and youth are
the owners of the future generations.”
As the director of Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children and Youth Development,
Inc. (KAMICYDI), Bumacas understands
that sustaining the Kalinga people means
nourishing the community: maintaining
cultural traditions, supporting ecological
and economical livelihoods, and—most of
Grantee Partner
Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children
and Youth Development, Inc.
Kalinga, Philippines
all—providing opportunities for Kalinga
children. KAMICYDI focuses its programs
on empowering Kalinga youth with the
education and skills needed to lead and
define their future, while also upholding the traditional agriculture that has
supported the community for centuries.
“We have always been consistent in
implementing programs and services that
aim for reducing poverty and promoting
biodiversity,” Bumacas says. “Our strategy for sustainable community development is through empowering the children
and youth as main actors.”
The Global Fund for Children supports
the Young Entrepreneurship Skills (YES)
program, which provides entrepreneurial
workshops and trainings for school-going
and out-of-school youth within Kalinga
communities. KAMICYDI selects the most
promising youth-generated microenterprise plans and provides loans as seed
capital for implementation. This year, our
funding helped KAMICYDI implement nine
intensive training courses for 72 youth
participants, who learned entrepreneurial
skills and how to develop and implement
their own business plans. The small businesses that emerge from these trainings,
which include a neighborhood store, stalls
at local markets, and traditional weaving
and handicraft enterprises, support the
rice-farming community and promote
environmental sustainability.
One enterprise that was started with
seed money and support from the YES
program provides organic fertilizer and
natural pesticides to farmers to increase
rice production. The youth use the farm
inputs on their own farms and also sell
the products to other farmers, generating income for themselves while improving overall farm production in Kalinga
communities. Another enterprise, run by
young adults who used YES seed money
to purchase a vehicle, sells farm goods
at markets in surrounding villages while
simultaneously providing school transportation for area children.
This year, The Global Fund for Children
also gave KAMICYDI a small opportunity grant to enable Bumacas to attend
an international meeting concerning the
localization of the UN millennium development goals within indigenous communities. As a result of the trip and contacts
made at the conference, KAMICYDI was
able to leverage $18,000 in additional
funding for critical programming.
Why? We believe that children’s futures can be secure only when children
are protected from threats to their safety and insulated from exploitation,
violence, abuse, and neglect. A safe environment enables children to participate fully in their communities, to exercise their skills and talents, and to
pursue their dreams.
Providing children with safe environments in which to
learn, play, live, and grow is a fundamental tenet of our
work. Our concept of safety is broadly drawn because
the diversity of problems facing children is vast: victimization by the criminal justice system, precarious shelter,
exposure to violence and exploitation in a multitude of
contexts—armed conflicts, child trafficking, hazardous
labor—and many more. The global financial crisis is
expected to exacerbate these existing dangers, with more
children being forced into labor and sex trafficking as
populations face increasing hardship.
Because childhood is sacred.
Grassroots groups are inherently invested in the safety
of their communities and have access to local knowledge and resources that can help them find innovative
solutions to effectively address these dangers. While
they may serve relatively small numbers of children, the
impact on the lives of those helped is dramatic.
We give priority to organizations that intercede on behalf
of children already in immediate danger or harmful
circumstances, and to those that create safe passage for
children at risk of becoming involved in unsafe pursuits.
This fiscal year, we awarded grants valued at $577,000
to 52 grantee partners under the Safety portfolio:
Unfortunately common in the West African country
of Benin is the custom of vidomegon, whereby poor
families send their children to the homes of distant relatives or wealthier acquaintances as a means of ensuring
basic care for their children. In exchange for room and
board, the children work long days in the homes of their
employers, are deprived of schooling and parental care,
and are frequently abused. SIN-DO, based in Cotonou,
helps children take charge of their lives by rescuing them
from the homes of abusive employers, enrolling them in
Our priorities
that intercede
on behalf of
children in
immediate danger
or harmful
and those that
create safe
passage for
Giving Back
This Fiscal year,
we awarded
grants valued
at $577,000 to 52
grantee partners
under the safety
formal schools and skills training programs, and reuniting
them with their families when possible. Our grant this
year supported educational and legal assistance for child
abuse victims, as well as funding SIN-DO’s youth-driven
public awareness program concerning vidomegon.
Centro Interdisciplinario para el Desarrollo Social
(Interdisciplinary Center for Social Development), or
CIDES, believes that children must be safe in order to
thrive in school. Working with marginalized migrant
children and families in Mexico City, many of whom
are of indigenous origin, CIDES combats domestic
violence and family dysfunction through community
mobilization and social intervention projects. Our grant
supported the organization’s Hummingbird Center,
which works to keep children in school by forming child
and youth discussion groups to talk about children’s
rights and domestic violence, by training adolescents to
become community educators on children’s rights, and
by involving parents in anti-violence campaigns.
Working throughout Thailand and in regions of
Cambodia, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam, the Center for
the Protection of Children’s Rights (CPCR) works to
prevent and confront physical abuse, sexual exploitation,
and neglect of children. CPCR’s residential shelter near
Bangkok, Thailand, uses a multidisciplinary approach
to rehabilitation and offers a number of support services
to girls between the ages of 13 and 18 who are victims
of abuse. Through our continued support of the shelter,
more than 80 abused and exploited children received
direct services and care this year.
Kiev Children and Youth Support Center
Kiev, Ukraine
What if every person who worked for
justice in the world inspired ten others to
do the same?
graduates wanted a support center, and
if they would help operate it. The orphans
wholeheartedly agreed.
Bogdan Bashtovy has far exceeded this
ratio as director of the Kiev Children and
Youth Support Center, which provides
need-driven support to residents and
graduates of area orphanages.
“Every step we have made since then,
and every decision we have made—we
made it with orphanage graduates. The
sense of ownership makes those young
people more responsible and helps them
believe in their own strength and abilities,”
Bashtovy says.
Bashtovy first witnessed the need for a
support center when he began volunteering at Orphanage 12 in Kiev. “The children
had to leave at the age of 16 with [a] very
substandard level of education and absolutely no life skills,” he says. “Many children
ended up on the streets, in prostitution, or
involved in crime.”
The vast majority of Ukraine’s 1 million
orphaned children are considered “social
orphans”—orphans due to their parents’
alcoholism, abandonment of them, or
imprisonment. As in several other former
Soviet countries, orphans “graduate” from
government orphanages as teenagers, and
they are often confronted with a world in
which they do not know how to survive.
In response to the graduates’ struggles,
Bashtovy and his colleagues organized
a meeting with orphans who had left
Orphanage 12. He asked whether the
Grantee Partner
Through a variety of programs, the center
helps residents and graduates—up to 400
each year—find safe housing, employment,
financial support, life skills training, and
vocational training. The Global Fund for
Children supports the Crisis Intervention
Program, which is designed to help those
graduates who are in immediate danger.
Unfortunately common are instances of
unlawful arrest by police, eviction, death of
relatives, or unexpected hospitalization.
Alyosha, a graduate of Orphanage 12, helps
to run the crisis program. The center helped
him enroll in a trade school, repair his old
apartment, and find his first job. Now
he helps orphans with similar problems.
“I know exactly how they feel and what they
are going through,” he says of the orphans.
“It helps me find the right approach to
solving their problems.”
Alyosha is a role model for orphans not
only in Kiev but throughout Ukraine. This
year, the center expanded its operations
into southern and eastern Ukraine, and it
has increased efforts to reach the most
vulnerable orphans in both of these areas
by actively supporting orphanages for children with physical and mental challenges.
The Crisis Intervention Program, like
most of the work at the center, is run by
orphanage graduates and focused on
youth empowerment. While the services
provided to orphans are an important part
of the program, it is Bashtovy’s inspirational spirit and commitment to bringing
orphans into the center’s management that
makes the center a sustainable success.
Healthy Minds
& Bodies
Why? We believe that healthy minds and bodies are an important path to
dignity and productivity. When children are not healthy, they are unable
to meet all their basic needs, let alone pursue their dreams.
Good health is not merely the absence of illness and
disease. In order to grow, learn, and be active members
of their communities, children must also be well nourished and protected from harmful substances, and they
must have access to information, adequate social and
emotional support, and a clean environment.
Operating innovative programs that address the
health and well-being of children and youth in their
communities, our grantee partners provide a variety of
services—from nutritional supplements for preschoolers to reproductive health education for adolescents—
to encourage healthy bodies from the ground up.
Because laughter brightens the world.
Our priority areas in this portfolio are HIV/AIDS
prevention and support, psychosocial health, reproductive health, and improved nutrition. We focus
on programs that complement, fill the gaps in, and
strengthen conventional healthcare systems, institutions, and infrastructure. Homegrown organizations
are best positioned to identify and meet children’s
health needs in this way.
This fiscal year, we awarded grants valued at $337,500
to 33 grantee partners under the Healthy Minds and
Bodies portfolio:
In Haiti, the most impoverished country in the Western
Hemisphere, most families are unable to satisfy even
their most basic needs, and those with disabilities face
even greater difficulties. Working to overcome this is
Pazapa (Step by Step), which provides educational and
developmental opportunities to children with physical and mental disabilities through basic education,
psychosocial support, and when possible, corrective
surgery and physical therapy. Located in the city
Our priorities
include HIV/AIDS
and support,
health, and
This Fiscal year,
we awarded
grants valued
at $337,500 to
33 grantee
partners under
the Healthy
Minds & Bodies
of Jacmel, Pazapa’s special education school also
provides children with hot meals and nutritional
supplements. With our support, Pazapa was able to
directly serve 121 children this year.
Ba Futuru, whose name means “for the future,” signifies
a new beginning for the Southeast Asian country of
Timor-Leste and its people, who are building a culture
of peace and nonviolence after years of fighting and
destruction. The organization’s innovative Transformative Arts and Human Rights Education program,
which serves children in orphanages, internally
displaced persons camps, and institutional childcare
centers, engages children and youth in playful and artistic
activities focused on conflict resolution and human
rights. Supported by our grant, this program directly
reached over 2,000 children this year and indirectly
reached hundreds more by increasing the child protection skills of teachers, community leaders, and parents.
Kolkata Sanved (Kolkata Sensitivity) uses dance movement therapy as an alternative approach to recovery
and healing for the most vulnerable and marginalized
members of society—survivors of trafficking, exploitation, and abuse. Located in Kolkata, India, its weekly
dance therapy classes, workshops, and youth training
program reach more than 2,500 children. In 2009,
our grant supported Kolkata Sanved’s core programs
and continued to build the capacity of trainers to help
strengthen and expand the organization’s services.
Rahel wanted her daughter Aster, who has
autism, to go to school and experience the
joys of childhood just like the other children in Addis Ababa. But no school would
accept her, and family members would
not take care of Aster because they found
her behavior difficult to understand and
control. Rahel, a single mother struggling to
make ends meet, could see no other choice:
she tied her daughter’s hands behind her
back with a shoelace, left her with a neighbor’s maid, and went to work.
Aster and Rahel’s story is unfortunately
common. In Ethiopia, mental health
disabilities and developmental disorders are frequently misdiagnosed and
grossly misunderstood. Often, children
with these conditions are believed to have
been cursed or possessed by the devil.
Without social support, parents of autistic
children lack the knowledge and wherewithal to provide care and support for
their children. Parents often feel forced to
restrain and isolate the children, preventing them from learning and reaching their
full potential.
Zemi Yenus, founder of Nia Foundation,
understands these struggles.
“Every morning when I was going to work
and [to] take my other child to school, my
Grantee Partner
Nia Foundation
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Joy had to watch us depart through the
window. This … broke my heart,” Yenus
says, talking about her son Yousef, nicknamed Joy, who is autistic.
When she could find no place for her
son to socialize with other children
and learn appropriate sensory, motor,
and behavioral skills, Yenus decided to
create one. The Joy Center for Children
with Autism and Related Disorders, a
program of Nia Foundation, is the first
center of its kind in Ethiopia. The center
is renowned for its innovative blend of
therapy, life skills training, and advocacy for children with autism spectrum
disorders. Nia Foundation, which Yenus
co-founded with her older son, Billal,
has two additional programs: a youth
empowerment and rehabilitation project for child sex workers, and a program
that mobilizes mothers of vulnerable children to lobby for change in local and
national policies.
the Geez alphabet, the root of regional
languages such as Tigraic and Amharic.
Yenus is happy to report that, since
coming to the Joy Center, Aster is showing
great improvement through treatments
and therapies. “We are blessed to be
able to share her mother’s burden, and
contribute to Aster’s smile,” she says.
In 2006, The Global Fund for Children
was Nia Foundation’s only institutional
donor; today, due to its innovative work at
the Joy Center, the group boasts multiple
funders. With 450 children on its waiting
list, the Joy Center is working to increase
awareness of autism and encourage replication of its programs throughout Ethiopia.
With support from The Global Fund for
Children, the Joy Center serves 65 children with autism through its individualized education and social integration
programs. Because many of the children
have difficulty communicating verbally,
Yenus developed Abugida Fontetiks, a
language curriculum and tool that uses
to Crisis
Why? We believe that in times of crisis, community-based groups are
in the best position to respond immediately since they know the people
and the local areas affected. In long-term recovery and renewal work,
homegrown groups are keenly in tune with issues on the ground and play
a key role in reknitting their communities and creating a safety net for
children and youth affected by crisis.
We offer two funding mechanisms for communitylevel crisis response, whether the crisis is a natural
disaster, public health crisis, or violent conflict. Rapid
Response Grants are given to existing grantee partners
or affiliates that are addressing an immediate crisis.
Recovery and Renewal Grants are awarded to new
and existing grantee partners that are working in areas
where the crisis has been declared over, but where
reconstruction is either ongoing or has failed.
This fiscal year, we awarded grants valued at $160,550 to 21
grantee partners under the Responding to Crisis portfolio.
Rapid Response Grants
Because hope renews communities.
Grantee partners in eight countries responded to
crises brought about by hurricanes, heavy rains and
severe flooding, cyclones, and political unrest. In the
Dominican Republic and Haiti, where Hurricanes
Fay and Hanna caused great devastation, we disbursed
emergency funds to three grantee partners to provide
affected families with food and relief services such as
potable water, clothes, vitamin supplements, antiparasite medicine, and shelter. Our grantee partner
Asanble Vwazen Jakè ( Jakè Neighborhood Association)
used the grant to send an emergency delegation to
Gonaïves, the Haitian city hardest hit by Hurricane
Hanna’s torrential rains. The delegation traveled by
vehicle, foot, and in some places by canoe to reach
families in need.
We support our
grantee partners’
responses to
crises brought
about by severe
weather, political
instability, and
conflict, and we
help communities
recover from
natural disasters.
Heavy rains and flooding led to crises in other areas
of the world this year as well. In Togo, where torrential
rains displaced thousands of people and submerged
entire villages, La Conscience (Conscience) helped
A Portrait
of renewal
This Fiscal year,
we awarded
grants valued
at $160,550 to
21 grantee
partners under
the Responding
to Crisis
fund shelter expenses for the displaced and provided
food and medical supplies. In the wake of flash floods
in the Tok Province in Thailand, a Rapid Response
Grant helped replace damaged office equipment and
repair facilities at Women’s Education for Advancement
and Empowerment, which serves over 3,500 preschoolers
through its early childhood development program.
When the Russia-Georgia war erupted in August
2008, our grantee partners were poised to quickly
respond to the immediate needs of affected children
and youth. Several parents and children served by
Society Biliki (Path Society) were killed during bombings in Gori, Georgia. Biliki implemented several
post-conflict projects and utilized a Rapid Response
Grant to support education for internally displaced
children. As communities fled bombings in the south,
Tbilisi Youth House Foundation provided children and
youth arriving in Tbilisi with living essentials, psychosocial services, and rehabilitation activities. Tanadgoma
(Assistance) Library and Cultural Center for People
with Disabilities provided school supplies and clothing
to displaced children who were attending school in
Tbilisi until they could return home.
Recovery and Renewal
Long after international aid agencies pack up their
relief efforts, community-based organizations carry
on with long-term recovery and renewal initiatives. In
Indonesia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, five of our grantee
partners continued working with the communities
hardest hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. These
partners have helped children and youth address the
psychosocial aftereffects of the trauma, actively participate in educational programs, and reestablish normal,
productive routines in their daily lives. Although this is
our last year of tsunami recovery and renewal funding,
we will continue to support all five grantees as part of
our core portfolios.
Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf
Coast in August 2005, five of our grantee partners
in Louisiana and Mississippi have provided affected
children and youth with services essential to the
recovery and renewal of the region, including counseling, health education and workshops, and educational
enrichment programs. As this area is transitioning into
long-term renewal, this is our last year of funding for
these groups, which will continue to serve children and
youth in their communities.
In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina
in August 2005, search-and-rescue teams
walked the streets of New Orleans and
searched buildings and houses for signs
of life. Upon exiting a home, the team
spray-painted an X on the front door,
with three pieces of information in the
space surrounding it: the date, the search
group’s identification number, and the
number of bodies discovered inside.
“We took that symbol and made it into
a power symbol—a symbol of recovery,” says Echo Olander, director of KID
smART, an arts education organization
in New Orleans. At a series of public art
events, Olander and her team of teaching artists helped children transform the
symbol of death into a circular emblem
that represents hope, community, and
personal strength.
“Art is really about expression,” Olander
says. “What these kids had been through
was this horrible thing. If they didn’t have
a place for expressing that, how could
they move past it?”
Since 1999, KID smART has worked
with children and the arts to promote
discipline, self-respect, and teamwork
through artists-in-residence, teacher
training, after-school programs, and
Grantee Partner
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
summer camps. What began as a small
art program has grown into a respected
community organization serving more
than 3,000 children in New Orleans public
schools and community sites. After Hurricane Katrina, KID smART focused many
of its projects on the healing power of art
to foster community health. Like other
grassroots organizations, KID smART was
inherently in touch with the needs of the
community when disaster struck.
“When you go through an experience like
that, you are definitely not the norm,”
Olander says. But by networking with
other Global Fund for Children grantee
partners at the 2007 Recovery and
Renewal Knowledge Exchange, Olander
found that victims of other natural disasters were experiencing similar grief and
challenges. Designed as an opportunity
for nonprofit leaders to exchange best
practices in disaster recovery, the Knowledge Exchange introduced Olander to
grantee partner Dreamcatchers Foundation. Dreamcatchers, based in India,
guides young people with histories of
violence and trauma to discover their
power to heal and rebuild their lives.
tsunami victims. KID smART and its local
grassroots partner, the Porch, work with
children and families in the traditionally
Creole, low-income Seventh Ward of New
Orleans to facilitate community regeneration through the arts.
This year, kids in the program created My
Story books. Telling about their homes,
families, values and fears, the children’s
stories create a rich cultural portrait of a
community in recovery.
“Some [kids] got so into the project, they
decided to use their My Story book as a
personal time capsule, as a peek into the
life of a youth living in the Seventh Ward
in 2009,” says Voice Touré, a KID smART
artist who helped facilitate the project.
The Global Fund for Children is phasing
out its Katrina funding as New Orleans
transitions from recovery into long-term
renewal. This year, in addition to a Recovery and Renewal Grant for the Wave
of Life project, KID smART received a
Sustainability Award to support a fundraising and marketing campaign.
With guidance from Dreamcatchers, KID
smART implemented the Wave of Life
project, which was originally designed for
Why begin with
a child? Why, in
times of scarcity,
uncertainty, and fear,
should we look to
the grassroots for
positive change?
Because ingenuity
begins from the
ground up: Small
organizations. Small
grants. Reaching our
smallest citizens—
and solving the
world’s biggest
The Global Fund for Children Sustainability Award is our highest level of funding
and rewards our most exceptional grantee partners. This $25,000 award recognizes
grassroots groups that are especially innovative and effective in their efforts to greatly
improve the lives of vulnerable children and that are at a stage of development where
higher levels of financial and program growth can be sustained.
publish, and distribute a tool kit on the provision of
social services to child survivors of abuse and violence.
Association Jeunesse Actions Mali
(Youth Action Association of Mali)
Bamako, Mali
Total support from GFC: $97,000 since 2003
AJA Mali provides basic education and life skills training, including long-term entrepreneurial apprenticeships,
to out-of-school and working youth. The Educational
Accompaniment for Apprentices program educates
young apprentices in the same subjects taught to their
school-going peers, monitors their relationships with their
teachers, and advocates for their rights. AJA Mali is using
this award to purchase equipment to expand its vocational
training center, an investment that the organization expects
will triple its annual revenue from professional trainings.
Door Step School
Mumbai, India
Total support from GFC: $111,050 since 2004
Recipients of the Sustainability Award have demonstrated exceptional organizational development and
strong management over the course of their relationship
with us. They have expanded their budgets and
programs, diversified funding sources, and increased
their public profile and ability to leverage additional
funds. In addition to proving their management capacity
to administer larger grants, these organization have
affected broader issues relating to children through
advocacy, training, or replication of program models.
In short, Sustainability Award winners are flourishing,
and this award represents an important investment in
their future. Targeted to support grantee partners at a
critical stage in their organizational development, this
award can be used in a variety of ways, including facility
improvements, building institutional capacity in fundraising
and communications, creating reserve funds, and implementing income-generation and self-sufficiency initiatives.
bringing the number of awardees to 53 since we established the award five years ago.
Asociación Mujer y Comunidad
(Women and Community Association)
San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua
Total support from GFC: $98,000 since 2003
MyC promotes the health, education, and safety of
women and girls in rural Nicaragua. The Youth Scholarship Program, which supports boys and girls who
would otherwise be unable to attend school, integrates
academic scholarships with workshops that focus on
the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. MyC
is using this award to remodel six apartments that will
provide future income for the organization.
Association du Foyer de l’Enfant Libanais
(Lebanese Child Home Association)
Beirut, Lebanon
Total support from GFC: $81,500 since 2004
Receiving a Sustainability Award does not mean
the end of the grantee partner’s relationship with us.
Awardees remain active in our network, participating in
knowledge-sharing initiatives and receiving our help in
leveraging funds from other sources. They are also eligible to receive tracking grants, which allow us to follow
their progress as they continue to grow and develop.
Sixteen of our most successful grantee partners were
each given a $25,000 Sustainability Award this year,
AFEL serves orphaned children and struggling families
through a combination of literacy classes, youth clubs,
summer camps, workshops, and a public-education
program focused on strengthening family ties. The
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program targets children who are most at risk of either resorting to criminal
pursuits or being exploited on the streets, working to
simultaneously provide life skills and stabilize their
personal lives. AFEL is using this award to develop,
Door Step serves working, slum-dwelling, and street
children through community preschools, classes for both
school-going and out-of-school children, and mobile
libraries and literacy classes. Working closely with the
community and drawing on all available resources, Door
Step’s innovative nonformal classrooms help accommodate working children and young girls, who often do not
have the opportunity to attend formal school. Door Step
is using this award to build a reserve fund.
Espacio Cultural Creativo
(Cultural Creative Space)
La Paz, Bolivia
Total support from GFC: $117,430 since 2002
ECC serves working children and street children by helping formal schools adapt to their needs and circumstances
and by offering informal opportunities for cognitive
development and creative expression. ECC workshops
and ludotecas (programs centered around cultural and
educational toys) use the same methodology in community
centers and public spaces such as parks and plazas. ECC is
using this award to design and implement a communications strategy in order to create a broader base of funders
and promote its income-generating services.
Fundación Junto con los Niños
(Together with Children Foundation)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Total support from GFC: $87,500 since 2004
JUCONI provides support to children working on the
streets, with the aim of reducing or eliminating their
street work, reintegrating them into school, and rebuilding the family environment, which is often plagued
by violence and dysfunction. JUCONI’s family-based
approach, which uses a highly personalized set of educational and therapeutic interventions, means the benefits
affect all the children in the family. To decrease reliance
on large institutional funders, JUCONI is using this
award to implement a strategic fundraising initiative to
attract individual donors.
Fundatia COTE
(COTE Foundation)
Iasi, Romania
Total support from GFC: $62,000 since 2006
COTE offers social assistance, counseling, and support
to children and teenagers who are in or have recently
left state-run orphanages in the impoverished region
of Moldavia. Through the Graduate Program, young
orphanage graduates receive housing and comprehensive
training in personal, communication, and vocational
skills to ensure a successful transition into mainstream
society. COTE is further developing its organizational
capacity and sustainability by using this award to implement a fundraising program and a reserve fund.
Gramin Mahila Sikshan Sansthan
(Sikar Girls Education Initiative)
Sikar, India
Total support from GFC: $110,000 since 2002
By providing girls in rural Rajasthan with quality
education, GMSS hopes to break the cycle of illiteracy, ignorance, and injustice, creating a world where
boys and girls alike are given an opportunity to learn
and take control of their lives. The science education
program empowers girls, many of whom are at risk for
early marriage, and enables them to find employment
as professors, teachers, scientists, and researchers, simultaneously addressing the shortage of skilled science
professionals in the area. GMSS is using this award to
create a reserve fund for long-term financial stability.
Jeeva Jyothi
(Everlasting Light)
Chennai, India
Total support from GFC: $136,500 since 2002
Jeeva Jyothi treats both the consequences and the
underlying causes of child labor in rice mills near
Chennai through workplace-based nonformal education for children, adult literacy classes, and income
generation training. Programs that focus on children’s
economic empowerment and responsible citizenship contribute to the organization’s holistic approach
to social change. Jeeva Jyothi is using this award to
purchase land for a training center, which will also
be utilized by local organizations and government to
generate additional revenue.
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Total support from GFC: $69,000 since 2006
Through artists-in-residence, after-school programs,
and summer camps, KID smART offers students
in New Orleans’s failing public schools a robust arts
program that includes visual arts, poetry, dance, circus
arts, and acting components. Believing that the arts
are a powerful healing tool, KID smART facilitates
psychosocial activities to help children rebuild connections to their families and community in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina. KID smART is using this award to
support activities critical to its organizational effectiveness and long-term sustainability.
Men on the Side of the Road
Woodstock, South Africa
Total support from GFC: $97,000 since 2005
MSR provides employment and educational services to
men and adolescent boys who spend their days waiting for short-term employment opportunities along
the shoulders of major roadways in the Western Cape
region. This award is being used to initiate a partnership
with a local pedicab company, which will display MSR’s
logo on its vehicles. Through this initiative, MSR will
create jobs for the young men in its programs, increase
its visibility, and earn additional revenue.
Network of Entrepreneurship
and Economic Development
Lucknow, India
Total support from GFC: $95,400 since 2003
NEED facilitates the development of grassroots
self-help groups that respond to the needs of undereducated women in villages throughout Uttar Pradesh.
Organized and taught by women from these groups,
NEED’s nonformal education centers in the Sitapur
district provide children with basic education and training on children’s rights, gender equality, personal health,
hygiene, and nutrition. NEED is using this award to
implement a comprehensive fundraising campaign.
