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2017 Grant Announcements

Dear Friends and Members,

We are excited to announce our 2017-2018 grants totaling $55,000 to our partners in Liberia, totaling over $350,000 since our first grants in 2010. All of our grants are given in honor of our dearest co-founder and constant inspiration, Nancy Koppleman.

It was a busy year for us with several events including Raj Panjabi, Last Mile Health, who won the 2017 TED Prize and the Skoll Prize for Social Entrepreneurship.  Be sure to watch his “TED Talk.”  We have partnered with LMH since their very beginning and it has been exciting to watch their innovative model for training Community Health Workers brought to scale in Liberia, providing health care in the most remote regions.  

All of our partners have communicated deep appreciation and gratitude for the support they are receiving from Global Neighborhood Fund [GNF] to implement their work providing rural health, clean water, empowerment and protection from gender based violence and reducing teen pregnancy. Thanks and gratitude to our members and friends for your interest and support. Enjoy your summer and we will see you in the fall.
 

SAVE THE DATE... November 28, 2017
TO LEARN ABOUT BAREFOOT COLLEGE IN LIBERIA


Grant Recipient Updates

UNFPA • Teen Pregnancy Prevention

$15,000  GRANT

  • A total of 918 adolescents, with 501 of them being female, were provided with quality Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRH&R) information and services including contraception, HIV/AIDS prevention, unsafe abortion prevention and STIs management at the Sinje youth-friendly center.
  • Among the participants, 732 benefited from family planning services, 39 were treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), 100 were counseled and tested for HIV/AIDS and 47 were treated for malaria & other minor illnesses.
  • 100 girls out of the 501 benefited from a project supported mentorship program which provides life-skills based SRH information and hygiene kits for girls who have had their menses.
  • 50 school going girls (out of the 100) were provided with sanitary kits for menstrual hygiene management.
  • VIEW FULL REPORT >>
  • LEARN MORE ABOUT UNFPA >>

THINK • Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness

$15,000 GRANT

  • THINK Safe Homes received 13 admissions of human trafficking between the ages of 6-18 years of age, all received medical and legal follow up
  • Three THINK staff participated in capacity building training, one as part of The Young African Leadership Initiative and two attended the Commission on the Status of Women in New York (a first!).
  • 3 young women are receiving a scholarship for college from GNF and a 4th will be entering soon, they are studying agriculture, nursing, teaching, and they are mentoring girls through THINK.
  • The computer lab, with computers donated by GNF, will be up and running soon.
  • THINK continues to focus on responding to and providing training on prevention of SGBV (sexual and gender based violence) as well as promoting women’s economic empowerment throughout the community in a number of programs.
  • Rosana Schaack, THINK director and founder, is running for Representative of District #1 in Rivercess County.  A team is in place led by Esther Williams, a THINK Home leader, who has been with THINK since 2003.
  • The THINK Home did not train girls this term due to a lack of funding and Rosana has just completed nine-weeks of training in on-line fundraising with Global Giving. There is a plan to expand the program and home in the next two years and implementation of  more structured fundraising is key.
  • VIEW FULL REPORT >>
  • LEARN MORE ABOUT THINK >>

LAST MILE HEALTH

$15,000 GRANT

  • This year, the GNF grant supports delivery of services in Reproductive, Maternal and Neo-natal Health.
  • HEAL (Health, Equity, Action, and Leadership) has provided a two year fellowship, providing opportunity for US practitioners to pair with local health professionals to facilitate referrals, strengthen clinical decision making and mentor Community Health Workers.
  • Using a patient centered approach, they cultivate a supportive system for Community Health Workers (CHW’s) to improve implementation and quality of programming.
  • “As an advocate, you really experience and understand why it is challenging, despite access to vehicles and fuel, to get patients where they need to be for a safe delivery. It is a very humbling process.”  Annie Huang, HEAL Fellow 2017-19
  • VIEW FULL REPORT >>
  • LEARN MORE ABOUT LAST MILE HEALTH >>

FACE Africa

$10,000 GRANT

  • FACE Africa will rehabilitate a broken hand pump at a Rivercess school and apply the remainder toward a county wide water assessment, ($28,000 in total), throughout the county of Rivercess.
  • The purpose of the assessment is to capture data regarding clean water access in Rivercess County:
    • Effectively measure FACE’s impact since they have been working there.
    • Use the information to mobilize funding and resources to insure 100% clean water access in Rivercess.
    • Use the information to establish a partnership with the Liberian government and advocate for clean water across the country of Liberia.
      LEARN MORE >>
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