Synapse Center
Dakar, Senegal
Total support from GFC: $127,500 since 2002
Synapse Center unleashes the entrepreneurial leadership
potential of youth by encouraging them to start and grow
their own initiatives and to take greater responsibility
in their communities. The Education to Fight Social
Exclusion Project promotes community investment in
the fight against the marginalization of street children. In
addition to funding new communications materials and
fundraising outreach, this award is being used to create a
short documentary on Synapse’s work.
the Gender
Grantee Partner
Asociación Mujer y Comunidad
(Women and Community Association)
San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua
Tasintha (Deeper Transformation) Programme
Lusaka, Zambia
Total support from GFC: $127,534 since 2003
Tasintha prevents women and children from entering
the sex trade by giving them alternative income generation
skills and raising community awareness about sexual
exploitation. The Child Survival Project provides
educational support to the children of sex workers
and to street-dwelling children, aiming to equip them
with the life skills and awareness to make positive life
decisions, and to integrate them into formal schools.
Tasintha is using this award to implement resource
mobilization activities, including the training of income
generation activity coordinators.
Tbilisi Youth House Foundation
Tbilisi, Georgia
Total support from GFC: $111,500 since 2003
TYHF provides a variety of programs that help
internally displaced children stay in or return to school,
attend nonformal classes, and practice volunteerism.
The New Opportunities through Active Learning
program provides supplemental learning services to
disadvantaged and low-income children. By using this
award to implement a fundraising campaign, income
generation activities, and a reserve fund, TYHF aims to
improve its organizational sustainability.
Young Playwrights’ Theater
Washington, DC, United States
Total support from GFC: $50,500 since 2006
YPT fosters literacy, facilitates dialogue on tolerance
and respect, and teaches arts education and conflict
resolution to youth in low-income schools. The
In-School Playwriting Program, which weaves the
elements of playwriting into existing curriculum, is
specifically designed to help students reach new testing
standards and improve literacy, speaking skills, vocabulary, and test comprehension. This award is being used
to support capacity building at a crucial stage in YPT’s
growth and to assist the organization in reaching the
goals outlined in its recent strategic plan.
Transforming traditional gender relationships is no small task. Just ask Zoraida
Soza Sanchez.
When describing the challenges facing
San Francisco Libre, a municipality two
hours outside Managua, Soza outlines a
cycle of gender-based violence. “Women
suffer and put up with many instances
of violence and sexual abuse because
society has taught them to do this for the
unity of their family, and because they are
economically dependent on men,” she
says. “This situation of violence is passed
to their daughters and sons, reproducing
in the next generation the same roles—be
it that of the victim or victimizer.”
Soza’s organization, Asociación Mujer
y Comunidad (MyC) has been battling
this intersection of poverty and genderbased violence for over 15 years. In San
Francisco Libre, 70 percent of the population is unemployed or underemployed.
Families do not have the resources to
provide enough food for their children,
let alone education. Women and girls
suffer disproportionally in this reality from
both domestic violence and economic
hardship, with many girls leaving school
at an early age to help with farming
and housework.
Using a three-pronged approach—targeting health, education, and the prevention
of domestic and sexual violence—MyC
supports the personal growth and development of women and girls while also
developing a broader social consciousness in the community. The Global Fund
for Children supports MyC’s Youth Scholarship program, which provides financial
assistance for students at all levels of
education, from primary school to university or technical school.
“With [the youth scholarships], we alleviate
this anguish of mothers when the money
isn’t enough to send [their] daughters and
sons to school,” Soza says, explaining that
the men’s income is often only enough for
food. Additional scholarships go to the
young mothers themselves so they can
become economically independent and
provide education for their children. To
introduce healthier relationship concepts,
the scholarship program integrates workshops on topics such as gender violence,
reproductive and sexual rights, selfesteem, and community service.
of $98,000 in grants, providing nearly
100 scholarships each year for youth in
the region. In that time, MyC has grown
from a small women’s support group into
a well-known and respected organization run by professional women—social
workers, lawyers, agronomists, psychologists, nurses, and teachers. Many of these
women have achieved these accomplishments with the help of MyC’s scholarships
for youth and young women. “It is a team
of women that has lost the fear to raise
their voice to give an opinion in local,
national, and international spaces,” says
Soza, who is herself a survivor of domestic violence.
In 2009, The Global Fund for Children
gave MyC a Sustainability Award to help
convert three MyC-owned houses into
six apartments. These apartments will
be rented out to consultants, students,
and visiting professionals who need
short-term lodging, thereby providing
stability and income that can help support
future scholarships.
This combination of social and academic
education is transforming San Francisco
Libre’s gender landscape. Since 2003, The
Global Fund for Children has supported
MyC’s scholarship program with a total
grassroots organizations are nimble, resilient, and creative. They find and assist
the most hard-to-reach, vulnerable children in the world. They not only understand
their communities’ unique needs but also have access to the language, knowledge,
and local resources that can help provide solutions.
Special Partner: Goldman Sachs Foundation
Igniting the
Potential of Youth
Grantee Partner
The YP Foundation
Delhi, India
Marginalized young people are not devoid of aspirations, nor do they lack talent.
What they require is the means through which their talent can find expression and
their aspirations can be realized. At The Global Fund for Children, we have found
that underserved children who are presented with opportunities do in fact become
high achievers, and that their motivation impels exceptional energy and commitment.
In India, tapping the potential of marginalized youth
is the key to building a healthy economy. Despite the
country’s booming economic growth, India accounts for
a fifth of the world’s out-of-school children. Without
opportunities for education and income generation,
these children will grow into adults who are unable
to support themselves or benefit from the growing
economy. The existing gulf between India’s rich and
poor will only expand as the level of poverty exceeds the
country’s capacity to provide human services such as
healthcare, sanitation, and education.
Investing in an economy requires investing in its people.
Young people must be prepared with a strong educational foundation, leadership skills, social and employment networks, and vocational skills—not only for the
youth’s benefit but also for the country’s future. Our
grantee partners are often among the first to recognize
and cultivate the untapped assets of young people who
may be invisible to or dismissed by others.
Three years ago, the Goldman Sachs Foundation awarded us a
grant valued at $1.2 million to help ensure that young Indians
participate in the country’s economic advancement. This
partnership, the Global Fund for Children / Goldman Sachs
Foundation Initiative, supports community-based efforts to
develop the leadership, entrepreneurial, and academic skills
of marginalized Indian youth, particularly in Mumbai and
Bengaluru. To date, we have supported 26 groups with more
than 150 grants under this three-year initiative.
Among them is Ananya Trust, which addresses the
academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of
migrant children in Bengaluru through its school,
Ananya Shikshana Kendra. Our grant supports the
school’s Traveling Troupe, a musical and theater group
for youth that functions as an interactive learning tool
and combines learning with dance, music, and travel.
Project Pygmalion, at the Institute of Leadership
and Institutional Development, uses computer-aided
instruction, role-playing, and interactive games to teach
English and computer technology to children and
youth from poor communities in Bengaluru, increasing
their readiness for the global economy.
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association provides
educational, health, and vocational training programs
to underprivileged youth living in Mumbai and the
surrounding suburbs. Our grant supports the Yuva
Parivartan (Youth Change) program, which works with
slum-dwelling and out-of-school youth and young
adults to create vocational opportunities that enable
them to lead productive lives.
“It’s really hard to get them together,
but by the end, it’s totally worth it,” says
Tanya, raising her voice to be heard over
the children’s laughter and chatter. Standing in a colorful classroom at a hostel
for street children, she is surrounded by
small groups of children, each being led
in an activity by a young college student.
A volunteer from a project called Blending
Spectrum, Tanya visits this hostel for boys
in Delhi several times a week to teach life
skills to urban slum children who are transitioning from street life to formal schooling.
Like most of India’s 11 million street children, the children served by Blending
Spectrum have had little or no access to
education, and it can be challenging to
integrate them into formal schooling when
the opportunity arises. Blending Spectrum
has developed an interactive, engaging
curriculum that incorporates hands-on
activities like music and art to teach both
academic subjects and life skills.
“This is a stepping stone for them,” Tanya,
who is 19, says of the children, many of
whom are orphans. “Before they go to
school, they need these basic necessities
like hygiene, memory, and concentration.”
When Tanya isn’t working with Blending
Spectrum, she studies political science
at the University of Delhi. She found the
volunteer project through The YP Foundation (TYPF), a nonprofit that empowers young people to develop projects
addressing political and social issues
they care about. Many of the volunteers,
like Tanya, feel drawn to this model as
a complement to their more traditional
academic pursuits.
“We have developed mindsets to identify problems, but we almost never
develop systems to tackle them,” says
Ishita Chaudhry, who founded TYPF when
she was 17 years old. “I realized that we
needed a space that was led by young
people, which would encourage and challenge urban youth to develop leadership potential.”
volunteer team of young people supported
and implemented nonformal education
programs that directly benefited 110 children and 35 volunteers.
“The best part of the project is being in
touch with … the child[ren] who have so
much to give us,” says Shweta, a 19-yearold history honors student at the University of Delhi who also works with Blending
Spectrum. “They are constantly motivating
us to improve ourselves.”
It is Chaudhry’s hope that, through projects like Blending Spectrum, the volunteers gain as much from the experience
as the street children. “When a young
person invests time and resources in helping a street child …, there is an irreplaceable and invaluable citizen change that
occurs,” she says.
Since 2002, TYPF has helped over 5,000
young people start more than 150 projects in India. This year, through a grant
from The Global Fund for Children, TYPF’s
Special Partner: Nike Foundation
Girls Initiative
Grantee Partner
Association d’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada
(Association for Supporting and Awakening
Young Girls)
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
In much of the developing world, adolescence represents a critical juncture for girls,
who face numerous obstacles to fulfilling their potential. Adolescent girls are frequently
pressured to drop out of school, to economically support their families as domestic
workers, or to marry and have children at a young age. They become susceptible to
sexual trafficking and a multitude of health issues, including unintended pregnancies
and HIV infection.
At The Global Fund for Children, we believe in a
different path for adolescent girls. When girls receive
support and recognize the many opportunities available
to them, they can become a powerful force in transforming their families, their communities, and the
world. Believing in the power of girls as critical change
agents is central to our participation in the Grassroots
Girls Initiative (GGI), funded by the Nike Foundation.
GGI aims to empower adolescent girls by supporting
grassroots organizations in implementing programs,
conducting advocacy, strengthening their organizational
and programmatic capacities, and collaborating with
other partners. Our GGI grantmaking partners include
American Jewish World Service, EMpower–The
Emerging Markets Foundation, Firelight Foundation,
Global Fund for Women, and Mama Cash.
Our grants under GGI provide both program-based
and organizational support to a wide range of local
groups. This year, we awarded a total of $270,000 in
direct grants to 26 community-based organizations
working with adolescent girls in Latin America, South
Asia, and Africa.
Our GGI grantee partners empower girls through a
number of groundbreaking efforts:
In Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Frente de Salud Infantil
y Reproductiva de Guatemala (Guatemalan Front
for Child and Reproductive Health) works with poor
indigenous communities in the rural highlands of
Guatemala to improve health, education, and overall
quality of life. Our grant supports the Empowerment
of Indigenous Girls program, which helps girls transition into adulthood through training, mentoring, and
internships in life skills.
Manav Aashrita Sansthan (Human Education
Institute) in Rajasthan, India, forms village and
tribal networks of young Muslim women and girls to
promote access to quality education, employment, and
income generation. The organization’s Young Girls
Collective trains groups of adolescent girls to engage
the community about issues such as early marriage,
reproductive health, gender equality, and empowerment.
In Nairobi, Kenya, the Centre for Domestic Training
and Development (CDTD) helps domestic workers
negotiate fair labor conditions and protect themselves
from abuse and illness, in addition to encouraging
them to consider formal-career alternatives. Our grant
supports CDTD’s efforts to prevent child labor through
community outreach and education programs, which
specifically target adolescent girls because of their vulnerability to domestic labor and their proximity to children
who are working in homes in their communities.
A circle of packed mahogany dirt serves as
a stage, with an aging baobab tree as a
backdrop. The air is full of tension as the
audience reacts to the unfolding story,
occasionally shouting at the actors
onstage. But this drama isn’t all pretend;
the actors are playing out the all-toocommon scenario of sexual harassment
in Burkina Faso schools.
Maxine, who is in eighth grade, attended
such a theater workshop coordinated by
Association d’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada
(ADEP). “What struck me the most was
seeing the composition of the audience
at the workshop—school officials, teachers, and students [were there] to address
an issue that concerns all of them,”
she says.
After the theater scenes, the students in
the audience are asked what unhealthy
behaviors they identified and what they
would have done differently. The lively,
open conversation that follows is one
that would not occur in most schools
in the country, where the topic of sex is
taboo. Throughout Burkina Faso, a slew
of health and social problems have been
exacerbated by this pervasive silence,
with women and girls carrying the burden.
Sexual harassment and exploitation of
girls—sometimes by teachers, neighbors,
and family members—is a common and
widespread problem.
“Sexual education is virtually nonexistent
in our societies,” says Désiré Amadou
Thombiano, the program coordinator
for ADEP. “Our youth are left to their
own devices and become easy prey to
anything relating to sex.” To combat
this problem, ADEP targets a myriad of
goals to positively affect girls’ sexual
and overall health: educating girls about
AIDS and sexuality; working to eradicate
gender-based violence; and helping society better understand the effects of early
and forced marriage and the importance
of girls’ education.
The Global Fund for Children supports
ADEP’s work to break the silence on
sexual harassment by creating opportunities for open and safe dialogue inside
school classrooms. Girls often experience harassment from peers, in the form
of taunts and teasing, and from teachers who offer higher grades in return for
sexual favors, abusing their positions of
power and authority. ADEP works actively
with teachers to ensure that the girls can
learn in a safe and healthy environment,
with their teachers assuming the role
of protectors rather than predators. By
creating safer classrooms and spreading
the word through class curriculum, teachers and administrators play a pivotal role
in ADEP’s programming. ADEP reaches a
broad cross section of Burkinabe society
by combining these school campaigns
with innovative communications initiatives
such as theatrical performances, radio
broadcasts, and documentary films.
This year, with support from The Global
Fund for Children, ADEP organized ten
community theater performances and
continued to engage parents and teachers in the battle against sexual harassment through school-based workshops.
Adding to last year’s roster of 20 teachers,
ADEP succeeded in securing the commitment of 12 new teachers from six schools
to include discussions on sexual harassment in school-based reproductive health
workshops that reach 1,000 students.
Special Partner: Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation
for All
Grantee Partner
Center of Support for
Rural Enterprise and Economy
Zhetasai, Kazakhstan
At The Global Fund for Children, we constantly seek ways to reach the most vulnerable
children in the world. This year, we received a $623,000 grant from the Credit Suisse
EMEA Foundation to expand our work in the often underserved and underfunded
regions of Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Each of these regions demonstrates challenges rooted
in social and political cultures that inhibit children’s
opportunities to become productive and healthy adults.
Eastern Europe has experienced great economic and
social upheaval in the last two decades. Trafficking and
commercial sexual exploitation are serious problems,
and it is estimated that 50 million children in the region
live in poverty. In Central Asia, independence from the
Soviet Union and a difficult economic transition have led
to the collapse of most government support programs,
including preschools and special-care facilities for disadvantaged children and youth. Children in the Middle
East face political instability, violence and conflict,
and pervasive gender disparities, and those in the least
developed Arab countries also have difficulty gaining an
education and securing productive employment.
While these problems may seem overwhelming, emerging
grassroots networks are providing solutions, one child at
a time. Community-based organizations are best suited
to evaluate and address local children’s needs through
innovative methods, often utilizing resources that are
readily available and culturally appropriate.
With Credit Suisse’s two-year grant, we are supporting
organizations that provide educational opportunities and
job skills training to vulnerable children and youth in
these regions. This grant will help fund approximately 17
grantee partners in six countries, with our support going
to grassroots groups in Kazakhstan, Russia, and Hungary
for the first time. This year, we invested $85,000, including one Sustainability Award, in eight groups.
Among our grantee partners funded under the Credit
Suisse grant is the Russian Orphan Opportunity
Fund (ROOF), which provides orphans in Moscow
with high-quality learning opportunities. We support
ROOF’s college preparatory program, which helps
prepare orphans for college entrance exams through
personal study plans and academic tutoring. ROOF
was referred to us by an employee in the Credit Suisse
Moscow office who volunteers with the group.
In Diyarbakir, Turkey, Çocuklar Ayni Çatinin Altinda
Dernegi (Children Under the Same Roof Association)
seeks to reduce the number of children working on the
streets in this conflict-torn Kurdish area of the country
by operating a mentoring and creative arts program
that incorporates dance, visual arts, and theater. Its
Ben U Sen Center, which our grant supports, relies on
university-student volunteers to provide tutoring and
serve as mentors to younger children.
In Almaty, Kazakhstan, Eldany assists children and
youth with physical disabilities and seeks to change
attitudes about disability in the community. Participants
in the youth employment program and in art therapy
workshops create handicrafts that are then sold to generate
income for Eldany and for the individual youth.
When the Center of Support for Rural
Enterprise and Economy was established in 2005, eradicating child labor
was not part of its mission. Located in
southern Kazakhstan, the center focused
on developing water user cooperatives
and educating rural farmers in efficient
use of water and land resources—significant issues in the country’s only cottongrowing region, where agriculture is the
primary source of income.
But grassroots groups like this one are
inherently invested in the people they
serve, and will often adapt their programs
to address the community’s needs. This
is precisely what happened when the
center started utilizing its established
networks and relationships to combat the
serious problem of child labor in agricultural enterprise.
Although the Kazak government has officially banned the worst forms of child
labor, the problem persists. When harvest
season arrives, migrant families—many
from neighboring Uzbekistan, where
wages are lower—descend on the hot,
dry fields, ready to work. They bring their
children, who pick cotton alongside their
parents to help support their families. In
addition to enduring brutal work conditions, these children grow up without the
educational opportunities required to
break the cycle of poverty.
In 2007, the center’s director, Myrzakadyr
Abdykhalikov, began working with the
International Labor Organization to
address labor issues within the region. By
the following year, the center had integrated targeting child labor issues into its
core mission, utilizing its unique position as
an active resource for local farmers. Working directly with farmers who have been
known to employ children, it facilitates
trainings and presentations about the legal
and socioeconomic effects of child labor
and the worst forms of child labor.
six-hour sessions each week. Simultaneously, the center provides trainings for the
farmers who employ them.
Educating a combination of community
members, farmers, and children has a
dual effect: the farmers end up adhering
more closely to legal Kazakhstan work
hours and conditions for children, and the
children receive an education they would
have gone without.
This year’s grant from The Global Fund for
Children supported the expansion of the
education program for migrant children,
doubling the program’s capacity from 25
to 50 children.
“Initially, in the training of farmers, the issue
was perceived negatively,” Abdykhalikov
says. But through local awareness trainings, a documentary television program,
and collaboration with local media, the
center is shifting attitudes toward child
labor in the region.
The Global Fund for Children supports the
center’s educational program for migrant
child laborers who work in the cotton
fields in Zhetasai and surrounding villages
during the busy cotton-picking season.
The children, who come from approximately 18 farms around three villages on
the Uzbek border, attend school for three
Clinton Global Initiative
Grantee Partner
Yunnan Institute of Development
Yuxi, Yunnan Province, China
The first eight years of a child’s life are critical to his or her physical, emotional, intellectual,
and social development. Early deficiencies in nutrition, education, and emotional
support often translate into long-term disadvantages that prevent young people from
reaching their potential, thus perpetuating cycles of poverty and marginalization.
Early intervention is needed to prepare these children to take on the challenge of
formal schooling and fulfill their potential as global citizens.
Through the Under-8 Initiative, which was announced
at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting,
The Global Fund for Children commits to investing
$10 million in early childhood development and
education for children who are 8 years old or younger.
Over a five-year period, we will fund 100 innovative
community-based organizations in 20 impoverished
countries throughout the world, touching the lives of
as many as 500,000 vulnerable children. We will also
invest in children’s books, documentary films, and
photography that raise awareness about the importance
of early childhood education in the developing world.
The grassroots groups we support are providing
successful, high-quality early childhood development
programs that ensure the healthy psychosocial and
physical development of children aged 8 and under. We
seek out promising models that build the skills of both
children and their parents, and we strengthen these
community-based organizations through a combination
of financial, organizational, and technical support.
This year, we awarded a total of $728,395 in grants to
60 grantee partners under the Under-8 Initiative. Since
the launch of this initiative, we have given 231 grants
worth more than $1.4 million to grassroots partners
serving vulnerable children under 8 in 30 countries
worldwide. Our funding has supported the work of
many innovators:
Skolta’el Yu’un Jlumaltic (Service to Our People) works
to improve living conditions and opportunities in
the indigenous slums around San Cristóbal, Mexico,
through programs in early childhood development,
basic education, health, nutrition, housing, sanitation,
vocational training, and values. Our grant supports the
Ch’ulme’il Mother-Child Educational Center, which
provides early childhood education for children from
birth to age 3 as well as parenting and life skills workshops for mothers.
In Mumbai, India, Prerana (Inspiration) offers a range
of educational activities, anti-trafficking initiatives, and
support programs in order to protect the human rights of
sexually exploited women and their children. Our grant
supports educational services for the children of sex workers,
including a night-care center that provides the children
with basic education, nourishment, recreation, regular
medical checkups, counseling, and a safe place to sleep.
Hope for Children Organization provides psychosocial
support, livelihood promotion, community resource
mobilization, health education, life skills training,
payment of school fees, and material support for
orphans and other vulnerable children in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia. Our grant supports the kindergarten and
early childhood development center, which provides
innovative early childhood education to orphaned and
vulnerable children.
On the opening day of the first preschool
ever built in Baishamo, a rural village in
China’s Yunnan Province, everyone came
together to celebrate. Villagers took time
away from their farmwork to hear the
preschool teacher and village leader give
speeches and to watch the ribbon-cutting
ceremony. Parents and guests prepared
lunch for the event and cheered for the
children as they performed special songs
and dances. That night, everyone gathered for a celebratory feast.
This community-wide celebration was no
surprise, considering how many villagers
had taken part in the school’s development. Since 2003, the Yunnan Institute of
Development (YID) has helped 19 villages
like Baishamo establish preschools from
the ground up—involving parents and
village leaders at every step.
YID, which began as a leadership training center for adults who wanted to
work in development, implements rural
education and health projects in ethnic
minority communities in Yunnan Province, where access to early childhood
education is staggeringly limited. Recent
studies show that only one in six children
under the age of 5 attends preschool,
and less than 5 percent of children
under the age of 3 have access to early
childhood education opportunities. In
areas dominated by ethnic minorities, rural
children face the additional challenge of a
language barrier.
Because the need for early education
centers in these villages is so great, the
preschools enjoy incredible levels of
community support, ensuring sustainability. “The parents attended the information meeting [held by YID],” says
Mu Chunming, the preschool teacher in
Baishamo. “They decided to start the
preschool under the leadership of the
village leader.”
Once the community has expressed
support for the preschool, YID helps
parents and community members select a
teacher and prepare the building. Parents
contribute to the teacher’s salary, and
villages often donate an existing space
for the preschool and commit to maintaining the facility. YID offers monthly
teacher training workshops to help the
teachers strengthen their capacity and
build networks.
and well-being grant paid for seminars for
parents about the importance of nutrition, hygiene, and medical checkups for
preschool children. As a result of the
programs, the attrition rate has been
considerably reduced, and children from
the preschools are able to successfully
transition into primary school.
The children’s parents, grateful for their
children’s education, note other advantages as well. “We have more time
to do farmwork,” says Zhu He Liang
of Baishamo.
“My child likes preschool very much,” says
Wu Zheng Rong, whose daughter attends
preschool in the village of Douzhe. “Even
if there is no class, she likes to go to
preschool and look for her friends.”
A grant from The Global Fund for Children supported the establishment of
five preschools in rural villages this year,
including Baishamo, and funded teacher
training courses. A supplementary health
A Closer look
Investing in the
Future of Child
Waste Pickers
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This morning, I saw 25 children, ages 10 to 15 (although
because of malnutrition they appear much younger), sitting
under the awning on the curbside. Many of them walk to
the Mobile Outreach and Education Program or ride their
bicycles. They are barefoot and exhibit some of the most
common ailments afflicting child waste pickers: severe skin
rashes and open sores on their legs and feet, dog bites, glass
and metal puncture wounds, and cuts. Sitting on the mat,
they listen attentively to their enthusiastic and engaging
teacher and identify photos of leaking acid, broken glass
bottles, and medicinal waste like syringes and pills. The children eagerly raise their hands to identify the dangerous items
and volunteer ways to avoid them. The children begin the
session by washing their hands in a bucket and conclude the
session by receiving their share of first-aid goodies—they use
small fingernail clippers and apply alcohol and bandages to
open wounds. Lastly, the children eat their snack, consisting
of a small box of rice, grilled chicken or beef, and a bottle of
water. —Hoa Tu Duong, Program Officer for East and
Southeast Asia (excerpted from “Phnom Penh’s Curbside Classrooms for Child Waste Pickers,” originally
featured on GFC’s blog, On the Road)
Managua, Nicaragua
I’m not easily stirred. I’ve seen a lot of poverty, disease, and
the dark underbelly of depravity in my life. Each time, I’m
grateful for my small chance to make a difference, facilitate
change, and contribute to the well-being of others. But this
visit profoundly affected me. As we turned onto the rutted,
black mud road to the dump, we entered a new landscape
marked by mountains of trash, rivers of sewage, and streams
of slime. As I began to make sense of this new environment,
I started to recognize order amidst the chaos. A blue hill
of plastic bags, another of clear plastic bags, and a sorted
heap of plastic water bottles lay to my right; all would be
re-purposed later. Small piles of trash were being burned,
having already been sufficiently picked over for anything
that might possibly be of use. —Victoria Dunning, Vice
President of Programs (excerpted from “Life in the
Dumps,” originally featured on GFC’s blog, On the Road)
A complex issue that spans much of the developing
world, informal waste recycling offers a livelihood
opportunity for millions of people in poverty. This type
of recycling directly reduces waste and is more cost
effective and less resource intensive than most formalsector recycling services. By collecting and turning in
recyclables for cash, or salvaging and selling reusable
materials like scrap metal, waste pickers are a staple of
the informal economy in many developing nations.
Yet informal waste recycling also presents extreme
health and safety risks, especially for children, and the
sector is not recognized by society at large as playing
a meaningful role in recycling or urban development.
Those who engage in informal waste recycling generally belong to the poorest and most disadvantaged
sectors of the population. Although scavenging can be
a source of income that allows waste pickers in some
cases to earn more than the local minimum wage, they
face significant dangers, ranging from illness and injury
due to contact with hazardous materials to intimidation
and harassment from authorities who consider this type
of waste collection to be stealing and therefore illegal.
Since many waste recyclers are ostracized and have
limited access to formal services, they frequently face
these risks without healthcare or legal protection.
Whole families are involved in the informal waste recycling
sector, and children are clearly the most negatively
impacted by this work. Young people represent a large
portion of waste pickers, and often it is the children who
are tasked with sorting through the collected trash to find
items to recycle and sell. In addition to being more susceptible to health and safety risks, these children are often
forced to forgo education so they may contribute to their
family’s income. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty and
denies the children opportunities to build a better life.
At The Global Fund for Children, we believe waste
picking can be a viable pathway out of poverty if its
adult participants work in a fair and safe environment,
have access to basic services, and can send their children
to school. For their environmental and economic
potential to be fully realized, waste recyclers must have a
role in determining their working conditions and be able
to consider how these conditions impact their family’s
well-being. When waste recyclers have the power to
make decisions regarding their work, informal waste
recycling can be an important tool for income generation and empowerment. We support several innovative
grassroots organizations that work directly with wastepicking communities to improve working conditions for
adults and to provide education and health services for
children so they may transition out of this work.
In Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, Community Sanitation and
Recycling Organization (CSARO) addresses the needs of
urban waste collectors through community development
and waste management programs. We support CSARO’s
Mobile Outreach and Education Program, which builds
community awareness about the environment and sanitation while also providing basic education to child waste
pickers. Curbside training sessions teach the children
numeracy, writing, and reading, in addition to hygiene,
safety, and children’s rights, through a variety of techniques
specially designed for children at different literacy levels.
CSARO’s Solid Waste Management Program helps
adult waste pickers form self-help groups that enable
participants to share knowledge and work together to
further their social and economic development.
In 2008, when a mountain of trash collapsed on and
killed several waste recyclers—including at least one
child—in Guatemala City’s landfill, Instituto para la
Superación de la Miseria Urbana (Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty), or ISMUGUA, organized an extensive relief effort for children orphaned by the tragedy.
After evaluating the children’s needs, ISMUGUA offered
temporary shelter and helped the children get settled
with relatives. Using a $2,000 emergency grant from The
Global Fund for Children, ISMUGUA provided school
clothes and supplies, medicine, soap, dental supplies,
and food to children who had lost parents or guardians
in the avalanche. Beyond its emergency intervention,
ISMUGUA regularly provides training for adults from
marginalized communities in alternative income generation, financial management, and organizational development. Many people in these communities earn a living by
collecting recyclable materials from Guatemala City’s
garbage dump. We support ISMUGUA’s community
children’s centers, which provide poor working families
with community-based childcare.
the global economic crisis exacerbates poor working
conditions. This year, Chintan published an in-depth
study of the economic crisis’s impact on urban waste
collectors in and around New Delhi. The study
concluded that the resale value of scrap materials that
waste recyclers collect and sort is crashing in tandem
with the prices of commodities. Additionally, as production slows, available scrap materials are becoming more
difficult to find and waste pickers are spending longer
hours scavenging, sometimes into the night. Chintan’s
study emphasizes the importance of gaining a more
formal platform in society for adult waste recyclers
so they will not be left out of government economic
recovery efforts.
Through its No Child in Bins program, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group works with both
children and junk dealers in and around New Delhi,
India, to support children’s education and to ultimately
remove children from the hazardous risks of waste picking.
In New Delhi, waste-picking children can often be
found working in and around trash bins, where they
search for recyclables that are then sold to junk dealers,
who resell the products in the marketplace. Chintan
currently runs a series of projects, including nonformal
education programs, legal protections for waste recyclers,
right to citizenship initiatives, and waste resource centers.
The Global Fund for Children provides funding for five
grassroots groups working with waste recyclers around
the world. These organizations are providing basic
education for children from waste-picking communities
and are offering adult waste pickers economically and
environmentally viable options that enable them to pull
themselves out of poverty and become valued service
providers within society. These groups also provide critical
services for the safety, education, and health of child and
adult waste pickers, who are largely invisible to the rest
of society. By supporting these organizations and the
children they serve, we are making a long-term investment in individual lives and in the ability of waste-picking
communities as a whole to determine their own future.
The support that community-based groups provide to
waste-picking communities is even more important as
young people have the right to a clean and
safe environment in which to live, work, and play.
The Global Fund for Children
Global Media
Through the power of books, documentary photography, films, and digital media, the Global Media
Ventures program shares the stories and voices of
children and youth around the world, promoting their
dignity and advancing global citizenship.
Global Fund For Children Books
At the heart of Global Media Ventures is the children’s
book program, published under the imprint Global
Fund for Children Books. These award-winning books
teach children to value diversity and to grow into caring,
productive citizens of the world. Each book seeks to integrate children’s perspectives and inspire young readers to
explore diverse cultures and embrace global understanding.
We have 25 children’s books and resource guides in
publication and more than 600,000 copies in circulation. Our books have been read by over 2 million readers and have won many significant awards.
The latest addition to the collection, Faith, explores
from a child’s perspective different religious expressions
around the world, including praying, singing, learning,
and caring. The book is designed to pique children’s
curiosity about different spiritual traditions and to help
them explore the common threads that bring people
together in religious celebration. Faith has been very
well received; in a highlighted review, Kirkus Reviews
calls the book an “impeccably designed introduction to
spiritual practices around the world.”
This year, we also released Global Babies / Bebés del
mundo, an English-Spanish edition of the very popular
Global Babies. This charming board book continues to
delight young readers and their caregivers.
Children of the U.S.A., published last year, won the
Moonbeam Children’s Book Gold Award for multicultural nonfiction and was named one of Bank Street
College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year.
Global Fund for Children books are developed in
partnership with Charlesbridge Publishing, a for-profit
children’s book company. When we published our first
book, Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, a portion
of the royalties went to fund our grantmaking, and this
practice continues today.
Books for Kids
The Books for Kids project donates Global Fund for
Children books and resource guides to communitybased literacy organizations. In targeting local groups
that demonstrate a pressing need for educational
materials, Books for Kids hopes to reach children who
may not otherwise have access to new and quality
books. Since 1996, the Books for Kids project has
donated more than 85,000 books, with a retail value of
more than $1 million, to organizations and programs
promoting children’s literacy around the world.
Last year, Books for Kids focused on international
donations made possible through a grant from Oprah’s
Angel Network. This year, Books for Kids targeted
domestic groups working with children in underserved
communities. Our grantee partner Hope House
received 400 books for its Father to Child Reading
Program, through which children of incarcerated men
receive new children’s books along with audio recordings of their fathers reading the text aloud.
In recognition of the important services that public
libraries provide to their communities, especially in times
of economic hardship, Books for Kids also initiated a
special library donation project of our award-winning
book Children of the U.S.A. Reaching out to library
systems in the 51 towns and cities featured in the book,
Books for Kids donated 554 copies with a retail value of
$13,268. With the vast majority of these books going
directly into circulation at main and branch libraries,
the children in these communities can read about their
hometown peers as well as friends across the country.
In total, Books for Kids this year donated 4,295 books,
with a retail value of nearly $45,000, to children’s
literacy organizations and programs.
partners cultivate in the children they serve. It is also
designed to inspire a new generation of photographers
to document social change all over the world. The
fellowship, created in 2004 in partnership with the New
York–based International Center of Photography, has
been awarded to six young photographers.
This year, we awarded two photography fellowships.
Jesse Newman, a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York,
traveled to Thailand and Guatemala to photograph
grantee partners working in early childhood development as part of our Under-8 Initiative.
Tiana Markova-Gold, also a Brooklyn-based photographer, visited our partners involved in the Nike Foundation’s Grassroots Girls Initiative in Brazil and Nigeria.
Through her fellowship, which was partly funded
by the Nike Foundation, she documented grassroots
groups working to empower, protect, and educate
adolescent girls and young women.
Many of the photographs illustrating this annual report
were taken during their fellowships.
Global Fund for Children Films
Documentary Photography
The Global Fund for Children / International Center
of Photography Fellowship uses the power of photography to highlight the hope and opportunity our grantee
The Global Fund for Children invests in films that bring
the stories of vulnerable children and youth to wider audiences, focusing on the triumphs and vitality of young people
and raising awareness of the issues confronting them.
The Global Fund for Children
This year, we invested in the second installment of
Punam, an ongoing film project documenting the life of
a young girl in Nepal. Serbian filmmakers Natasa and
Lucian Muntean began filming Punam when she was
9 years old. As her family’s primary caregiver following
her mother’s death, Punam looks after her two younger
siblings while her father works from sunrise to sunset
in a rice mill. The film’s second installment continues
Punam’s story as her big dreams and determination to
be educated present a testament to children’s inspirational and resilient spirits.
Journey of a Red Fridge came out on DVD this year with
a special feature on The Global Fund for Children.
Also made by Natasa and Lucian Muntean, this film
follows a 17-year-old porter on a journey through the
War Child, documenting the life of former child soldier
Emmanuel Jal, was released in select movie theaters
across the country this year. We held special screenings
in Washington, DC, co-hosted with Washington Life
Magazine, and in Atherton, California, with our Silicon
Valley Leadership Council.
videos. This project was part of our 2008 Digital Media
and Learning Award, funded by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
To capture grassroots knowledge that is then disseminated through the media hub, we invested in 20 digital
Flip cameras and a video camera to document the
sights and sounds of our grantee partners’ work. In
addition to conducting interviews and creating original
short films, our staff distributed cameras and trained
grantee partners to capture their own voices and share
community knowledge. In January 2009, we partnered
with the Center for Digital Storytelling to conduct a
three-day video workshop with The YP Foundation,
a grantee partner in India that helps youth volunteers
create community service projects. The youth learned to
make and share digital stories about their work.
Our blog, On the Road, continues to share the firsthand
experiences of our staff members as they travel and visit
potential and current grantee partners. This year, we
also began to seek out grantee partners to contribute
stories through guest blogging, giving them the opportunity to showcase their successes and their strategies
for coping with challenges.
Digital Media
In 2009, we launched a media hub on our website that
serves as a clearinghouse for grassroots knowledge, a
place to share the stories and strategies of our grantee
partners through blogs, photographs, podcasts, and
The Global Fund for Children
With the support of friends, advocates, and strategic
partners, The Global Fund for Children continues to
grow and thrive.
Reaching America’s Workplaces
The Global Fund for Children is pleased to
be a member of America’s Charities’ Children First campaign. Since 1980, America’s
Charities has brought the nation’s best-known and
most-loved charities to workplace giving campaigns
across the United States. Through this membership, we
have been accepted into the 2010 Combined Federal
Campaign (CFC #28447) and over 90 corporate giving
campaigns across the country, reaching over 10 million
private- and public-sector employees.
year, the students raised money for Ruchika Social
Service Organization in India, Ananya Trust in India,
and Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational
Foundation in Ethiopia. Over the years, these dedicated
readers have raised over $65,000 for Global Fund for
Children grantee partners.
Philanthropy through Fashion
Tea Collection creates beautiful high-quality
children’s clothing that carries our message to
children and families around the world. Tea’s
special collection of bodysuits and children’s T-shirts
benefiting The Global Fund for Children is imprinted
with the phrase “for little citizens of the world.” Since
2006, Tea’s children’s clothing has raised over $100,000
for our work with children and youth.
children are the seeds of a brighter future.
Nurturing Global Citizens
The global action clubs of New Global
Citizens empower high-school youth in
the United States to learn about, advocate
for, and raise money for global issues. These youth-led
teams educate their communities about our grantee
partners while raising funds in creative and fun ways.
This year, Global Fund for Children grantees were
chosen by global action clubs at Acalanes High School,
Palo Alto High School, and Pioneer High School in
California; Red Mountain High School and St. Mary’s
Catholic High School in Arizona; and Shaker High
School in New York. The clubs raised over $8,000 for
their selected partners through bake sales, dance-athons, T-shirt sales, and a penny drive.
Since 1999, The Global Fund for
Children has been the recipient of the
Mirman School read-a-thon in Los
Angeles. Each year, the school’s third-grade classes
read books to support our grantee partners. This past
Socially Responsible Travel
Elevate Destinations creates unique
educational travel experiences that
benefit environmental preservation
and community development. This year, The Global
Fund for Children and Elevate Destinations partnered
to begin designing learning trips to visit grantee partners
around the world. We are pleased to offer our donors and
friends opportunities to see firsthand the work that we
support, and we look forward to our first trip together, the
Children of Guatemala Learning Tour in February 2010.
Special Initiative
Since 2005, The Global
Fund for Children has
been lucky to be a recipient of the Working Assets
CREDO Mobile partnership program. Through
this program, Working Assets sends a donation to its
nonprofit partners each time a client uses its mobile
telephone services. In total, this partnership has raised
over $100,000 for us.
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Selecting Our
Grantee Partners
The Global Fund for Children selects grantee partners
based on their demonstrated potential to produce
sustainable improvement in the lives of vulnerable
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for other organizations.
Local leadership
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Prospective grantee partners must be led by individuals who live and work in the community. We prioritize
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equivalency. We do not provide start-up funding for the
creation of new organizations.
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sustained, meaningful improvement in the lives of the
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proposals. Those interested in applying may inquire online
at our website: www.globalfundforchildren.org.
We prioritize organizations that engage children and
youth as active participants in their own growth and
development, rather than as passive recipients of services.
We prioritize organizations that are recognized and
trusted in their communities.
Selection Guidelines
Beyond these basic eligibility criteria, we use the
following selection guidelines in identifying organizations that are truly exceptional.
Innovation and creativity
We prioritize organizations that tackle old problems in
new ways, demonstrating innovation and creativity in
their program strategies and approaches.
A focus on the most vulnerable
Our grantee partners reach the children of “the last
mile”—those who are economically and socially outside
the reach of mainstream services and support, including
street children, child laborers, AIDS orphans, sex
workers, hard-to-reach rural populations, and other
vulnerable or marginalized groups.
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respected, and dynamic leadership with a vision for change.
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2008–2009 Grants List
Resilience and
Success in a
Challenging Year
Vice President of Programs
Victoria Dunning
MPH, Columbia University
BA, Mount Holyoke College
French, Spanish, Swahili, Wolof
This year tested the resolve of many—our
grantee partners, our program officers, and in
many ways, our model of grassroots grantmaking to organizations that serve the world’s
most vulnerable children. Innovation in times
of scarcity. Doing more with less. Stretching our time and our resources. I’m pleased
to report that we passed this stress test with
flying colors. And our success renews our
resolve and inspires us to do more.
As the economic crisis hit, we watched with
bated breath to see how nonprofit programs
and resources would be affected, and how
demand for their critical services would strain
the organizations. With our finger on the pulse
of the work of over 240 community-level
partners serving the most vulnerable children
and youth, we went to check the vital signs.
In spring 2009, we conducted an on-the-spot
survey of our entire network of grantee partners to learn how the global economic crisis
was trickling down to the grassroots. Our
community-level partners responded from the
four corners of the earth, and the results were
simultaneously disheartening and inspiring.
Nearly two-thirds of the survey respondents said they were moderately or severely
impacted by the economic crisis, noting a
decrease in financial support or termination
of existing funding. Partners that typically
operate on a shoestring budget—the median
annual budget size of a new grantee partner
this year was $55,000—often do not have a
cushion of funding for such downturns. For
the fortunate few with more stable organizational support, nearly 40 percent reported
having to access reserve funding to provide
continuity in programs and services.
To add insult to injury for organizations that
were straining their every resource, the needs
of their communities were growing. Over
two-thirds of respondents reported food scarcity, increased unemployment, and reduced
household incomes in the communities they
serve. Further, many reported observing an
increase in school dropouts and in children
and youth participating in the labor force to
contribute income to their families.
But the survey results also demonstrated resilience and resourcefulness. For example, one
in four grantee partner respondents reported
making strategic shifts in programs, services,
and operations to better take advantage of
the organization’s core competencies and to
respond more accurately to community needs in
the changing economic environment. Eighteen
percent of our partners began planning or
implementing strategic income generation
activities. These adaptations alone illustrate one
of our core reasons for supporting communitylevel work—grassroots groups are nimble,
flexible, responsive, and adaptive to immediate
community needs, and they are inherently
invested in the well-being of their own
communities. Witnessing the dedication and
commitment of these mission-driven organizations helps to stimulate our own daily work.
As budgets contracted and some nonprofit
organizations weakened under the strain,
we held our own. First, we held our own in
our commitments to our partners. Despite
economic uncertainty, we grew our total grant
investments and upheld every commitment to
current grantee partners to ensure they could
count on our support to continue programs.
We added new grantee partners as well,
recognizing that there was, in fact, no scarcity
of innovative organizations serving vulnerable
children and youth, and certainly no scarcity
of demand for their programs.
Our program officers, who present some
of the regional challenges and successes in
the following pages, redoubled their efforts
to ensure our financial and nonfinancial
support to our partners, in addition to closely
monitoring our grant investments, progress,
and risk. They also focused on our valueadded services as a way to strengthen grantee
partners to allow them to better weather the
storm. As part of that commitment, they
worked on leveraging additional external
financial support for our partners. This year,
we documented $836,000 in additional funds
for our partners. In these times, those critical
additional resources are worth more than ever.
Resourceful. Resilient. Nimble. Adaptable.
Innovative. These are the core qualities of our
grantee partners, and the key elements of our
grantmaking program that makes solid, sound
investments in building and strengthening an
emerging and essential civil society and the
next generation of world citizens.
In many ways, the year was defined by an
economic downturn. For The Global Fund for
Children, that only meant one thing—onward
and upward.
small amounts of money,
strategically placed, can have long-lasting,
significant impacts on the lives of children.
2008–2009 Grants List
Senior Program Officer
Countries in region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Solome Lemma
Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,
Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi,
Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique,
Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra
Leone, South Africa, Tanzania,
Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Middle East and
North Africa
MPP, Harvard Kennedy School,
Harvard University
BA, Stanford University
Amharic, French
Program Associate
Miléna Mikaël-Debass
Number of grantee partners
2008–2009 grants
120 grants valued at $913,627
Sub-Saharan Africa
Association Enfant Chez-Soi
(Children at Home Association)
Children in the Wilderness
$15,000/2,151,240 Malawian kwachas
Lilongwe, Malawi
Director: Gladys Msonda
[email protected]
$7,000/3,890,250 Rwandan francs
Kigali, Rwanda
Director: Gloriose Mukanzanire
[email protected]
ECS provides education, nutrition, and medical
support to children under the age of 5 who live with
their mothers in prison; identifies foster families for the
children; and conducts advocacy workshops on prisoners’
and children’s rights to train prison officials.
Through a unique partnership with a private safari
company, CITW offers life skills and alternative educational opportunities through experiential learning camps
held at safari sites during the commercial off-season.
Previous Funding: $34,000 since 2006
Ethiopian Books for Children and
Educational Foundation
$21,000/206,684 Ethiopian birr
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In a year marked by global economic crisis,
the rippling effects of which compromised
the well-being of poor communities around
the world, the grassroots organizations we
fund in Africa continued to strengthen their
services, ensuring that the children in their
communities were protected from further
vulnerability and supported through these
trying times.
Across Africa, our grantee partners concentrate on orphaned and vulnerable children,
including children living on the streets;
child trafficking; hazardous child labor;
displacement; sexual exploitation and abuse;
and malnourishment. With the economic
crisis, our partners are seeking new ways to
continue their important work. For instance,
the Amahoro Association, which provides
home-based care and support to orphaned
and vulnerable children in Rwanda, is helping these children start small businesses to
better support themselves. One group of boys
is successfully raising rabbits for sale, as well
as giving rabbits to other children served by
the organization.
The majority of our partners in Africa focus
on education, with 39 percent of our program
grants falling under our Learning portfolio,
followed by our Safety portfolio, which
accounts for 24 percent. It is interesting to
note that most of our partners in East Africa
and southern Africa work with children who
have been orphaned by AIDS, reflecting the
disproportionate impact of the epidemic on
these regions compared to West Africa. Many
of our partners in West Africa address child
protection needs such as hazardous child
labor, child trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse, reflecting increased regional
attention on these issues over the past decade.
Other partners work specifically with adolescent girls and young children, projections of
our global commitment to addressing the
needs of these two population groups.
In the Middle East and North Africa, our
partners focus on children living on the
margins, such as children who live on the
streets and out-of-school children, and
provide critical education and skills training
services. We are in the process of expanding
our presence in the region.
The issues that our partners in Africa face are
rooted in the systemic problems of extreme
poverty, conflict, cyclical droughts, HIV/
AIDS, and poor governance. In most cases,
our partners fill gaps in government services,
providing key social services. However,
systemic challenges require national-level
commitment, and in many countries, that
commitment lags far behind the courageous
efforts of our partners. In addition, many
African countries rely heavily on foreign aid,
and while helpful and necessary, this aid has
inadvertently created a donor-driven NGO
industry that all too often is removed from
the needs of communities. Perhaps one
of the most frustrating challenges for the
Africa team is the negative image of Africa
in the Western world as a single, starving,
dependent, and hopeless entity. Through our
work, we witness the unconventional ways in
which Africans are empowering members of
their communities at their own initiative and
through their own resources. Unfortunately,
these stories rarely make media headlines.
Association pour la Promotion de la Fille
Burundaise (Association for the Promotion
of the Burundian Girl)
Director: Yohannes Gebregeorgis
$7,000/8,263,150 Burundian francs
As you read through the following pages,
we at the Africa team hope that the descriptions of our grantee partners’ work will help
balance prevailing perceptions of Africa, one
grassroots group at a time.
[email protected]
Bujumbura, Burundi
Director: Bifunge Générose
Our partners continue to embody Africa’s
hope and possibilities through their remarkable achievements at the child, community,
national, and international levels. In Soweto,
South Africa, Teboho Trust ensured that 100
percent of the children in its programs passed
South Africa’s matriculation exam, a significant
feat in a country where these exams determine
higher education admission. La Conscience, a
grantee partner in Togo, for years advocated for
free universal primary education; the national
parliament passed a bill this year giving
children throughout Togo a chance at primary
schooling. And finally, Yohannes Gebregeorgis,
director of grantee partner Ethiopian Books
for Children and Educational Foundation, was
honored as a CNN Hero in a story televised
around the world.
[email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]
APFB works to awaken the sociopolitical and
economic consciousness of young girls in Burundi
through academic support, vocational training
programs, and awareness-raising initiatives.
EBCEF promotes children’s literacy in Ethiopia
through its community, in-school, and mobile libraries; awareness-raising campaigns; and children’s book
publishing programs.
Previous Funding: $48,000 since 2004
Friends of the Disabled
$7,000/830,655 Nigerian nairas
Benishyaka Association
Lagos, Nigeria
$15,000/8,701,350 Rwandan francs
Director: Aku Christy Orduh
Kigali, Rwanda
[email protected]
Director: Betty Gahima
[email protected]; [email protected]
Benishyaka promotes the development and empowerment of widows, orphans, and vulnerable families
affected by Rwanda’s civil war, the 1994 genocide, and
the ongoing AIDS epidemic. Its educational sponsorship program works to ensure that secondary-school
students advance through each grade level by providing
financial assistance and skills training.
Previous Funding: $49,000 since 2005
Challenging Heights
$7,000/10,042 Ghanaian new cedis
Sankor, Ghana
Director: James Kofi Annan
[email protected]
FOTD provides learning opportunities for disabled
children and works to eliminate societal biases and prejudices against disabled people. The group advocates for
employment of disabled children with local businesses
and teaches sign language to primary-school children.
Girl Child Concern
$6,000/892,956 Nigerian nairas
Kaduna, Nigeria
Director: Mairo Mandara
[email protected]
GCC works to ensure that Muslim adolescent girls
in northern Nigeria complete their secondary schooling through scholarships, mentorships, and leadership
development programs.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Challenging Heights works to ensure that children and
youth in Sankor are protected from child trafficking
through educational support, awareness-raising activities on child labor and trafficking, and policy advocacy.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
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Halley Movement
Kindle Orphan Outreach
$18,000/551,050 Mauritian rupees
$10,000/1,441,600 Malawian kwachas
Batimarais, Mauritius
Salima district, Malawi
Director: Mahendranath Busgopaul
Director: Ian Williams
[email protected]; [email protected]
[email protected]
Halley Movement offers a variety of educational, counseling, and supportive services to help the children of
Mauritius stay in or return to the formal school system
and keep pace with the demands of a rapidly industrializing society.
Previous Funding: $61,000 since 2003
Kindle offers comprehensive educational, counseling,
healthcare, and spiritual support services to orphaned
and vulnerable children in the Salima district.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
Hope for Children Organization
$13,000/147,719 Ethiopian birr
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Director: Yewoinshet Masresha
Lapeng (Home) Child and Family
Resource Service
$8,000/72,534 South African rand
Johannesburg, South Africa
HFC’s kindergarten, one of the few public early childhood centers in Ethiopia, serves orphaned and vulnerable children under the age of 7 with innovative and
quality early childhood education.
Previous Funding: $34,000 since 2005
Nehemiah AIDS Relief Project
$16,000/1,200,070 Zimbabwean dollars
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Director: Daisy Mutimba
[email protected]
Nehemiah is a faith-based nongovernmental organization
that facilitates the church and community response to HIV/
AIDS, providing a variety of educational, material, and
social support services to 800 child beneficiaries annually.
Previous Funding: $35,534 since 2005
Sithuthukile Trust
Middelburg, South Africa
Director: Fanezile Sophie Mokoena
Director: Juliet Chilengi
[email protected]
Lapeng serves one of the most violent neighborhoods
in Johannesburg by running a model preschool, providing capacity-building support for community crèches,
and holding weekly drop-in arts workshops for children
and youth in the community.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Lusaka, Zambia
[email protected]
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
[email protected]
NHM works with children who are orphaned, impoverished, or living with HIV/AIDS to promote their
positive involvement in the community and in activities
that reduce their vulnerability to sexual and other forms of
exploitation. Its education support program helps orphans
and abandoned children stay in primary and secondary
school by covering school expenses and transportation.
Previous Funding: $53,534 since 2005
Director: Mary C. Kasonde
Maia Bobo works to ensure that adolescent girls stay
in school through sexual and reproductive health
education, provision of academic and social support to
pregnant teens, and the creation of safe spaces where
girls can discuss issues related to their sexual and reproductive health.
Mary M. Momolu Development Foundation
$6,000/396,000 Liberian dollars
Kamitei Foundation
Monrovia, Liberia
$19,000/22,516,330 Tanzanian shillings
Director: Olivia Sagbeh
Masai and Mbulu communities, Tanzania
[email protected]
Director: Jeroen Harderwijk
The Mary M. Momolu Development Foundation’s
preschool provides quality early childhood education,
including nutrition and medical support, for children
under the age of 9.
Nyaka School
$17,000/28,152,000 Ugandan shillings
Nyakagyezi, Uganda
Director: Twesigye Jackson Kaguri
[email protected]
Nyaka School provides AIDS orphans with a free,
high-quality primary education and extracurricular
activities, as well as access to social services, basic
healthcare, nutritious food, and community gardens.
Previous Funding: $31,000 since 2005
Prei Effort for Those Who Are in Need
$10,000/98,421 Ethiopian birr
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Director: Fisha Tsion Tadesse
[email protected]; [email protected]
Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiative
$9,000/12,194,460 Tanzanian shillings
Monduli, Tanzania
Director: Erasto Ole Sanare
[email protected]
MPDI helps Maasai pastoralist communities maintain
their traditional beliefs and systems while also ensuring
that their children receive a modern education through
The City of Hope program, run by the Salesian Sisters
of Zambia, provides holistic support services to adolescent girls who are survivors of neglect and sexual abuse
and runs a transitional shelter, a successful community
school, and a vocational skills training program that
incorporates training on banking and saving.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Lusaka, Zambia
$8,000/28,811,680 Zambian kwacha
Kamitei Foundation’s Community Education Improvement Program works closely with small rural communities in western Tanzania to improve education by
investing in facilities and teaching materials at the
primary level and by providing scholarships for selected
students to pursue postprimary vocational education.
Previous Funding: $62,000 since 2003
[email protected]; [email protected]
$6,000/54,401 South African rand
Director: Aminata Diallo
Director: Sr. Ryszarda Piejko
$14,000/80,459,260 Zambian kwacha
$6,000/2,966,760 CFA francs
[email protected]
Lusaka, Zambia
[email protected]
Maia Bobo
ITEZO empowers orphaned and vulnerable children and youth through vocational skills training and
educational support, including scholarships for children
in urban shantytowns to allow them to break the cycle
of poverty.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
$7,000/40,229,630 Zambian kwacha
Director: Mathibedi Nthite
International Trust for the Education of
Zambia Orphans
[email protected]
Salesian Sisters
New Horizon Ministries
[email protected]
community-based early childhood development centers.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
PEFAN works to keep vulnerable children, including
those in the preprimary-school and early-primary-school
age groups, off the streets through holistic services that
include educational support, access to healthcare, counseling, mentoring, and training in the performing arts.
Previous Funding: $14,500 since 2006
Sithuthukile Trust works to ensure that children in
Mpumalanga Province have access to quality early
childhood education by supporting close to 60 community early childhood education and home-based centers,
as well as parents and local early childhood development practitioners.
Talented Young People Everywhere
$7,000/20,983,900 Sierra Leonean leones
Port Loko, Sierra Leone
Director: Ibrahim H. H. Shaid
[email protected]
Working in the rural Port Loko community, where afterschool studying is difficult, TYPE provides a space that
promotes education and academic excellence through
peer-to-peer mentoring, tutoring, and material support.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Teboho Trust
$11,000/99,735 South African rand
Johannesburg, South Africa
Director: Jose Bright
[email protected]
Teboho Trust ensures that orphaned and vulnerable
children in preprimary, primary, and secondary school
receive quality educational and life skills support through
its Saturday School, which provides supplemental arts,
English, math, science, and foreign language classes.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2007
2008–2009 Grants List
Ubumi Children’s Project
Men on the Side of the Road
Women in Social Entrepreneurship
$9,000/32,413,140 Zambian kwacha
$10,000/90,668 South African rand
$7,000/9,484,580 Tanzanian shillings
Association La Lumière
(The Light Association)
Kitwe, Zambia
Woodstock, South Africa
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
$15,000/7,416,900 CFA francs
Director: Eddy Mulangala
Director: Peter Kratz
Director: Astronaut Bagile
Tambacounda, Senegal
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
Director: Ibrahima Sory Diallo
Ubumi Children’s Project works with orphaned and
vulnerable children in impoverished shantytowns
through its community school, which provides basic
education and nutritional support to children in
preschool and primary school.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2007
MSR provides employment and educational services to
young boys and men who spend their days waiting for
short-term employment opportunities along the shoulders of major roadways in the Western Cape region.
Previous Funding: $62,000 since 2005
Sam-Kam Institute
Center for Women and Children Empowerment
$7,000/437,500 Liberian dollars
$19,000/56,956,300 Sierra Leonean leones
[email protected]
CEWCE provides vulnerable children and women
with vocational training in areas such as welding and
carpentry, literacy and numeracy courses, leadership
training, and a network of child resource centers that
promote healthy living.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Director: Amy Oyekunle
[email protected]
KIND works to empower future generations of Nigerian women leaders through leadership development
and advocacy programs. Focusing on adolescent girls
through its Junior Kudra Program, KIND addresses
issues such as sexual harassment, sexual and reproductive rights, public service, and education, and aims to
instill values and skills that will help the girls reach their
potential as future leaders of Nigeria.
Previous Funding: $18,000 since 2006
Love in Action Ethiopia
$11,000/108,263 Ethiopian birr
Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’
Regional State, Ethiopia
Director: Aklilu Gebremichael
[email protected]; [email protected]
In order to foster sustainable change in the Hadiya
region through the empowerment of young women,
LIA runs a resource center that equips minority girls
with microenterprise training in culturally relevant
crafts like ceramics and embroidery.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
Association d’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada
(Association for Supporting and Awakening
Young Girls)
La Lumière promotes the well-being of street children,
female domestic workers, migrant families, and other
marginalized populations living in rural and underdeveloped areas. In rural mining towns, La Lumière
works to educate the community about child labor laws
with the goal of protecting children from exploitation.
Previous Funding: $49,000 since 2005
$17,000/8,405,820 CFA francs
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
[email protected]
Director: Maimouna Traore
Association of People for Practical
Life Education
[email protected]
$12,000/140,528,400 Ghanaian cedis
SKI works to provide viable career opportunities to
vulnerable children and youth through skills training
courses and business development trainings.
Previous Funding: $64,000 since 2003
Supporting Orphans and Vulnerable for
Better Health, Education, and Nutrition
$8,000/17,386,320 Ugandan shillings
Kampala, Uganda
Director: Richard Bbaale
Accra, Ghana
ADEP fights exploitation and violence against girls,
educating them about HIV/AIDS and reproductive
health and helping society better understand the effects on
girls of early and forced marriage, the dangers of female
circumcision, and the importance of girl child education.
Previous Funding: $48,000 since 2005
Association des Jeunes pour le Développement
Intégré–Kakundu (Youth Association for
Integrated Development–Kakundu)
$12,000/2,796,000 Congolese francs
$15,000/1,779,975 Nigerian nairas
Lagos, Nigeria
Director: Peter Samura
[email protected]; [email protected]
Kudirat Initiative for Democracy
WISE inspires, empowers, and equips Tanzanian youth and
women leaders through entrepreneurship and leadership
training in the economic, governmental, and social sectors.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Freetown, Sierra Leone
Monrovia, Liberia
Director: Patience Blay-Attoh
[email protected]
SOVHEN helps orphaned and vulnerable children
attain a better quality of life and an increased life expectancy through programs in financial literacy, income
generation, education, health, nutrition, and environmental preservation.
Previous Funding: $13,500 since 2007
Synapse Center
$15,000/7,416,900 CFA francs
Dakar, Senegal
Director: Ciré Kane
[email protected]
Uvira, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Director: Bukeni Tete Waruzi Beck
[email protected]; [email protected]
[email protected]
APPLE offers community outreach, health, and education programs designed to end child labor in fishing
villages in Ghana’s Lake Volta region.
Previous Funding: $17,000 since 2006
Avenir de l’Enfant
(Future of the Child)
$14,000/6,327,804 CFA francs
Rufisque, Senegal
Director: Moussa Sow
[email protected]
In a country where children are the primary victims of
war and are recruited as foot soldiers, AJEDI-Ka works
to rehabilitate children affected by conflict through
counseling and education programs that aid their healing
and recovery.
Previous Funding: $33,500 since 2005
Association Jeunesse Actions Mali
(Youth Action Association of Mali)
$15,000/7,416,900 CFA francs
Synapse Center unleashes the entrepreneurial leadership potential of youth through education programs that
encourage youth to start and grow their own initiatives
and to take greater responsibility in their communities.
Previous Funding: $87,500 since 2002
Director: James Jack Dawson
Bamako, Mali
Director: Souleymane Sarr
[email protected]
ADE works in the secondary city of Rufisque to safeguard street children and other at-risk children from
sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation by leading
education campaigns, providing children with shelter
and support, and facilitating family reintegration.
Previous Funding: $31,000 since 2006
Centre for Domestic Training
and Development
$7,000/554,026 Kenyan shillings
Nairobi, Kenya
Director: Edith Murogo
[email protected]
AJA Mali provides basic education and life skills
training, including long-term apprenticeships in the
fields of carpentry, masonry, plumbing, metalworking,
and mechanics, to out-of-school and working youth
and works with apprentices’ teachers to ensure that the
youth are not being exploited or abused.
Previous Funding: $57,000 since 2003
CDTD assists children working as domestic laborers by
helping them negotiate fair labor conditions, teaching
them how to better protect themselves from abuse and
illness, and encouraging them to consider formal-career
2008–2009 Grants List
New Life Community Projects
$7,000/8,263,150 Burundian francs
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Bujumbura, Burundi
Director: Gerrie Smit
Director: Aimable Barandagiye
[email protected]
[email protected]
$10,000/90,668 South African rand
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Action pour la Promotion des Droits de
l’Enfant au Burkina Faso
(Action for the Promotion of the Rights
of the Burkinabe Child)
Education as a Vaccine against AIDS
$19,000/2,827,694 Nigerian nairas
Abuja, Nigeria
Director: Fadekemi Akinfaderin
[email protected]
$19,000/8,587,734 CFA francs
Giriyuja works to protect children who live or work on
the streets by providing life skills training, educational
support, and vocational training opportunities, and by
guiding them through the process of family tracing and
New Life helps children who live on the streets in Cape
Town’s informal settlements by offering educational
and psychosocial support through community-based
home schools, psychosocial support groups, and partnerships with the public school system.
Previous Funding: $13,000 since 2007
Heshima (Dignity) Kenya
$7,000/554,026 Kenyan shillings
Rescue Alternatives Liberia
Nairobi, Kenya
$14,000/896,000 Liberian dollars
Director: Talyn Good
Monrovia, Liberia
[email protected]; [email protected]
Director: R. Jarwlee Tweh Geegbe
[email protected]
Heshima Kenya identifies and protects unaccompanied
refugee minors, particularly girls, and empowers them
to lead healthy and self-sufficient lives through an
education program focused on basic education and life
skills, a safe house, and foster care placement.
La Conscience
$20,000/9,889,200 CFA francs
Tsévié, Togo
Director: Kodjo Djissenou
[email protected]
La Conscience works to prevent the trafficking and
exploitation of Togo’s impoverished children through
education programs that seek to transition children into
formal schools and raise awareness about the realities of
child trafficking.
Previous Funding: $79,000 since 2003
Media Concern Initiative
$9,000/1,067,985 Nigerian nairas
Lagos, Nigeria
Director: Princess Olufemi-Kayode
[email protected]
To prevent and respond to the sexual abuse of children
and youth, MCI provides free legal and counseling
support, partners with health professionals and police,
and raises public awareness about abuse through mediabased advocacy in Lagos.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2007
RAL, formerly Prisoners Assistance Program, advocates
against torture and for human rights and prison reform
by monitoring and reporting violations of prisoners’
rights. Its Youth Diversion Program diverts first-time
juvenile offenders from entering prison and provides
counseling and vocational training to incarcerated youth.
Previous Funding: $29,250 since 2005
Dori, Burkina Faso
Director: Goamwaooga Kabore
[email protected]
APRODEB aims to ensure that young children under
the age of 5 are safeguarded from malnutrition through
nutrition and health education, food distribution, and
Previous Funding: $49,000 since 2004
Amahoro Association
$10,000/5,557,500 Rwandan francs
Kigali, Rwanda
Director: Susanna Grannis
[email protected]
Amahoro Association provides education, nutrition,
and counseling to orphaned and vulnerable children and
their families, focusing on children in primary school.
Previous Funding: $16,000 since 2006
EVA works to empower Nigerian youth to make responsible sexual-practice choices and personal development
decisions through education programs that focus on the
social, cultural, and economic factors that shape Nigerian
adolescents’ and preadolescents’ sexual practices.
Previous Funding: $77,000 since 2003
Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS
$8,000/72,534 South African rand
Cape Town, South Africa
Director: Vivienne Yolisa Budaza
[email protected]
As part of its support to grandmothers caring for their
orphaned grandchildren, GAPA runs an early childhood center for young children and an after-school
program for children in primary school to keep the
children in a safe and supportive environment.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Integrated Community Health Services
Cotonou, Benin
Association des Artistes et Artisans contre
le VIH/SIDA et les Stupifiants
(Association of Artists and Artisans against
HIV/AIDS and Drugs)
Director: Flore-Emma Mongbo
$7,000/3,461,220 CFA francs
[email protected]
[email protected]
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
$16,000/7,911,360 CFA francs
Director: Pyanne Djire
SIN-DO promotes health and hygiene awareness;
supports quality education; and provides training in
civic participation, economic development, and HIV/
AIDS prevention to women and children living in
marginalized communities in and around Cotonou.
Previous Funding: $48,000 since 2005
[email protected]
AARCOSIS engages musicians, artists, and artisans in
the battle against HIV/AIDS and drug abuse by helping
them integrate anti-AIDS and anti-drug messages into
their work.
Previous Funding: $15,500 since 2006
$10,000/830,684 Kenyan shillings
Kisumu, Kenya
Director: Kitche Magak
In a region greatly impacted by the HIV/AIDS crisis,
INCHES provides quality integrated healthcare
services to vulnerable children and youth and educates
the community through edutainment soap operas,
school-based psychosocial programs, and a children’s
rights and gender training curriculum.
Previous Funding: $24,000 since 2006
Tasintha Programme
(Deeper Transformation Program)
Carolina for Kibera
$19,000/109,194,710 Zambian kwacha
$16,000/1,329,094 Kenyan shillings
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lusaka, Zambia
Nairobi, Kenya
Director: Zemi Yenus
Director: Clotilda Phiri
Director: Salim Mohamed
[email protected]
[email protected]; [email protected]
[email protected]
zamnet.zm; [email protected]
Tasintha prevents women and children from entering
the sex trade by giving them alternative income-generation
skills and raising community awareness about sexual
Previous Funding: $83,534 since 2003
Carolina for Kibera promotes youth leadership and
ethnic and gender cooperation through sports, young
women’s empowerment, and community development
in the densely populated and impoverished Kibera
urban slum. The Binti Pamoja center provides a place
for adolescent girls to learn about reproductive health,
financial literacy, and personal development.
Previous Funding: $39,000 since 2006
Nia Foundation
$10,000/98,421 Ethiopian birr
Nia Foundation provides support to vulnerable children, offering programs for girls involved in commercial
sex work, programs for children with mental challenges,
and a support group for parents.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2006
2008–2009 Grants List
Middle East & North Africa
Physicians for Social Justice
Youth Activist Organization
$6,000/892,956 Nigerian nairas
$7,000/40,229,630 Zambian kwacha
Kontagora, Nigeria
Lusaka, Zambia
Director: Chukwumuanya Igboekwu
Director: Matauka Muliokela
[email protected]
[email protected]
Association for the Development and
Enhancement of Women
PSJ provides essential health services and elevates
community awareness on healthcare issues through a
mobile clinic that promotes the creation of local insurance plans and educates residents about root problems
preventing them from attaining good health.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
In an effort to address the growing prevalence of HIV/
AIDS among Zambia’s youth, YAO runs a series of
soccer camps where youth educate their peers, the spectators, and their communities about AIDS prevention.
Previous Funding: $13,000 since 2007
$20,000/110,706 Egyptian pounds
Projecto de Vida para Crianças e Jovens
(Life Project for Children and Youth)
Never Again Rwanda
$6,000/160,620,000 Mozambican meticais
Maputo, Mozambique
Director: Cremildo Goncalves
[email protected];
Creative Opportunities
$7,000/3,890,250 Rwandan francs
Kigali, Rwanda
Director: Joseph Nkurunziza
[email protected]
[email protected]
PROVIDA provides meaningful after-school programs
in such areas as sports, arts, and culture to teach
children and youth about health, with a focus on HIV/
AIDS prevention.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Sophiatown Community Psychological Services
$11,500/92,641 South African rand
Johannesburg, South Africa
Director: Johanna Kistner
[email protected]
SCPS, formerly Reginald Orsmond Counselling
Services, works in the Sophiatown area of Johannesburg to provide community-based psychosocial support
to vulnerable populations, including children and families affected by HIV/AIDS, women who are victims of
domestic violence, and displaced populations.
Previous Funding: $7,500 since 2007
Cairo, Egypt
Director: Iman Bibars
[email protected]
ADEW works to empower adolescent girls in Cairo’s
squatter communities and to ensure that the girls are
able to attain the skills they need to become self-reliant
through individualized academic plans and vocational
skills training.
Previous Funding: $55,000 since 2004
Founded by university students, NAR is committed
to creating a peaceful and thriving country by equipping young people with skills and tools in conflict
management and resolution and by engaging youth in
issues around Rwanda’s past and human rights through
dialogue, drama, and song.
Association du Foyer de l’Enfant Libanais
(Lebanese Child Home Association)
Rural Human Rights Activists Program
AFEL serves orphaned children and struggling families
through a combination of literacy classes, youth clubs,
summer camps, workshops, and a public-education
program aimed at strengthening family ties.
Previous Funding: $41,500 since 2004
$8,000/512,000 Liberian dollars
Monrovia, Liberia
Director: Lorma Baysah
[email protected]
$15,000/22,683,150 Lebanese pounds
Beirut, Lebanon
Director: Simone Warde
[email protected]; [email protected]
RHRAP promotes ethnic tolerance, human rights, and
democracy in Liberia through advocacy and through
peace education programs that teach primary-school
children the values of tolerance, respect, and diversity and
expose them to fundamental human rights principles as a
way to address lingering ethnic and religious divisions.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Synergie pour l’Enfance
(Synergy for Children)
$14,000/6,327,804 CFA francs
Thiaroye, Senegal
Director: Ngagne Mbaye
[email protected]
Synergie pour l’Enfance provides comprehensive prevention and treatment services to children who have been
affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, with targeted services
to children in rural regions as well as to street children.
Previous Funding: $16,000 since 2006
2008–2009 Grants List
Program Officer
Countries in region
Central and Eastern
Lisa Fiala
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria,
Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Russia,
Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine
Commonwealth of
Independent States
MA, School for International
BS, Miami University
Bulgarian, Russian
Number of grantee partners
Center of Support for Rural Enterprise
and Economy
$7,000/1,073,590 Kazakhstani tenge
$5,000/17,076 Tajik somoni
Khorog, Tajikistan
Director: Kamoliddin Shanbe-zoda
[email protected]
Zhetasai, Kazakhstan
Director: Myrzakadyr Abdykhalikov
[email protected]
2008–2009 grants
51 grants valued at $325,100
Nur (Light) Center
The Center of Support for Rural Enterprise and
Economy works within a rural, agricultural, and highly
traditional community to educate farmers in the
efficient use of water and land resources and to combat
the use of child labor in rural agriculture and enterprise
through specialized education programs targeting
child laborers, mostly migrant children working in the
region’s cotton fields.
Nur Center offers customized basic education and
professional development training for mentally and
physically disabled minority children in the mountainous Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast, a remote
region of Tajikistan.
Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund
$6,000/200,201 Russian rubles
Moscow, Russia
Director: Georgia Williams
[email protected]
The Global Fund for Children’s grantmaking
in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and
the Commonwealth of Independent States
(CIS) grew by more than a third this year,
adding ten new grantee partners in five new
countries (Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Russia, and Tajikistan). Throughout the
region, we support groups working on a wide
range of issues, including early childhood
development, trafficking, education, HIV/
AIDS, children with disabilities, and
orphanage graduates.
The fall of the Soviet Union left a decided
mark on this region, and countries are still in
a period of adjustment. Of the many children
who still live in Soviet-style institutions, most
are considered “social orphans,” those whose
parents cannot take care of them. Disabled
children, both those who are mentally or
physically disabled and those who are labeled
“disabled” for reasons such as dyslexia or
attention deficit, have, since communism,
faced life in an institution. There has been a
recent movement against these institutions
in Central and Eastern Europe, and many
civil society organizations working with the
disabled have been formed. This movement
has been strengthened by an influx of funding from the European Union and a broad
media campaign highlighting the suffering of
children in such institutions.
In Central Asia, migration for economic
purposes is a growing trend that has brought
several concerns to the region, including a
growing rate of HIV/AIDS and, therefore, a
growing need to support programs working
on HIV/AIDS prevention, detection, and
Grassroots groups in Central Asia continue
to thrive and evolve as they work against
the old structures. Under communism,
everything was run as a system, and now
that those systems have failed, progress is
requiring the ingenuity of local people who
tackle local issues with creative ideas. From
the outside, these ideas may not seem terribly
different, but within the context in which
these groups are operating, they are truly
significant—for instance, recognizing the
different needs of minority children in an
environment that was strongly focused on
assimilation is a huge step forward.
The media does not cover the CEE/CIS
region often, and nonprofits and aid organizations often overlook this area or consider
it more developed and thus beyond the need
for assistance. The simple truth is that most
people do not know enough about the needs
of the children living in CEE/CIS.
One of my favorite moments from this
year was meeting with new grantee partner
Eldany in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Eldany’s
mission is to teach disabled children, most of
whom society considers unable to learn, that
they can positively contribute to society, and
to extend this teaching to their parents and
communities. When I visited, disabled youth
from Eldany’s vocational handicraft program
were teaching orphans at an orphanage for
mentally disabled children the crafting skills
they learn in Eldany’s program. Another
highlight was visiting Children of Tien-Shan
in Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan. The organization’s
Crisis Center provides emergency shelter to
children while working to reunite these children with their families or to find long-term
family placements for them. I heard from
many children and their parents about the
integral role the Crisis Center and its staff
have played in their lives.
This coming year, I look forward to garnering
additional grants and awards for our grantee
partners, and to advocating for the region’s
children by raising awareness of local issues.
I know the future holds many possibilities for
the continued growth of The Global Fund
for Children’s activities in CEE/CIS.
Chiricli (Bird): International Roma Women’s
Charitable Fund
$12,000/97,837 Ukrainian hryvnia
Kiev, Ukraine
Director: Zola Kondur
[email protected]; [email protected]
Chiricli promotes informal education, cultural awareness, healthcare, and health education for Ukraine’s
vulnerable Roma population, with an emphasis on
increasing educational opportunities and school
attendance among children and youth and preparing
preschool children for primary school.
Previous Funding: $49,000 since 2003
Dushanbe Youth House
$8,000/27,321 Tajik somoni
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Director: Matluba Dadabaeva
[email protected]; [email protected]
DYH provides educational and vocational courses for
vulnerable children, including street children, working
children, and children from poor families, and offers
psychological support to the children and their families.
ROOF provides high-quality educational opportunities
to children and young adults from Russian orphanages,
who are systemically denied these opportunities. Its
pre-university preparatory program mentors and tutors
orphanage youth, leading to a high rate of acceptance at
higher-education institutions.
Society Biliki
(Path Society)
$17,000/28,475 Georgian lari
Gori, Georgia
Director: Marika Mgebrishvili
[email protected]
Biliki assists underprivileged, special needs, and
internally displaced children from the conflict zones
of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Its Day Center offers
educational and creative courses in order to transition
the children into formal schools and Georgian society.
Previous Funding: $79,500 since 2003
Society for the Protection of Paralyzed Citizens of Aktobe
$6,000/920,220 Kazakhstani tenge
Early Intervention Institute
Aktobe, Kazakhstan
$8,000/65,225 Ukrainian hryvnia
Director: Kuralai Baimenova
Kharkov, Ukraine
[email protected]
Director: Anna Kukuruza
[email protected]
EII’s work focuses on preventing the institutionalization of infants and young children who have developmental delays and disabilities and integrating them
into their families, schools, and communities through
therapeutic and educational services.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
SPPCA provides the foundation, inspiration, and
resources for full participation in social, political, sporting, and cultural life by disabled citizens through a
variety of activities for both children and adults.
2008–2009 Grants List
Tanadgoma (Assistance) Library and Cultural
Center for People with Disabilities
$16,000/22,416 Georgian lari
Tbilisi, Georgia
Director: Nana Alexidze
[email protected]
Tanadgoma promotes integrative and inclusive education for children with disabilities by providing them
with basic educational and extracurricular activity
programs; facilitating their transition into the mainstream school system; and training teachers, parents,
and government officials on issues such as inclusive
education, proper care for those with disabilities, and
legal and policy matters related to disability.
Previous Funding: $42,000 since 2004
Tbilisi Youth House Foundation
$21,000/29,421 Georgian lari
Tbilisi, Georgia
Director: Nana Doliashvili
[email protected]
Working in the central railway and market neighborhoods, TYHF provides a variety of programs that help
internally displaced children stay in or return to school,
attend nonformal classes, and practice volunteerism.
Previous Funding: $63,000 since 2003
school, considers the interests and needs of the children, takes into account gender differences, works to
eliminate prejudices, and recognizes the cultural and
traditional values of the children’s families.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2007
Kitezh Children’s Community
Children of Tien-Shan
$6,000/200,201 Russian rubles
$8,000/285,675 Kyrgyz som
Kaluga, Russia
Balykchy, Kyrgyzstan
Director: Sergei Khlopenov
Director: Irina Trofimova
[email protected]
[email protected]
Kitezh Children’s Community offers a sustainable
alternative to the state orphanage system in Russia by
providing permanent foster care for orphaned children
in a therapeutic community in the countryside of the
Kaluga region. Its vocational farming program provides
the children with agricultural and horticultural skills
that will enable them to be self-supportive in the future.
Children of Tien-Shan runs an emergency shelter for
vulnerable children, many of whom are under the age of
8, who are not receiving quality care at home.
Alliance for Children and Youth
$12,000/15,934 Bulgarian leva
Sofia, Bulgaria
Director: Mariana Pisarska
[email protected]
Recognized as one of the authorities in Bulgaria on
vulnerable children’s issues, the Alliance for Children
and Youth’s 16+ Center offers comprehensive services,
including healthcare, counseling, and educational and
vocational training, to vulnerable, marginalized, unemployed, and homeless youth, 95 percent of whom are of
Roma descent.
Previous Funding: $18,000 since 2006
$6,000/920,220 Kazakhstani tenge
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Director: Alma Bekpan
[email protected]
Fundatia COTE
(COTE Foundation)
$12,000/372,092,400 Romanian lei
Lasi, Romania
Director: Iulian Ghica
[email protected]
Asociatia pentru Libertatea si Egalitatea de Gen
(Association for Liberty and Gender Equality)
$10,000/249,978,000 Romanian lei
COTE offers social assistance, counseling, and support
to children and teenagers who are in or have recently
left state-run orphanages in the impoverished region
of Moldavia, assisting them with securing employment
and housing, accessing medical services, and interacting
with authorities and society.
Previous Funding: $25,000 since 2006
Sibiu, Romania
Director: Camelia Blaga
[email protected]
ALEG promotes gender equality and fights genderbased violence and discrimination in Romania through
inclusive, empowering, and supportive programs for
young people.
Previous Funding: $16,000 since 2006
Gender Education, Research and
Technologies Foundation
$16,000/23,230 Bulgarian leva
Sofia, Bulgaria
Tudor Foundation
$6,000/1,313,370 Hungarian forint
Budapest, Hungary
Director: Gabor Havas
[email protected]
Tudor Foundation works with talented underprivileged
primary-school children in four communities, facilitating their chances for further education and helping
them to achieve their full educational potential through
classes in foreign languages, information technology, and other subjects; skills training; after-school
programs; and summer camps.
Umut Işiği: Kadin, Çevre, Kültür, ve Isletme
(Light of Hope: Women, Environment, Culture,
and Enterprise Cooperative)
$8,000/9,936,160,000 Turkish lira
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Director: Naside Buluttekin
[email protected];
[email protected]
Umut Işiği’s Early Education and Childcare Cooperative provides early childhood education for children
from birth to age 6 to prepare them for elementary
Eldany focuses on rehabilitative, psychological, adaptational,
and material support for children and youth with cerebral
palsy, epilepsy, and motor disabilities. Focused on financial
empowerment, the group assists the youth in operating
a number of income-generating programs, including a
creative art studio, a theatrical studio, and a vocal studio.
Fundatia Noi Orizonturi
(New Horizons Foundation)
$9,000/279,069,300 Romanian lei
Lupeni, Romania
Director: Dana Bates
[email protected]
Director: Jivka Marinova
$8,000/419,237 Serbian dinars
[email protected]
Belgrade, Serbia
Director: Ksenija Burzan Mandic
[email protected]
Atina provides long-term direct assistance to women
and children who are victims of trafficking and sexual
or labor exploitation, with the aim of helping them
overcome their trauma and gain the confidence to
successfully reenter community life.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Noi Orizonturi utilizes a unique program of adventure
education and service learning to empower youth and
encourage them to become agents of social change in
a country saddled with widespread corruption. Youth
in the program implement community service projects,
develop partnerships with local government and businesses, and lead and participate in team-building activities, debates, and conflict resolution trainings.
Previous Funding: $25,000 since 2006
GERT raises public awareness on issues linked to
gender stereotypes, teaches young people about reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS, and improves gender
relations among youth in order to reduce gender-based
violence and sexual exploitation.
Previous Funding: $51,000 since 2004
Kiev Children and Youth Support Center
$8,000/65,225 Ukrainian hryvnia
Kiev, Ukraine
Centar za Integraciju Mladih
(Center for Youth Integration)
Director: Bogdan Bashtovy
[email protected]
$11,000/576,451 Serbian dinars
Belgrade, Serbia
Director: Milica Djordjevic
[email protected]
CIM works to empower and fully integrate street
children into their communities by building long-term
relationships between staff and beneficiaries.
Previous Funding: $17,000 since 2006
The Support Center, founded by orphanage graduates and staff, offers legal, medical, psychological, and
financial assistance to young people who age out of
Kiev’s orphanages.
Previous Funding: $13,000 since 2007
2008–2009 Grants List
Ulybka (Smile) Public Foundation
$7,000/249,966 Kyrgyz som
Yugoslav Association for Culture
and Education of Roma
Osh, Kyrgyzstan
$5,000/349,648 Serbian dinars
Director: Elmira Umarova
Leskovac, Serbia
[email protected]
Director: Marjan Muratovic
[email protected]
Ulybka Public Foundation runs an emergency shelter
for children in the southern region of Kyrgyzstan
and focuses its activities on street children, working
children, victims of trafficking or violence, orphans,
physically disabled children, and at-risk women.
Usdruzenje Nova Generacija
(New Generation Association)
$5,000/7,259 Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible marka
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director: Bojan Arula
[email protected]
YAC-ER advances health education for the Roma
population by providing healthcare to youth and health
education to youth, pregnant women, new mothers, and
those at increased risk of contracting HIV. Vulnerable
youth engage in a peer educators program that breaks
taboos and counters misinformation about sex.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Creative Opportunities
Çocuklar Ayni Çatinin Altinda Dernegi
(Children Under the Same Roof Association)
Nova Generacija operates a mentoring program in
Bosnia’s Serb territories for vulnerable children and
youth, many of whom are living with foster families, in
orphanages, on the streets, in medical institutions, or in
juvenile delinquent halls.
Previous Funding: $11,000 since 2007
$10,000/12,420,200,000 Turkish lira
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Club 21—Udruženja za Pozitivnu Komunikaciju
(Association for Positive Communication)
$7,000/366,832 Serbian dinars
Subotica, Serbia
Director: Dezso Kiss
[email protected]; [email protected]
In order to prevent juvenile delinquency, Club 21 runs
indoor sports clubs that strengthen the communication skills of young people from diverse backgrounds,
including out-of-school children and children with
different degrees of ability, and empower them to
express their thoughts, personality, and creativity.
Previous Funding: $5,000 since 2007
Incest Trauma Center
$9,000/629,366 Serbian dinars
Belgrade, Serbia
Director: Dusica Popadic
[email protected]
Targeting the most vulnerable citizens, such as Roma,
refugee, and orphaned children, ITC provides counseling for child and female victims of sexual assault and
operates a 24-hour crisis hotline.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2007
Diyarbakir, Turkey
Director: Azize Leygara
[email protected]
ÇAÇA seeks to reduce the number of children working
on the streets in conflict-torn Kurdish areas of Turkey
by operating a mentoring and creative arts program that
incorporates role-playing, dance, visual arts, and theater
for children aged 4 to 15.
Previous Funding: $8,000 since 2007
ingenuity fosters possibilities.
2008–2009 Grants List
Program Officer
Countries in region
East and
Southeast Asia
Hoa Tu Duong
Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos,
Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand,
Timor-Leste, Vietnam
MPP, Harvard Kennedy School,
Harvard University
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Chinese, Thai
The Global Fund for Children’s East and
Southeast Asia program spans nine countries,
stretching from the deserts and steppes of
Mongolia to the archipelago island nations
of the Philippines and Indonesia. These nine
countries account for roughly 1.7 billion of
the world’s population, including approximately 445 million children.
Our grantee partners address a variety of
needs and target the most vulnerable populations in this region. This year, I met abused
children from rural China who came to the
city in search of work; teenage Cambodian
boys addicted to drugs and considering gang
membership as an alternative to street life; trafficked Burmese girls in debt bondage working
as prostitutes in border towns far from home;
Filipino children in the southern provinces
who have felt the shocks of armed conflict;
and Vietnamese preschoolers living with HIV/
AIDS selling lottery tickets or shuttered away
in the home instead of going to school because
their families and teachers believed them
incapable of leading a normal life.
Our grantee partners in China focus on
education programs for rural, disabled, and
minority children, with an emphasis on
children under the age of 8. We also support
several organizations combating HIV/AIDS
in China through education and awarenessraising campaigns. In Indonesia, we support
Responding to Crisis portfolio grantee
partners, such as Muhammadiyah ’Aisyiyah
and Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama NAD, both
working in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian
Ocean tsunami to train preschool teachers
in classroom management, curriculum
design, effective teaching methods, and
natural disaster preparedness. In Cambodia,
Women Development Association coordinates monthly peer learning sessions and
vocational trainings, while Tiny Toones uses
hip-hop to generate buzz about its weekly
education and health programs. Both of
these projects target vulnerable boys. Finally,
grantee partners in the Philippines, Thailand,
and Mongolia are working to rehabilitate
and reintegrate trafficked girls, with great
potential for regional partnerships.
The global financial crisis dealt a heavy blow
to the region, deepening the poverty levels
nearly threefold. In Phnom Penh, Cambodia,
garment factory closures plunged thousands
of women and girls into unemployment,
simultaneously increasing their susceptibility
to human trafficking. In Indonesia, the lack
of arable land and rising cost of food took a
toll on the rice- and corn-farming communities in Aceh. Expensive local products in
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, made it difficult for
one of our grantee partners there to raise staff
salaries, putting the organization at risk of
losing its staff to larger NGOs.
Despite these challenges, our partners made
headlines this year. Rural China Education
Foundation and Big Brother Mouse were
highlighted at Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York and Hong Kong, respectively. Tiny Toones, which completed a US
dance tour in April 2008, was featured in the
New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer.
Number of grantee partners
2008–2009 grants
52 grants valued at $320,340
I visited seven countries in East and Southeast Asia this year, and I witnessed firsthand
the living conditions of the children our
grantee partners serve. While standing atop
mountains of garbage in Cambodia, where
children as young as 4 sort plastics to make
less than a dollar a day, I saw very clearly the
appropriateness of Community Sanitation
and Recycling Organization’s basic literacy,
health, and safety curriculum for its mobile
outreach program. In western China, I was
invited into the humble homes of scholarship recipients supported by The Global
Fund for Children through Snowland Service
Group. Most of the youth come from farming or nomadic backgrounds and are the
first in their families to attend school, yet
they understand with absolute certainty that
education is the way to improve their lives.
Our role here is simple: to support the tireless
efforts of these extraordinary community
leaders and to ensure that these children
continue reaching toward a brighter future.
Achlal (Caring Kindness) Children’s
Development Center
Friends for Street Children
$15,000/267,270,000 Vietnamese dong
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Director: Sr. Marie Le Thi Thao
$16,500/18,928,800 Mongolian tugriks
[email protected]; [email protected]
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Director: Azzayaa Davaanyam
[email protected]
Achlal provides community-based support for poor and
disabled children and their families living in Bayankhoshuu, one of the poorest slums of Ulaanbaatar. Achlal’s
school offers primary education and extracurricular
activities for young people who were never enrolled
in school or were forced to drop out due to disability,
illness, or family poverty.
Previous Funding: $42,000 since 2004
Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids
$6,000/41,016 Chinese yuan
Baoji, Shaanxi Province, China
Director: Du Chengfei
[email protected]
Xinxing provides rehabilitation, education, recreation,
and vocational skills training to poor urban children,
many of whom are migrants from rural areas, in
Shaanxi Province. Xingxing’s socioeducation programs
offer nonformal education covering basic knowledge
and life skills, as well as special classes for mentally
challenged children.
FFSC’s nine development centers provide the youngest
street children with nonformal education, shelter, and
healthcare, incorporating a child rights approach.
Previous Funding: $83,500 since 2000
Rural China Education Foundation
$5,000/34,224 Chinese yuan
Beijing, China
Director: Diane Geng and Sara Lam
[email protected]; [email protected]
RCEF places teaching assistants and coaches in a rural
school to partner with local teachers and to experiment
with and document effective curricula and teaching
approaches for the rural context, with the aim of
promoting learner-centered education that is relevant
to children’s life needs and prepares students for active
roles in improving their communities.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Snowland Service Group
$9,000/61,603 Chinese yuan
Yushu County, Qinghai Province, China
Director: Rinchen Dawa
Community Sanitation and
Recycling Organization
[email protected]
$5,000/20,845,500 Cambodian riels
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Director: Heng Yon Kora
[email protected]
CSARO addresses the needs of Phnom Penh’s waste
pickers through community development, solid waste
management, and mobile education programs that
enhance the livelihoods, safety, and education of poor
children throughout the city.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
SSG empowers Tibetan communities through sustainable
community development projects in education, renewable energy, and basic infrastructure. In Yushu Prefecture,
where over 60 percent of middle-school graduates are
unable to continue their education, SSG provides scholarships to enable students to complete high school, thereby
increasing the opportunities available to them.
Previous Funding: $24,000 since 2006
Women’s Education for Advancement
and Empowerment
$18,000/612,443 Thai baht
Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan
Chiang Mai, Thailand
$5,000/34,180 Chinese yuan
Director: Maria Mitos Urgel
Hanyuan County, Sichuan Province, China
[email protected] women.org
Director: Guo Yumei
www.weave women.org
In an effort to alleviate poverty in rural China, DORS
implements small-scale village-based projects, including microcredit for women, educational support for
children and youth, and renewable-energy, forestry,
infrastructure, and income generation projects.
WEAVE trains community preschool teachers, offers curriculum development assistance, and operates early childhood
development centers serving displaced Burmese children
in refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, in addition to
providing child development trainings for parents.
Previous Funding: $41,000 since 2005
2008–2009 Grants List
Yunnan Institute of Development
$6,000/41,016 Chinese yuan
Yuxi, Yunnan Province, China
Director: Xing Mo
[email protected]
annual business plan competition aimed at identifying
and supporting future youth entrepreneurs.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
YID focuses on health and education in rural communities through HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention
programs, health and hygiene education, children’s
clubs, primary-school and middle-school support,
curriculum development, teacher training, and early
childhood development.
Center for Prevention of Child Abuse
and Neglect
CPCAN provides legal, rehabilitative, and psychosocial
support for children who have been victims of violence
and abuse. Its three-tiered approach includes peer
education training for children, telephone hotlines, and
awareness workshops for parents.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
$9,000/12,714,930 Mongolian tugriks
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Director: Baigalmaa Sunren
[email protected]
Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center
Beijing LovingSource Information Center
$9,000/431,254 Philippine pesos
$7,000/47,914 Chinese yuan
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Beijing, China
Director: Rowena Legaspi
Director: Xiangyang Cheng
[email protected]
[email protected]
CLRD provides legal assistance to juvenile offenders,
documentation for advocacy purposes, rehabilitation
and general welfare support for released juvenile detainees, and training and education.
Previous Funding: $37,500 since 2004
Laura Vicuña Foundation
Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children
and Youth Development, Inc.
$7,000/335,420 Philippine pesos
Gapan City, Philippines
Director: Donato Bayubay Bumacas
[email protected]
KAMICYDI works to increase educational and vocational opportunities for the children and youth of the
beleaguered Kalinga tribe. The organization provides
development opportunities to school-going and out-ofschool Kalinga youth, teaching business development
skills and entrepreneurship.
Previous Funding: $16,300 since 2007
Women Development Association
$16,000/66,705,600 Cambodian riels
Saang District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Director: Soreach Sereithida
[email protected]
WDA addresses the development needs of impoverished women, youth, and children by working with
communities to achieve long-term sustainable development through capacity building. The Peace Building for
Youth program targets boys who are at risk of participating in criminal or violent activities by providing
them with life skills training and emphasizing positive
roles that are available to men in the community.
Previous Funding: $56,000 since 2004
$5,000/239,586 Philippine pesos
Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Director: Audrey Codera
[email protected]
Center for the Protection of Children’s
Rights Foundation
$20,000/680,492 Thai baht
Bangkok, Thailand
$12,000/575,005 Philippine pesos
Victorias, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Director: Sr. Maria Victoria P. Santa Ana
[email protected]
In addition to running a program for sexually abused and
exploited girls, LVF builds young children’s capacities
through educational and development programs and offers
nutritional supplements and food for preschool-age children.
Previous Funding: $42,000 since 2005
Director: Sanphasit Koomphraphant
[email protected]
Tiny Toones
$6,000/25,014,600 Cambodian riels
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
CPCR works to prevent and confront the physical
abuse, sexual exploitation, and neglect of children
throughout Southeast Asia and to reintegrate affected
children into society. The group operates a temporary
shelter in Bangkok that provides physical, emotional,
and social support for youth who are reentering society.
Previous Funding: $61,000 since 2003
Children and Young People’s Protection and
Development NGO
$10,000/11,472,000 Mongolian tugriks
Director: Tuy Sobil
[email protected]
Tiny Toones uses break dancing, hip-hop music, and
contemporary arts as creative tools to empower street
youth to live healthier lives free of HIV and drugs,
build a more promising future by furthering their
educational opportunities, and become positive role
models for their community.
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Ba Futuru (For the Future)
Director: T. S. Battuya
[email protected]; [email protected]
Dili, Timor-Leste
Director: Joana dos Santos Camoes
CYPPD, formerly Equal Step Centre, offers a range of
integrated programs for vulnerable children and focuses
on safety, education, child rights, and health training. One
program targets girls who are working in the marketplace,
where the risk of prostitution is high, and helps them to
return to school or find safe and productive employment.
Previous Funding: $7,500 since 2007
[email protected]
Ba Futuru works to create a positive future for children
in orphanages through creative arts by using role-playing,
trust exercises, art, and drama for the psychological and
emotional rehabilitation of the children.
Previous Funding: $22,000 since 2006
LovingSource supports the psychosocial needs of young
children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, while
addressing HIV stigma and discrimination within the
community. Its Children Assistance Project includes
a pen-pal program to encourage psychosocial health
and a quarterly magazine tailored to rural children to
reestablish their interest in learning.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Jinpa Project
$12,000/82,138 Chinese yuan
Nangchen County, China
Director: Tashi Tsering
[email protected]
The Jinpa Project works in the most remote areas of
Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture to relieve the
poverty of nomadic and semi-nomadic communities by
building physical infrastructure and increasing access
to education and healthcare. The organization trains
youth, who in turn train additional youth, to spread
healthcare knowledge in their respective communities.
Previous Funding: $40,000 since 2005
Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center
$8,500/58,181 Chinese yuan
Ruili, China
Director: Zhang Yinzhong
[email protected]
Neng Guan raises awareness of the dangers of drug use
and reduces stigma against HIV/AIDS among rural
and ethnic communities through the use of traditional
performing arts such as singing and dancing. The group
works with underprivileged minority youth, providing them with the training and skills to educate their
communities through public performances.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Ruili Women and Children
Development Center
$16,500/112,794 Chinese yuan
Ruili, China
Director: Chen Guilan
[email protected]
YouthWorks provides microfinance loans to underprivileged youth entrepreneurs and women in the Philippines in order to promote economic self-sufficiency.
YouthWorks partners with local high schools to run an
RWCDC works to improve the overall well-being
of neglected or sexually exploited women and children living in Ruili County, bordering Burma, with a
2008–2009 Grants List
particular focus on raising awareness about HIV/AIDS
and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Previous Funding: $38,000 since 2004
ing on interacting with traumatized children, including
those who survived the 2004 tsunami.
Previous Funding: $41,000 since 2006
Smile Group—Friends of Thay Hung
$6,000/106,908,000 Vietnamese dong
Himpunan Psikologi Indonesia
(Indonesian Psychological Association)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
$13,000/148,740,800 Indonesian rupiahs
Director: Leslie Weiner
Aceh Province, Indonesia
[email protected]
Director: Retno Suhapti
[email protected]
The Smile Group, in addition to serving as a source
for HIV/AIDS information, communication, and
awareness-raising activities to help reduce the stigma
attached to the disease, offers educational and financial
support to HIV/AIDS-infected and -affected children
aged 10 months to 18 years and assists them and their
families in adopting a lifestyle that allows them to live
with AIDS.
Creative Opportunities
Big Brother Mouse
$5,000/43,700,500 Laotian kips
Luang Prabang, Laos
Director: Khamla Panyasouk
[email protected];
[email protected]
Big Brother Mouse offers a creative outlet for local
talents to illustrate and publish books in the Lao
language and brings books to rural children who have
often not seen, let alone owned, a book that is not part
of their school curriculum.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Sanggar Anak Akar (Workshop, Child, Root)
HIMPSI, a professional association of psychologists,
addresses the psychosocial, health, and environmental education needs of children as part of its ongoing
tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts.
Its youth entrepreneurship initiative develops the
vocational skills of youth and young adults, with an
emphasis on building awareness and knowledge of
environmental issues.
Previous Funding: $47,000 since 2006
Life Home Project Foundation
$13,000/460,277 Thai baht
Phuket, Thailand
Director: Somboon Aiyarak
[email protected]
LHP provides services and support to women and
children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, whose
numbers grew in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami.
LHP offers daytime and nighttime care for young children and supports the children’s emotional, mental, and
physical development through outdoor environmental
education, music and arts, and sports and recreation.
Previous Funding: $30,000 since 2006
$6,500/74,370,400 Indonesian rupiahs
Jakarta, Indonesia
Muhammadiyah ’Aisyiyah
Director: Susilo Adinegoro
$14,000/160,182,400 Indonesian rupiahs
[email protected]
Aceh Province, Indonesia
Director: Siti Chamamah Soeratno
Sanggar Anak Akar teaches children to respect one
another and strives to create a safe space for the physical and emotional well-being of marginalized children,
specifically those living in slums, near garbage dumps,
and on the streets.
Previous Funding: $7,500 since 2007
Responding to Crisis
Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama NAD
$14,000/160,182,400 Indonesian rupiahs
Aceh Province, Indonesia
Director: Abriati Yusuf
[email protected]
Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama NAD operates seven kindergartens for young children and provides teacher train-
[email protected]
Muhammadiyah ’Aisyiyah implements rehabilitation
programs for children affected by the 2004 tsunami,
offering community disaster alertness and preparedness training, nutritional supplements, clothing, health
services, and counseling at its children’s centers.
Previous Funding: $44,500 since 2006
community-based solutions are
the first steps toward worldwide change.
2008–2009 Grants List
Program Officer
Countries in region
Latin America
and the Caribbean
Susanna Shapiro
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador,
Dominican Republic, Guatemala,
Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico,
Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
MS, The New School
BA, Stanford University
Number of grantee partners
Jamaican Patois, Portuguese,
Program Associate
While our grantee partners in LAC address
common issues associated with poverty—
limited educational opportunities, child labor,
teen pregnancy, and violence—they also
face challenges particular to the region. For
instance, in Colombia, the perennial issue of
internal displacement continues to adversely
affect children. According to the Internal
Displacement Monitoring Centre, over
380,000 Colombians were newly displaced in
2008 alone. Our grantee partners Fundación
Casa Hogar Nuestro Sueño and Fundación
Chocó Joven work specifically with displaced
youth in one of the most vulnerable regions of
the country, providing vocational training and
access to educational resources. In Guatemala, due to a severe drought and rising food
prices, malnutrition has reached astonishing
heights, with an estimated 400,000 people at
risk. Recognizing that children often suffer
the most during food shortages, our grantee
partner ISMUGUA in Guatemala City
teaches parents about providing adequate
meals for their young children by emphasizing affordable ways to purchase and prepare
nutritious food.
Grassroots groups throughout the region
have found that providing quality education
is one of the most powerful ways to improve
children and youth’s social and economic
well-being. For this reason, almost half of
our grantee partners in LAC fall within the
Learning portfolio. These grantees not only
work on improving access to high-quality
primary education but also test new models
for innovative nonformal education, bilingual
education, early childhood education, and
education tailored to the needs of children
who spend most of their time working and/or
living on the streets.
Because of the economic crisis, many of
our grantees are finding an increase in
demand for their services, combined with a
simultaneous shortage of resources to meet
that demand. In response, according to our
economic crisis survey, at least 12 LAC
grantees have developed income-generating
activities to build their resilience and financial
sustainability. Examples of these activities
include renting out space in the organization’s
building, offering special courses for a fee to
community members the organization would
not otherwise serve, and other creative activities to generate revenue for the organization
and reduce dependency on declining donor
funding sources.
Despite the challenges, many of our grantee
partners continue to thrive by fully taking
advantage of exciting opportunities. Instituto
Fazer Acontecer in Salvador, Brazil, is
expanding into the semi-arid northeastern
region of the country and, with a strong
$10,000/395,594 Haitian gourdes
$19,000/156,932 Guatemalan quetzals
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Nebaj, Guatemala
Director: Reagan Lolo
Director: Benito Terraza Cedillo
[email protected]
[email protected]
AVJ is a grassroots community association that provides
formal education and promotes civic participation among
children aged 5 and older in the very poor Jakè neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
Previous Funding: $16,500 since 2006
APPEDIBIMI provides bilingual early childhood
education in the Ixil and Spanish languages to more than
1,300 indigenous Maya children in 14 remote villages.
Previous Funding: $76,167 since 2003
2008–2009 grants
104 grants valued at $686,795
Michael Gale
Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC)
has the highest income inequality in the
world. The situation for poor children in LAC
has improved slightly over the past year due to
more socially inclusive government policies in
many countries, as well as a thriving and vocal
civil society. Still, the gap between the rich and
the poor is immense, resulting in a juxtaposition of two very separate and distinct worlds
within one single region.
Asanble Vwazen Jakè
(Jakè Neighborhood Association)
Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral y
Multidisciplinario APPEDIBIMI
(APPEDIBIMI Association for Comprehensive
and Multidisciplinary Development)
recommendation from us, recently obtained
a planning grant from the Inter-American
Foundation to implement its work on a
wider scale. With the assistance of an organizational development consultant sponsored
by us, Fundación Simsa in Bogota, Colombia,
built a more active board and increased
fundraising, which will allow the director to
work full-time for Simsa within the next
two years. In the Dominican Republic,
SODHAIDESA received a $33,000 grant
from a Spanish foundation, thanks to a
strategic opportunity grant from us. With
the additional funding, the organization
finished its new health clinic and was able to
purchase an all-terrain vehicle to reach the
most isolated rural communities, which are
frequently inaccessible to regular vehicles due
to flooding.
The challenges facing children in Latin
America and the Caribbean are great, but
the resolve of our grantee partners is greater.
In the coming year, we will work to build on
these and other successes in our grantmaking
to improve the lives of the most vulnerable
children throughout the region.
Asociación Civil Wará
(Wará Civil Association)
Asociación para los Derechos de la Niñez
“Monseñor Oscar Romero” (Monsignor Oscar
Romero Association for Children’s Rights)
$2,500/7,889 Peruvian nuevos soles
$16,000/120,122 Guatemalan quetzals
Huayllarcocha, Peru
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Director: Williar Cárdenas Vargas
Director: Elisa Marroquín
[email protected]
[email protected]
Asociación Civil Wará works in a rural indigenous
community outside of Cusco to provide sports and
educational activities for children who frequently work
long, hard days in the fields. The Sports for Life program
provides children with a space for recreation as well as
access to critically important and empowering information in the areas of health, literacy, and the environment.
Previous Funding: $3,500 since 2008
Asociación Educativa Maya Aj Sya’
(Maya Aj Sya’ Educational Association)
$6,000/45,046 Guatemalan quetzals
Patzicía, Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Director: Victoria Esquit Choy
mayaajsy[email protected]
Aj Sya’ promotes educational, cultural, spiritual, and
economic development in Patzicía by guaranteeing
access to bilingual early-childhood and primary-school
education for children who have little access to education and social development opportunities.
Asociación Mujer y Comunidad
(Women and Community Association)
Los Romeritos, as this group is locally known, provides
access to primary education and other support services
for the children of sex workers, street vendors, and
underemployed single mothers to prevent these children from entering prostitution.
Previous Funding: $50,000 since 2003
Asociación Promoción y Desarrollo de la
Mujer Nicaragüense Acahual
(Acahual Association for the Promotion and
Development of Nicaraguan Women)
$14,000/283,920 Nicaraguan córdobas
Managua, Nicaragua
Director: Norma Villalta
[email protected]
Acahual, located in a community adjacent to Managua’s
largest dump, runs a preschool for children of impoverished families that primarily pick trash for a living,
thereby allowing the children to avoid the hazards of the
dump while preparing them to enter primary school.
Previous Funding: $57,500 since 2004
San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua
Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas
(Th’urichapitas Library)
Director: Zoraida Soza Sanchez
$6,000/43,039 Bolivian bolivianos
[email protected]
Cochabamba, Bolivia
$17,000/338,099 Nicaraguan córdobas
Director: Gaby Vallejo
Mujer y Comunidad promotes the health, education,
and safety of women and girls in rural Nicaragua and
provides scholarships for children to attend formal
schools. The Youth Scholarship program combines
financial support for education with workshops on various social issues, recreational and cultural opportunities,
and youth social service projects.
Previous Funding: $56,000 since 2003
[email protected]
Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas provides a safe, supportive,
educational space for the most disadvantaged children
in Bolivian society, namely very young children living in
prison with their incarcerated parents.
Previous Funding: $13,000 since 2007
2008–2009 Grants List
Centro Cultural Batahola Norte
(Batahola Norte Cultural Center)
$15,000/298,323 Nicaraguan córdobas
Managua, Nicaragua
Director: Jennifer Marshall
[email protected]
age 3, providing English lessons, computer education,
and environmental and cultural awareness classes.
Targeting children in the favelas of Maceio, the school
also offers healthy meals, free access to dental care, and a
community service program at a local nursing school.
CCBN promotes opportunities for vulnerable women
and children through basic education and courses in
domestic and technical skills and through scholarships
for primary-school, secondary-school, and university
students. The scholarship program integrates individual
accomplishment with community solidarity, as scholarship recipients must maintain high grades and perform
community service at CCBN.
Previous Funding: $32,000 since 2005
Centro para la Autonomía y Desarrollo de
los Pueblos Indígenas (Center for Indigenous
Peoples’ Autonomy and Development)
$6,000/121,680 Nicaraguan córdobas
Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Director: Myrna Cunningham Kain
[email protected]
CADPI, a research and education center for indigenous and Afro-descendant communities living on the
North Atlantic coast of Nicaragua, provides innovative
programming focused on indigenous people’s rights and
autonomy, indigenous women’s rights, cultural revitalization, cross-cultural communication, and intercultural
early childhood education.
Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias
(Miguel Angel Asturias Academy)
$9,000/67,568 Guatemalan quetzals
Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Director: Jorge Chojolán
[email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected];
[email protected]
Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias provides accessible,
quality primary education to low-income children in
Quetzaltenango in an effort to break the cycles of ethnic
discrimination, sexism, poverty, and violence in Guatemala.
Escola Estrela do Mar (Starfish School)
$7,000/12,682 Brazilian reais
Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil
Director: Claudia Barbosa
[email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]
Escola Estrela do Mar employs a comprehensive wholechild approach to education for children beginning at
Fundación Crecer
(Growth Foundation)
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Director: Pastora Castro
[email protected]; [email protected]
Espacio Cultural Creativo
(Creative Cultural Space)
$19,000/134,913 Bolivian bolivianos
La Paz, Bolivia
Director: Miguelangel Estellano Schulze
[email protected];
[email protected]
tion, and helps the community to plan for long-term
self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Previous Funding: $52,500 since 2004
Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas
(Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women)
$8,000/289,616 Dominican pesos
Fundación Crecer supports children who work on the
streets, helping to reintegrate them into school, family,
and community life, and through its family-strengthening program, builds the capacity of families to support
their children’s personal and academic potential.
Previous Funding: $17,000 since 2007
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Director: Sonia Pierre
[email protected]
MUDHA promotes the advancement of Dominicans
of Haitian descent through programs on early childhood
education, health, human rights, gender, domestic
violence, and identity. In response to the widespread
absence of public schools in the bateyes (housing settlements that formerly served as plantation barracks),
MUDHA helps to create and support independent
community schools, with the ultimate goal of integrating
children into the public school system.
Previous Funding: $17,500 since 2007
Espacio Cultural Creativo helps formal schools adapt
to the circumstances and unique needs of working
children while creating out-of-school opportunities for
young children aged 3 and up to develop their cognitive
skills and encourage creative expression.
Previous Funding: $73,430 since 2002
Fundación Junto con los Niños
(Together with the Children Foundation)
Fundación Alfonso Casas Morales para la
Promoción Humana
(Alfonso Casas Morales Foundation for
Human Advancement)
JUCONI provides support to children working on
the streets, with the aim of reducing or eliminating
their street work, reintegrating them into school, and
rebuilding the family environment, which is often
plagued by violence and dysfunction.
Previous Funding: $44,500 since 2004
Poder Joven
(Youth Power)
Instituto para la Superación de la
Miseria Urbana
(Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty)
Poder Joven offers programs that promote literacy, life
skills, critical thinking, and personal responsibility, with
the aim of preventing children living in the violent and
impoverished neighborhoods of downtown Medellín
from abandoning their homes for the streets. Using
Montessori methods, Poder Joven works with young
children and their families to fully promote physical,
cognitive, and social development.
Previous Funding: $50,000 since 2004
$11,000/22,805,420 Colombian pesos
Bogotá, Colombia
Director: Pablo Henao Mejía
[email protected]
Promoción Humana helps children aged 6 to 12 on
the northern outskirts of Bogotá to succeed in primary
school through an accelerated learning program for
children behind grade level, a tutoring program for
children at risk of failing or dropping out, a free cafeteria, a computer center, and a community library.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
Fundación Casa Hogar Nuestro Sueño
(Our Dream Home Foundation)
$9,000/18,658,980 Colombian pesos
Quibdó, Colombia
Director: Milis Moya
[email protected]; [email protected]
Nuestro Sueño provides early childhood development
opportunities for children in a slum community on
the outskirts of Quibdó, utilizing a curriculum that
promotes health, nutrition, cognitive and motor skills
development, psychosocial well-being, positive values,
cultural identity, and environmental awareness.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Director: Adriana Alvarez
[email protected]
$21,000/157,660 Guatemalan quetzals
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Director: María Elvira Sánchez
[email protected]
In pursuit of its mission to improve the dismal conditions in Guatemala City’s worst slums, ISMUGUA
operates Learning Corners, innovative models of
community-based childcare that promote physical and
mental stimulation, socialization, and psychomotor
skills in children aged 1 to 7.
Previous Funding: $69,000 since 2003
Light for All
$11,000/445,401 Haitian gourdes
Lhomond, Haiti
Director: Gerry Delaquis
[email protected]
LiFA helps rural Haitian communities to strengthen
their preprimary and primary schools through a
sponsorship program that covers basic costs, provides
administrative and financial training for school administrators, educates parents on the importance of educa-
$16,000/33,171,520 Colombian pesos
Medellín, Colombia
Director: Clared Jaramillo Duque
[email protected]
(Let’s Journey Together)
$9,000/63,906 Bolivian bolivianos
La Paz, Bolivia
Director: Juan José Obando
[email protected]; [email protected]
Puririsun provides educational support, enterprise
training, health education, nutrition, and life skills
workshops to disadvantaged children and youth living
in La Paz. Its early childhood development program for
infants and toddlers focuses on stimulating their physical, intellectual, and emotional development
Previous Funding: $17,800 since 2006
2008–2009 Grants List
Skolta’el Yu’un Jlumaltic
(Service to Our People)
$12,000/163,160 Mexican pesos
San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico
Director: Samantha Ibarra Avalos
[email protected]
arships, tutoring, vocational training, and workshops on
leadership and community service.
Previous Funding: $33,167 since 2006
Asociación Integral de la Juventud Q’anil
(Comprehensive Association of Q’anil Youth)
Frente de Salud Infantil y Reproductiva de
Guatemala (Guatemalan Front for Child and
Reproductive Health)
$11,000/90,856 Guatemalan quetzals
Chimaltenango, Guatemala
Director: Silvia Angelica Xinico Ajú
[email protected]; [email protected]
$6,000/45,046 Guatemalan quetzals
SYJAC works to improve living conditions and opportunities in the indigenous slums around San Cristóbal
through a range of community development programs.
Its education center focuses on early childhood development for children from birth to age 6 and requires
mothers to attend parenting and life skills workshops
and to volunteer at the center every month.
Previous Funding: $18,000 since 2007
Sociedad Dominico-Haitiana de Apoyo Integral
para el Desarrollo y la Salud
(Dominican-Haitian Society of Comprehensive
Support for Health and Development)
$14,000/492,419 Dominican pesos
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Director: Frantz Compere
[email protected]; [email protected]
Nebaj, Quiche, Guatemala
Director: Modesto Guzmán Santiago
[email protected]
Asociación Integral de la Juventud Q’anil offers a range
of programs to youth in the Ixil region, including a
bilingual primary school, literacy courses, academic
scholarships, workshops on traditional cultural identity,
education and training in violence prevention, and
courses in carpentry, shoe repair, and baking.
Centro Transitorio de Capacitación y
Educación Recreativa El Caracol
(El Caracol Transitional Center for Training
and Recreational Education)
Ação Forte (Strong Action)
$9,000/16,305 Brazilian reais
Campinas, Brazil
Director: Matusalém Pereira dos Santos
[email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]
Ação Forte helps young people from low-income neighborhoods in Campinas to complete their formal education and to transition successfully into the work world.
Previous Funding: $14,830 since 2006
Asociación de Comunidades Eclesiales de Base
(Association of Grassroots Christian Communities)
$11,000/223,080 Nicaraguan córdobas
Managua, Nicaragua
Director: Jenny Mayorga
[email protected]
CEB helps working children in the shantytowns of
Managua reach their full potential by providing schol-
Warma Tarinakuy (Assembly of the Children)
$10,000/29,901 Peruvian nuevos soles
FESIRGUA works with poor indigenous communities
in the rural highlands of Guatemala to improve health,
education, and overall quality of life. Recognizing that
girls need a strong network of relationships to succeed,
FESIRGUA’s Opening Opportunities program
provides training, mentoring, and internships to small
groups of young women, who then in turn train and
mentor groups of younger girls, as well as their mothers
and other community stakeholders.
Previous Funding: $26,000 since 2006
Lima, Peru
$10,000/192,650 Honduran lempiras
Director: Ana Salas Vivanco
[email protected]
Warma Tarinakuy is a self-empowerment initiative that
is managed by 100 adolescent boys who work in the
local wholesale produce market and that is focused on
achieving safe and fair working conditions, increasing
access to education and educational support, improving
health, and ensuring adequate nutrition.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
$16,000/217,547 Mexican pesos
Director: Francisco Cabañas Cadillo
Asociacion Civil Hamiraya
(Hamiraya Civil Association)
Mexico City, Mexico
[email protected]; [email protected]
$5,000/35,866 Bolivian bolivianos
Director: Juan Martín Pérez García
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Las Mangas, Honduras
Director: Veronica Bustillos de Guerra
[email protected]; [email protected]
SODHAIDESA works to improve the living conditions
for immigrant Haitians and their descendants living in
the Dominican Republic by focusing on the community’s
health and education needs, especially those of children. Its
Right to a Name and Nationality Program presses for legal
recognition of the Dominican nationality of children born
in the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents, which gives
children legal access to school and other social programs.
Previous Funding: $36,075 since 2005
in their homes to give parenting guidance, while a vocational training program prepares these young parents to
successfully transition from school to work.
Previous Funding: $40,500 since 2004
El Caracol uses a combination of street outreach and education, transitional housing, life skills workshops, computer
training, enterprise and vocational training, a youth-run
bakery and restaurant, a youth-led radio program, and
graphic design and print media initiatives to help street
children and youth acquire the skills, attitudes, and assets to
allow them to leave the streets and transform their lives.
Previous Funding: $49,800 since 2005
Guaruma uses photography, digital imaging, graphic
design, website design, creative writing, and media
technology to help children develop marketable skills
and to provide a medium for self-expression, creativity,
critical thinking, leadership, and reflection on their lives.
Previous Funding: $29,000 since 2006
Instituto Fazer Acontecer
(Make It Happen Institute)
$12,000/26,670 Brazilian reais
[email protected]; [email protected]
Asociación Civil Hamiraya’s Community and Prison
Integrated Support Center serves Cochabamba’s most
marginalized children, many of whom are either abandoned or live in the San Sebastian prison with an incarcerated parent. Volunteers serve as educators and coaches,
offering structured academic support as well as soccer,
music, and art instruction to participating children.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Desarrollo Autogestionario Asociación Civil
(Self-Managed Development Civil Association)
$10,000/135,967 Mexican pesos
Director: Renato Paes de Andrade
[email protected]
Associação Barraca da Amizade
(Shelter of Friendship Association)
$10,000/22,225 Brazilian reais
Fortaleza, Brazil
Teocelo, Veracruz, Mexico
Director: Gloria Agueda García
[email protected]
AUGE promotes women’s economic empowerment
and income generation through self-managed savings
groups, technical training and leadership workshops,
community gardens, and a community radio program.
AUGE’s Children’s Solidarity Savings Group teaches
self-discipline and planning for the future, as well as
financial-management concepts and interpersonal skills.
Previous Funding: $26,000 since 2006
IFA offers a combination of sports and citizenship training
to promote teamwork, discipline, and physical well-being
among youth in some of the poorest areas of Salvador and
works to increase their awareness of the rights and responsibilities of citizens as protagonists in their communities.
Previous Funding: $34,500 since 2006
Rural Family Support Organization
$14,000/1,047,900 Jamaican dollars
Director: Regino Santiago Mesquita
[email protected]
Barraca da Amizade provides transitional housing,
psychosocial counseling, academic tutoring, and
vocational training to boys and girls who are living on
the streets and are often engaged in high-risk behaviors
such as gang activity, substance abuse, and petty crime.
Previous Funding: $26,000 since 2006
May Pen, Jamaica
Director: Utealia Burrell
[email protected]; [email protected]
RuFamSO offers guidance, educational support, life
skills training, and workshops on nutrition and personal
health to adolescents in Jamaica’s rural communities.
Its Roving Caregivers program visits teenage parents
Associação Beneficente da Criança e do
Adolescente em Situação de Risco
(Beneficent Association for At-Risk Children
and Adolescents)
$5,000/11,113 Brazilian reais
Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Director: Maria de Fatima Nogueira de Oliveira
2008–2009 Grants List
Pastoral do Menor (Pastoral Care of the Child), as
this organization is locally known, works with children
living on the streets of Fortaleza. Street educators
engage children with games, art, and books as a means
of gradually developing trust and building a relationship, with the ultimate goal of interesting the children
in changing their path in life.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2008
Associação Excola
(Excola Association)
$13,000/28,893 Brazilian reais
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director: Ivair Villa Real
[email protected]; [email protected];
Centro para el Desarrollo Regional
(Center for Regional Development)
$14,000/100,423 Bolivian bolivianos
Potosí, Bolivia
Director: Wilhelm Piérola Iturralde
[email protected]
Yanapanakusun (Let’s Help Each Other)
CDR promotes local development, economic opportunity, and improved quality of life for vulnerable women
and children in the mining region of Potosí. Its Child
Miners Project focuses on preventing and reducing child
labor in the mines by providing viable economic and
educational alternatives through school scholarships,
individual educational support, and vocational training.
Previous Funding: $30,500 since 2006
[email protected]
Excola helps children living on the streets of Rio de
Janeiro to change their course in life through basic
education, technical and vocational training, counseling,
transitional housing, and a youth-run community radio
program, Madam Satã FM.
Previous Funding: $26,000 since 2006
Centro de Apoyo al Niño de la Calle de Oaxaca
(Center for the Support of the Street Child in
$14,000/190,354 Mexican pesos
Oaxaca, Mexico
Director: María del Carmen Espinosa
[email protected]
CANICA works with children living and working on
the streets of Oaxaca to promote school enrollment,
provide a preschool education for young children,
encourage skill development, offer health and nutrition
services, ensure emotional well-being, and to ultimately
transition these children off the streets.
Previous Funding: $47,500 since 2005
Centro Interdisciplinario para el Desarrollo
Social (Interdisciplinary Center for Social
$16,000/170,800 Mexican pesos
Mexico City, Mexico
Director: Alicia Vargas Ayala
[email protected]
CIDES supports indigenous migrant children
in Mexico City through programs in education,
community mobilization, and social intervention. Its
Hummingbird Center addresses the issue of unsafe
family situations by forming discussion groups to talk
about children’s rights and domestic violence, and by
training adolescents to become community educators.
Previous Funding: $35,000 since 2005
enrollment; providing academic support, vocational
training, and psychosocial services; and strengthening
family and community support structures.
Previous Funding: $63,700 since 2002
Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Mujer y la
Infancia (Institute for the Development of
Women and Children)
$10,000/10,242 Panamanian balboas
Panama City, Panama
Director: Bertha Vargas
[email protected]
$11,000/32,891 Peruvian nuevos soles
Cusco, Peru
Director: Vittoria Savio
[email protected]
Yanapanakusun helps girls working as domestic servants
in Peru to reclaim their lives by providing temporary and
longer-term shelter, formal education, healthcare, legal
identification, and programs that reinforce their selfesteem, cultural identity, and understanding of their rights.
Previous Funding: $27,500 since 2006
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Associação de Apoio às Meninas e Meninos da
Região Sé (Association for Support of Girls
and Boys of the Sé Region)
$14,000/31,115 Brazilian reais
IDEMI works with vulnerable children and youth in
Panama, supplementing formal education and raising
awareness on child labor, preventive healthcare, gender
equality, and civic participation. IDEMI’s child labor
program targets girls working as domestic servants in
non-relative households, where they are almost always
subjected to exploitation and abuse.
Previous Funding: $15,500 since 2006
Ministerio Tiempo Decisivo
(Decisive Time Ministry)
$8,000/289,616 Dominican pesos
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Director: Pablo Ureña Rodriguez
[email protected]
Ministerio Tiempo Decisivo’s Children with a Hope
program provides academic support, life skills training,
health education, and personal development opportunities to more than 200 children aged 5 and up who
previously lived and worked in the Santiago dump.
Previous Funding: $19,000 since 2007
Movimiento para el Auto-Desarrollo Internacional de la Solidaridad
(Movement for International Self-Development and Solidarity)
$13,000/470,626 Dominican pesos
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Director: María Josefina Paulino
[email protected]
MAIS keeps girls and young women in Puerto Plata
out of the sex tourism industry by promoting school
violence and destruction.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2006
Fundación Chocó Jóven
(Young Chocó Foundation)
$9,000/18,658,980 Colombian pesos
Quibdó, Colombia
Director: José Murillo
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
msn.com; [email protected]
Fundación Chocó Joven employs a combination of
educational, vocational, cultural, health, and human
rights programs to promote leadership and empowerment among youth in the slum communities around
Quibdó, most of whom were displaced by Colombia’s
armed conflict.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Fundación Simsa (Simsa Foundation)
$10,000/20,732,200 Colombian pesos
Bogotá, Colombia
Director: Lida Alarcón
[email protected]
São Paulo, Brazil
Director: Everaldo Santos Oliveira
[email protected]
AA Criança, as this group is called, defends the rights
of the poorest and most marginalized children and
youth of central São Paulo by providing a comprehensive range of legal, educational, psychological, social,
and health-related services.
Previous Funding: $39,000 since 2005
Through its flagship Boquitas Sanas (Healthy Little
Mouths) program, Fundación Simsa operates one-day
mobile dental clinics and promotes good dental hygiene
for children in poor neighborhoods throughout Bogotá.
Previous Funding: $23,000 since 2006
Pazapa (Step by Step)
$9,000/364,419 Haitian gourdes
Jacmel, Haiti
Director: Marika MacRae
Centro de Documentação e Informação Coisa
de Mulher (Center for Documentation and
Information on Women’s Issues)
[email protected]
$14,000/25,364 Brazilian reais
Pazapa serves children with physical and mental
disabilities by providing formal schooling, physical
therapy, psychosocial support, orthopedic surgery,
nutritious meals, and family counseling and training.
Previous Funding: $16,000 since 2007
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director: Neusa das Dores Pereira
[email protected];
[email protected]
CEDOICOM provides education on reproductive health,
commercial sexual exploitation, child labor, and HIV/
AIDS for women and girls who face discrimination due to
gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status.
Previous Funding: $37,000 since 2004
Corporación Salus
$10,000/20,732,200 Colombian pesos
Creative Opportunities
Nucleo Socio-Cultural “Caixa de Sorpresas”
(Box of Surprises Sociocultural Center)
$7,000/12,682 Brazilian reais
Bangú, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Director: Waldemir dos Santos Corrêa
[email protected]
Urabá, Colombia
Director: Loren Callejas
[email protected]
Salus provides psychosocial support to children and
youth displaced by Colombia’s armed conflict, many of
whom were either victims or witnesses of unspeakable
Caixa de Sorpresas works to reduce the vulnerability
of children and youth living in the Bangú section of
Rio de Janeiro by engaging them in performing arts
and Afro-Brazilian musical productions that help them
overcome their social and psychological struggles.
2008–2009 Grants List
Program Officer
Countries in region
South Asia
Vineeta Gupta
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India,
Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
LLM, University of Notre Dame
JD, Nehru Memorial Law College,
Ajmer University, India
MD, Medical College Patiala, India
Number of grantee partners
2008–2009 grants
107 grants valued at $751,100
Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
Agastya International Foundation
Our grantee partners understand the challenges facing children and youth in South
Asia and are often among the first to
recognize and cultivate the untapped assets of
underprivileged young people. They furnish
psychosocial support to vulnerable girls in
urban areas and offer holistic support systems
for children in nomadic and denotified tribes.
They run vocational and English classes
for underserved teens and provide informal
education to children who are not admitted into other schools for social, economic,
or academic reasons. They promote social
and environmental justice for waste-picking
children and offer leadership training to
incarcerated boys.
Our grantee partners not only provide direct
services but also influence state and national
actions on issues concerning young people.
Masoom, a grantee partner in India that aims
to ensure quality education for underprivileged students who work during the day and
attend night school, is actively working with
the state government to adapt for regional use
the organization’s research-based, passiondriven, and innovative approach to improving
night schools. In addition to helping Masoom
strengthen its programming, we supported a
press event that yielded tremendous coverage
in local and national news outlets and leveraged
additional resources.
Kelambakkam, India
Chittoor, India
Director: D. Devanbu
Director: Rama P. Raghavan
[email protected]
[email protected]
Agastya makes education creative, practical, and
responsive to students’ needs through mobile science
labs, science fairs, teacher training, and communications
and information technology programs.
Previous Funding: $51,000 since 2004
Our grantee partners in Pakistan have continued to work tirelessly and effectively in a very
tough political and socioeconomic environment. Our partners organized a conference
to discuss the effects of conflict and violence
on children and youth in the region. They
shared and contemplated the best practices to
provide safe and secure learning environments
for children in affected areas.
Our partnership with the Goldman Sachs
Foundation has allowed us to deepen
our involvement in India’s fast-growing
urban centers and provided useful valueadded services to many of our grantees.
Our grantee partners have benefited from
organizational development support from
experts, press events and expanded domestic
exposure, and networking events with other
organizations and Goldman Sachs staff in
Bengaluru and Mumbai.
One challenge we face as grantmakers working in India is the bureaucracy associated
with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act
(FCRA) process. To receive foreign funding, an
organization must have FCRA permission, but
to apply for FCRA permission, it must have
received a commitment for foreign funding.
The process to receive this permission can be
long and taxing, leading most international
funders to seek organizations that already have
their FCRA permission. However, we feel
that helping emerging organizations obtain
their permission is an important value-added
service that we can offer.
Several crises—including increasing violence
in Afghanistan, militant action in Pakistan,
the terror attacks in Mumbai, and the global
economic crisis—have challenged grassroots
organizations in South Asia in new ways, at a
time when children need their support more
than ever. Our grantee partners cannot rely on
“fate,” as Jamal did in Slumdog Millionaire, to
address the needs of vulnerable children and
youth. Through our grantmaking and valueadded services, we hope to help organizations
in South Asia give children the opportunity to
create their own luck, discover their potential,
and maybe change their fate.
$19,500/893,147 Indian rupees
$18,000/824,443 Indian rupees
Aikya (Unity)
The movie Slumdog Millionaire provided
international audiences with a glimpse into
the lives of children growing up in the slums
of India. Although Jamal Malik escapes the
slums through the extraordinary good fortune
of winning 20 million rupees on a game show,
most vulnerable children in India and other
countries in South Asia are locked into a life
of extreme difficulty. Many of The Global
Fund for Children’s grassroots partners are
working to alter the fate of these children,
addressing the greatest challenges in this
diverse region.
Association for Community
Development Services
ACDS seeks to end child labor in the stone quarries
of the Kanchipuram district and to give the children
of quarry workers access to free, high-quality primary
education and healthcare.
Previous Funding: $93,000 since 2003
Backward Society Education
$13,000/959,033 Nepali rupees
$9,000/412,222 Indian rupees
Kailali district, Nepal
Bengaluru, India
Director: Dilli Bhadur Chaudhary
Director: Philomena Vincent
[email protected]
[email protected]
Aikya designs and implements programs that
strengthen the entrepreneurial and leadership skills of
the poor, ethnic minorities, women, and children by
developing the resources inherent within these populations and linking beneficiaries to external resources.
Anandan (Happiness)
$8,000/406,117 Indian rupees
BASE provides basic education, healthcare, income
generation assistance, legal rights education, and other
services to former bonded laborers in Nepal, particularly to members of the ethnic Tharu community and
to women. Its child labor reduction program includes
nonformal education centers for children and youth and
community awareness programs.
Previous Funding: $30,500 since 2005
Kolkata, India
[email protected]
Chintan Environmental Research
and Action Group
$10,000/507,646 Indian rupees
Director: Indrani Ghosh
Delhi, India
Anandan provides functional, remedial, and holistic
education to slum-dwelling children, especially girls
who are at risk of early marriage, and directs their
individual talents and dispositions toward suitable
earning opportunities.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Ananya Trust
$9,500/482,264 Indian rupees
Bengaluru, India
Director: Bharati Chaturvedi
[email protected]
Chintan promotes social and environmental justice for
waste-picking communities, particularly for women and
children, by helping them gain access to better education and livelihood opportunities, including preschools
located at urban garbage dumps.
Previous Funding: $31,500 since 2006
Director: Shashi Rao
[email protected]
Door Step School
$15,000/761,469 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Ananya Trust fulfills the academic, social, emotional, and
physical needs of migrant children through its school,
Ananya Shikshana Kendra. Designed by youth at the
school, Ananya’s Traveling Troupe is a musical and
theater group that functions as an interactive learning
tool, combining learning with dance, music, and travel.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2008
Director: Bina Sheth Lashkari
[email protected]
Door Step School serves working, slum-dwelling, and
street children by providing community preschools,
classes for both school-going and out-of-school children, and mobile libraries and literacy classes.
Previous Funding: $71,050 since 2004
2008–2009 Grants List
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
Masoom (Innocent)
Oruj Learning Center
Society for Education and Action
$10,000/507,646 Indian rupees
$6,000/274,814 Indian rupees
$8,000/405,040 Afghan afghanis
$13,000/659,940 Indian rupees
Kolkata, India
Mumbai, India
Kabul, Afghanistan
Mamallapuram, India
Director: Bharati Dey
Director: Nikita Ketkar
Director: Sadiqa Basiri
Director: S. Desingu
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
DMSC, a forum of approximately 65,000 sex workers, works in red-light districts throughout Kolkata to
promote and protect the civil and human rights of its
members and provide holistic support for the care and
development of their young children.
Previous Funding: $32,000 since 2005
Masoom is focused on ensuring quality education for
underprivileged students in night schools by strengthening
the night schools’ methodologies and curriculum and by
tailoring the schools’ operation to the needs of the students.
Gramin Mahila Sikshan Sansthan
$14,000/710,704 Indian rupees
Sikar, India
Director: Chain Singh Arya
Muktangan (Open Courtyard)
$9,000/412,222 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Director: Elizabeth Mehta
[email protected]
[email protected]
GMSS provides quality education for girls in rural
Rajasthan who would otherwise be unable to attend
school. Through its science and arts college, GMSS
provides young women with a comprehensive science
education and enables them to find lucrative employment while addressing the shortage of skilled science
professionals in the area.
Previous Funding: $71,000 since 2002
Institute of Leadership and
Institutional Development
$13,000/659,940 Indian rupees
Bengaluru, India
Director: G. K. Jayaram
[email protected]
ILID’s Project Pygmalion uses computer-aided
instruction, role-playing, and interactive games to teach
English and computer technology to children and
youth from poor communities in Bengaluru as a means
of increasing their readiness for the global economy.
Previous Funding: $19,000 since 2007
Mahita (Regeneration)
$10,500/480,925 Indian rupees
Hyderabad, India
Director: Ramesh Sekhar Reddy
Muktangan addresses the learning needs of underprivileged children by providing a holistic learning
environment for the children’s physical, cognitive, and
socio-emotional development and by involving multiple
stakeholders, including parents, community members,
and government.
Previous Funding: $7,500 since 2007
Mumbai Mobile Crèches
$12,000/549,629 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Director: Devika Mahadevan
[email protected]
To ensure that the children of migrant construction
workers are protected from the dangers of construction
sites, Mumbai Mobile Crèches sets up mobile daycare
centers at construction sites, providing nutritious meals
and a supervised place for young children to play and
learn while their parents work.
Previous Funding: $18,500 since 2006
Focusing on vulnerable and marginalized children in
the slums, and working in particular with girls and
Muslim communities, Mahita creates opportunities for
adolescent girls through education, income generation
programs, and vocational and life skills training.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
Oruj Learning Center works collaboratively to run six
girls’ schools in the rural Wardak and Nangarhar provinces of Afghanistan, partnering with other nonprofits
to confront the educational challenges facing girls, advocate for the expansion of primary education in villages,
and lobby for the elimination of gender-based violence.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Prerana (Inspiration)
$21,000/961,850 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Director: Priti Patkar
[email protected]
Prerana offers a range of educational activities, antitrafficking initiatives, and support programs in order to
protect the human rights of sexually exploited women
and their children, providing the children with comprehensive healthcare, protection against violence, and a
preschool education.
Previous Funding: $102,750 since 2002
Raza Educational and Social Welfare Society
$9,000/456,881 Indian rupees
Bengaluru, India
Director: Benazeer Baig
SEA promotes school enrollment and retention for
children in the impoverished fishing communities
south of Chennai, preventing their initial or continued
work on fishing boats or docks.
Previous Funding: $81,750 since 2004
Sunshine Charity
$6,000/695,922 Sri Lankan rupees
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Director: Shadadha de Saram
[email protected]; [email protected]
The Sunshine Charity assists struggling families
affected by the 2004 tsunami and the ongoing ethnic
conflict in the Trincomalee district through a holistic
childcare center that provides education, nutritious
meals, and creative and interactive workshops for highly
vulnerable children aged 2 to 8.
Vikasini Girl Child Education Trust
$10,000/458,024 Indian rupees
Secunderabad, India
Director: Indira Jena
[email protected]
RESWS seeks to eradicate child labor by bringing children from economically deprived localities to RESWS’s
formal school, which serves 500 students from the
lower primary level to the high-school level.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2008
Vikasini, through its multidimensional curriculum
and extracurricular activities, promotes self-confidence
among girls by providing them with the chance to
become self-sustaining individuals and informed participants of change. The Vikasini Girls School provides
government-accredited classes, a library, computer
courses, sports, and arts and music classes.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2006
Network of Entrepreneurship
and Economic Development
Shilpa Children’s Trust
YP Foundation
$10,000/507,646 Indian rupees
$11,000/1,189,397 Sri Lankan rupees
$6,000/274,814 Indian rupees
Lucknow, India
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Delhi, India
Director: Anil K. Singh
Director: Chandini Tilakaratna
Director: Ishita Chaudhry
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
NEED facilitates the development of grassroots selfhelp groups that respond to the needs of undereducated
women in villages throughout Uttar Pradesh. Organized
and taught by women from these groups, NEED’s
nonformal education center classes provide underserved
children with basic education, children’s rights and
gender equality awareness, and personal health training.
Previous Funding: $60,400 since 2003
SCT provides shelter and education to children made
destitute by civil conflict, offering nutrition, a stimulating preschool education, recreational activities, and
preventive healthcare for children under age 8.
Previous Funding: $125,643 since 2002
The YP Foundation is a youth-led organization that
works to instill a sense of commitment, responsibility,
and connection between young people, their environment, and society. Drawing on its volunteer team
of young people, the Model One program supports
and implements a nonformal education program that
primarily serves orphans and street children.
2008–2009 Grants List
Association of Community Movements for
Social Action
$8,500/431,499 Indian rupees
Chennai, India
Director: Y. John Manogaran
[email protected]
ACMSA provides training for and builds the capacity
of Dalit women and adolescents in rural Tamil Nadu. Its
economic empowerment program helps underprivileged
young women establish tailoring units and also teaches
them marketing strategies and basic business skills.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2008
De Laas Gul Welfare Programme
$12,500/1,006,784 Pakistani rupees
Peshawar, Pakistan
Director: Meraj Humayun Khan
[email protected]; [email protected]
DLG was founded as a microenterprise organization for
women and has since developed into one of the leading organizations working against child labor and for
women’s empowerment. Providing girls with nonformal
education, skills training, and access to basic healthcare,
DLG’s rehabilitation center offers girls alternatives to
child labor and increases their awareness of child rights.
Previous Funding: $70,643 since 2004
Dhriiti (Courage)
$7,500/343,518 Indian rupees
New Delhi, India
inspiring education that is relevant to the child’s life.
The Be! program, which will ultimately produce a series
of storybooks, a movie, and a radio series, focuses on
leadership and social entrepreneurship in underprivileged children in India.
Previous Funding: $68,500 since 2004
Jeeva Jyothi (Everlasting Light)
$17,000/862,998 Indian rupees
Makkala Jagriti (Children’s Awareness)
Thiruvallar district, Chennai, India
$4,500/228,441 Indian rupees
Director: V. Susai Raj
Bengaluru, India
[email protected]
Director: Joy Srinivasan
[email protected]
Jeeva Jyothi treats both the consequences and the
underlying causes of child labor in rice mills near
Chennai through workplace-based nonformal education for children, adult literacy classes, and income
generation training.
Previous Funding: $94,500 since 2002
Karm Marg (Progress through Work)
$13,000/595,431 Indian rupees
Faridabad, India
Director: Veena Lal
[email protected]
Karm Marg constructed a home outside of New Delhi
that shelters and is run by former street children. Residents are encouraged to work, study, and play, and to
learn a trade or specific skill in order to become productive members of Indian society.
Previous Funding: $26,500 since 2005
Director: Anirban Gupta
[email protected]
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association
$8,500/389,320 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Dhriiti utilizes a multipronged approach to developing
entrepreneurship, both focusing on the young individual and creating support mechanisms to build a bridge
between education and enterprise and foster economic
independence. Its Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow program
promotes innovation and entrepreneurship among
children and youth in government schools and teaches
them the functional skills useful for starting enterprises.
Previous Funding: $5,000 since 2006
Going to School
$20,000/916,048 Indian rupees
Director: Kishore Kher
[email protected]
Magic Bus Connect
[email protected]
$15,500/709,937 Indian rupees
Mumbai, India
Director: Matthew Spacie
Potohar Organization for
Development Advocacy
$17,500/1,409,497 Pakistani rupees
Nara Mughlan, Pakistan
[email protected]
Sanghamitra Service Society
$18,500/847,344 Indian rupees
Vijayawada, India
Director: Sivaji
[email protected]
Sanghamitra works in more than 100 rural villages
in Andhra Pradesh to help the most marginalized
members of Indian society improve their well-being
through increased skills and greater social awareness.
Sanghamitra’s satellite community-based organization
is made up of small village groups led by adolescent
boys and girls who take the lead in providing services to
children and youth in their villages.
Previous Funding: $129,500 since 2003
Shaishav (Childhood) Trust
$13,500/685,322 Indian rupees
Bhavnagar, India
Director: Parul Sheth
[email protected]
Shaishav helps children understand their basic rights
and play an active role in defending them through its
nonformal education programs, mobile library, children’s collective, and financial education program.
Previous Funding: $24,000 since 2007
Director: Sameena Nazir
[email protected]
Society for Awareness, Harmony
and Equal Rights
PODA works to build the capacity of rural communities to promote economic, social, cultural, and political
rights in order to strengthen support for gender
equality, diversity, and democracy. PODA provides
vocational training to youth to increase their incomeearning potential and sets up ventures that will be
beneficial for the communities it serves.
Previous Funding: $80,300 since 2004
$6,000/304,588 Indian rupees
Pravah (Flow)
KSWA provides educational, health, and vocational
training programs to underprivileged youth living in
Mumbai and the surrounding suburbs. The organization’s outreach centers engage youth in activities such as
sports, educational trips, and job placement counseling,
which piques participants’ interest in finding suitable
employment opportunities.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2007
Director: Lisa Heydlauff
Makkala Jagriti focuses on educational and developmental issues and seeks to build a holistic learning environment for emotionally and economically deprived
children. As part of its Youth Leadership Program,
disadvantaged youth are trained in leadership development to enhance their self-confidence, motivation,
communication, and leadership qualities.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
New Delhi, India
GTS is a multimedia project for children that celebrates
every child’s right to go to school and participate in an
Magic Bus empowers young people growing up in
the slums and streets of India to discover their innate
potential through sports. Magic Bus’s youth-focused
Connect program provides information, advice, and
mentoring to encourage young people to enter the
workforce and build sustainable communities.
Previous Funding: $68,000 since 2002
$11,000/503,826 Indian rupees
New Delhi, India
Mumbai, India
Director: Sheikh Masood Akhtar
[email protected]
SAHER works with youth in the Mumbai suburb of
Jogeshwari, encouraging them to accept differences and
promoting equal rights, justice, and social peace. The
Neenv (Foundation) program implements skills-based
and vocational courses in computers, spoken English,
fabric painting, and other subjects.
Previous Funding: $7,000 since 2008
Director: Meenu Venkateswaran
[email protected]
Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust
$7,500/343,518 Indian rupees
Bengaluru, India
Started by young professionals, Pravah encourages young
people to become social entrepreneurs and agents of
change and facilitate positive change in society. Targeting
young entrepreneurs, the Change Looms fellowship
program provides funding and capacity-building training
to individuals addressing critical social needs for the most
marginalized sectors of the population.
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2006
Director: Ramesh Swamy
[email protected]
SGBS Trust delivers far-reaching benefits to economically underprivileged youth by providing education,
employment, cultural enhancement, and vocational skills.
Previous Funding: $11,000 since 2007
2008–2009 Grants List
Aangan Trust
Jabala Action Research Organisation
$14,500/664,135 Indian rupees
Society Undertaking Poor People’s Onus for
Kolkata, India
$13,000/595,431 Indian rupees
$17,000/778,641 Indian rupees
Director: Baitali Ganguly
Mumbai, India
Mumbai, India
[email protected]
Director: Sujata Ganega
Director: Suparna Gupta
[email protected]
[email protected]
Aangan Trust provides psychological rehabilitation to
juvenile offenders and neglected children in juvenile
detention centers, helping them to deal with past
trauma, resolve their emotional and behavioral problems, and create sustainable change in their lives.
Previous Funding: $74,750 since 2004
Jabala Action Research Organisation helps children in the
red-light districts of Kolkata and surrounding areas better
integrate into mainstream society by providing preschool care,
educational support, healthcare, and rights awareness programs.
Previous Funding: $39,143 since 2005
SUPPORT provides treatment and rehabilitation for
child drug users through residential shelters that give
boys and girls shelter, food, healthcare, vocational training, and education as part of their rehabilitation.
Previous Funding: $18,000 since 2006
$6,000/304,588 Indian rupees
StreetWise Education Foundation
Ahmedabad, India
$7,000/484,982 Bangladeshi taka
Ankuram (Sprout) Woman and
Child Development Society
Director: Harinesh Pandya
Dhaka, Bangladesh
[email protected]; [email protected]
Director: Anita Aparna Muyeed
$10,000/458,024 Indian rupees
www.janpathnetwork.org; [email protected]
[email protected]
Hyderabad, India
Using a rights-based approach, Ankuram creates a safe and
empowering space for women and children to strengthen
their knowledge base, skills, and capacity through education and livelihood opportunities. Its residential shelter
serves girls who have been victims of trafficking or sexual
exploitation, including those escaping from child marriages,
gender-based violence, and neglect, and provides them with
counseling, healthcare, and education.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2006
Centre for Child and Women Development
$7,500/343,518 Indian rupees
Bhubaneswar, India
Director: Mahendra Parida
[email protected]; [email protected]
CCWD works with poor and marginalized children
from slums and Dalit communities to empower them
through social mobilization, child labor rescue and intervention operations, and education and skills training.
Janpath’s Vicharata Samudaay Samarthan Manch
(Support Forum for Nomadic Groups) project, a forum
for nomadic and denotified tribes in Gujarat, addresses
the needs of tribal children and youth from birth to age
18 through activity centers, educational assistance, workshops for youth, and community involvement initiatives.
Prisoners Assistance Nepal
The StreetWise Education Foundation is an alternative education program that empowers children living
on the streets through education, knowledge, and other
tools. To prevent parents and guardians from restricting school attendance because school time reduces the
children’s work time, StreetWise markets and sells the
art produced in the children’s classes and gives a portion
of the proceeds back to the children’s families.
$9,000/663,946 Nepali rupees
Kathmandu, Nepal
Director: Indira Ranamagar
Healthy Minds and Bodies
[email protected]
Developing Indigenous Resources
$6,000/274,814 Indian rupees
Chandigarh, India
By introducing the concept of community parenting
and by working with prisoners and their children, PA
Nepal implements reform, rehabilitation, and welfare
programs in Nepal’s prisons, including a daycare center
to serve children who live in the Kathmandu Central
Female Jail with their incarcerated mothers.
Previous Funding: $6,000 since 2007
Shangla Development Society
Director: Frederick Shaw
Director: Sohini Chakroborty
[email protected]
Kolkata Sanved promotes dance movement as a therapeutic tool for the most vulnerable and underprivileged
segments of society, including street children, victims
of trafficking or violence, children of prostitutes, youth
living in slum areas, and other at-risk children.
Previous Funding: $21,376 since 2007
Manav Aashrita Sansthan
(Human Education Institute)
Rajasthan, India
Director: Ajmal Singh Chouhan
[email protected]
MAS focuses on education, health, women’s empowerment, and participatory governance and works with the
most vulnerable and marginalized tribal populations,
which are predominantly Muslim, in southern Rajasthan.
MAS’s Young Girls Collective, consisting of five groups
of girls aged 11 to 18, conducts weekly meetings with the
local community to address issues such as early marriage,
health concerns, and gender equality and empowerment.
Responding to Crisis
$21,000/2,270,667 Sri Lankan rupees
Kinniya, Sri Lanka
DIR uses an empowerment approach and behavior
modification model for its education, gender, and
health interventions in slums near Chandigarh and
Punjab. DIR’s health promoters, youth recruited from
the slum communities, work in collaboration with
trained physicians and nutritionists to provide access to
healthcare and education.
$7,000/563,799 Pakistani rupees
Alpuri, Shangla District, Pakistan
Mumbai, India
Director: Iftikhar Hussain
Director: Anna Fernandes
[email protected]
Dreamcatchers Foundation
[email protected]
$9,000/456,881 Indian rupees
Director: A. R. M. Saifullah
[email protected]
KV promotes education, advocates for human rights,
and works to reduce gender imbalances and conserve the
environment in the Trincomalee district of northeastern
Sri Lanka, an area heavily affected by both the country’s
decades-long civil war and the December 2004 tsunami.
Previous Funding: $56,500 since 2005
Mumbai, India
Kolkata, India
Kinniya Vision
$7,000/355,352 Indian rupees
$12,500/634,558 Indian rupees
[email protected]
Community OutReach Programme
CORP provides support to children, especially girls,
living in the slums of Mumbai through education,
health, and community development programs that
help participants blossom into confident and enthusiastic individuals.
Previous Funding: $14,500 since 2007
Kolkata Sanved (Kolkata Sensitivity)
$7,000/355,352 Indian rupees
Director: M. Sumitra
[email protected]
children, in orphanages, and in rescue homes for girls.
Previous Funding: $18,500 since 2007
SDS focuses on the development and rehabilitation
of the Shangla district and advocates for a greater
budget allocation for education in areas affected by the
October 2005 earthquake and in conflict-ridden areas.
By organizing sports festivals, debate competitions, and
other recreational programming, SDS works to prevent
children and youth from turning to militancy.
Previous Funding: $16,000 since 2007
Director: Sonali Ojha
[email protected]
Dreamcatchers uses a participatory, child-centered
methodology that helps children coping with grief,
destruction, and violence to see the possibilities in life
and to find healing, strength, and confidence. The central
focus of Dreamcatchers’ Peacemakers Project is building
a community of youth facilitators in shelters for street
2008–2009 Grants List
Program Officer
Number of grantee partners
United States
Sarah Ireland
Washington, DC, and the Gulf Coast
EdM, Harvard University
BS, University of Portland
Healthy Minds and Bodies
Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop
Ascensions Community Services
2008–2009 grants
18 grants valued at $166,195
Washington, DC, United States
Washington, DC, United States
Director: Kelli Taylor
Director: Satira S. Streeter
[email protected]
[email protected]
Free Minds introduces young male inmates at the DC
Jail to the transformative power of books and creative
writing by mentoring them and connecting them to
supportive services throughout their incarceration and
after their reentry into the community.
Previous Funding: $22,000 since 2006
Ascensions provides disadvantaged and low-income
children living east of the Anacostia River with individualized, culturally relevant assistance and psychological
support that helps them to improve their interpersonal
relationships and make positive contributions to their
Previous Funding: $15,000 since 2007
Special Program
Number of allied
Innovation Fund
grassroots groups
2008–2009 grants
7 grants valued at $23,500
Hope House
Following our global commitment, we feel
strongly that assisting those in need in the
United States is an important part of our
mission. In fact, statistics on the status of
vulnerable children and youth in the United
States are, at times, on par with those of
developing countries. Furthermore, as our
office is located in Washington, DC, we
feel an obligation and a strong desire to
support the surrounding community. Focused
primarily on the poorest sections of the city,
our partners are reaching out to vulnerable
youth through the culture of hip-hop, helping
incarcerated youth find their freedom and
self-expression through reading and writing,
providing critical mental health and psychosocial support to low-income children and
their families, and strengthening the bonds
between children and their incarcerated
fathers through literacy.
In addition to investing in our own community, we have supported the recovery and
renewal of communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita since 2005. The
hurricanes amplified to horrific proportions
what was already a significant need for
support services in New Orleans and the Gulf
Coast region, and the groups we have funded
over the past three years have made remarkable progress in reknitting the fabric of their
communities. Although our support is wrapping up this year, these grantees will continue
to be members of the extended Global Fund
for Children family through KLARA, tracking
grants, and the friendships and bonds they
made with other grantee partners from South
Asia and the United States at the 2007
Recovery and Renewal Knowledge Exchange
in Mamallapuram, India.
Our US-based grantee partners have been
resourceful and strategic this year, making the
most of every dollar, every in-kind donation, and every minute of volunteer support.
They have also reached new milestones: our
grantee partner Ascensions Community
Services received national news coverage, and
KID smART celebrated its tenth anniversary, which coincided with its Sustainability
Award. Joining us as a new partner this year
was Hope House, located in Washington,
DC. Hope House’s innovative father-tochild reading program strengthens the bond
between children and incarcerated fathers,
improves literacy skills, and addresses the
psychosocial needs of these children and their
fathers. Hope House is at a pivotal point in
its organizational development and, with our
help, is poised to soar.
In addition to managing our US portfolio,
I have the pleasure of working closely with
our president, Maya Ajmera, to support a
small number of innovative organizations
throughout the world; seven Presidential
Innovation Fund grants were awarded this
year. Recipients included Mirakle Couriers in
Mumbai, India, which is a social enterprise
that trains low-income deaf youth to work
as corporate couriers. Another grantee, the
nonprofit Sustainable Health Enterprises
(SHE), helps start local businesses in developing countries to address socioeconomic
and public health problems. SHE’s first
spinoff business, located in Rwanda, works
primarily with girls and women and, through
sanitary pad franchising, aims to provide
access to affordable, eco-friendly sanitary
pads. I look forward not only to seeing what
these grassroots groups achieve in the coming
year but also to continuing to support our
DC-based grantee partners and scouting for
new partners.
Washington, DC, United States
Director: Carol Fennelly
[email protected]
Creative Opportunities
Words Beats & Life
Washington, DC, United States
Director: Mazi Mutafa
Hope House strengthens families with incarcerated
fathers by implementing programs to improve the
father-to-child bond, holding summer camps for
children in their fathers’ prisons, and facilitating peer
support groups for mothers and children.
United Houma Nation
Golden Meadow, Louisiana, United States
Director: Brenda Dardar Robichaux
[email protected]
WBL aims to transform communities through hip-hop
culture and provides job training and enterprise support
to prepare youth for employment. Its DC Urban Arts
Academy provides comprehensive arts-based educational activities for at-risk children and youth living in
some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
Previous Funding: $10,000 since 2007
[email protected]
The United Houma Nation operates youth programs,
cultural classes, and community events, as well as
employment training courses and heritage preservation programs. An outgrowth of its summer leadership
program is the Youth Media Team, a group of youth
who are taking an active role in preserving cultural
traditions through media.
Previous Funding: $14,000 since 2007
Responding to Crisis
Awesome Girls Mentoring Program
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Director: James Rogers
[email protected]
Awesome Girls provides a safe space in New Orleans’s
Treme neighborhood, which is still recovering from the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina, for African American
girls to learn and practice leadership, conflict management, and decision-making skills that will help them
become self-sufficient and confident adults.
Previous Funding: $38,000 since 2006
2008–2009 Grants List
Zion Travelers Cooperative Center
Global Goods Partners
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Phoenix, Louisiana, United States
New York, New York, United States
Director: Echo Olander
Director: Rev. Tyronne Edwards
Directors: Joan Shifrin and Catherine Shimony
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
KID smART offers students in New Orleans’s failing
public schools a robust arts program that includes visual
arts, poetry, dance, circus arts, and acting components.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, KID smART
joined several of its cultural partners to develop a
program to provide arts-in-education opportunities to
schools facing enormous challenges.
Previous Funding: $30,000 since 2006
Based in rural Louisiana, ZTCC works hand in hand
with community members to help them rebuild their
lives, rebuild their community, and improve the quality
of life for their children in the difficult aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. ZTCC’s Holistic Center provides
a reading room, computer training, health counseling,
and educational programs that help children recognize
depression, anxiety, and stress.
Previous Funding: $33,500 since 2007
GGP provides improved distribution outlets for global
artisan goods to fairly benefit community-based organizations and artisans, engages youth in global citizenship
activities, and offers US companies socially responsible
corporate gift items.
Previous Funding: $18,000 since 2006
Presidential Innovation Fund
Director: Dhruv Lakra
Asociación de Desarrollo Integral
(Association of Comprehensive Development)
Mirakle Couriers works to mainstream the highly
marginalized population of low-income deaf youth by
providing youth between the ages of 18 and 21 with
education, skills training, and employment opportunities as couriers in Mumbai.
Moore Community House
Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Director: Carol Burnett
[email protected]
Herradura de Rivas, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica
MCH provides early childhood education to lowincome children from birth to age 5 in economically
depressed East Biloxi, an area that was particularly hard
hit by Hurricane Katrina, and offers education services
and comprehensive health and family support services
to this struggling community.
Previous Funding: $18,500 since 2007
Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training
New Orleans East, Louisiana, United States
Director: Cyndi Nguyen
[email protected]
VIET, a community and youth development organization, serves the predominantly Vietnamese American
community in New Orleans East through mentoring
and job-training programs and by providing disaster
recovery assistance to neighborhood residents, many of
whom are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Katrina.
Previous Funding: $18,500 since 2006
Director: Olger Villarevia
[email protected]
Asociación de Desarrollo Integral is a community organization in Herradura that promotes the economic and
social development of this small rural town by working
to advance the well-being of its residents through
infrastructure projects, health and education initiatives,
and advocacy efforts.
Mirakle Couriers
West Mumbai, India
[email protected]
Sustainable Health Enterprises
New York, New York, United States
Director: Elizabeth Scharpf
[email protected]
Mumbai, India
Director: Deval Sanghavi
[email protected]
To help nonprofit organizations in India scale up their
work, Dasra provides growth capital and management
expertise. Many of Dasra’s clients serve at-risk and
marginalized youth, including abandoned children,
children of commercial sex workers, and children in
government-run institutions.
SHE aims to improve the well-being of people living
in resource-poor settings by helping to start up local
businesses that address socioeconomic and public
health problems. SHE’s first pilot business is working
with girls and women in peri-urban and rural areas of
Rwanda in a sanitary pad franchising business.
Washington Youth Choir
Washington, DC, United States
Director: Courtney Baker-Oliver
[email protected]
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Director: Eric Glustrom
[email protected]
WYC is an after-school music education and college
preparatory program that enhances the educational
experience of DC-area youth through the rigorous
study and performance of music.
Previous Funding: $1,200 since 2008
Educate! works to empower the next generation of
socially responsible leaders in Africa by educating and
equipping students to create social enterprises and gain
the vision, experience, and skills needed to become
socially responsible leaders.
2008–2009 Financials
Statements of Financial Position
Revenues 2008–2009
Individuals 47%
June 30, 2009 and 2008
Foundations 36%
Corporate 15%
Book Revenue 1%
Interest and Other 1%
Despite the worst financial environment in
decades, fiscal year 2008–2009 was a successful one for The Global Fund for Children.
We were able to increase both our overall
spending and our net assets by roughly 10
percent, even though our revenue dropped by a
similar percentage, due mainly to a decrease in
multiyear gifts. In practical terms, this means
that we grew at a responsible, controlled rate
consistent with what we quickly realized would
be a difficult year in which to secure new gifts.
We have grown, on average, 33 percent per year
for the past five years, so growing by only 10
percent required disciplined spending decisions
aimed at accomplishing our organizational
goals for the year.
We focused our spending on grantmaking
and value-added services, as well as increasing
our overall staff size. We are well positioned
to take advantage of a recovery in the economy, which hopefully will result in increased
charitable contributions and a return to our
traditionally higher budget growth.
Our ratio of funds spent on program services
was the same as in the previous year, with
86 percent of spending directed to program
activities and 14 percent to general, administrative, and fundraising costs. For the fifth
year in a row, we received a four-star rating
by Charity Navigator, meaning that our
performance “exceeds industry standards and
outperforms most charities in [our] Cause”
(www.charitynavigator.org). Furthermore,
we received BBB Wise Giving Alliance
accreditation by meeting “all 20 Standards for
Charity Accountability.”
Our balance sheet shows an extremely healthy
organization. Our current ratio (current assets
to current liabilities) is 34 to 1, and our debt
ratio (total liabilities to total assets) is a similarly strong 0.06 to 1. Like many nonprofits,
we are rich in restricted cash (the use of
which is guided by donor restrictions) and
poor in unrestricted cash. Our development
team has made it a priority to seek new and
larger unrestricted gifts to support critically
important operating and fundraising costs.
In the coming fiscal year, much depends on
the state of the economy around us. Our
base-case scenario anticipates an unsettled,
albeit improving, economic climate, during
which we would continue modest budget
growth focused on our core work of making
grants and providing strengthening services
to grassroots groups, as well as allocating our
program resources where they are needed most.
All financial information in this annual report
relates to The Global Fund for Children and
does not include figures for The Global Fund for
Children UK Trust, which is a separate legal
entity. For the full audited financial statements,
please visit our website.
Liabilities and Net Assets
Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses
Accrued Vacation and Bonuses
Deferred Revenue – Rent
Capital Lease Obligation
Total Current Liabilities
Deferred Leasehold Allowance
Capital Lease Obligation
Total Liabilities
Current Assets
Total Cash and Cash Equivalents
Certificates of Deposit
Accounts Receivable:
Promises to Give
Total Accounts Receivable
Prepaid Expenses
Total Current Assets
Promises to Give, Net of Current Portion
Property and Equipment
Office Equipment
Leasehold Improvements
Computer Software
Less: Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization
Total Property and Equipment
Total Assets
Commitments and Contingencies
Net Assets
Temporarily Restricted
Permanently Restricted (Endowment)
Total Net Assets
Total Liabilities and Net Assets
2008–2009 Financials
Statement of Activities
Statement of Cash Flows
Expenditures 2008–2009
Total Program Expenses 86%
June 30, 2009 and 2008
June 30, 2009 and 2008
Fundraising 8%
Total Management
and Administration 6%
Gifts and Grants
Book Revenues
and Royalties
Investment Income
Net Assets Released
from Restrictions
Total Revenue
$ 3,546
$ 2,422,182
Program Services:
Total Program Services
Supporting Services:
and General
Total Supporting Services
Total Expenses
Change in Net Assets
Net Assets
Beginning of Year
Net Assets
End of Year
$ 5,369,521
$ 1,344,848
Cash Flows from Operating Activities
Change in Net Assets
Adjustment to Reconcile Change in Net Assets
to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
Depreciation and Amortization
Permanently Restricted Contributions
Changes in Assets and Liabilities
Accounts Receivable/Promises to Give
Prepaid Expenses
Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses
Accrued Vacation and Bonuses
Due to UK Trust
Deferred Revenue
Deferred Leasehold Allowance
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
Cash from Investing Activities
Purchases of Certificates of Deposit
Sales/Redemptions of Certificates of Deposit
Purchases of Property and Equipment
Net Cash Provided (Used) by Investing Activities
Cash from Financing Activities
Proceeds from Permanently Restricted Contributions
Principal Payments on Capital Leases
Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents
Cash and Cash Equivalents – Beginning of Year
Cash and Cash Equivalents – End of Year
The Global Fund for Children
National Board of Directors
Juliette Gimon, Chair
Flora Family Foundation
New York, NY, and California
Raj Singh
Telcom Ventures LLC
Alexandria, VA
Isabel Carter Stewart, Secretary
Chicago, IL
Maya Ajmera
The Global Fund for Children
Washington, DC
Robert Stillman, Treasurer
Millbridge Capital Management
Chevy Chase, MD
Peter Briger
Fortress Investment Group LLC
New York, NY
UK Trust Board of Trustees
Sanjiv Khattri
New York, NY
Mark McGoldrick
Mount Kellett Capital Management LP
New York, NY
Sarah Perot
Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. Foundation
Dallas, TX
Sandra Pinnavaia
Business Talent Group
New York, NY
Joan Platt
The Joan and Lewis Platt Foundation
Portola Valley, CA
Patricia Rosenfield
Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY
Roy Salamé
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
New York, NY
Robert Scully, Vice Chair
New York, NY
Mark McGoldrick, Chair
Mount Kellett Capital Management LP
Michael Daffey
Goldman Sachs and Company
Dina de Angelo
John K. Hepburn
Morgan Stanley (Europe) Ltd.
David Kowitz
Indus Capital Partners, LLC
Dirk Ormoneit
Bluecrest Capital Management
James Sheridan
James and Chantal Sheridan Foundation
Directors Emeriti
William Ascher
Laura Luger
Adele Richardson Ray
Dallas Leadership Council
The Global Fund for Children Team
Margot Perot, Chair
Lucy Billingsley
Kathy Crow
Nancy Halbreich
Patricia Patterson
Suzanne Perot McGee
Nancy Perot Mulford
Katherine Perot
Sarah Perot
Carolyn Perot Rathjen
Maya Ajmera
Founder and President
Anne Sorensen
Director, Development
Katherine Clements
Grant Writer
Deborah Ahenkorah
Hepburn Intern
Bryn Mawr College
Victoria Dunning
Vice President, Programs
Parie Kadir
Database Coordinator
Hoa Tu Duong
Program Officer, East & Southeast Asia
Lauren Keller
Grant Writer
Lisa Fiala
Program Officer, Eastern Europe and the
Commonwealth of Independent States
Shana Weinberg
Grant Writer
Michael Gale
Program Associate, Latin America
and the Caribbean
Finance and Operations
Silicon Valley Leadership Council
Susan Carter Harrington and Tom Harrington
Wende and Tom Hutton
Stacey Keare and John Hodge
Teresa Luchsinger
Joan Platt
Leigh Rawdon and David Rolf
Vineeta Gupta
Program Officer, South Asia
Sarah Ireland
Associate Program Officer, Special Grants
Solome Lemma
Senior Program Officer, Africa
Miléna Mikaël-Debass
Program Associate, Africa
Cynthia Pon
Director, Children’s Books
Susanna Shapiro
Program Officer, Latin America
and the Caribbean
Jerry Irvine
Vice President, Communications
Elise Hofer Derstine
Assistant Editor
Monica Grover
Manager, Digital Media Projects
Tamar Schiffman
Marketing and External Relations Officer
Mitchell Fenster
Vice President, Finance and Operations
Andrew Barnes
Grants Manager
Michael Bush
Lynn Grone
Human Resources (TPO, Inc.)
Kira Burke
Vanderbilt University
Tim Hagerty
Georgetown University
Lisa Hartland
The George Washington University
Wanlapa Komkai
Westminster College
Angela Mazer
Johns Hopkins University
Emily Ann Powers
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Stefanie Solar
Colby College
Erik Suspanic
Davidson College
Meheret Mellese
Director, Information Technology
Nardos Worku
Administrative Assistant
Amy Oyekunle
2009 International Fellow
Lagos, Nigeria
Megan Kauffmann
William Ascher Summer Fellow
Duke University
Summer Associate
Gabrielle Bill
Harvard Business School
Aangan Trust, 112
Ação Forte (Strong Action), 102
Achlal (Caring Kindness) Children’s Development Center, 93
Action pour la Promotion des Droits de l’Enfant au Burkina Faso
(APRODEB) (Action for the Promotion of the Rights of the Burkinabe
Child), 83
Agastya International Foundation, 107
Aikya (Unity), 107
Alliance for Children and Youth, 88
Amahoro Association, 76, 83
American Jewish World Service, 50
America’s Charities partnership, 64
Anandan (Happiness), 107
Ananya Trust, 48, 64, 107
Ankuram (Sprout) Woman and Child Development Society, 112
Asanble Vwazen Jakè (AVJ) ( Jakè Neighborhood Association), 37, 99
Ascensions Community Services, 114, 115
Asociación Civil Hamiraya (Hamiraya Civil Association), 103
Asociación Civil Wará (Wará Civil Association), 99
Asociación de Comunidades Eclesiales de Base (CEB) (Association of
Grassroots Christian Communities), 102
Asociación de Desarrollo Integral (Association of Comprehensive
Development), 116
Asociación Educativa Maya Aj Sya’ (Maya Aj Sya’ Educational
Association), 99
Asociación Integral de la Juventud Q’anil (Comprehensive Association of
Q’anil Youth), 102
Asociación Mujer y Comunidad (Women and Community Association),
42, 45, 99
Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral y Multidisciplinario APPEDIBIMI
(APPEDIBIMI Association for Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary
Development), 99
Asociación para los Derechos de la Niñez “Monseñor Oscar Romero”
(Monsignor Oscar Romero Association for Children’s Rights), 99
Asociación Promoción y Desarrollo de la Mujer Nicaragüense Acahual
(Acahual Association for the Promotion and Development of Nicaraguan
Women), 99
Asociatia pentru Libertatea si Egalitatea de Gen (ALEG) (Association for
Liberty and Gender Equality), 89
Associação Barraca da Amizade (Shelter of Friendship Association), 103
Associação Beneficente da Criança e do Adolescente em Situação de Risco
(Beneficent Association for At-Risk Children and Adolescents), 103–104
Associação de Apoio às Meninas e Meninos da Região Sé (AA Criança)
(Association for Support of Girls and Boys of the Sé Region), 105
Associação Excola (Excola Association), 104
Association d’Appui et d’Eveil Pugsada (ADEP) (Association for
Supporting and Awakening Young Girls), 51, 81
Association des Artistes et Artisans contre le VIH/SIDA et les Stupifiants
(AARCOSIS) (Association of Artists and Artisans against HIV/
AIDS and Drugs), 83
Association des Jeunes pour le Développement Intégré–Kakundu
(AJEDI–Ka) (Youth Association for Integrated Development–Kakundu), 81
Association du Foyer de l’Enfant Libanais (AFEL) (Lebanese Child
Home Association), 42, 85
Association Enfant Chez-Soi (ECS) (Children at Home Association), 77
Association for Community Development Services (ACDS), 107
Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), 85
Association Jeunesse Actions Mali (AJA Mali) (Youth Action Association
of Mali), 43, 81
Association La Lumière (The Light Association), 81
Association of Community Movements for Social Action (ACMSA), 110
Association of People for Practical Life Education (APPLE), 81
Association pour la Promotion de la Fille Burundaise (Association for the
Promotion of the Burundian Girl), 77
Atina, 89
Avenir de l’Enfant (ADE) (Future of the Child), 81
Awesome Girls Mentoring Program, 115
Ba Futuru (For the Future), 34, 95
Backward Society Education (BASE), 107
Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids, 93
Beijing LovingSource Information Center, 95
Benishyaka Association, 77
Biblioteca Th’uruchapitas (Th’uruchapitas Library), 99
Big Brother Mouse, 92, 96
board of directors, 122
Books for Kids project, 60–61
Carolina for Kibera, 83
Centar za Integraciju Mladih (CIM) (Center for Youth Integration), 89
Center for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (CPCAN), 94
Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights Foundation (CPCR), 30, 94
Center for Women and Children Empowerment (CEWCE), 80
Center of Support for Rural Enterprise and Economy, 53, 87
Centre for Child and Women Development (CCWD), 112
Centre for Domestic Training and Development (CDTD), 50, 81
Centro Cultural Batahola Norte (CCBN) (Cultural Center of Batahola
Norte), 100
Centro de Apoyo al Niño de la Calle de Oaxaca (CANICA) (Center for
the Support of the Street Child in Oaxaca), 104
Centro de Documentação e Informação Coisa de Mulher (CEDOICOM)
(Center for Documentation and Information on Women’s Issues), 105
Centro Interdisciplinario para el Desarrollo Social (CIDES)
(Interdisciplinary Center for Social Development), 30, 104
Centro para el Desarrollo Regional (CDR) (Center for Regional
Development), 104
Centro para la Autonomía y Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas (CADPI)
(Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Autonomy and Development), 100
Centro Transitorio de Capacitación y Educación Recreativa El Caracol
(El Caracol Transitional Center for Training and Recreational Education), 102
Challenging Heights, 77
Charity Navigator rating, 118
Charlesbridge Publishing, 60
Children and Young People’s Protection and Development NGO
(CYPPD), 94
Children in the Wilderness (CITW), 77
Children of the U.S.A., 60, 61
Children of Tien-Shan, 86, 89
children’s book program, 60
Children’s Legacy Fund, 71
Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRD), 95
Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group, 58, 107
Chiricli (Bird): International Roma Women’s Charitable Fund, 87
Clinton Global Initiative, 54, 92
Club 21–Udruženja za Pozitivnu Komunikaciju (Association for Positive
Communication), 90
Çocuklar Ayni Çatinin Altinda Dernegi (ÇAÇA) (Children Under the
Same Roof Association), 52, 90
Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias (Miguel Angel Asturias Academy), 100
Community Outreach Programme (CORP), 112
Community Sanitation and Recycling Organization (CSARO), 57, 93
Corporación Salus, 105
Creative Opportunities portfolio, 12, 13
2008–2009 grants, 84, 90, 96, 105, 115
Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation, 9, 52
Dasra, 116
De Laas Gul Welfare Programme (DLG), 110
Desarrollo Autogestionario Asociación Civil (AUGE) (Self-Managed
Development Civil Association), 102
Developing Indigenous Resources (DIR), 113
Development Organisation of Rural Sichuan (DORS), 93
Dhriiti (Courage), 110
directors, 122
documentary photography, 61
donors, list of, 66–71
Door Step School, 23, 43, 107
Dreamcatchers Foundation, 39, 113
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), 108
Dushanbe Youth House (DYH), 87
Early Intervention Institute (EII), 87
Educate!, 116
Education as a Vaccine against AIDS (EVA), 83
Eldany, 52, 86, 88
Elevate Destinations partnership, 64
EMpower—The Emerging Markets Foundation, 50
Enterprise portfolio, 12, 13, 25–27
2008–2009 grants, 82–83, 85, 88–89, 94, 102–103, 110–111
Equal Step Centre, 94
Escola Estrela do Mar (Starfish School), 100
Espacio Cultural Creativo (ECC) (Cultural Creative Space), 43, 100
Ethiopian Books for Children and Educational Foundation (EBCEF),
64, 76, 77
Faith, 9, 60
Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama NAD, 92, 96
fellowships, 9, 15, 61
films, 60–61
financials, 118–121
Firelight Foundation, 50
Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, 22, 115
Frente de Salud Infantil y Reproductiva de Guatemala (FESIRGUA)
(Guatemalan Front for Child and Reproductive Health), 50, 103
Friends for Street Children (FFSC), 93
Friends of the Disabled (FOTD), 77
Fundación Alfonso Casas Morales para la Promoción Humana (Alfonso
Casas Morales Foundation for Human Advancement), 100
Fundación Casa Hogar Nuestro Sueño (Our Dream Home Foundation),
98, 100
Fundación Chocó Joven (Young Chocó Foundation), 98, 105
Fundación Crecer (Growth Foundation), 100
Fundación Junto con los Niños ( JUCONI) (Together with the Children
Foundation), 43, 101
Fundación Simsa (Simsa Foundation), 98, 105
Fundatia COTE (COTE Foundation), 43, 89
Fundatia Noi Orizonturi (New Horizons Foundation), 88
Gender Education, Research and Technologies Foundation (GERT), 89
Giriyuja, 82
Girl Child Concern (GCC), 77
Girls, empowerment of, 50
Global Babies, 60
Global Fund for Children UK Trust, 12, 118
directors, 122
Global Fund for Women, 50
Global Goods Partners (GGP), 117
Global Media Ventures program, 60–62
Going to School (GTS), 110
Goldman Sachs Foundation, 48
Gramin Mahila Sikshan Sansthan (GMSS) (Sikar Girls Education
Initiative), 9, 43, 108
Grandmothers against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), 83
grantee partners
eligibility and selection criteria, 72–73
value-added services for, 13
grantmaking, 10–17, 42–44
number of, 11
types of, 13, 14
Grassroots Girls Initiative (GGI), 9, 15, 50, 61
Guaruma, 103
Halley Movement, 78
health and well-being grants, 12, 13, 55
Healthy Minds and Bodies portfolio, 12, 13, 32–35
2008–2009 grants, 83–84, 90, 95–96, 105, 113, 115
Heshima (Dignity) Kenya, 82
Himpunan Psikologi Indonesia (HIMPSI) (Indonesian Psychological
Association), 96
Hope for Children Organization (HFC), 54, 78
Hope House, 115
Incest Trauma Center (ITC), 90
Institute of Leadership and Institutional Development (ILID), 48, 108
Instituto Fazer Acontecer (IFA) (Make It Happen Institute), 98, 103
Instituto para el Desarrollo de la Mujer y la Infancia (IDEMI)
(Institute for the Development of Women and Children), 104
Instituto para la Superación de la Miseria Urbana (ISMUGUA)
(Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty), 57–58, 101
Integrated Community Health Services (INCHES), 83
International Center of Photography, 9, 61
International Trust for the Education of Zambia Orphans (ITEZO), 78
Jabala Action Research Organisation, 112
Janpath, 112
Jeeva Jyothi (Everlasting Light), 43
Jinpa Project, 95
Journey of a Red Fridge, 62
Kalinga Mission for Indigenous Children and Youth Development, Inc.
(KAMICYDI), 27, 94
Kamitei Foundation, 78
Karm Marg (Progress through Work), 8, 9, 110
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA), 48, 110
KID smART, 39, 44, 114, 116
Kiev Children and Youth Support Center, 31, 89
Kindle Orphan Outreach, 78
Kinniya Vision (KV), 113
Kitezh Children’s Community, 89
KLARA (Knowledge, Learning, and Resource Access) Network,
13, 15, 114
Knowledge Exchange workshops, 14, 39, 114
knowledge initiatives, 13–14
Kolkata Sanved (Kolkata Sensitivity), 34, 113
Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), 15, 80
La Conscience (Conscience), 37, 76, 82
Lapeng (Home) Child and Family Resource Service, 78
Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF), 95
Learning portfolio, 12, 13, 20–23, 76, 98
2008–2009 grants, 77–80, 87–88, 93–94, 99–102, 107–109, 115
legal assistance, 13
leveraging, 13, 42
Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, 13
Life Home Project Foundation (LHP), 96
Light for All (LiFA), 101
Love in Action Ethiopia (LIA), 80
Magic Bus Connect, 110–111
Mahita (Regeneration), 108
Maia Bobo, 78
Makkala Jagriti (Children’s Awareness), 111
Mama Cash, 50
Manav Aashrita Sansthan (MAS) (Human Education Institute), 113
Mary M. Momolu Development Foundation, 78
Masoom (Innocent), 108
Media Concern Initiative (MCI), 82
Men on the Side of the Road (MSR), 8, 44, 80
metrics indicators, 8, 14
Ministerio Tiempo Decisivo (Decisive Time Ministry), 104
Mirakle Couriers, 116
Mirman School partnership, 64
mission, 5
Monduli Pastoralist Development Initiative (MPDI), 78
Moore Community House (MCH), 116
Movimiento de Mujeres Dominico-Haitianas (MUDHA)
(Movement of Dominican-Haitian Women), 101
Movimiento para el Auto-Desarrollo Internacional de la Solidaridad
(MAIS) (Movement for International Self-Development and
Solidarity), 104–105
Muhammadiyah ’Aisyiyah, 92, 96
Muktangan (Open Courtyard), 108
Mumbai Mobile Crèches, 108
Nehemiah AIDS Relief Project, 79
Neng Guan Performing Arts Training Center, 95
Network of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, 44, 108
Never Again Rwanda (NAR), 84
New Global Citizens partnership, 64
New Horizon Ministries (NHM), 79
New Life Community Projects, 82
Nia Foundation, 35, 83
Nike Foundation, 50
Nucleo Socio-Cultural “Caixa de Sorpresas” (Box of Surprises
Sociocultural Center), 105
Nur (Light) Center, 87
Nyaka School, 79
Reginald Orsmond Counselling Services (ROCS), 84
Rescue Alternatives Liberia (RAL), 82
Responding to Crisis portfolio, 36–39, 92
2008–2009 grants, 96, 113, 115–116
Ruchika Social Service Organization, 64
Ruili Women and Children Development Center (RWCDC), 95–96
Rural China Education Foundation (RCEF), 22, 93
Rural Family Support Organization (RuFamSO), 26, 103
Rural Human Rights Activists Program (RHRAP), 84
Russian Orphan Opportunity Fund (ROOF), 52, 87
Pazapa (Step by Step), 33–34, 105
Physicians for Social Justice (PSJ), 84
Poder Joven (Youth Power), 101
Potohar Organization for Development Advocacy (PODA), 111
Pravah (Flow), 111
Prei Effort for Those Who Are in Need (PEFAN), 79
Prerana (Inspiration), 21–22, 54, 109
Presidential Innovation Fund, 114
Prisoners Assistance Nepal (PA Nepal), 112
Prisoners Assistance Program, 81
Projecto de Vida para Crianças e Jovens (PROVIDA) (Life Project for
Children and Youth), 84
Puririsun (Let’s Journey Together), 101
Safety portfolio, 12, 13, 28–31
2008–2009 grants, 76, 80–82, 85, 89–90, 94–95, 103–105
Salesian Sisters, 79
Sam-Kam Institute (SKI), 26, 80
Sanggar Anak Akar (Workshop, Child, Root), 96
Sanghamitra Service Society, 111
Shaishav (Childhood) Trust, 25–26, 111
Shangla Development Society (SDS), 112
Shilpa Children’s Trust (SCT), 109
SIN-DO, 29–30, 82
Sithuthukile Trust, 79
Skolta’el Yu’un Jlumaltic (SYJAC) (Service to Our People), 54, 102
Slumdog Millionaire, 106
Smile Group—Friends of Thay Hung, 96
Snowland Service Group (SSG), 92, 93
Sociedad Dominico-Haitiana de Apoyo Integral para el Desarrollo y la
Salud (SODHAIDESA) (Dominican-Haitian Society of Comprehensive
Support for Health and Development), 98, 102
Society Biliki (Path Society), 38, 87
Society for Awareness, Harmony and Equal Rights (SAHER), 111
Society for Education and Action (SEA), 109
Society for the Protection of Paralyzed Citizens of Aktobe (SPPCA), 87
Society Undertaking Poor People’s Onus for Rehabilitation
(SUPPORT), 113
Sree Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samaj Trust (SGBS Trust), 111
StreetWise Education Foundation, 113
Sunshine Charity, 111
Supporting Orphans and Vulnerable for Better Health, Education, and
Nutrition (SOVHEN), 80
Sustainability Awards, 8, 23, 39, 42–45, 52, 114
criteria for, 42
Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), 117
Synapse Center, 44, 80
Synergie pour l’Enfance (Synergy for Childhood), 84
Rapid Response Grants, 37–38
Raza Educational and Social Welfare Society (RESWS), 109
Recovery and Renewal Grants, 37, 38, 39
Talented Young People Everywhere (TYPE), 79
Tanadgoma (Assistance) Library and Cultural Center for People with
Disabilities, 38, 88
Editorial Team
Maya Ajmera, Andrew Barnes, Elise Hofer Derstine (Senior Writer), Victoria
Dunning, Hoa Tu Duong, Mitchell Fenster, Lisa Fiala, Laurel Frodge, Michael
Gale, Vineeta Gupta, Josette Haddad (Copy Editor), Sarah Ireland, Jerry Irvine
(Managing Editor), Solome Lemma, Miléna Mikaël-Debass, Tamar Schiffman,
Susanna Shapiro, Anne Sorensen, Wordfirm (Index)
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Oak Foundation, 9
On the Road blog, 56, 62
Oprah’s Angel Network, 9, 61
opportunity grants, 13, 27, 98
organizational development awards, 13
Oruj Learning Center, 109
outcomes, measuring, 14
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Tasintha (Deeper Transformation) Programme, 44, 82
Tbilisi Youth House Foundation (TYHF), 38, 44, 88
Tea Collection partnership, 64
Teboho Trust, 76, 79
Tiny Toones, 92, 95
tracking grants, 14, 42
Tudor Foundation, 88
Ubumi Children’s Project, 80
Ulybka (Smile) Public Foundation, 90
Umut Işiği: Kadin, Çevre, Kültür, ve Isletme Kooperatifi (Light of Hope:
Women, Environment, Culture, and Enterprise Cooperative), 88
Under-8 Initiative, 9, 54–55
United Houma Nation, 115
Usdruzenje Nova Generacija (New Generation Association), 90
value-added services, 13
Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training (VIET), 116
Vikasini Girl Child Education Trust, 109
vision, 4
War Child, 62
Warma Tarinakuy (Assembly of the Children), 103
Washington Youth Choir (WYC), 117
waste pickers, 56–59
Women Development Association (WDA), 94
Women in Social Entrepreneurship (WISE), 81
Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE),
38, 93
Words Beats & Life, 115
Working Assets partnership, 64
Yanapanakusun (Let’s Help Each Other), 105
Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), 44
Youth Activist Organization (YAO), 84
YouthWorks, 94
YP Foundation, 49, 109
Yugoslav Association for Culture and Education of Roma (YAC-ER), 90
Yunnan Institute of Development (YID), 55, 94
Zion Travelers Cooperative Center (ZTCC), 116
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